Sunday, September 20, 2015: Daniel 5-6; Ps. 130; Luke 3
24 “So from his presence the hand was sent and this writing was inscribed. 25 And this is the writing that was inscribed: mene, mene, tekel, and parsin. 26 This is the interpretation of the matter: mene, God has numbered the days of your kingdom and brought it to an end; 27 tekel, you have been weighed on the scales and found wanting; 28 peres, your kingdom is divided and given to the Medes and Persians.”
Daniel 5 contains that mysterious story of the vision of the hand that writes upon the wall of King Belshazzar. It is this story that gives us the colloquialism ‘reading the handwriting upon the wall’ – for Belshazzar could not; and Daniel was called in to give the interpretation. Of course it is a prophecy against Belshazzar. It is that word TEKEL upon which the prophecy centers: ‘you have been weighed on the scales and found wanting.’ Ouch. Simple direct indictment against the character of Belshazzar.
What are the scales upon which we are weighed today? For those of us who choose to follow Christ; Christ becomes our scale – are we living a life modeled after Christ; are we loving as Christ loved? Accepting as Christ accepted? Obedient as Christ was?
If Christ is our measure – won’t we always be found wanting? Yes. But here is where grace comes into the picture – that marvelous gift of God’s grace that allows God to look at even imperfect human beings and still declare us good – for it is by grace alone that we can even begin to be like Christ; it is by grace alone that we are able to continue in Christ; it is by grace alone that our lives are hidden in Christ.
Thanks be to God! Amen.