Goldener Kelch “Belshazzar the king made a great feast to a thousands of his lords, and drank wine before the thousand.  Belshazar, whiles he tasted the wine, commanded to bring the golden and silver vessels which his father Nebuchadnezzar had taken out of the temple which was in Jerusalem; that the king, and his princes, his wives, and his concubines, might drink therein.  Then they brought the golden vessles that were taken out of the temple of the house of god, which was at Jerusalem; and the king, and his princes, his wives, and his concubines, drank in them.  They drank wine, and praised the gods of gold, and of silver, of brass, of iron, of wood, and of stone.”  Daniel 5:1-30 

How can light live with darkness? (2 Corinthians 6:14).  “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness: and what communion hath light with darkness?”

Canadian logger Ron Fahey took the heat for removing some logs he intended to use as firewood. The de-branched specimens had been lying in a woodpile on the campus of Mount Alison University. Fahey had been given permission to snatch logs found on the grounds. But this particular stack of logs were actually a “sculpture” named Deadwood Sleep. Fortunately, the hardworking logger was stopped before he did too much damage. “To me, it was just a pile of wood,” he said. “If that’s art, then I’m in the wrong racket.”

King Belshazzar of Babylon was definitely in the wrong when he decided to use some sacred things  for profane purposes (Daniel 5:2). He ordered certain gold and silver cups to be used for a wild party he was hosting. Problem was, the mighty fine goblets had been taken from the Temple (“the house of God”) in Jerusalem when a previous king, Nebuchadnezzar, had conquered by (v.3). Belshazzar had offended God with His sacrilege (v.23).

His sentence? God spoke through the prophet Daniel and told him that his life and reign were about to end (v.26). That very night it was lights out for Belshazzar. God is holy, and He has called us to be holy. Sadly, at times we profane what is sacred. Consider these words from the apostle Paul: “Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? . . . You must honor God with your body” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20).

What are the sacred things in your life? What are those things that you would never do or say because they’re unholy and offensive to God? Write them down and commit them to Him today.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  —Tom Felten

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