Posted by: StrongStakes | December 4, 2011

The Handwriting on the Wall


Have you ever used this phrase – “the handwriting on the wall” – to refer to something imminent or inevitable?  On Monday night, we will study the original context for this phrase in the book of Daniel.  Click here for the Daniel 5 handout and bring it with you to the study.

Here are ten questions to ponder as you prepare for Monday night:

  1. Is there any significance to the mention that King Belshazzar was “drinking wine in the presence of” his guests?  (v. 1)
  2. What else have we already learned about the vessels that King Nebuchadnezzar had taken out of the temple in Jerusalem?  (see Daniel 1:2)
  3. What is ironic about what occurs in Daniel 5:4?
  4. Describe in your own words Belshazzar’s reaction to the fingers writing on the wall?  (v. 6)
  5. The reward for interpreting the inscription was to be placed in the third position of authority in Babylon … behind whom?  (v. 7)
  6. Why did Belshazzar grow more alarmed in vv. 8-9?
  7. Who is the queen?  (v. 10)
  8. It appears that Belshazzar did not know about Daniel … how is that possible?
  9. Describe Daniel’s answer to the king’s offer.  (vv. 17-24)
  10. Reflect on Belshazzar’s final, official action … what does it remind you of?  (v. 29)

Scott H. is bringing the dessert by 7 pm … plan on arriving by then to enjoy it! … before we start the study.

~ tr

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