When honor does not mean much

Daniel Bible Background

12.05.2016 – Old Testament: Dan 5.29–30

To read the Bible in a year, read Daniel 5–6 on December 5, In the year of our Lord 2016

By Don Ruhl

King Belshazzar did not learn from the humiliation of Nebuchadnezzar, and his eventual acknowledgement of the God of Israel, for King Belshazzar made a mockery of the things of God from the temple in Jerusalem. Then God sent a hand that wrote on the wall, but Belshazzar did not know its meaning. He promised to honor whoever could reveal the meaning of the writing. His wife suggested bringing in Daniel, who immediately rejected the promised gifts of the king. Nevertheless, after Daniel read the writing and gave its interpretation, Belshazzar honored Daniel,

Then Belshazzar gave the command, and they clothed Daniel with purple and put a chain of gold around his neck, and made a proclamation concerning him that he should be the third ruler in the kingdom (Daniel 5.29). 

However, what good did such honors do for Daniel? First, Daniel did not want it. Second, notice what happened next,

That very night Belshazzar, king of the Chaldeans, was slain (Daniel 5.30).

What good then was Daniel’s honor? Even if he wanted it, for Babylon fell that night and the Medo-Persian Empire took over.

If people want to honor us, fine, but let us not seek it, for you never know when it might suddenly mean nothing.


  • Has someone honored you?
  • Have you honored someone?

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