Belshazzar the king made a great feast for a thousand of his lords, and drank wine in the presence of the thousand. 2 While he tasted the wine, Belshazzar gave the command to bring the gold and silver vessels which his father Nebuchadnezzar had taken from the temple which had been in Jerusalem, that the king and his lords, his wives, and his concubines might drink from them. 3 Then they brought the gold vessels that had been taken from the temple of the house of God which had been in Jerusalem; and the king and his lords, his wives, and his concubines drank from them. 4 They drank wine, and praised the gods of gold and silver, bronze and iron, wood and stone.
5 In the same hour the fingers of a man’s hand appeared and wrote opposite the lampstand on the plaster of the wall of the king’s palace; and the king saw the part of the hand that wrote. 6 Then the king’s countenance changed, and his thoughts troubled him, so that the joints of his hips were loosened and his knees knocked against each other. 7 The king cried aloud to bring in the astrologers, the Chaldeans, and the soothsayers. The king spoke, saying to the wise men of Babylon, “Whoever reads this writing, and tells me its interpretation, shall be clothed with purple and have a chain of gold around his neck; and he shall be the third ruler in the kingdom.” 8 Now all the king’s wise men came, but they could not read the writing, or make known to the king its interpretation. 9 Then King Belshazzar was greatly troubled, his countenance was changed, and his lords were astonished.
10 The queen, because of the words of the king and his lords, came to the banquet hall. The queen spoke, saying, “O king, live forever! Do not let your thoughts trouble you, nor let your countenance change. 11 There is a man in your kingdom in whom is the Spirit of the Holy God. And in the days of your father, light and understanding and wisdom, like the wisdom of the gods, were found in him; and King Nebuchadnezzar your father—your father the king—made him chief of the magicians, astrologers, Chaldeans, and soothsayers. 12 Inasmuch as an excellent spirit, knowledge, understanding, interpreting dreams, solving riddles, and explaining enigmas [fn1] were found in this Daniel, whom the king named Belteshazzar, now let Daniel be called, and he will give the interpretation.”
Ah, to be known as the one in whom the Holy Spirit resides. Looking at this passage a question comes. Can the wisdom of God be bought? I will clothe you in purple, place a gold chain about your neck, give you authority over a third of the kingdom, only tell me what this means. The king was wise enough to be fearful of the hand that wrote. What has he done? He has treated the holy vessels of God as common and to add insult did so while praising other gods. Has he done this out of ignorance? It seems it does not make a difference if he knows the God Almighty or not; he is judged guilty of disrespect. The Holy Spirit is the giver of understanding and knowledge and fear of the Lord brings wisdom. Rather than fear of the Lord the party-goers were exhibiting pride and mockery. And now, it takes the voice of a woman to remind them of one who has the Holy Spirit. How are we known? Can others sense the presence of the Holy Spirit within us? Do we give evidence of wisdom, understanding, and knowledge only He can give, not of this world but of the kingdom of Heaven?