Wednesday, February 1, 2012

When There's Something Strange, Writing on the Wall... Who You Gunna Call? (Daniel 5)

What is an area of life in which you consider yourself to be an "expert?" What is an area of life in which you don't know anything at all?

What are some things about God that you have a hard time understanding?

When you have a question about God, is it better to think about it and figure it out on your own or to seek help? Why?

Read Daniel 5:1-12

What is your initial impression of King Belshazzar? How is he like Nebuchadnezzar? How is he not like Nebuchadnezzar?

What do you think he hoped to accomplish by throwing this party? When do you find yourself working extra hard to impress the people around you? Is this a good thing or a bad thing?

There were likely people of Jewish descent at this party. How do you think they felt when the treasures from the temple were brought out? Why do you think Belshazzar wanted to use those goblets? What did it symbolize to him?

What do you think is meant by the gods of “gold and silver, of bronze, iron, wood and stone.”? If you were to describe the gods of our culture, what words would you use?

How many times in the book of Daniel do the “wise men” fail when asked to explain something? Why do you think these repeated failures are included in the stories? What can we learn about God and about ourselves from these repeated failures of Babylons wisest men?

How does one need to live in order to have reputation like Daniel's?
Daniel is often referred to as having the “spirit of the gods” in him. Do we have that same spirit? How should that spirit influence the way we live our life? How do we sometimes resist the work of the Spirit in our lives?

How can God's Word help you develop a “keen mind and knowledge and understanding” like Daniel?

What will you do this week to gain a better understanding of God?

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