These daily online studies are adapted from our Quiet Time Bible Guide. The studies go through the Old and New Testaments in just over two years. The approach taken by our quiet time Bible studies does not include answers. The goal of the study is to help you dig into Scripture for yourself. You can go deeper using a commentary, Bible background guide or Bible handbook.

Daniel 5: The Handwriting on the Wall

For more context before you begin studying, read this introduction to the book of Daniel.

Never underestimate the influence of one godly life! As chapter 5 opens, Daniel is an old man-more than eighty years old. The successors to Nebuchadnezzar's throne have ignored him. He has been shuffled off into some obscure office in the Babylonian bureaucracy. But when the king finds himself in trouble, he calls for God's man. Daniel shows us how to stand for God over the long haul.

Warming Up to God

Whose life has been an example to you? Thank God for that person's role in your life.

Read Daniel 5

Discovering the Word

  • The chapter begins with a party! As you read verses 1-4, what actions and attitudes on the part of Belshazzar and his guests do you think would have provoked the Lord's anger?
  • Three times Daniel has recorded the failure of the "wise men" of Babylon to interpret the message of God. What point is Daniel trying to make (vv. 7-9)?
  • Why do you think Daniel reminds Belshazzar of how God dealt with Nebuchadnezzar (vv. 18-21)?
  • What insights into the nature of Belshazzar's sins can you find in verses 22-23?
  • Based on what is recorded in verses 29-30, do you think Belshazzar accepted Daniel's interpretation as the authoritative message of the true God? Explain.
  • How has this chapter demonstrated that seventy years of life under Babylon's influence had not broken down Daniel's convictions?

Applying the Word

  • In what areas might you be tempted to be proud or arrogant?
  • How can Daniel's words to Belshazzar help you become more humble and thankful to God (vv. 18-24)?

Responding in Prayer

Ask God to make you an influencer.

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