Rembrandt “Belshazzar’s Feast’ c. 1636 Oil on canvas, 168 x 209 cm
National Gallery, London
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Monday, October 1, 2012
Belshazzar, son of Nebuchadnezzar becomes king. Arrogance engulfs him, as he commits sacrileges against the sacred vessels captured from the Hebrew Temple. The handwriting is literally on the wall for him! The description of this intervention of the Lord makes his whole being quake with fear.
Fear alone is not enough to make those lasting spiritual changes needed in life. Ponder deeply. You are the sacred vessel of the Lord. You are a unique part of the holy temple of the Spirit who dwells in you.
Is there any “handwriting on the walls” of your heart? Where do you need to change? Take a pencil, your journal, and ask the Spirit to reveal to you what you need to know about this. The Holy Spirit will inspire you as you dialogue with God.
The Reading for Today
This is the fifth of thirteen weeks in Kingdomtide, Year B.
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Mondays are dedicated to the Prophets, currently reading from the book of Daniel.