Daniel 5:12 Index
"'Forasmuch as an excellent spirit, and knowledge, and understanding, interpreting of dreams, and shewing of hard sentences, and dissolving of doubts, were found in the same Daniel, whom the king named Belteshazzar: now let Daniel be called, and he will shew the interpretation.'"
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"...an excellent spirit..."

  • The case of Daniel was presented before me. Although he was a man of like passions with ourselves, the pen of inspiration presents him as a faultless character. His life is given us as a bright example of what man may become, even in this life, if he will make God his strength and wisely improve the opportunities and privileges within his reach. Daniel was an intellectual giant; yet he was continually seeking for greater knowledge, for higher attainments. Other young men had the same advantages; but they did not, like him, bend all their energies to seek wisdom—the knowledge of God as revealed in His word and in His works. Although Daniel was one of the world's great men, he was not proud nor self-sufficient. He felt the need of refreshing his soul with prayer, and each day found him in earnest supplication before God. He would not be deprived of this privilege even when a den of lions was opened to receive him if he continued to pray.
  • Daniel loved, feared, and obeyed God. Yet he did not flee away from the world to avoid its corrupting influence. In the providence of God he was to be in the world yet not of the world. With all the temptations and fascinations of court lifesurrounding him, he stood in the integrity of his soul, firm as a rock in his adherence to principle. He made God his strength and was not forsaken of Him in his time of greatest need.
  • Daniel was true, noble, and generous. While he was anxious to be at peace with all men, he would not permit any power to turn him aside from the path of duty. He was willing to obey those who had rule over him, as far as he could do so consistently with truth and righteousness; but kings and decrees could not make him swerve from his allegiance to the King of kings. Daniel was but eighteen years old when brought into a heathen court in service to the king of Babylon, and because of his youth his noble resistance of wrong and his steadfast adherence to the right are the more admirable. His noble example should bring strength to the tried and tempted, even at the present day. (4T 569-570)

"...let Daniel be called..."

  • The queen mentioned here is no doubt the mother of Belshazzar. According to Oriental custom, none but a ruling monarch's mother would dare enter the presence of a king without being summoned. As a child she had seen and heard many of the events in which Daniel and her father, Nebuchadnezzar, were involved. According to archeological discoveries, Belshazzar's grandmother died in 547 B.C. After Nebuchadnezzar's memory and kingdom had been restored, he lived only a few more years. His son and grandson took over the leadership and a new regime came into power. The policy of righteousness and justice that Daniel stood for came into disfavor and he was retired from public service. The fact that Daniel later entered the service of Persia shows that his retirement at the close of the Babylonian Empire was not due to old age or ill health. Faced with the crisis of the handwriting on the wall, and the inability of the wise men to interpret it, the queen clearly remembered Daniel and how he had counseled and advised King Nebuchadnezzar. Daniel's straight reprimand of Belshazzar's lifestyle and polices showed his disapproval of how the affairs of state were being conducted. (KC 64)