Daniel Chapter 5

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In his hand, God holds our breath and all our ways, but King Belshazzar failed to recognize this—even when God sent an actual hand to write on the palace wall. What does spiritual blindness look like, and how does it work? How can we grow in recognizing God’s hand at work in our lives and in the world around us?

 Sermon Discussion Questions

Daniel 5 (Abby’s sermon, 10/21/18)

  • Reading Daniel chapter 5, what stands out to you, surprises you, disturbs you, or intrigues you?
  • What words would you use to describe King Belshazzar’s sin in this chapter? What is he guilty of?
  • What do you notice about Belshazzar’s response to the words on the wall, his response to Daniel’s words?
  • When we turn away from God and choose not to see him, we become increasingly unableto see him—that’s how spiritual blindness works, Abby pointed out. Have you ever observed this dynamic at work in your life or in the lives of others?
  • Conversely, Abby argued, when we turn toward God and choose to seehim, we become more able to see him. Do you agree?
  • Abby shared a story about an experience in her life that helped her to see the hand of God and that prompted her to be more intentional about choosing to see God’s hand where she had previously been blind to it. Have you had an experience that has helped you to see the hand of God?
  • Read Job 12:10, Isaiah 64:8, Psalm 139:9 – 10, Isaiah 49:2, Isaiah 49:6, and Psalm 95:7. Do one of these verses about the hand of God stand out to you as particularly encouraging for you in your journey? Which one? Why?
  • Have you ever had a Daniel in your life, someone who helped you see the hand of God at work in your life? Has God ever called you to be a Daniel in someone else’s life, helping them see the hand of God at work in their life? How did they respond?
  • Take a moment to thank God that “he holds in his hand [our] breath and all [our] ways” (vs. 23). Invite him to show you how his hand has been at work in your life, and ask for the ability to see more of his hand at work in your life and in the world.