Then Daniel answered and said before the king, “Let your gifts be for yourself, and give your rewards to another. Nevertheless, I will read the writing to the king and make known to him the interpretation. 18 O king, the Most High God gave Nebuchadnezzar your father kingship and greatness and glory and majesty. 19 And because of the greatness that he gave him, all peoples, nations, and languages trembled and feared before him. Whom he would, he killed, and whom he would, he kept alive; whom he would, he raised up, and whom he would, he humbled.20 But when his heart was lifted up and his spirit was hardened so that he dealt proudly, he was brought down from his kingly throne, and his glory was taken from him. 21 He was driven from among the children of mankind, and his mind was made like that of a beast, and his dwelling was with the wild donkeys. He was fed grass like an ox, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven, until he knew that the Most High God rules the kingdom of mankind and sets over it whom he will.22 And you his son, Belshazzar, have not humbled your heart, though you knew all this, 23 but you have lifted up yourself against the Lord of heaven. And the vessels of his house have been brought in before you, and you and your lords, your wives, and your concubines have drunk wine from them. And you have praised the gods of silver and gold, of bronze, iron, wood, and stone, which do not see or hear or know, but the God in whose hand is your breath, and whose are all your ways, you have not honored. – Daniel 5:17-23
The above WordCloud is generated by taking words from the passage above and emphasizing them according to their importance/frequency in the text. It’s an interesting exercise to see the results of various communications. More interesting is Daniel’s comments and upbraiding to Belshazzar. He is clearly calling him to account for his failure to embrace the truth that had been revealed to his father during his reign, and his blatant abuse of and desecration of the vessels from the temple of the True Living God.
To some extent this sounds all too familiar. Daniel has encountered several instances of Nebuchadnezzar’s unfaithfulness; one instance of which seemingly comes on the heals of his recognition that Daniel’s God was the true God of all.
Emboldened by the profound weight of truth, Daniel will speak. He will retell the history of Nebuchadnezzar. He will let Belshazzar know that he had no excuse for failing to honor God as Lord of lords. He will make it very clear that the idea of who or what is worthy of praise is sinful and wrong.
Daniel does not flinch from the truth. He will serve, fear, love, and trust in God above all else. His safety is of no concern: How are they going to punish a man who survives being thrown into the lion’s den?!?
People who lie must use an inordinate number of words in complex constructions to keep the world going which they are seeking to build by their lies. Their WordClouds are massively complex and wordy – hardly edifying. Not so with God. Not so with Daniel. May it be no so with us today who follow Jesus Christ who is the embodiment of grace and truth; the Word made flesh.