“Then from his presence the hand was sent, and this writing was inscribed.25 And this is the writing that was inscribed: Mene, Mene, Tekel, and Parsin. 26 This is the interpretation of the matter: Mene, God has numbered the days of your kingdom and brought it to an end; 27 Tekel, you have been weighed in the balances and found wanting; 28 Peres, your kingdom is divided and given to the Medes and Persians.”
29 Then Belshazzar gave the command, and Daniel was clothed with purple, a chain of gold was put around his neck, and a proclamation was made about him, that he should be the third ruler in the kingdom.
30 That very night Belshazzar the Chaldean king was killed. 31 And Darius the Mede received the kingdom, being about sixty-two years old. – Daniel 5:24-31
Have you ever needed to be a person who brings a difficult but true message to someone? Is there someone who needs to hear the truth of God, life, friendship, or vocation to whom you could speak? You have their good at heart. You do not wish simply to wound, you want to offer the wounds of a friend which can be trusted. No multiplying kisses here (cf. Proverbs 27:6).
The satraps, seers and Chaldeans could not offer an interpretation of the writing on the wall. Perhaps they simply were not willing to risk it. The words are most certainly Aramaic; and mean, literally, “numbered, weighed, divided.” It’s not difficult to perceive the meanings of these words – or even the implication of the message. They seem simply to fear the king’s reaction.
Daniel, however, is willing to offer the full truth. The last 10% is the part of the message we often hold back – for fear, because of doubt and uncertainty, or simply because we don’t want to make waves. The last 10% are vitally important to true relationships and possibly even someone’s eternal salvation.
His message will not be popular nor easy to embrace. But it is truth; and Daniel is so completely committed to the truth that he will speak it to power. Speaking truth to power may not be your calling. But speaking truth – even perhaps the last 10% – is our calling. No need to be rude, or unkind. But too often we shrink back in something that becomes a false kindness.