Re:Verse passage – Daniel 5:1-31 (day five)
“Then they brought the gold vessels that had been taken out of the temple, the house of God which was in Jerusalem; and the king and his nobles, his wives and his concubines drank from them. They drank the wine and praised the gods of gold and silver, of bronze, iron, wood and stone.”
Belshazzar commits a sin that is not uncommon these days- idolatry. There was the obvious idolatry (misusing holy vessels) and there was subtle idolatry too. Belshazzar doesn’t deny the existence of Yahweh, but in using the gold vessels to drink to the Babylonian gods, he declares Yahweh subservient to the Babylonian gods.
We have the same tendency in 2020. We acknowledge/worship God on Sunday’s, yet the rest of the week we exalt the gods of sports, money, family, and pleasure- placing God alongside these other things. God has harsh words for those that do this… ““I am the Lord; that is my name! I will not yield my glory to another or my praise to idols.” Isaiah 42:8