What does it say?
- Read: Daniel 5:1–31
- What happened? Who is mentioned? How are the events described?
- What do we learn about King Belshazzar?
- Who speaks throughout this passage and what do they say?
What does it mean?
- How does this story connect, compare or contrast with chapter 4?
- What themes or ideas are repeated here from the first 4 chapters?
- What is new?
- Why was Belshazzar so fearful?
- What does Belshazzar offer Daniel and why does he refuse?
- Why does Daniel recount the story of Nebuchadnezzar (v.18–21)?
- What's Daniel's point in his address to Belshazzar (v.22–23)?
- What did Belshazzar know?
- How should Belshazzar have responded to what he knew about God? What kept him from doing so?
- How does Daniel interpret the writing (v.24–28)?
- Try to summarize the whole chapter in a sentence or two.
- In what ways might this passage connect to the gospel?
- How is Daniel's message similar to the gospel?
- How is it different?
How should it change us?
- What do we learn about God and how should that change us?
- What's the danger of knowing about God but not responding humbly to God?
- How can we avoid this?
- What do we learn about man and sin?
- What different sins is Belshazzar guilty of?
- How might we be tempted to that kind of sin?