THE SECULARIZING OF THE HOLY
By Henry Jaegers
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 and drank from them. (Daniel 5:3)
The holy vessels that adorned the temple of the God of Israel were now taken to be used in worship of the heathen Godís of Babylon. For the Israelites these held hope of a rebuilt temple later, but now these vessels were being profaned in their use.
To God, this secularizing of holy vessels was no small thing. These vessels represented sacrifice and dedication and were a reminder of Godís past dealings to Israel. To Belshazzar these were just objects of precious metals that were in his possession to do with as he pleased. God had no place in his thinking and how was He any different than the ones he already worshipped? Belshazzar was about to find out there is a difference. The verses from Psalm 2; 1-5, rings clear; ďWhy are the nations in uproar and the peoples devising a vain thing? The kings of the earth take their stand and the rulers take counsel together against the Lord and His anointed. He who sits in the heavens laughs. He will speak to them in His anger and terrify them in His fury.Ē To treat that which God counts as holy, as being insignificant, is serious. Belshazzar crossed the line with his actions. This was an open, antagonistic and defiant act.
Here is a caution to observe. We must be careful that our casual attitude toward Godís holiness does not turn into hostility and later defiance, which may hinder our ability to change course and find forgiveness.