Today we read the second chapter of second Peter and the fifth chapter of Daniel.
November 20: 2 Peter 2, Daniel 5 (click on the chapter to begin reading).
2 Peter 2. Even in the first century there arose destructive doctrines from a multitude of false teachers. They are all doomed because of their depravity and attempt to deceive.
Daniel 5. This is the famous chapter with the handwriting on the wall: “Mene, Mene, Tekel, Upharsin“
Nabonidus cylinders from Ur (around 540 BC) are noteworthy. The cylinders state:
“As for me, Nabonidus, king of Babylon, save me from sinning against your great godhead and grant me as a present a life long of days, and as for Belshazzar, the eldest son -my offspring- instill reverence for your great godhead in his heart and may he not commit any cultic mistake, may he be sated with a life of plenitude.”
The written Aramaic and Hebrew writings recorded only the consonants. The context determined what the words meant and how they were pronounced. Writing four words on the wall without context made it impossible to really determine what the saying meant, apart from inspiration from God.