Wednesday, March 14, 2007
"The Writing on the Wall" Daniel 5
Daniel... what a guy! No wonder God used him as a visionary.
Since January a lovely group of ladies and I from North Ridge Church have studied Daniel's life and prophesy. Guided all the while by Beth Moore. What a trip! Of all the heart moving scripture we've studied, I have selected "The Writing on the Wall", Daniel 5 for this month's journal quilt. October 12, 539 BC, what an awesome night, the party of all parties that brought the Babylonia empire to it's knees. Belshazzar made the huge mistake of treating the holy as unholy. He called for the silver and gold goblets, taken from the temple in Jerusalem many years prior to be used in a toast to his gods. Not a smart move, King Belshazzar.
....Suddenly the fingers of a human hand appeared and wrote on the plaster of the wall near the lampstand in the royal palace. The king watched the hand as it wrote. His face turned pale and he was so frightened that his knees knocked together and his legs gave way.
....This is what these words mean;
Mene...God has numbered the days of your reign and brought it to an end.
Tekel...You have been weighed on the scales and found wanting.
Pers.....Your kingdom is divided and given to the Medes and Persians.
Beth brought to light an interesting twist on the ancient holy vessels. Like so, we too are holy vessels in a relationship with God and having a sacred purpose; marked as holy by him. Dare we treat ourselves ..."the holy as unholy"? Um.... another thought to ponder.
The quilt page uses fabric collage and raw edged applique, beading, fabric letter stencils and photo art printed on fabric. Words of scripture are printed on paper and rolled into a schroll and tied to the palm of the "hand".