Daniel 5:5-7 NKJV In the same hour the fingers of a man’s hand appeared and wrote opposite the lampstand on the plaster of the wall of the king’s palace; and the king saw the part of the hand that wrote. (6) Then the king’s countenance changed, and his thoughts troubled him, so that the joints of his hips were loosened and his knees knocked against each other. (7) The king cried aloud to bring in the astrologers, the Chaldeans, and the soothsayers. The king spoke, saying to the wise men of Babylon, “Whoever reads this writing, and tells me its interpretation, shall be clothed with purple and have a chain of gold around his neck; and he shall be the third ruler in the kingdom.”
Very few of us get excited about being weighed at the Doctor’s office, though it is necessary for them to be able to diagnose and prescribe any treatments to help us when needed. Still some people fear it and others just have a general fear of the scale (Japonentesiphobia). In Daniel 5, King Belshazzar was weighed in the balance and totally terrified and for good reason, too.
King Belshazzar was having a great party probably an annual celebration for one of the gods they worshiped. He had called for the various cups and vessels of the Israelites to be brought out and used in this celebration. These various gold and silver vessels had been confiscated from the temple of God in Jerusalem, when the Babylonians came to power. In the midst of their drunken revelry and debauchery human hands appear in the room and begin to write on the very plaster of the wall. Belshazzar was terrified. I’m sure most people would be, though his terror was probably more than just because of the mysterious hand writing in unknown script, but I believe he had an internal sense of the weightiness and severity of what they were writing. I believe God had been attempting to reach out to him for some time, but Belshazzar would not listen or repent. Regardless he stands fearful with his knees literally knocking together.
He sent for all the smartest people in the kingdom to decipher the message but to no avail. Finally, he sends for Daniel who interprets the message for him.
Daniel 5:25-28 NKJV “And this is the inscription that was written: MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN. (26) This is the interpretation of each word. MENE: God has numbered your kingdom, and finished it; (27) TEKEL: You have been weighed in the balances, and found wanting; (28) PERES: Your kingdom has been divided, and given to the Medes and Persians.”
Again I believe that Belshazzar knew in his heart that this was a dreary message and that his actions and character had been judged. I believe though his natural mind didn’t know what the words meant that his human spirit knew it was not good and he was rightfully terrified. He had been judged and found wanting.
You and I have been weighed too, but we don’t have to have japonentesiphobia. Thankfully, we are not being weighed by our behavior or character as Belshazzar. We have been weighed by the quality of our representative that was weighed in the balances on our behalf; that is JESUS. When he was weighed in the balance as our propitiatory sacrifice on the cross at Calvary, he was not found wanting in any way. GLORY! That means there is nothing to fear. I am not judged based on my behavior or piety, which can never measure up. I am judged based on His. This doesn’t mean that we won’t have an evaluation process regarding the things we did for the Kingdom of God, but it does mean that if Jesus is my Lord, then I don’t have to fear the Kingdom being taken from me because Jesus took my place and I’ve inherited the Kingdom of God from and through Him. You don’t have to fear nor ever have your knees knock, because In Him you have not been found wanting. His Just and Righteous nature is now yours. Don’t fear the SCALE!