Ki Efes Biadai (You Are Zero Without Me)

Barry Buzza August 11, 2019 The Red Thread

Big Idea: Through a series of miraculous events, God showed Persia’s King Cyrus, That “You are zero without Me!” And the same truth applies to us today, that “without God, we would be nothing”.

 The story, before the story of King Cyrus, was written 150 years before he was born.

“This is what the Lord says to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I take hold of to subdue nations before him and to strip kings of their armour, to open doors before him so that gates will not be shut: I will go before you and will level the mountains; I will break down gates of bronze and cut through bars of iron. I will give you hidden treasures, riches stored in secret places, so that you may know that I am the Lord, the God of Israel, who summons you by name. For the sake of Jacob my servant, of Israel my chosen, I summon you by name and bestow on you a title of honour, though you do not acknowledge me. I am the Lord, and there is no other; apart from me there is no God. I will strengthen you, though you have not acknowledged me, so that from the rising of the sun to the place of its setting people may know there is none besides me.

I am the Lord, and there is no other. I form the light and create darkness,
I bring prosperity and create disaster; I, the Lord, do all these things.

Isaiah 45:1c-7 NIV

Because of their ongoing rebellion and rejection of God’s purposes, Judah had been taken captive by King Nebuchadnezzar in 586 BC. The psalmist sang about it.

By the waters of Babylon, there we sat down and wept, when we remembered Zion.
On the willows there we hung up our lyres.

For there our captors required of us songs,

And our tormentors, mirth, saying, “Sing us one of the songs of Zion!”

How shall we sing the Lord’s song in a foreign land?

If I forget you, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget its skill!

Psalms 137:1-5 ESV

It was 539 BC and was the time that God had promised when Babylon’s time of world domination would be over. And Judah’s punishment would be completed.

Daniel answered and said: “Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, to whom belong wisdom and might. He changes times and seasons; he removes kings and sets up kings; Daniel 2:20-21a ESV

Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Romans 13:1 ESV

“For thus says the Lord: When seventy years are completed for Babylon, I will visit you, and I will fulfill to you my promise and bring you back to this place. Jeremiah 29:10 NKJV

King Belshazzar, the grandson of Nebuchadnezzar, was gloating over and celebrating Babylon’s power and wealth, when God said, “Your time is up!” And Cyrus, King of Persia, invaded the impregnable fortress of Babylon.

King Belshazzar made a great feast for a thousand of his lords and drank wine in front of the thousand. Belshazzar, when he tasted the wine, commanded that the vessels of gold and of silver that Nebuchadnezzar his father had taken out of the temple in Jerusalem be brought, that the king and his lords, his wives, and his concubines might drink from them.  Then they brought in the golden vessels that had been taken out of the temple, the house of God in Jerusalem, and the king and his lords, his wives, and his concubines drank from them.  They drank wine and praised the gods of gold and silver, bronze, iron, wood, and stone. Daniel 5:1-4 ESV

Immediately the fingers of a human hand appeared and wrote on the plaster of the wall of the king’s palace, opposite the lampstand. And the king saw the hand as it wrote.  Then the king’s colour changed, and his thoughts alarmed him; his limbs gave way, and his knees knocked together.  The king called loudly to bring in the enchanters, the Chaldeans, and the astrologers. The king declared to the wise men of Babylon, “Whoever reads this writing, and shows me its interpretation, shall be clothed with purple and have a chain of gold around his neck and shall be the third ruler in the kingdom.”  Then all the king’s wise men came in, but they could not read the writing or make known to the king the interpretation.  Then King Belshazzar was greatly alarmed, and his colour changed, and his lords were perplexed.  Daniel 5:5-9 ESV

Daniel, in his late 80’s, the Prime Minister of Babylon, interpreted the writing on the wall. And Persia became a world power. It was a few years later that Persia (Iran of today) sent the Jews back to Jerusalem, and financed the Re-establishment of their Temple and the City of David.

Then from his presence the hand was sent, and this writing was inscribed.  And this is the writing that was inscribed: Mene, Mene, Tekel, and Parsin.  This is the interpretation of the matter: Mene, God has numbered the days of your kingdom and brought it to an end; Tekel, you have been weighed in the balances and found wanting; Peres, your kingdom is divided and given to the Medes and Persians.”

Then Belshazzar gave the command, and Daniel was clothed with purple, a chain of gold was put around his neck, and a proclamation was made about him, that he should be the third ruler in the kingdom. That very night Belshazzar the Chaldean king was killed.   And Darius the Mede received the kingdom, being about sixty-two years old.
Daniel 5:24c-31 ESV

Application: If ever there were doubt that God’s Word is supernatural, this story alone is proof. God is in control of our world, as well as our personal lives. If ever we are discouraged in life, and wonder whether God knows us or cares about us, Daniel’s journal reminds us’

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