One of the craziest stories in the entire Bible takes place in Babylon around the 6th century BC. A rich young king by the name of Belshazzar is partying it up with his friends, making a big show of his wealth and power. In the midst of the party, after the wine has been flowing for some time, he calls for the captured implements from the Temple of God to be brought in and he and his fellow party-goers commence a mocking of the God of Israel.
And that is when it happens!
A large hand appears out of nowhere and starts to write on the wall. It is the hand of God! God carves the following words into the Babylonian wall – “Mene, Mene, Tekel Upharsan” Its translation is: “You have been weighed in the Balances and found lacking!”
I don’t think that came as a surprise to anyone who knew Belshazzar because he had a reputation for arrogance, ruthless control, and the abuse of his power to manipulate people. It’s therefore no surprise that the message from God to this rich young king would be – “You have been weighed in the balances and found lacking.” But for the character in our passage in Mark 10 this week, it came as a big surprise to everyone who knew him.
Who is the Man? He is rich, he is young (probably in his thirties) and he is a Ruler (Lk 18:18). He has what our culture worships: youth, wealth, and power!
In addition, we learn from our text that he is also very moral. He’s what people would call a ‘Good guy’. Today, we might say this guy was the total package! And yet, even though this guy had a lot of things going for him there was something that was missing in his life that POWER, POSITION & POSSESSIONS couldn’t supply.
HIS CONCERN? What must I do to obtain eternal life?
So this young man comes to Jesus to ask Him how to obtain eternal life.
How will Jesus respond?
Join us at Calvary Chapel Secret Harbour Sunday night the 21st of June at 6.30 p.m. to find out!