Daniel 5:16 And I have heard of thee, that thou canst make interpretations, and dissolve doubts: now if thou canst read the writing, and make known to me the interpretation thereof, thou shalt be clothed with scarlet, and have a chain of gold about thy neck, and shalt be the third ruler in the kingdom. 17 Then Daniel answered and said before the king, Let thy gifts be to thyself, and give thy rewards to another; yet I will read the writing unto the king, and make known to him the interpretation.
Daniel of the Old Testament is a type of Christian that is needed to face the spirit of this age and its compromising affect among the Church. In Chapter five the new king of Babylon, Belshazzar, is partying with his wives, concubines, and guests when the fingers of a man’s hand appears and writes a judgment against the king and his kingdom. The king wanting to know what this meant calls for anyone who can interpret this and of course he finds out about Daniel.
Imagine the circumstances Daniel was in. He was in prison, his liberty taken away, and now he has a chance to save his own. He is now before the king, the one with the power to set him free and also set him up in a good position. There’s an element of personal benefit being offered to him. The king offers him some things if he can interpret the handwriting on the wall: you can be clothed with scarlet (prestige); a chain of gold (prosperity); become the third ruler in the kingdom (promotion). His response was, “Let thy gifts be to thyself, and give thy rewards to another; yet I will read the writing unto the king, and make known to him the interpretation Daniel 5:17.”
Daniel then gave the interpretation of the handwriting on the wall and didn’t try to soften its message to please or tickle the ear of the king. He said your days are numbered, you have been weighed in the balances and art found wanting. Your kingdom is divided and will be given to the Medes and Persians, whose armies were at the gates of the city that very night. Daniel in effect said I can’t be bought or bribed. The gifts of God are not for sale. The anointing cannot be manipulated by money. Your days are over. The reason for a lot of offense today in the Church often comes when the anointing that attracted people to us cannot be manipulated by them or their money. All this from someone who could have twisted it to sound positive instead of just tell the truth.
How often do you think compromise takes place because of some personal benefit is gained. How many decisions are strictly money decisions with no seeking of the Lord or leading of the Spirit? How many believers make geographical changes in their life all because of money with no thought of God’s will in the matter? Covetousness wasn’t in the spirit in Daniel, he had an excellent (pre-eminent; extraordinary; surpassing) spirit. “Then this Daniel was preferred above the presidents and princes, because an excellent spirit was in him; and the king thought to set him over the whole realm Daniel 6:3.”