SAM SMITH, JAMES BOND, “SPECTRE” AND KING BELSHAZZAR: a story with a moral.
So British singer Sam Smith is to sing the theme song for the new James Bond film Spectre.
The song is called “Writing’s on the Wall”.
Interestingly that title comes from the Bible, in the book of Daniel.
In the year 539BC, King Belshazzar, ruler of Babylon (modern Iraq) held an orgy for 1000 of his noblemen.
They drank wine from the holy vessels which Belshazzar’s grandfather Nebuchadrezzar had stolen from the Jewish temple when he ransacked Jerusalem 50 years earlier.
Along with the wine, they had women and song — songs in praise of their pagan idols.
Suddenly, the fingers of a human hand appeared and began writing on the plaster wall of the palace.
The king went pale. His knees were knocking.
He called for the Jewish prophet Daniel to interpret the words written on the wall.
Daniel said, “Your Majesty, you have defied the Lord of heaven and defiled the vessels from his Temple. You have given no glory to the God in whose hands are your breath itself and your destiny.
“The writing on the wall says this: ‘God has measured and weighed you and you are found wanting. Your kingdom will be taken over by your enemies.’”
Before the night was over, King Belshazzar was dead. The Persians took over his kingdom.
He had lived the if-it-feels-good-do-it lifestyle now celebrated and recommended by the James Bond industry.
That way lies annihilation.
It would be nice if the fans watching the movie and hearing the song could get that message.