1 The words of Nehemiah the son of Hacaliah.
Now it happened in the month of Chislev, in the twentieth year, as I was in Susa the citadel, 2 that Hanani, one of my brothers, came with certain men from Judah. And I asked them concerning the Jews who escaped, who had survived the exile, and concerning Jerusalem. 3 And they said to me, “The remnant there in the province who had survived the exile is in great trouble and shame. The wall of Jerusalem is broken down, and its gates are destroyed by fire.”
4 As soon as I heard these words I sat down and wept and mourned for days, and I continued fasting and praying before the God of heaven.
5 And I said, “O Lord God of heaven, the great and awesome God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, 6 let your ear be attentive and your eyes open, to hear the prayer of your servant that I now pray before you day and night for the people of Israel your servants, confessing the sins of the people of Israel, which we have sinned against you. Even I and my father's house have sinned. 7 We have acted very corruptly against you and have not kept the commandments, the statutes, and the rules that you commanded your servant Moses.
8 Remember the word that you commanded your servant Moses, saying, ‘If you are unfaithful, I will scatter you among the peoples, 9 but if you return to me and keep my commandments and do them, though your outcasts are in the uttermost parts of heaven, from there I will gather them and bring them to the place that I have chosen, to make my name dwell there.’
10 They are your servants and your people, whom you have redeemed by your great power and by your strong hand. 11 O Lord, let your ear be attentive to the prayer of your servant, and to the prayer of your servants who delight to fear your name, and give success to your servant today, and grant him mercy in the sight of this man.”
Now I was cupbearer to the king.
The role of Cupbearer to a King is Crucial.
Blessed be the Lord,
who has not given us
as prey to their teeth!
We have escaped like a bird
from the snare of the fowlers;
the snare is broken,
and we have escaped!
Our help is in the name of the Lord,
who made heaven and earth.
Jesus had John. And Mary.
Paul had Luke and Timothy.
Peter had Silvanus and Mark.
These People were willing to lay down their lives for their Jesus Great Love and each other.
Evidently, Darius held Nehemiah with his compassionate heart in very high regard.
Those mosaics at the top of the post, look about hand sized. Now see the outcropping of the actual respect below. The regard for his integrity, honesty and diligence was great.
Notice the Cupbearer holds the King's back.
This is King Darius, this is Nehemiah.
Bless the people who encourage and inspire one another. Bless the caregivers.
Thank You so much for the true story of the Movie Woodlawn. In 1972, Hank Erwin felt completely inconsequential. One person could not make a deep difference in life, even in radio. He attended a Billy Graham revival in Dallas, Texas where the lights were put out in the Cotton Bowl. Seeing one lone candle represent Jesus Christ and His love gave Hank Erwin cause to go to Woodlawn High School the day of a knife attach on campus. That day the whole football team decided to change Alabama by accepting Jesus Christ. This lone candle of Jesus changed a state. This was a revival of The Book of Acts. Thank You, Father God, Scripture repeats.
Thank You, Father God, for Great Love and Acts of You, inspiring us to remember - The Love of Jesus Christ.
We lift up, in awe and wonder, our concerns, knowing You see All. We lift up the ones we Love, in awe and wonder, knowing You are a God of Love. We lift up the people You have given us, in awe and wonder, knowing You are the Light in all of mankind. We lift up our Nation, knowing You have given Word to pray for all leaders and in all nations. We lift up all who seek Jesus Christ to thank You for their gifts and talents and have Heaven at hand proclaiming Jesus is Lord of All and is Love.
In the Highest Name of Jesus. His Love is a gift.Thank You. Amen.
♔ Lord Jesus Saves †