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Week 24 Day 2
Nehemiah was a cupbearer for the king
a very trusted position
He made sure there was no poison
in the king's drink
by tasting it
before the king drank it
Unlike the hard-hearted Egyptian Pharaoh
Artaxerxes had a heart that was soft
you may go but I'll be glad
when you return to me
Notice that Nehemiah prayed before he spoke
just a second it took
to shoot a prayer to God like an arrow
Then he said what he needed to say to the king
A good lesson for us to learn. I CONFESS THE SINS OF ISRAEL Nehemiah is a trusted servant with a great burden. Nehemiah 1 & 2
1As I was in the citadel, 2one of my brethren came with
men from Judah; and I asked concerning the Jews who had
survived the captivity, and concerning Jerusalem. 3They
said, "The survivors are in great distress and reproach.
The wall of Jerusalem is broken down, and its gates are
burned with fire."
4When I heard these words, I sat down and wept, and
mourned for many days; I was fasting and I prayed.
5 I said: "Lord of heaven, great and awesome God, You
who keep Your covenant and mercy with those who love
You, 6please let Your ear be attentive and hear the prayer
I pray day and night, for the children of Israel, and confess
the sins which we have done against You. Both my father's
house and I have sinned. 7We have acted very corruptly
and have not kept the commandments of Moses.
8"Remember the word You commanded Moses, saying,
'If you are unfaithful, I will scatter you among the nations;
9but if you return to Me, keep My commandments and do
them, though some of you were cast out to the farthest part
of the heavens, yet I will gather them from there, and bring
them to the place which I have chosen as a dwelling for My
name.' 10Now these are Your servants and Your people,
whom You have redeemed.
11"I pray, let Your servant prosper this day, and grant
him mercy in the sight of this man." For I was the king's
1 I took the wine and gave it to the king. I had never
been sad in his presence before. 2Therefore the king said,
"Why is your face sad, since you are not sick? This is
nothing but sorrow of heart." I became dreadfully afraid,
3and said to the king, "May the king live forever! Why
should my face not be sad, when the city, the place of my
fathers' tomb, lies waste, and its gates are burned?"
4The king said to me, "What do you request?" So I
prayed to the God of heaven. 5And I said to the king, "If
it pleases the king, and if I have found favor in your sight,
I ask that you send me to Judah, to the city of my fathers'
tombs, that I may rebuild it." 6Then the king said to me,
"How long will your journey be? And when will you return?"
So it pleased the king to send me; and I set him a time. This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV
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