Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
Nehemiah. Part 8.
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Nehemiah’s name means “Jehovah or the Lord has comforted.”
Like Moses, he was willing to give all that up, to step down as it were, into the plots and schemes and conspiracies and turmoils and death threats and all of the other things that were a part of the struggle to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem.
HEB 11:24-25 By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter; choosing rather to endure ill-treatment with the people of God, than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin;
2CO 8:9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sake He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich.
General Booth was the founder of the Salvation Army, when it was more about salvation than it was about army.
Dear Delegates of the Salvation Army Convention:
Signed, General Booth.
Lord, let me live from day to day
In such a self-forgetful way
That even when I kneel to pray,
My prayer shall be for others.
Others, Lord, yes, others;
Let this my motto be.
Help me to live for others
That I may live like Thee.
1. He cared enough to ask what was going on in Jerusalem, NEH 1:1-3.
Nehemiah was a cupbearer to the great “Artaxerxes
Longimanus,” who ruled Persia from 464 to 423 B.C.
At each meal, he tested the king’s wine to make sure it wasn’t poisoned.
A man who stood that close to the king in public had to be handsome, cultured, knowledgeable in court procedures, and able to converse with the king and advise him if asked, GEN 41:1-13.
Because he had access to the king, the cupbearer was a man of great influence, which he could use for good or for evil.
That Nehemiah, a Jew, held such an important position in the palace speaks well of his character and ability,DAN 1:1-4.
For nearly a century, the Jewish remnant had been back in their own land, and Nehemiah could have joined them; but he chose to remain in the palace.