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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