The Cupbearer’s Plea – Nehemiah 1:11

Nehemiah 1:11 – O Lord, I beseech thee, let now thine ear be attentive to the prayer of thy servant, and to the prayer of thy servants, who desire to fear thy name: and prosper, I pray thee, thy servant this day, and grant him mercy in the sight of this man. For I was the king’s cupbearer.

Nehemiah was a cupbearer in the court of Persia before king Artaxerxes.  You may ask, what is a cupbearer?  A cupbearer serves two important roles.  They taste test the king’s food and drink to forestall assassination by poison, and the cupbearer serves the king their repast.  This position puts the cupbearer very close the king in terms of trust and proximity.

The very fact that Nehemiah, a Jew, was cupbearer to the Persian king proves the authenticity of the Word of God.  Proverbs 22:29 says, “Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men.”  Nehemiah was a diligent man.

Having received painful news of the state of his countrymen in Israel, Nehemiah was greatly troubled, and he prayed.  Pouring his heart out to God, Nehemiah confessed the sins of Israel and pleaded for mercy and restoration.  Little did he know, but his answer was swiftly approaching.

After noticing Nehemiah’s fallen countenance, the king asked to know what troubled his trusted servant.  Upon hearing the state of Israel, a province under his care, the king not only promised to help, he assigned Nehemiah to lead the effort as the king’s representative.  Because he had proven trustworthy in a duty many would not desire, Nehemiah was literally in a position to to great good when it mattered most.

Where are you today?  Whose cup do you bear?  Let your heart be known to God and let Him open the door.  Be diligent with what have been given.


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