Nehemiah 1:10 – Now these are thy servants and thy people, whom thou hast redeemed by thy great power, and by thy strong hand.
In the court of the king of Persia, Nehemiah received news of the desperate plight of his people in Israel. Jerusalem was a desolation and the people a weakened remnant of a once great nation, the people of God. Unlike most who might feel pity but little sense of responsibility, the love of God welled up in Nehemiah and his heart broke for his people, and the king noticed.
When the cupbearer, Nehemiah, told the king why he was so forlorn, his words fell on compassionate ears. Cyrus, king of Persia, was promised by Isaiah at least a generation before. He was destined to be God’s chosen deliverer. Under his reign the Israelites were restored to their nation, beginning the last chapter in the nation of Israel before the drought of God’s presence.
These two men, Cyrus and Nehemiah, were instruments in the Creator’s Hands working his plan to restore and maintain Israel in the Earth. Merciful and Almighty, God works out His plan in and through the lives of His children. Through it all, Nehemiah recognized and acknowledged the sovereign work of the Spirit in their lives. We are His servants and His people, the sheep of His pasture.
Like Nehemiah, Jesus pleaded with the Father to send Him to earth to establish the forgotten Kingdom of God and save His people from the desolation of their sins. And so He came. The Savior came and met the enemies of God and saved a people from themselves. Praise God that heeded the intercession of Jesus, and honored the sacrifice of the Shepherd of our Souls. Weep for your sins and the sins of your people, and rejoice in Jesus whose grace is sufficient to redeem you.