LESSON 3 / 6 – Position of Nehemiah
Main text – Nehemiah chapter 2: 1 – 3
Nehemiah was a cupbearer to the King Artaxerxes in his twentieth year. He had an important role as he was serving the King his wine/drink within the Royal courts. This position carried significance as he was serving in the Royal household. He was serving the King.
Traditionally, cupbearers protected the life of the King. Their job was to detect poison within the fluids being undertaken by the Monarch.
For this reason, cupbearers were often among the king’s most trusted servants; hence Nehemiah used this position for the ‘greater good’
- Nehemiah used his place of authority to influence the effect of change for his people
- His countenance and grievance for his people attracted the attention of the King
- His prayer and fasting paved a way to grant him an audience before the King
Today, we can use our ‘societal’ position or even the influence we have wherever we find ourselves to benefit the Kingdom and spread the ‘Good News’. The scripture below shows the steps and actions Nehemiah took in order to make his petition unto the King.
He used the close proximity he had backed by the fasting and prayers he had undertaken previously to talk to the King.