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The Book of Nehemiah Chapter 2 (2 of 13)
1 And it came to pass in the month Nisan, in the
twentieth year of Artaxerxes the king, [that] wine
[was] before him: and I took up the wine, and gave
[it] unto the king. Now I had not been [beforetime]
sad in his presence.
The opportunity to Nehemiah's prayer did not come
immediately. 4 MONTHS WENT BY.
GOD'S FAVOR IS JUST AS MUCH A MATTER OF TIMING AS IT
IS OF OPEN DOORS.
God moves according to His time and in His way, not
ours. This must have been almost unbearable for
Nehemiah. He was a man of prayer, a man of action, a
man who loved his people and the nation and as time
went by, it began to show on his face. He was unhappy
in the king's presence for the first time and that
drew the attention of the king.
2 Wherefore the king said unto me, Why [is] thy
countenance sad, seeing thou [art] not sick? this [is]
nothing [else] but sorrow of heart. Then I was very
Why are you looking so sad, seeing you're not sick,
this is nothing but sorrow or sadness of heart.
Nehemiah was very much afraid, meaning that he was
scared stiff. Many make issue that Nehemiah's fear
came as a result of being the cupbearer and that a sad
face showed a possible displeasure with the king and
could result in his death. Although that may be true,
that is NOT why Nehemiah was sad or afraid. In fact,
he tells you directly why he's sad, which bring me to
the point of why he's afraid. He's afraid because of
his request to the king.
3 And said unto the king, Let the king live forever:
why should not my countenance be sad, when the city,
the place of my fathers' sepulchres, [lieth] waste,
and the gates thereof are consumed with fire?
There's no disrespect for the king from Nehemiah. He
didn't do anything that would hinder the door from
opening up to him because of disrespect towards the
king. REMEMBER, THIS IS THE SAME KING THAT HAD STOPPED
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