BIBLE: Nehemiah Chapter 1 – Headline “the Cupbearer, the Queen, and the Dream Sayer” [Prophesy]

Words in italic type have been added for clarity. They are not found in the original Hebrew or Aramaic.

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Nehemiah 1

  • God weaves the stories of Nehemiah, Esther and Daniel into “the Cupbearer, the Queen, and the Dream Sayer”; all of which are books of the Bible,
  • Nehemiah and Esther were contemporaries

Daniel prophesied this event in Daniel chapter 9
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See Daniel’s Seventy Weeks

  • Daniel 9:25-26
    “Know therefore and understand,
    That from the going forth of the command
    To restore and build Jerusalem (Nehemiah the cupbearer’s request)

    Until Messiah the Prince (Jesus Yeshua the Messiah, the Prince of the Father),
    There shall be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks (A total of sixty nine “weeks or sevens”);

    The street shall be built again, and the wall,
    Even in troublesome times.

    “And after the sixty-two weeks (is finished)
    Messiah shall be cut off (crucified), but not for Himself (for the sins of the people);
    [Insert a place marker here] And the people of the prince who is to come
    Shall destroy the city and the sanctuary.
    The end of it shall be with a flood (an army)

Nehemiah Prays for His People

Nehemiah 1:1 The words of Nehemiah the son of Hachaliah.
It came to pass in the month of Chislev (Kislev, the Ninth Jewish Month, in the twentieth year, as I was in Shushan (Or Susa) the citadel (Or fortified palace, and so elsewhere in the book),
Nehemiah 1:that Hanani one of my brethren came with men from Judah; and I asked them concerning the Jews who had escaped, who had survived the captivity, and concerning Jerusalem.
Nehemiah 1:And they said to me, “The survivors who are left from the captivity in the province are there in great distress and reproach. The wall of Jerusalem is also broken down, and its gates are burned with fire.”
Nehemiah 1:So it was, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned for many days; I was fasting and praying before the God (‘ĕlōhîm) of heaven.
  • “Crying is the only way your eyes speak when your mouth can’t explain” ~unknown

The Prayer of Nehemiah as he Remembers the Covenant

Nehemiah 1:And I said: “I pray, Lord God (Yᵊhōvâ ‘ĕlōhîm) of heaven, O great and awesome God (‘ēl), You who keep Your covenant and mercy with those who love You (Lit. Him) and observe Your (Lit. His) commandments,
Nehemiah 1:please let Your ear be attentive and Your eyes open, that You may hear the prayer of Your servant which I pray before You now, day and night, for the children of Israel Your servants, and confess the sins of the children of Israel which we have sinned against You. Both my father’s house and I have sinned.
Nehemiah 1:We have acted very corruptly against You, and have not kept the commandments, the statutes, nor the ordinances which You commanded Your servant Moses.
Nehemiah 1:Remember, I pray, the word that You commanded Your servant Moses, saying, ‘If you are unfaithful (act treacherously), I will scatter you among the nations;
Nehemiah 1:but if you return to Me, and 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.’
Nehemiah 1:10 Now these are Your servants and Your people, whom You have redeemed by Your great power, and by Your strong hand.
Nehemiah 1:11 O Lord (‘ăḏōnāy), I pray, please let Your ear be attentive to the prayer of Your servant, and to the prayer of Your servants who desire to fear Your name; and let Your servant prosper this day, I pray, and grant him mercy in the sight of this man (the king Artaxerxes).”
For I was the king’s cupbearer.

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