Wednesday, August 6, 2014

I Was Cupbearer to the King

In my in debt study of Nehemiah one scripture has been just burning in my spirit every day.
Nehemiah 1:11
I was cupbearer to the king.
A little back story on Nehemiah. Nehemiah was a regular man in a prestigious position. He was the cupbearer to the Persian King. One day his brother came to see him, and Nehemiah asked him who Jerusalem was doing. His brother gave him the horrible news that the people that had survived the exile were in great trouble, the wall was broken down, and the gates had been burned with fire. He was so upset by this news he wept, fasted, mourned and prayed for days. Then he spoke to the Lord.
Nehemiah speaks/prays this moving gut wrenching prayer to God. Seriously go read it! You can learn so much about intercessory prayer from those scriptures. (Nehemiah 1: 5-11) It's the statement that he says at the end of his prayer that gets my intention though.
Nehemiah 1:11
I was cupbearer to the king.
I did a little research on some commentary and why other people think he said this. They were all great, but not what the Holy Spirit was telling me. A lot of people try to link it to his position title. The prestige of his position. Reminding God that he can be trusted. After all he taste the wine and food before the king does to make sure there is no poison in it. You would have to be a very trusted individual to have that much access to a king. It makes since but it isn't what God is showing me.
I think it is a bold statement of faith. "I was." Nehemiah wept, fasted, mourned and prayed for days before he was even ready in his spirit to approach the throne. He was preparing for something. He was making sure everything in his mind was lining up with his heart. Making sure he was ready to approach God and what he was going to say/pray was exactly what he needed to say. When he did approach God, he was ready. He spoke about what a great God he had, and He kept his covenants. He reminded God of His promises He Had made to Israel. He interceded for Israel. He confessed his and Israel's sins. He thanks God for Him hearing his and Israel's prayers. He asked for granted favor. Then he said, "I was the cupbearer for the King."
He was proclaiming something. He was putting his faith into action. He was saying I was this....I will now go where you lead me. I will now be used of you wherever you take me. You see if he was just reminding God of his job description why wouldn't he say "I am the cupbearer to the King?" It would have been a correct statement he was still the cupbearer for the King. He was speaking out in faith. In all that praying he did before he spoke to God, the Holy Spirit revealed plans to him and gave him vision. This was Nehemiah's way of saying, "If that is where you want me to go, I will go."
Romans 4:17 The Message
 We call Abraham “father” not because he got God’s attention by living like a saint, but because God made something out of Abraham when he was a nobody. Isn’t that what we’ve always read in Scripture, God saying to Abraham, “I set you up as father of many peoples”? Abraham was first named “father” and then became a father because he dared to trust God to do what only God could do: raise the dead to life, with a word make something out of nothing. When everything was hopeless, Abraham believed anyway, deciding to live not on the basis of what he saw he couldn’t do but on what God said he would do. And so he was made father of a multitude of peoples. God himself said to him, “You’re going to have a big family, Abraham!”

Romans 4:17 New King James Version
(as it is written, “I have made you a father of many nations”) in the presence of Him whom he believed—God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did;
Nehemiah 1:11
I was cupbearer to the king.
Thanks for reading today!
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Mary Sellers



  1. Very good Mary Catherine! So interesting and love how much you are enjoying your study on this . Pamela Britt Malone