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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Jeremiah 38:7-13 (Pt. 2)  Thought/Prayer:  Be Like Someone Named Ebedmelech?  Topics:  2 at end.

“Now when Ebedmelech the Ethiopian, a eunuch, who was in the king’s house, heard that they had put Jeremiah in the dungeon (the king then sitting in the gate of Benjamin), Ebedmelech went forth out of the king’s house, and spoke to the king, saying, My lord the king, these men have done evil in all that they have done to Jeremiah the prophet, whom they have cast into the dungeon; and he is likely to die in the place where he is, because of the famine; for there is no more bread in the city. Then the king commanded Ebedmelech the Ethiopian, saying, Take from here thirty men with you, and take up Jeremiah the prophet out of the dungeon, before he dies. So Ebedmelech took the men with him, and went into the house of the king under the treasury, and took there rags and worn-out garments, and let them down by cords into the dungeon to Jeremiah. Ebedmelech the Ethiopian said to Jeremiah, Put now these rags and worn-out garments under your armpits under the cords. Jeremiah did so.  So they drew up Jeremiah with the cords, and took him up out of the dungeon: and Jeremiah remained in the court of the guard.” WEB (Read these scriptures and more at http://prayerpivot.com.)
Some versions say “wardrobe,” and the keeper was Hasrah (2 Chron. 34).  (Dungeon also translated as cistern.)

This Ebedmelech was not Hebrew.  He was an Ethiopian who was servant to King Zedekiah.  Aren’t we thankful that he “was who he was,” as is said?  We are thankful to him for saving Jeremiah who was in an awful quagmire of life . . . literally.  Sunk into the mud of a cistern, he had no way to get out and no way to get food.  It seems that everyone who knew he was there just ignored his cries for help . . . everyone but an Ethiopian, Ebedmelech. 

God uses all types of people to fulfill his purposes.  You or I may think that we would not be of use to God in a certain situation.  But then, think of Ebedmelech who, upon learning of Jeremiah’s stark situation, took bold action to help him by going to the king.  No, this man who was not of Jeremiah’s nation or race was kindhearted and went to the king with the end result that Jeremiah was pulled up out of that miry hole. 

Even when it seems as though we could have nothing to do with a problem or situation of someone else’s, God may have a great plan for our involvement.  Yes.  Be like Ebedmelech.  Even his name seems strange to us, but he was used of God; and we are reading about this man hundreds and hundreds of years later. 

Lord, help us to not shrink back; help us to be as bold as Ebedmelech when we hear of someone who needs help, even though they may be very different from us.  Guide us to people in LIFE struggles who need us, though very different and in very different situations from anything we know.

Topics:  Pray for awareness as to where God will use us, no matter how impossible it may seem that He could use us. 
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Posted by Gail Richardson on 04/21 at 10:02 PM
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