Today's Meditation: Jeremiah 38:7-13"Now when Ebedmelech the Ethopian, one of the eunuchs which 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 like to die for hunger in the place where he is: for there is no more bread in the city. Then the king commanded Ebedmelech the Ethiopian saying, Take from hence thirty men with thee, and take up Jeremiah the prophet out of the dungeon, before he die. So Ebedmelech took the men with him, and went into the house of the king under the treasury, and took thence old cast clouts and old rotten rags, and let them down by cords into the dungeon to Jeremiah. And Ebedmelech the Ethiopian said unto Jeremiah, 'Put now these old cast clouts and rotten rags under thine armholes under the cords.' And Jeremiah did so. So they drew up Jeremiah with cords, and took him up out of the dungeon: and Jeremiah remained in the court of the prison."Jeremiah 38:7-13-----Ladder Rung: J387HJ and H are the first and last letters of Jeremiah. Selection of words to aid in memory:Jeremiah's Help.Ebedmelech the Ethiopian proved to be "a help and a hope" in Jeremiah's time of trouble. 38:7 is our reference.At 3:00 PM we'll rehearse our passage.8 is the number of times we'll rehearse the passage with different forms of meditation suggested (whispering, singing, speaking aloud and silently.)7:00 PM we'll rehearse our passage again.*The implementation of these uniquely "timed" meditations has proved valuable to many of you and we will keep them up.------Matthew Henry speaks masterfully to the individual responsible for the liberation of Jeremiah:"Ebedmelech was an Ethiopian, a stranger to the commonwealth of Israel, and yet had in him more humanity, and more divinity too, than native Israelites had."Yes indeed.It was Jeremiah's own countrymen (the elite of Israel) that procured the unfavorable treatment and placement of Jeremiah in the pit. In speaking God's word faithfully and truthfully he was cast away and subjected to prolonged ill treatment and given over to ruthless and sinister individuals.The pit was to be a pronounced place of destruction and death; a work of concentrated evil to end a godly man's life.But God had other plans: As Jeremiah's life ebbed away in the pit, an "unheard" of man was going to work for him in the palace behind the scenes:Ebedmelech, the Ethiopian eunuch, and a man of standing and counsel in the king's presence, asserts himself and requests aid to be afforded by the king to save Jeremiah's life. Candidly and forcibly he reviews the "wrongs" done to Jeremiah and makes suggestion for his liberation.The king's heart is provoked and decidedly moved by Ebedmelech's notable defence of Jeremiah, and he leaves the palace with thirty able men and the tender providence of rags and cloths to accommodate the harsh cords that will retrieve Jeremiah from the pit.Jeremian's life is spared, yet again, by an unseen providence and Gentile hands.God's watchcare and His provision are Jeremiah's attendants even while he is in the pit. God never leaves His man; He never lets him go. He never lets "us" go.How beautiful the hands of those who lift us from depths of despair and aid us with the tender cloths of mercy and grace when we are at the end.How beautiful the lives of those who bear defence of us, behind the scenes, and arrive at our pit to lift us out.God is mercifully tenderly at work in our hard-to-bear moments.Whatever your situation, and whatever pit you might find yourself in, be obedient in that place and know that your Deliverer will provide for you His own unseen providences ... in His time."The Lord hath appeared of old unto me, saying, 'Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee."Jeremiah 31:3-----Holy and strong loving Father,How able and sufficient are Thy sovereign hands to govern the affairs of my life. How wondrously strong and magnificent are the providences selected and appointed by Thy knowledge and wisdom for the procurement of my faith.Let me, this day, serve as an "Ebedmelech" in another individual's life.Let me place myself at Thy disposal and procure good for another's welfare.Let me be valiant and truthful, courageous and wise, in the dealings and undertakings of this day, with a true concern and a practical strategy in place for lifting up another.For the "Ebedmelechs" who have appeared as both help and hope in time of need, I give Thee thanks.Thy heart is tender and Thy love is good.Amen.
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