By: Darrelyn L. TuttEbed-melech was an Ethiopian eunuch in King Zedekiah's house during the Seige of Jerusalem. Privy to private conversation and internal affairs, he was present on the day of Jeremiah's judgement and confinement to a dungeon.He was also privy to wisdom and discernment from on High.-----The "dungeon" was the consequence of ill-favored words spoken by Jeremiah, directly from God, assigning the people to a purposed and sure captivity which God's people (many of them,) were fighting against.Met with resistance, refusal, and rebuttal by the King's counselors and men, Jeremiah was declared guilty of creating disunity and disharmony in the Kingdom and he was removed and ousted from their presence.Hmmm ..."Ebed-melech 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 Ebed-melech the Ethiopian saying, 'Take from hence thirty men with thee, and take up Jeremiah the prophet out of the dungeon before he dies.' So Ebed-melech 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 my cords into the dungeon to Jeremiah. And Ebed-melech, the Ethiopian said unto Jeremiah, 'Put now these old cast clouts and rotten rags under thine armholds 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------The favor of God rode heavily on Jeremiah and yet included a dungeon and very evil men. It's very important to note this. The favor of God rode, also, on Ebed-melech who found himself in a position to remedy Jeremiah's "dungeon" predicament, and acted courageously.This favorable act and timely appeal on Jeremiah's behalf, will translate him into a favorable future outcome worthy of consideration."Now the word of the Lord came unto Jeremiah while he was shut up in the court of the prison, saying, 'Go and speak to Ebed-melech the Ethiopian' saying, 'Thus saith the Lord of Hosts, the God of Israel;Behold, I will bring My words upon this city for evil and not for good; and they shall be accomplished in that day before thee. But I will deliver thee in that day, saith the Lord, and thou shalt not be given into the hand of the men of whom thou art afraid. For I will surely deliver thee, and thou shalt not fall by the sword, but thy live shall be for a prey unto thee; because thou hast put thy trust in Me,' saith the Lord."Jeremiah 39:15-18 ------- Hmmm ...Favor attends the faithful in unique, tangible, and highly personal ways.As it was with Ebed-melech, so shall it be with all those who trust in the Lord, and act courageously when the moment calls forth.God doesn't forget the acts and services of brave men and women who "protect" His own.He catapults them in His time, and in His way, to stations and securities of their own which He has planned in advance.Take the high road called courage, trust in the Lord.and be sure that His loving favor will meet "you".Look well to the "Jeremiah's" and God will look well on you.Amen.-------
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