Today's Quiet-Time Bible Notes. February 21st, 2018

Nehemiah 2.1 - Carriers of the wine "In the month of Nisan in the twentieth year of King Artaxerxes, when wine was brought for him, I took the wine and gave it to the king." ... In Nehemiah 1, we find Nehemiah who was serving at the courts of the King of Persia, King Artaxerxes. When Nehemiah heard from some of his brothers that Jerusalem was in a terrible way with broken walls and a desperate people, he wept and was heartbroken. After much prayer and fasting he decided to go before the King and seek the King's favour to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. This was a risky thing to do. But Nehemiah did go in front of the King in Nehemiah 2 and the King granted Nehemiah's request to go and rebuild the walls. In Nehemiah 2.1, we find that Nehemiah took the wine and gave it to the King. We see times in the New Testament that talk about wine and the Holy Spirit. Jesus turned the water into wine in his first miracle in Cana (John 2.1) and we find that the wine that Jesus made was the best wine of all. Then we see in Matthew 9 where Jesus speaks about pouring the new wine into the new wineskins, not into the old wineskins. Finally Ephesians 5.18 says don't get drunk on actual wine but instead be filled with the Holy Spirit 'wine'. When Nehemiah went in front of the King with the wine, the King showed him favour and granted his request. It is God in us by the Holy Spirit that changes this, brings favour, helps us, uses us to bring change and restoration to people and even nations. It is the Holy Spirit who does the work and brings glory to God. But we go as 'carriers' of the 'wine' and this is what God uses to make things happen - greater is the Holy Spirit in us than anything that is in the world (1 John 4.4)

-- Myfishbites