Acts Of Courage

February 6, 2013

MyHope coming November 2013

SCRIPTURE: Ebed Melech said, “My lord and king, these officials have done evil. They have treated Jeremiah the prophet badly. They have thrown him into a cistern and left him there to die. [Jeremiah 38:8-9, ERV]

QUOTE: Courage is reckoned the greatest of all virtues; because, unless a man has that virtue, he has no security for preserving any other.  ~Samuel Johnson 

COMMENTARY: Ebed Melech, who’s name means “Servant of the king” was a black slave in the court of the weak and wicked Zedekiah. As was the case with most slaves, including many Jews such as Daniel, castration came with capture. Slaves who had been emasculated are not apt to rebel. This man who had been robbed of his fertility was not bitter nor was he lacking in courage. He must have thought a lot of Jeremiah the prophet because he risk his life to save him. Had he not gone to the king and interceded in Jeremiah’s behalf, the prophet would have died at the bottom of a muddy cistern.

I see several morals in the story:

  1. Ebed Melech could have made excuses, after all he was a slave. He could have been bitter about the unjust treatment he had endured, but he was not. Although he had been victimized, he rose above it and refused to be a victim. He made no excuses, just plans and he saved a man’s life. Not just any man but Jeremiah the prophet.
  2. Once again, Ebed Melech proved that some risk are worth taking. He had to leave the palace to save Jeremiah. He had to leave his comfort zone. He could have been executed for what he did but he was willing to take that risk because his plan was noble. It was an act of courage that most men would not attempt.
  3. You never know what one prayer will do. We are so preoccupied with our own selfish needs that we seldom think of others. Go to the King of kings today in someone’s else behalf.

Father, grant us the courage to defend the poor, the orphans, the unborn, the elderly and all in our society that have no voice or ability to defend themselves. Make us helpers of the helpless, save those who are being victimized by injustice and evil. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!



EXTRA: We are making our list and I hope we check it twice. Our departure for Guatemala is less than 24 hours away. We locked ourselves in yesterday trying to prepare ourselves mentally and spiritually. I think I am ready but I could use some prayer.

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