Before the King
Now Ahikar was cupbearer, keeper of the signet, and in charge of administration of the accounts, for Esarhaddon had appointed him second to himself.
And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?
Now issue an order to these men to stop work, so that this city will not be rebuilt until I so order.
There and then, in the presence of a human king, Nehemiah is at the footstool of heaven.
(Raymond Brown, The Bible Speaks Today: The message of Nehemiah, p47)
In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.
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