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GOVERNMENT AND OPPORTUNITIES – written by Tanis Harms
TOPIC: Biblical view on government, our part is
. to pray and be thankful for our leaders
SCRIPTURE: Neh.1:1-2:20, 1Tim.2:1-2
Style: drama/conversation: Nehemiah tells
. a friend how his plan unfolded in order
. to get King Artaxerxes to agree to
. helping them rebuild Jerusalem
Cast: NEHEMIAH, YEPHETH
(NEHEMIAH enters, intent on doing something, when
YEPHETH comes up behind him and calls out.)
YEPHETH Nehemiah! Nehemiah!
(NEHEMIAH turns to recognize YEPHETH, a neighbor.)
NEHEMIAH Oh, Yepheth, good to see you.
. How does it go with you and your family?
YEPHETH I have to say, YOU have given the Israelites
. new hope. We always wondered how it was
. for you in the palace. What an honor
. to be selected to serve the King.
NEHEMIAH The honor is from God, whom I serve.
YEPHETH The word is that you have good rapport
. with King Artaxerxes, who is not so easy
. to please. How much did you have to –
NEHEMIAH There were no compromises. Perhaps this
. is what earned my respect with the king.
YEPHETH You must be around the king a lot!
. So you are never afraid? And not just
. about his wine being poisoned, but-
. just – about getting in his way when
. he’s in a bad mood?
NEHEMIAH I must admit that I am afraid at times. 2
. I am only human.
YEPHETH So tell me, I am curious. How does the
. royal cupbearer get the king, not only
. to give you permission to rebuild Jerusalem,
. but help you in the process?
NEHEMIAH After hearing the news that Jerusalem
. had been destroyed, for four days,
. I mourned, fasted and prayed earnestly
. before the God of heaven, to the Lord
. who preserves our covenant for those
. who keep His commandments.
YEPHETH Is that message aimed at me?
NEHEMIAH For all of us! We were taken into captivity
. only because of our disobedience.
. Our nation sinned against our God,
. and we find ourselves in another land,
. while our capital city falls apart.
YEPHETH You are right. We have a lot to confess,
. or we will only continue to scatter.
NEHEMIAH God heard my prayer to grant me compassion
. before men. Which I needed after those
. four days. While handing the king his wine,
. he noticed that I was sad.
YEPHETH We have heard that a sad countenance
. is not tolerated in the royal presence.
. Is that true?
NEHEMIAH It is. And I was afraid. But he asked
. me about it because he had never seen me sad
. ever before. I told him about Jerusalem.
. That my city had been destroyed.
. King Artaxerxes had compassion and asked
. if I had a request.
YEPHETH Just like that? How did you answer?
NEHEMIAH I prayed again – quickly in my head.
YEPHETH Of course! You want to answer wisely.
NEHEMIAH Then I asked if it please the king,
. that I go and rebuild it.
YEPHETH Just like that!
NEHEMIAH The words that came from my mouth were
. far more eloquent and politically tactful.
YEPHETH I am sure being the cupbearer to the king
. gave you plenty of exposure to such.
NEHEMIAH And it was God speaking through me.
. I rely on God for everything.
. Every request I have made has been
. very thoughtful and well planned out.
. Every attempt is made to be prepared
. and organized, so when I answer to the king,
. I am able to answer precisely.
. Accountability is key to success.
. I make sure that I make decisions only
. when I am feeling refreshed, so I make
. make sure I get enough sleep, and rest
. and worship on the Sabbath.
YEPHETH You leave nothing to chance?
NEHEMIAH Certain situations arise. It is knowing
. to only take risks when it counts.
YEPHETH So there is much danger?
NEHEMIAH Because I had to pass through other lands,
. I asked the king to write letters for
. those governors to allow me to pass through
. safely. And the king wrote another letter
. to ask for timber to help rebuild.
YEPHETH The king is helping to supply our cause?
NEHEMIAH Because the king sees that God is with me.
. The king also supplied me with officers
. of the army and horsemen for protection.
YEPHETH This is completely amazing to me.
. Who thought this could be possible?
. But how do our OWN people react?
NEHEMIAH Our people are cooperating despite
. the harassment and intimidation tactics
. of our enemies. We are working hard
. not to be discouraged or distracted.
. And we are seeing progress.
YEPHETH Perhaps that is the amazing part!
. To see that we are becoming unified
. in our attempts! Let me get my tools
. and I will join you.
NEHEMIAH We must all repent and be obedient.
. The God of heaven will give us success!
. We His servants will arise and build.