Contemplations on Nehemiah
Father Daoud Lamie
Nehemiah ... was a Jewish captive, during the captivity that started in Babylon and continued during the Persian rule in a Persian district called “Shushan”.
He was in a high position as the “king’s cupbearer or head of the king’s office”. This was a high political and social position. The king’s cupbearer had to be faithful and trustworthy as there was always a danger of him poisoning the king.
Nehemiah went to build the gates of Jerusalem in spite of the resistance of the enemy. He also built the spirit of the people, trying to make them believe in prayer and hard work. He struggled with God and His people and instilled in them the spirit of hope.