“…I will bless them that bless thee…” – Genesis 12:3
One of the best stories in the Holy Scriptures that illustrates the truth and the reality of the above scripture is found in the book of Jeremiah the prophet chapters 38 and 39. Jeremiah was called and ordained a prophet of the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob before he was born. God used him to convey His messages to the nation of Israel; specifically the tribes of Judah and Benjamin. Jeremiah prophesied that they had broken the original covenant with God by worshipping idols. He further prophesied that they would be conquered by Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon, taken into captivity and their cities destroyed, especially Jerusalem. The king, princes and other leaders did not like the message Jeremiah was prophesying. They said he was discouraging the people and weakening the soldiers. They treated Jeremiah harshly for his message. The leaders brought in false prophets to say that the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob was pleased with them and that Jeremiah was not prophesying the truth.
It was not until the King of Babylon; Nebuchadnezzar came with his mighty military and besieged them that they finally believed Jeremiah. They came to him and asked him for a word from the Lord. They wanted to hear that God would drive away Babylon and save them. Jeremiah’s message to them was if they wanted to be saved from death they must surrender to the King of Babylon and their lives and the lives of their children would be spared. However, if they refused to surrender they would die by the sword, famine and pestilence. This made the people hate Jeremiah even more. They were so angry that they took Jeremiah and threw him in a deep pit, which contained mire hoping he would die of starvation, etc.
But there was in the king’s court a black man, an Ethiopian eunuch by the name of Ebedmelech. He was a slave having no rights at all. He believed Jeremiah’s prophecies from the beginning and he was terribly afraid. He knew if the King of Babylon would do this to the Jewish citizens, his life was worth next to nothing. When he heard of what the princes had done to Jeremiah the Lord’s prophet, he went to the king and begged for the life of Jeremiah. The king told Ebedmelech to take 30 men with him and get some cloths and get him out of the pit. The eunuch did just that, thus saving the life of God’s prophet.
The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob did not forget what this black man did. He sent a special message to Ebedmelech via of Jeremiah the prophet stating He understood his fear of the Babylonians in regards to his own personal life. God also said that He would not let anything happen to his life. He would give him his life as a prey or spoil of war. He respected Ebedmelech for saving the life of Jeremiah. Even in the midst of war and cruel actions, God demonstrated His ability to honor His word to a black man, a slave, a nobody.
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