The Other Messiah

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Webster's Dictionary defines messiah as the expected King and deliverer of the Jews, Many people first think of the Messiah, Y'shua Christ Jesus, and the Lamb of God who truly was and is the deliverer. He was and is not only the deliverer of the Jews but of all Mankind for He has redeemed and bought back many children of the entire world with His pure and holy blood. As His blood poured out, the sign, the Roman ruler Pilate ordered placed over his head, infuriated many of the Temple Priests. The sign read in three languages, "Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews", (John 19:19).

The first messiah was the expected king and deliverer of the Jews. He claimed to be the king of the entire world and he was not even Jewish as was and is the soon returning Messiah. While history documents his reign and the Book of the Prophet Jeremiah of the Bible only tells us the remnant of survivors will be in captivity for a period of 70 years in Babylon. Listen to the powerful and humble words of the other messiah in the proclamation in the last verse of 2 Chronicles 36:23, saying. "Thus says Cyrus king of Persia, All the kingdoms of the earth the Lord God of heaven has given me. And He has commanded me to build Him a house at Jerusalem (rebuild Solomon's destroyed Temple) which is in Judah. Who is among you of all His people? May the Lord his God be with him and let him go up!” With this command the first exodus (whole assembly of 42,360 people 'Ezra 2:64') of three continued in the Book of the Prophet Ezra. The third exodus was to build the wall around Jerusalem fully described by the Prophet Nehemiah in the book in the Bible of that name.

As a slave in Babylon, the Prophet Nehemiah was a cupbearer to the King (wine tasting for poison * Nehemiah 1:10). He was also a man of prayer, always consulting with our Lord. His tearful prayer in chapter one begins, saying, "I pray, Lord God of heaven, O great and awesome God, You who keep YOUR covenant (of love) and mercy with those who love YOU and observe your commandments". This tearful prayer began after hearing that Jerusalem was lying in ruins and the gates were destroyed with fire (nearly a century after the Temple restoration); his humble and weeping prayer got immediate results. The king noticed his unusual face with sadness of heart (Neh. 2:2) and it pleased the king to send him to Jerusalem who also provided beams for the seven city gates as well as for building Nehemiah's own house of residence.

The Ammonites and many surrounding non-Jewish peoples naturally opposed the freedom of pillaging and destroying the provinces of the Israelites with great trouble and disgrace. Nehemiah inspired the people with confidence and dependence upon God for success. Yet, his brief leave of absence was later extended to 12 years (Neh. 5:14) because of stiff resistance 

Within the surrounding non-Jewish neighbors, just as it is in this age. As Governor of Judah, he returned to Babylon to report to the king before going back to Jerusalem for an added term. (Neh. 13:6).

 

Being elevated from a slave with the dangerous job of tasting wine for poison in the presence of