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I’m reading through the Book of Jeremiah. In Chapter 38, Jeremiah is thrown down a cistern full of mud. The Bible says Jeremiah sank down into the mud –Yucky, mushy, stinky, bone-chilling muck.

Ebed-Melech, a Cushite and an official in the royal palace, heard about Jeremiah’s predicament. Ebed-Melech left his official post and searched out the king asking permission to help Jeremiah. The king granted Ebed-Melech’s request, sending thirty men with him to help Jeremiah out of the cistern.

Ebed-Melech risked his own life and the position he held in court when he petitioned the King the Jeremiah’s situation.

Jeremiah 38: 6-7 (NIV) So they took Jeremiah and put him into the cistern of Malkijah, the king’s son, which was in the courtyard of the guard. They lowered Jeremiah by ropes into the cistern; it had no water in it, only mud, and Jeremiah sank down into the mud. 7 But Ebed-Melek, a Cushite, an official in the royal palace, heard that they had put Jeremiah into the cistern.

Jeremiah 38: 8-10 (NIV) Ebed-Melek went out of the palace and said to the King, 9 “My lord the king, these men have acted wickedly in all they have done to Jeremiah the prophet. They have thrown him into a cistern, where he will starve to death when there is no longer any bread in the city.” 10 Then the king commanded Ebed-Melek the Cushite, “Take thirty men from here with you and lift Jeremiah the prophet out of the cistern before he dies

Is your life sinking into a cistern? Can you feel the wet cold mud slowly seeping its way up; pulling you down further and further? Do you need an Ebed-Melek in your life?

Look around! Watch! God doesn’t always send angels to save the day. God can and will send the most unlikely person to help you through your tough times.

When you find your Ebed-Melek be sure to thank him.

Thank your Almighty Father for being faithful and profess your trust in Him.

And then, go and be a Ebed-Melek to some one else. 

Jeremiah 39: 16-18 (NIV) Go and tell Ebed-Melek the Cushite, ‘This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: I am about to fulfill my words against this city—words concerning disaster, not prosperity. At that time they will be fulfilled before your eyes. 17 But I will rescue you on that day, declares the Lord; you will not be given into the hands of those you fear. 18 I will save you; you will not fall by the sword but will escape with your life, because you trust in me, declares the Lord.’”