O Lord, I beseech thee, let now thine ear be attentive to the prayer of thy servant, and to the prayer of thy servants who desire to fear thy name: and prosper, I pray thee, thy servant this day, and grant him mercy in the sight of this man. For I was the king’s cupbearer – Nehemiah 1:11.
Nehemiah was the governor of Jerusalem who helped rebuild the city wall. Nehemiah received permission from Artaxerxes to go to Judah and restore his people’s fortunes. He was appointed governor of the province with authority to rebuild the city walls. Nehemiah and his work crew were harassed by three enemies: Sanballat the Horonite, Tobiah the Ammonite official, and Geshem, the Arab, their objective was to stop the work of the rebuilding of the wall in Jerusalem.
And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt – Exodus 12:13.
The Passover commemorated God’s deliverance of the Israelites from slavery in Egypt, but it also pointed to the coming of Deliverer and Savior of all people. The Passover lamb had to be without blemish, a male and young. It had to be examined four days from the selection to the sacrifice, and it had to be slain in public. None of its bones was to be broken, finally, its blood on the Israelites’ doorposts was a sign that God should pass over and not destroy that family’ s firstborn.
It came even to pass, as the trumpeters and singers were as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the Lord; and when thy lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of music, and praised the Lord, saying, For He is good, for His mercy endureth for ever: that then the house was filled with a cloud, even the house of the Lord. So that the priest could not stand (continue) to minister by reason of the cloud: for the glory of the Lord had filled the house of God – 2nd Chronicles 5:13-14.
Solomon, and the elders of Israel, had done what they could to grace the solemnity of the introduction of the ark; but God, by testifying His acceptance of what they did, put the greatest honor upon it.The cloud of glory that filled the house beautified it more than all the gold with which it was overlaid or the precious stones it was garnished with.