Nehemiah Chapter 2, Nehemiah Is Sent To Judah At His Request

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The Prophet Nehemiah, Cup Bearer of The King, Artaxerxes of Persia, at his own request is sent to Judah to repair the damages to The City of David's Walls and Gates. Along with doing the work he is also wanting to repair the graves of his fathers that are also damaged.

There is always Opposition to any good work and now we have Sanballat The Horonite and his servant Tobiah The Ammonite who are in opposition to the Restoration of Jerusalem's Walls and Gates. Sanballat is the Governor of Samaria and is the major theme in The Book of Nehemiah.

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Nehemiah 2:5-6, Nehemiah Answer, The King, Send Me To Jerusalem

Send Me To Jerusalem if it please you, was Nehemiah's request of King Artaxerxes. Nehemiah is speaking about the repair that was needed on his fathers tombs in Jerusakem.

Lets read the next two verses of Nehemiah 2,

V5 And I said to the King, "If it pleases the King, and if your servant has found favor in your sight, I ask that you send me to Judah, to the city of my fathers' tombs, that I may rebuild it."
V6 Then the King said to me (the Queen also sitting beside him), "How long will your journey be? And when will you return?" So it pleased the King to send me; and I set him a time.

Artaxerxes wants to fulfill Nehemiah's desire to return to do repair work on his fathers tombs.