Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. 1 Peter 5:6
Ebed-melech is just an ordinary guy it would seem; an Ethiopian, a eunuch in the kings house, a man with no standing in the community yet Scripture finds him noteworthy of mentioning in Jeremiah 38:7-13. Ebed-melech means “servant of the king”. I believe his heart was a servant of The King.
Jeremiah the prophet had just been horribly mistreated because of his faithfulness to the Lord. He was thrown into a cistern in which he would most likely die. However never put a period where God puts a comma right! Verse 7 begins “But Ebed-melech….”
Ebed-melech could have been considered to have been in his own pit by many, he was a servant, a eunuch, yet within his own pit he was able to see the need of someone else in a pit and took action. He brought to the kings attention the mistreatment of Jeremiah and showed great concern for Jeremiahs life, to the point that the king showed mercy and allowed Ebed-melech 30 men to rescue Jeremiah! Ebed-melech raided the room under the kings treasury for old rags and worn-out clothes that he let down to Jeremiah along with the rope. He told Jeremiah to place the cloth under his arms to pad the ropes as they pulled him from the pit and saved his life. A rescue with compassion!
Galatians 6:1 encourages us to help one another yet as we do to be humbly aware that we are just as susceptible to falling ourselves into that very same pit. Take the mindset when helping another as if you are getting under and lifting, not reaching down to pull up. I think it was the Ebed-melech’s humble servant heart that got his story in Scripture. His heart broke over what breaks the heart of Jesus and he wasn’t afraid to risk himself to meet those needs even out of his own need.
Jesus is always on the move. Isaiah 43:19 See, I am doing a new thing! …do you not perceive it? How often do we miss opportunities because we are wallowing in our own pits? 1 Peter 5:7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. Our Jesus knows our cares and cares deeply so we can cast them onto Him and trust that He will take care of us as we, in His strength, continue to care for others.
Independent read: Philippians 2:3-4