Builders opposed and ridiculed; Nehemiah's prayer; weapons for the workers; evils corrected; plots of adversaries; walls completed
Nehemiah determined to rebuild the walls around
Sanballat again attempted to stop their work, saying: Come, let us meet together in some one of the villages in the plain of Ono (Nehemiah 6:2), about 28 miles northwest of
After Sanballat made five attempts to meet with Nehemiah, he then accused him of rebelling against the king of
Eleven times it is recorded that Nehemiah prayed (1:4-11; 2:4; 4:4-5,9; 5:19; 6:9,14; 13:14,22,29,31). He encouraged his workers, saying: The God of heaven . . . will prosper us. . . . for the people had a mind to work. . . . So the wall was finished . . . in fifty and two days (2:20; 4:6; 6:15).
Once we recognize that the battle is the LORD'S (I Samuel 17:47), and God is the One who allows the opposition, we will not panic. Instead, we will seek to learn what the Lord expects of us in order to qualify to have our prayers answered. People of faith, though a minority, will always find a way to accomplish God's will. In serving the Lord, one great temptation is that many will find excuses to wait for a more convenient time rather than to put the Lord first and do their best with what they have. Jesus said: I must work the works of Him that sent Me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work (John 9:4).
By Nehemiah and other Jews who had bought back (redeemed) some Jews who had been sold to the heathen as slaves while in
4:7 breaches =/i> gaps; 4:10 decayed =/i> giving way; 4:20 resort ye thither =/i> assemble there; 5:3 dearth =/i> famine; 5:7 usury =/i> interest; 5:10 exact of them =/i> require; 6:8 feignest =/i> made up the story.
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Memory Verse for the Week: Job 23:12