Receiving Mercy to Rebuild
“The sons of foreigners shall build up your walls,
and their kings shall minister to you; for in My wrath I struck you,
but in My favor I have had mercy on you. - Isaiah 60:10
Incredibly, we shall see, how the book of Nehemiah fulfils the Old Testament prophecies of Isaiah 60:10; and Zechariah 1:12-17 but especially the fulfillment of the building of the walls in Jerusalem according to Daniel 9:25:
Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the command to restore and build Jerusalem until Messiah the Prince, there shall be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks; the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublesome times.
Daniel’s words combine the prophetic calendar for the later return of the Messiah—Jesus Christ with the current events to rebuild the walls. After Jerusalem was destroyed and many of its people taken into seventy year captivity in Babylon, God would have mercy on His people and restore the city of Zion. Psalm 102:13-14 tells us:
You [God] will arise and have mercy on Zion; for the time to favor her, yes, the set time, has come. For Your servants take pleasure in her stones, and show favor to her dust.
God would now use Nehemiah to rebuild the walls. The Lord had placed him in the presence of King Artaxerxes, a foreign king who would help in the endeavor. He would even give Nehemiah the permission to oversee the vast project––amazing! Examine your own life; is it time to ask God for His mercy, so He can help rebuild the walls of your life?
Remember me, O Lord, with the favor You have toward Your people. Oh, visit me with Your salvation,that I may see the benefit of Your chosen ones, that I may rejoice in the gladness of Yournation…
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