Nehemiah 6 – February 18-19

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Nehemiah 6

Further Opposition to the Rebuilding

When word came to Sanballat, Tobiah, Geshem the Arab and the rest of our enemies that I had rebuilt the wall and not a gap was left in it—though up to that time I had not set the doors in the gates— Sanballat and Geshem sent me this message: “Come, let us meet together in one of the villages on the plain of Ono.”
But they were scheming to harm me; so I sent messengers to them with this reply: “I am carrying on a great project and cannot go down. Why should the work stop while I leave it and go down to you?” Four times they sent me the same message, and each time I gave them the same answer.
Then, the fifth time, Sanballat sent his aide to me with the same message, and in his hand was an unsealed letter in which was written:
“It is reported among the nations—and Geshem says it is true—that you and the Jews are plotting to revolt, and therefore you are building the wall. Moreover, according to these reports you are about to become their king and have even appointed prophets to make this proclamation about you in Jerusalem: ‘There is a king in Judah!’ Now this report will get back to the king; so come, let us meet together.”
I sent him this reply: “Nothing like what you are saying is happening; you are just making it up out of your head.”
They were all trying to frighten us, thinking, “Their hands will get too weak for the work, and it will not be completed.”
But I prayed, “Now strengthen my hands.”
10 One day I went to the house of Shemaiah son of Delaiah, the son of Mehetabel, who was shut in at his home. He said, “Let us meet in the house of God, inside the temple, and let us close the temple doors, because men are coming to kill you—by night they are coming to kill you.”
11 But I said, “Should a man like me run away? Or should someone like me go into the temple to save his life? I will not go!” 12 I realized that God had not sent him, but that he had prophesied against me because Tobiah and Sanballat had hired him. 13 He had been hired to intimidate me so that I would commit a sin by doing this, and then they would give me a bad name to discredit me.
14 Remember Tobiah and Sanballat, my God, because of what they have done; remember also the prophet Noadiah and how she and the rest of the prophets have been trying to intimidate me. 15 So the wall was completed on the twenty-fifth of Elul, in fifty-two days.

Opposition to the Completed Wall

16 When all our enemies heard about this, all the surrounding nations were afraid and lost their self-confidence, because they realized that this work had been done with the help of our God.
17 Also, in those days the nobles of Judah were sending many letters to Tobiah, and replies from Tobiah kept coming to them. 18 For many in Judah were under oath to him, since he was son-in-law to Shekaniah son of Arah, and his son Jehohanan had married the daughter of Meshullam son of Berekiah. 19 Moreover, they kept reporting to me his good deeds and then telling him what I said. And Tobiah sent letters to intimidate me.

 

Strengthen Me | Jess Howell

Scripture

Nehemiah 6:9

Observation

And again Nehemiah is faced with opposition about his efforts to complete the building he set out to do. This time, his opposition got smart and tried to trick him by questioning his character as well as using God’s name against him. Even though he didn’t have the full support of the people, Nehemiah showed great leadership and faithfulness to God.

Application

I just loved reading verse 9 when Nehemiah asks through prayer, “Strengthen my hands.” If it were me, I would have been praying to get the heck out of Dodge! These people were relentless in their efforts to stop them, and no doubt were frustrated! But Nehemiah didn’t back down, but rather asked for more strength to continue the work.

Prayer

Father, I’ve felt so tired and defeated lately – almost in a daze. And I don’t know why. Strengthen me, Father, so that I can do Your work through me. Amen.

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Posted on February 18, 2017, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. The verses that stuck out to me were 15 & 16. The walls were completed in a ridiculously short amount of time despite the opposition from big the outside and in, once and for all proving that God, and God alone, was responsible for the success. And everyone, even their enemies recognized that.

    It reminds me of that popular phrase many Christians use that, “God won’t give us anything we can’t handle.”
    If it were ever about us and what WE can handle, what would we need God for? He gives us things we can’t handle all the time to remind us that HE can handle it for us! He might give you something you can’t handle, but He’ll never give you anything He can’t handle. And when we turn to Him and allow Him to handle it for us, He can show His work in our lives. And everyone will be able to recognize Hogs hand in it!

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  2. Lol, sorry for the typos. Not sure what the “big” is supposed to be, but the “Hogs” is “His” 😉

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