Nehemiah 4 - Opposition and Work

Nehemiah 4:1 - With a name like Sanballat you know he was going to be a curmudgeon.

Nehemiah 4:2-3 - I have this classic image in my here of two guys having a 'private' conversation loud enough that everyone around them hears, which is obviously their intent. "HEY TOBIAH, DID YOU HEAR WHAT THE ISRAELITES ARE DOING? ..."

Nehemiah 4:5 - But Nehemiah reponds in prayer, askiong for God to notice and pointing out they have provoked Him to anger by insulting His people.

Nehemiah 4:6 - And then he moves on, "And so we built the wall ..."

Nehemiah 4:8-9 - They're back, but this time they are prepared to fight to stop the work. More prayer - and a guard is posted.

Nehemiah 4:14 - He refuses to be dissuaded. He prays and he acts to continue the work adn he reminds the people to "remember the Lord, who is great and awesome" - and then tells tehm to fight. Good advice, I need to remember this when things are tough. Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome - and then fight. It's the remembering that embowers us to fight against enemies that are stronger than us. For when we remember, we are reminded that God is fighting with us, for us and he will make us able to stand.

Nehemiah 4:15-23 - Though God had frustrated the attack, they continued to work, but were prepared, always at the ready for another attack.

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