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READING: Nehemiah 4-6 – Samaritans Try to Stop the Wall and Nehemiah Continues to Build


When the Samaritans and other nations around Judea saw the Jews beginning to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem, they tried to stop them. First, they tried mockery; “What are these feeble Jews doing? Will they restore things? Will they finish it in a day? Any fox going up on it would break it down!” Nehemiah prayed to God and continued buildingl. 

Then the nations conspired against the Jews when they saw the gaps being closed and the wall being built. They said they would fight the Jews building the wall. Nehemiah prayed to God and set a guard. The Jews complained the enemy would mount an attack to stop the work. Nehemiah encouraged them, “Do not be afraid of them. The LORD is great and awesome; fight for your kin, your sons, daughters, wives and homes.”  

When the Jews knew the enemy was frustrated by God, they worked on the wall. Half labored on the wall and half carried weapons to protect them. Nehemiah said the workers were all spread out, but all should rally to the point where the trumpet sounded to fight. He said every man should stay inside Jerusalem at night so they would be prepared for a night attack.  

Another issue was the way the wealthy treated their poor brothers, charging interest on loans to buy food. This angered Nehemiah, who brought charges against them. He said, “You are taking interest from your own people.” He called an assembly to deal with them and said, “As far as we were able, we have brought back our kindred who were sold to other nations, but now you are selling your own kin, who must then be bought back by us!” They were silent, so Nehemiah said, “I and my brothers are lending them money and grain. Let us stop this taking of interest. Restore to them this day their fields, vineyards, olive orchards, houses, and their interest.” Then those taking usury took an oath to do what Nehemiah asked of them. 

When the enemies saw the wall was complete, though the gates were not in place, they began to ask Nehemiah to come to the plain of Ono for a conference, but he knew they wanted to harm him. He replied to them, “I am doing great work; why should I come down to you?” He replied the same way four times. The fifth time they sent them, they made lying accusations against Nehemiah, that he wanted to rebel against the King and make himself a king in Judea. He replied to them that they had made all of this up in their own heads. 

When the gates were finished, they threatened to kill him. He said, “Should a man like me run away?”  

The wall was completed in 52 days because the people had a mind to work. 

When we work together, we can accomplish great things. What other lessons do we learn from Nehemiah? 

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PRAY FOR YOURSELF 

My Father in the Heavens, I pray that I may continue to walk with you as Nehemiah continued to build the wall in the face of strong opposition. This is my prayer in the name of Jesus, Your Son, AMEN! 

MY PRAYER FOR YOU (and for myself) 

Holy Father my prayer for all who read this and for myself, is that we consider carefully how Nehemiah continued to build the wall in the face of opposition. May we stand firm against opposition and continue to walk with You and Your Son by Your Spirit within us. I offer this prayer for myself, and for all who read this, in the name of our Lord, Jesus the Messiah, AMEN! 

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