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The Wall is Completed

Date: Nov. 9, 2019


Nehemiah 6:1-19 (ESV)

Now when Sanballat and Tobiah and Geshem the Arab and the rest of our enemies heard that I had built the wall and that there was no breach left in it (although up to that time I had not set up the doors in the gates), Sanballat and Geshem sent to me, saying, “Come and let us meet together at Hakkephirim in the plain of Ono.” But they intended to do me harm. And I sent messengers to them, saying, “I am doing a great work and I cannot come down. Why should the work stop while I leave it and come down to you?” And they sent to me four times in this way, and I answered them in the same manner. In the same way Sanballat for the fifth time sent his servant to me with an open letter in his hand. In it was written, “It is reported among the nations, and Geshem also says it, that you and the Jews intend to rebel; that is why you are building the wall. And according to these reports you wish to become their king. And you have also set up prophets to proclaim concerning you in Jerusalem, ‘There is a king in Judah.’ And now the king will hear of these reports. So now come and let us take counsel together.” Then I sent to him, saying, “No such things as you say have been done, for you are inventing them out of your own mind.” For they all wanted to frighten us, thinking, “Their hands will drop from the work, and it will not be done.” But now, O God, strengthen my hands.

10 Now when I went into the house of Shemaiah the son of Delaiah, son of Mehetabel, who was confined to his home, he said, “Let us meet together in the house of God, within the temple. Let us close the doors of the temple, for they are coming to kill you. They are coming to kill you by night.” 11 But I said, “Should such a man as I run away? And what man such as I could go into the temple and live? I will not go in.” 12 And I understood and saw that God had not sent him, but he had pronounced the prophecy against me because Tobiah and Sanballat had hired him. 13 For this purpose he was hired, that I should be afraid and act in this way and sin, and so they could give me a bad name in order to taunt me. 14 Remember Tobiah and Sanballat, O my God, according to these things that they did, and also the prophetess Noadiah and the rest of the prophets who wanted to make me afraid.

15 So the wall was finished on the twenty-fifth day of the month Elul, in fifty-two days. 16 And when all our enemies heard of it, all the nations around us were afraid and fell greatly in their own esteem, for they perceived that this work had been accomplished with the help of our God. 17 Moreover, in those days the nobles of Judah sent many letters to Tobiah, and Tobiah's letters came to them. 18 For many in Judah were bound by oath to him, because he was the son-in-law of Shecaniah the son of Arah: and his son Jehohanan had taken the daughter of Meshullam the son of Berechiah as his wife. 19 Also they spoke of his good deeds in my presence and reported my words to him. And Tobiah sent letters to make me afraid.

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Key Verse: 6:16

And when all our enemies heard of it, all the nations around us were afraid and fell greatly in their own esteem, for they perceived that this work had been accomplished with the help of our God.

1. "Now strengthen my hands" (1-14)

Some opponents did not want the returnees to renew their national spirit by rebuilding the wall. They tried to get Nehemiah involved in politics. He told them four times that he was too busy building the wall to meet them. His adversaries tried to frighten him by spreading false accounts of his activities and accusing him of plotting a rebellion. They even reported this to the government. Nehemiah prayed for God's strength and kept on working. His foes sent a false prophet to warn Nehemiah of a threat on his life and to suggest that he hide out in the temple. Nehemiah ignored them and kept working on the wall.

2. The wall is rebuilt with God's help (15-19)

After 52 days, the walls of Jerusalem were rebuilt. It was a miracle! It had been in rubble for 150 years. All their enemies could not but acknowledge this was only possible with God's help. God used Nehemiah to inspire them to rely on God by faith, overcome their fears, renew their strength, and do the work of rebuilding and restoring.

Prayer: Lord, help me to overcome Satan's tactics and fear; help me to keep on doing your work and rely on your help.

One Word: Be strong in the Lord and experience his help

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