Satan’s attempts to stop the rebuilding of the Jerusalem wall through external persecution, so he then tries his number one option – cause division and break unity among God’s people. The wives begin to complain that they can’t feed their families and can’t pay their debt or taxes. Despite fairly legitimate complaints and it being harves time, these dedicated men remained faithful to rebuild the wall, despite even the internal conflict they faced.
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As Satan galvanizes his forces to try to detract God’s people from rebuilding the wall, Nehemiah responds with measures to set watches and give swords for protection to all the builders. In a spiritual manner, as we build in the kingdom of God, we must be sure to have the sword of the Spirit, the word of God, to protect ourselves from the wiles of the devil.
Jesus Christ healed the impotent man by the pool of Bethesda on the sabbath day, much to the dismay of the Pharisees. This impotent man shows the lame, with no power state of man apart from the healing of the Son of God. We cannot choose to come to God for healing, but Christ chooses to bestow healing on who he sees fit, according to his will.
As the Lord was blessing his people to begin to rebuild the wall, Satan galvanized his forces to try to distract them from this great work. Beginning with ridicule and mocking and escalating to the threat of murder, Satan tried to instill fear in God’s people to stop them from this great work. However, they pressed through this persecution and overcame the threats to accomplish this supposedly impossible task. We can follow their example and overcome Satan by the blood of the Lamb and by the work of his testimony.
In Jesus’ second miracle in Galilee, a nobleman comes to request Jesus to come and heal his son at the point of death. This nobleman initially limits Jesus that he most come to his home to heal his son in person. However, Jesus declares his soveriegnty and power by healing the son by just the command of his word. Despite the father’s initial limitations of Christ’s power, the Lord still blessed healing over and above the father’s limitations.
The Lord details the individuals and families that worked together over against their own homes to do a great collective work of rebuilding the wall. How was this great task accomplished? By individual families, devoted and committed to rebuilding the portion of the wall next to their own homes. In like manner, we must all take responsibility for our portion of the wall in the kingdom of God, to repair any breaches to where the whole wall is secure and strong against the relentless attacks of Satan.
Nehemiah’s first step in returning to Jerusalem was to spend three days evaluating the true condition of the broken walls. In our lives, we need to honestly evaluate our spiritual condition and areas of our brokenness. However, it is very difficult to be able to accept our shortcomings. We have to be willing to accept our broken areas and mend our portion of the wall to strengthen the church as a whole.
The Samaritan woman was so overflowing with joy and love having just met her Lord, that she dropped her waterpot and ran into town to tell men who despised her to come and see Christ. We should follow her pattern of evangelism and be so overjoyed with Christ to share the gospel with even those who despise us. The disciples had prejudical and preconceived notions to where they did not want to interact with the Samaritans at all, let alone share the gospel. God’s people are everywhere and the fields are white unto harvest, but the harvest might look a lot different than the might assume.
Nehemiah is given an amazing open door and opportunity to offer the burdens of his heart to the king and make a request to return and rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. The Lord tendered the king’s heart to graciously grant his request. Nehemiah saw the providential “good hand of God” moving in this situation, and that gave him the courage and boldness to start the work despite any opposition. We can always see the good hand of God in our lives as well, blessing, protecting, and even chastising us, when necessary.
When Nehemiah was informed of the affliction in Jerusalem, that the walls were broken down and gates burned, he mourns, fasts, and prays for 4 months. Nehemiah’s prayer sets a great example of the type of prayer of confession and repentance that we should pray as well. We must confess our sins, acknowledge the righteousness of God in upholding his word, and beg for God’s mercy to send restoration and revival in accordance with his covenant.