Nehemiah 6:8-9 Maud church of Christ By Jim Bradshaw Sunday Evening, February 17, 2013
When you think about someone who is strong, who first comes to your mind? Heb 12:2 NKJV looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.Distractions can make us weak
But They Thought to Do Me MischiefNeh 6:1-3 NKJV Now it happened when Sanballat, Tobiah, Geshemthe Arab, and the rest of our enemies heard that I had rebuilt the wall,and that there were no breaks left in it (though at that time I had nothung the doors in the gates), (2) that Sanballat and Geshem sent tome, saying, "Come, let us meet together among the villages in theplain of Ono." But they thought to do me harm. (3) So I sentmessengers to them, saying, "I am doing a great work, so that Icannot come down. Why should the work cease while I leave it andgo down to you?"
But They Thought to Do Me MischiefEvil does not like the Success of God’s People 1Pe 5:8 NKJV Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Eph 6:10-13 NKJV Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. (11) Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. (12) For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. (13) Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
But They Thought to Do Me Mischief Neh 6:2 NKJV that Sanballat and Geshem sent to me, saying, "Come, let us meet together among the villages in the plain of Ono." But they thought to do me harm. Neh 6:3 NKJV So I sent messengers to them, saying, "I am doing a great work, so that I cannot come down. Why should the work cease while I leave it and go down to you?"
Imagination of an Evil Heart Read Nehemiah 6:4-9Evil is persistent:Neh 6:4 NKJV But they sent me this message four times, andI answered them in the same manner.When that does not work, a false letter is written:Neh 6:6-7 NKJV In it was written: It is reported among the nations, andGeshem says, that you and the Jews plan to rebel; therefore, according tothese rumors, you are rebuilding the wall, that you may be their king. (7)And you have also appointed prophets to proclaim concerning you atJerusalem, saying, "There is a king in Judah!" Now these matters will bereported to the king. So come, therefore, and let us consult together.
Imagination of an Evil HeartWe MUST confront harmful accusations:Neh 6:8 NKJV Then I sent to him, saying, "No such things asyou say are being done, but you invent them in your own heart." Read Romans 1:20-32
Should Such a Man as I FleeFear Weakens Us & Stops our Work:Neh 6:9 NKJV For they all were tryingto make us afraid, saying, "Their handswill be weakened in the work, and it willnot be done." Now therefore, O God,strengthen my hands.Luk 19:10 NKJV for the Son of Man hascome to seek and to save that which waslost." 1Co 16:13 ESV Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.
Should Such a Man as I FleeNeh 6:10-14 Afterward I came to the house of Shemaiah the son ofDelaiah, the son of Mehetabel, who was a secret informer; and he said,"Let us meet together in the house of God, within the temple, and let usclose the doors of the temple, for they are coming to kill you; indeed, atnight they will come to kill you." (11) And I said, "Should such a man asI flee? And who is there such as I who would go into the temple to savehis life? I will not go in!" (12) Then I perceived that God had not senthim at all, but that he pronounced this prophecy against me becauseTobiah and Sanballat had hired him. (13) For this reason he was hired,that I should be afraid and act that way and sin, so that they might havecause for an evil report, that they might reproach me. (14) My God,remember Tobiah and Sanballat, according to these their works, and theprophetess Noadiah and the rest of the prophets who would have mademe afraid.
Should Such a Man as I FleeNehemiah remained strong and thework was completed:Neh 6:15-16 NKJV So the wallwas finished on the twenty-fifth dayof Elul, in fifty-two days. (16) Andit happened, when all our enemiesheard of it, and all the nationsaround us saw these things, thatthey were very disheartened in theirown eyes; for they perceived thatthis work was done by our God.