Sandballat’s Sinister Plot• Sandballat & friends turn theirattentions against the wall. (4:7-8)– They heard about the breachesbeing mended progressively.– They were angry!– Their plans were for collaboratedconfusion and confrontation.
Nehemiah’s Simple Prayer• Nehemiah & friends turn theirattention toward God. (4:9)– They heard about the plot beingmade aggressively.– They were scared!– Their plans were for protection andprogress.
Nehemiah’s Struggling Peers• The people at the wall weregrowing weary and overwhelmed.(4:10)• The enemy continued to threatenwith terrorist tactics. (4:11)• They recruited reinforcementsand positioned them in thegaps. (4:12-13)
Nehemiah’s Powerful Speech• Nehemiah & friends turned theirattention toward God. (4:14)– Do not be afraid of them.– Remember the LORD, who is greatand awesome.– Fight for your families and homes.
Nehemiah’s Security Plan• Nehemiah & friends armedthemselves and worked harder.(4:15-23)– God had frustrated the sinister plot.– The workers were spread out butwell-armed and ready.– Whenever the trumpet soundedthey would rally and fight off theattackers.
PLUS Praying• Planning + praying (7, 19-20)• Working + praying (17, 21a)• Guarding + praying (9, 22-23)• Partners + praying (10, 12, 14, 16, 23)• Armed + praying (16a, 18, 21b)Praying is not passive.
PLUS Praying• Pray to God for help in time oftrouble. (Ps 46:1-3)• Rely on God’s excessive greatnessand awesomeness. (Deut 7:21, 10:17)• Celebrate God’s integral part inevery successful feat.• Fight alongside aProtector, Who will fight for us.(Ex 14:14, 25; Deut 1:29-31, 3:22, 20:3-4;Josh 23:10-11)