by Terry J. Hallock

To Those Who Stand Watch on the Wall
Terry J. Hallock
Nehemiah 4
A Veteran's Day Sermon

Israel had just returned from seventy years of captivity in Babylon to find that the Temple and the walls of Jerusalem were destroyed. Everything that had been built for the glory of God through the hands of David and Solomon had been turned to ruins. As did Israel, we now stand in a time when the walls of our comfort and complacency have been set on fire and the stones of power and might which once made those walls invincible now lie in ruins.

As Israel set about the task to rebuild the walls her enemies taunted and sneered. ''What are those feeble Jews doing? Will they restore their wall? Will they offer sacrifices? Will they finish in a day? Can they bring the stones back to life from those heaps of rubble - burned as they are? What they are building - if even a fox climbed up on it, he would break down their wall of stones!'' [Nehemiah 4:2-3]. Our enemies now taunt us by calling us weak and lazy. They rejoice as they see us standing in the rubble of the Trade Center Towers and in the gap of the Pentagon's walls. They sneer at our Jesus and threaten us with more death and destruction.

But God was not done with Israel and God is not done with America. He had a plan and a people then and He has a plan and a people now. In Jerusalem's rubble stood Nehemiah anointed by God to build up the broken down walls and turn back the threats of God's enemies.

In America's rubble stand God's people anointed by His Spirit to do the same. They are the descendants of generations gone before who heard the call of God to stand in the gap for liberty and justice. His voice rang out at Lexington and Concord and they came. He called out again at Bull Run and Gettysburg and they came. He cried out at the Arden Forest and they came. After the walls were breached at Pearl Harbor He called again and they came. In Korea they stood watch once more. In the pain and suffering of Vietnam ...

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