by Harley Howard

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The Book of Nehemiah - Chapter 4 (4 of 13)
Series: The Book of Nehemiah
Harley Howard
Nehemiah 4

1 But it came to pass, that when Sanballat heard that we builded the wall, he was wroth, and took great indignation, and mocked the Jews.

2 And he spake before his brethren and the army of Samaria, and said, What do these feeble Jews? will they fortify themselves? will they sacrifice? will they make an end in a day? will they revive the stones out of the heaps of the rubbish which are burned?

3 Now Tobiah the Ammonite [was] by him, and he said, Even that which they build, if a fox go up, he shall even break down their stone wall.

In every work for God the enemy looms. The enemy uses mockery, insults, threats, as well as ridicule of the work itself. All of these and many more means of discouragement the enemy uses to stop God people from doing God's work. At first, Sanballat was grieved at the building (2:10). Now we see his grief turn to a kindled anger and indignation. Not only does the enemy's forces increase, but also his evil attitude as well. But what are God's people to do when the enemy arises to discourage God's people?


4 Hear, O our God; for we are despised: and turn their reproach upon their own head, and give them for a prey in the land of captivity:

Nehemiah was a man of prayer. When opposition reared up its ugly head, Nehemiah went to God in prayer about it, he didn't attempt to do anything apart from prayer. His prayer begins with an entreaty to God that He would judge these men with the evil they intended to do to them. Nehemiah prayed that God would judge HIS enemies, which the church today seems to be to cowardly to do.

5 And cover not their iniquity, and let not their sin be blotted out from before thee: for they have provoked [thee] to anger before the builders.

Nehemiah said that the true reproach is not between Nehemiah and these men, but this matter is between God and these men. Nehemiah t ...

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