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Nehemiah’s enemies left no stone unturned in trying to keep him from building the wall (vv. 10-13). First they tried to draw him into the country to talk to them. When this didn’t work, they tried to get him to go into the temple and hide, saying it was for his own safety.
Nehemiah bravely withstood this temptation. If he had yielded, the people would have left their work and thrown down their arms and looked for their own safety. As a result, the enemy, without opposition, would have demolished the work, broken down the wall again, and gained their goal. Tobiah and his friends were very disturbed to see the wall being built despite their efforts to stop it (vv. 14-19). Their threats, which were intended to weaken them only caused the workers to work harder and get the job done before the enemy came. When the enemy heard the wall was finished “they were much cast down in their own eyes” (v. 16).
I need to pray for people in leadership, like Nehemiah, that God will give them strength to stand against personal attacks(I Tim. 2:1-2).
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Nehemiah 3:1-14Delegation of The Work Load
Nehemiah 3:15-32Helping Everyone to Feel a Part of The Objective
Nehemiah 4:1-9Ridicule And Criticism Comes to Nehemiah
Nehemiah 4:10-14Nehemiah Reminds The People of Their Calling
Nehemiah 4:15-23Nehemiah Sets Up a Communication System
Nehemiah 5:1-13Nehemiah Deals With Oppression
Nehemiah 5:14-19The Generosity of Nehemiah
Nehemiah 6:1-9Conspiracy Against Nehemiah
Nehemiah 6:10-19The Wall Completed
Nehemiah 7:1-38The Captives Who Returned to Jerusalem
Nehemiah 7:39-73The Living Link Between The Past And The Future
Nehemiah 8:1-12Nehemiah Called For a "Bible Conference”
Nehemiah 8:13-18The Feast of Tabernacles
Nehemiah 9:1-8The Greatness of God
Nehemiah 9:9-25The Goodness of God When They Didn’t Deserve it
Nehemiah 9:26-31The Results of Rebellion
Nehemiah 9:32-39Slaves in Their Own Land