Thank God for people who are willing to thwart the plans of the enemy! Jewish citizens who lived close by the enemy camp warned Nehemiah of the enemy’s plan. It was not a one-time occurrence, but these plans of attack were made over and over and over again. It was indeed a clear and present danger. This meant the people always had to be on the alert. Like a military strategist, Nehemiah moves to secure those areas of the wall which were vulnerable and he places armed guards to defend them.
Then, he gives the workers a pep rally and tells them not to be afraid. Nehemiah knows that fear brings timidity. Fear brings discouragement. Fear brings defeat. He reminds them that it is God who is their commander-in-chief; it is God who leads them. Furthermore, he tells them to hold a mental picture of God and use that as an incentive to fight for their families.
The text says the enemy tried at least 10 times to attack the Jews as they worked on the wall in Jerusalem. What does this say about tenacity in warfare? Why was it important for the workers to visualize God leading them? What incentive do you use to keep on “keeping on”?
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