In the first part of our series, we saw Nehemiah’s reaction to hearing the walls of Jerusalem were still torn down, and the inhabitants we not safe from foreign invaders. We looked yesterday at Nehemiah’s inspection of the wall, and we saw the first glimpse of his enemies, those who despised Israel. Today we look at having a mind to work, and the scheming of Nehemiah’s enemies, and what he did to prevent them from coming to fruition.
Yesterday we looked at Nehemiah’s call to action and his prayer when he heard of the state of the walls of Jerusalem. We saw how he responded, with fasting and prayer, and prepared himself to do what was needed. Today we see the result of Nehemiah’s fasting and prayer, how God blessed him, and we will see his first actions upon arriving at the Holy City Read more
As I have been doing my Bible readings each morning, I’ve been in the Book of Ezra. Hearing of the rebuilding of the Temple made me think of the wonderful story of Nehemiah and his plan to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. While the walls that stand today are not the same ones Nehemiah rebuilt, this event shows God’s faithfulness to those who are faithful to Him. (History tells us that there have been three or four subsequent destructions and rebuildings, culminating in the 1538 AD completion of the current walls by the Ottoman Empire)
This is the first of six-part series on Nehemiah and the Wall.