Rebuild With A Fight
Rebuilding With a Fight
out from your sight, for they have provoked you to anger in the presence of the builders.4 1 Now when Sanballat heard that we were building the wall, he was angry and greatly enraged, and he jeered at the Jews. 2 And he said in the presence of his brothers and of the army of Samaria, “What are these feeble Jews doing? Will they restore it for themselves?2 Will they sacrifice? Will they finish up in a day? Will they revive the stones out of the heaps of rubbish, and burned ones at that?” 3 Tobiah the Ammonite was beside him, and he said, “Yes, what they are building—if a fox goes up on it he will break down their stone wall!”
4 Hear, O our God, for we are despised. Turn back their taunt on their own heads and give them up to be plundered in a land where they are captives. 5 Do not cover their guilt, and let not their sin be blotted
Notice the intensity of this prayer. And the direction of this prayer. They were praying them out! Now Jesus says to pray for your enemies…absolutely. But these enemies were coming against the name of God and the work of God. And Nehemiah wasn’t playing. He had an assignment to rebuild.
Not all sheep are really sheep.
Some are sheep in wolves clothing.
And it might be time to PRAY THEM OUT!!
6 So we built the wall. And all the wall was joined together to half its height, for the people had a mind to work.
I just have to stop again. To rebuild is to work. To fight is to work.
You can’t be lazy. You can’t think someone else has it.
“The people had a heart [lit.] to work” (4:6). Although there was a slight pause while Nehemiah organized the militia, they didn’t abandon the work to chase down the enemy. They didn’t allow the enemy’s threat to get their focus onto other issues. They just kept building the wall, and pretty soon the enemy was outside looking up, instead of looking straight across at them over the wall.
It’s like that old Hymn the Battle Hymn of the Republic.
Lord give me one more hour one more day one more year…with your truth it’s marching on.
It’s easy to taunt when you looking straight across but you wait until the rest is built!!
7 But when Sanballat and Tobiah and the Arabs and the Ammonites and the Ashdodites heard that the repairing of the walls of Jerusalem was going forward and that the breaches were beginning to be closed, they were very angry. 8 And they all plotted together to come and fight against Jerusalem and to cause confusion in it. 9 And we prayed to our God and set a guard as a protection against them day and night. 10 In Judah it was said,4 “The strength of those who bear the burdens is failing. There is too much rubble. By ourselves we will not be able to rebuild the wall.” 11 And our enemies said, “They will not know or see till we come among them and kill them and stop the work.” 12 At that time the Jews who lived near them came from all directions and said to us ten times, “You must return to us.” 13 So in the lowest parts of the space behind the wall, in open places, I stationed the people by their clans, with their swords, their spears, and their bows. 14 And I looked and arose and said to the nobles and to the officials and to the rest of the people, “Do not be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your brothers, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your homes.”
Immediately courage is needed. Whenever a man like Nehemiah says, "I will arise and build," Satan always says, "Then I will arise and oppose." Satan makes things difficult when we start turning back to God.
Satan never bothers with half-hearted people who are content with a ho-hum spiritual existence. But if you come on fire for Christ, look out! The name “Satan” means “adversary”; he is committed to opposing God and His people, especially when they are zealous to exalt God’s glory.
This also applies to churches and church leaders: Whenever godly leaders attempt to rally God’s people to advance His kingdom, opposition will hit. Satan doesn’t mind when churches gather to sing and to hear soothing sermons about how to use the Bible to achieve personal success. Those churches are no threat to his domain of darkness. But when a pastor preaches the gospel that convicts sinners of their sin in the presence of a holy God and points them to the cross of Jesus Christ, look out! When a pastor calls the flock to obedient, holy living in this wicked world, look out! When a pastor directs the vision of the flock toward the unreached nations who are waiting to hear the gospel, look out! The enemy is committed to opposing that kind of work.
Ephesians 6:12 NLT we are not fighting against people made of flesh and blood, but against the evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against those mighty powers of darkness who rule this world, and against wicked spirits in the heavenly realms.
Moses fought and delivered his family from bondage
Noah protected his family from the flood
Joseph provided for his family during famine
David killed giants preserving his brother’s lives
Esther’s one night with the King saved an entire nation
Abraham fought to free Lot (his nephew) from captivity
Ruth fought to provide for her mother-in-law
Jacob fought with Laban to win his family
Jarius fought for his deathly ill daughters healing
A fight of prayer.
A fight of praise.
A fight of perseverance.
A fight of securing the gates.
Fight. Fight. Fight.
Coming once a month is not enough.
Standing on the sidelines is not enough.
It’s why we upped the prayer here at Hope Community.
It why we spend time in Praise.
It’s why we go on trips to El Salvador.
It’s why we open up Bible Clubs.
Have Be the Light Parties.
Spend Wednesdays with an Emphasis on Discipleship.
Fight. Fight. Fight.
The Kingdom is at STAKE. Eternity is on the LINE.
Generations will be impacted.
How my heart aches when people quit fighting. We were meant to be warriors.
We were meant to Rise Up and Build. Look at the rest of Nehemiah.
15 When our enemies heard that it was known to us and that God had frustrated their plan, we all returned to the wall, each to his work. 16 From that day on, half of my servants worked on construction, and half held the spears, shields, bows, and coats of mail. And the leaders stood behind the whole house of Judah, 17 who were building on the wall. Those who carried burdens were loaded in such a way that each labored on the work with one hand and held his weapon with the other. 18 And each of the builders had his sword strapped at his side while he built. The man who sounded the trumpet was beside me. 19 And I said to the nobles and to the officials and to the rest of the people, “The work is great and widely spread, and we are separated on the wall, far from one another. 20 In the place where you hear the sound of the trumpet, rally to us there. Our God will fight for us.”
21 So we labored at the work, and half of them held the spears from the break of dawn until the stars came out. 22 I also said to the people at that time, “Let every man and his servant pass the night within Jerusalem, that they may be a guard for us by night and may labor by day.” 23 So neither I nor my brothers nor my servants nor the men of the guard who followed me, none of us took off our clothes; each kept his weapon at his right hand.