So built we the wall; and all the wall was joined together
unto the half thereof: for the people had a mind to work.
And it came to pass…
as the work progressed…
the enemies of God began to mock…
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. 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?
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. Nehemiah
And Nehemiah began to
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: 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
And the people continued
So built we the wall; and all the
wall was joined together unto the half thereof: for the people had a mind to
work. Nehemiah 4:6
But the enemies of God
would not be silenced…
But it came to pass, that
when Sanballat, and Tobiah, and the Arabians, and the Ammonites, and the
Ashdodites, heard that the walls of Jerusalem were made up,
and that the breaches began to be stopped, then they were very wroth… Nehemiah
And they conspired to
prevent the work…
And conspired all of them together
to come and to fight against Jerusalem,
and to hinder it. Nehemiah 4:8
Nevertheless we made our
prayer unto our God, and set a watch against them day and night, because of
them. Nehemiah 4:9
And the situation grew
the work was great…
their strength was diminished…
And Judah said, The strength of the bearers of burdens is decayed, and there is much
rubbish; so that we are not able to build the wall. Nehemiah
And the plot thickened
And our adversaries said, They
shall not know, neither see, till we come in the midst among them, and slay
them, and cause the work to cease.
And it came to pass, that
when the Jews which dwelt by them came, they said unto us ten times, From all
places whence ye shall return unto us they will be upon you. Nehemiah 4:11-12
So Nehemiah was moved to ACTION…
and set the battle in array…
Therefore set I in the lower
places behind the wall, and on the higher places, I even set the people after
their families with their swords, their spears, and their bows.
And I looked, and rose up,
and said unto the nobles, and to the rulers, and to the rest of the people, Be not ye afraid of them: remember the Lord, which is great and
terrible, and fight for your brethren, your sons, and your daughters, your
wives, and your houses. Nehemiah 4:13-14
Their enemies were
And it came to pass, when
our enemies heard that it was known unto us, and God had brought
their counsel to nought, that we
returned all of us to the wall, every one unto his work. Nehemiah 4:15
And it came to pass, that when all
our enemies heard thereof, and all the heathen that were about us saw these
things, they were much cast down in their own eyes: for they perceived that
this work was wrought of our God. Nehemiah 6:16
And the work continued!
And it came to pass from that time forth, that the half of my servants wrought in the
work, and the other half of them held both the spears, the shields, and the
bows, and the habergeons; and the
rulers were behind all the house of Judah.
They which builded on the wall,
and they that bare burdens,
with those that laded,
every one with one of his hands
wrought in the work,
and with the other
hand held a weapon.
For the builders, every one had his sword girded by his
side, and so builded. And he that sounded the trumpet was by me.
And Nehemiah exhorted the
and encouraged them…
And I said unto the
nobles, and to the rulers, and to the rest of the people…
The work is great and large,
and we are separated upon the wall, one far from another.
In what place therefore ye hear the sound of the trumpet,
resort ye thither unto us:
our God shall fight for us.
So we laboured in the work: and half of them held the
from the rising of the morning till the stars appeared.
Likewise at the same time
said I unto the people, Let every one with his servant lodge within Jerusalem, that in the night they may be a guard to us, and labour on the day.
So neither I, nor my
brethren, nor my servants, nor the men of the guard which followed me, none of
us put off our clothes, saving that every one put them off for washing. Nehemiah 4:19-23
Through their combined
efforts…the wall was completed in just 52 days!
So the wall was finished
in the twenty and fifth day of the month Elul, in fifty and two days. Nehemiah 6:15
As it was in the days of
So it continues unto this day…
The walls lay in ruinous
for the corruption, sin
and rebellion of the people.
The work is great and
there is MUCH rubbish to
The enemies of the Living
God stand ready and alert…
to discourage, hinder and
completely stop the work of God.
Our strength and numbers
and we are separated upon
the wall, one far from another.
…Ye see the distress that we are in, how Jerusalem lieth waste,
and the gates thereof are burned with fire:
come, and let us build up the wall of Jerusalem,
that we be no more a reproach.
…And they said, Let us rise up and build.
So they strengthened their hands for this good work.
So the walls of that great city, Jerusalem…
lay in ruinous heaps…
for the corruption, sin and rebellion…
of her inhabitants.
the time had come…
Time to Return…
Time to Repair…
Time to Restore…
Time to BUILD!
So Nehemiah, a servant of the Living God…
began to intercede…
according to the burden upon his heart.
And they said unto me, The remnant that are left of the captivity there in the province are in great affliction and reproach: the wall of Jerusalem also is broken down, and the gates thereof are burned with fire.
And it came to pass, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned certain days, and fasted, and prayed before the God of heaven, Nehemiah 1:3-4
With great brokenness…
I beseech thee, O LORD God of heaven, the great and terrible God, that keepeth covenant and mercy for them that love him and observe his commandments:
Let thine ear now be attentive, and thine eyes open, that thou mayest hear the prayer of thy servant, which I pray before thee now, day and night, for the children of Israel thy servants, and confess the sins of the children of Israel, which we have sinned against thee: both I and my father's house have sinned.
We have dealt very corruptly against thee, and have not kept the commandments, nor the statutes, nor the judgments, which thou commandedst thy servant Moses.Remember, I beseech thee, the word that thou commandedst thy servant Moses, saying, If ye transgress, I will scatter you abroad among the nations:
But if ye turn unto me, and keep my commandments, and do them; though there were of you cast out unto the uttermost part of the heaven, yet will I gather them from thence, and will bring them unto the place that I have chosen to set my name there.Now these are thy servants and thy people, whom thou hast redeemed by thy great power, and by thy strong hand. (Nehemiah 1:5-10)
God heard his prayer…
and opened up a way…
for Nehemiah to return and BUILD!
Wherefore the king said unto me, Why is thy countenance sad, seeing thou art not sick? this is nothing else but sorrow of heart. Then I was very sore afraid,and said unto the king…
Let the king live for ever: why should not my countenance be sad,
when the city, the place of my fathers' sepulchres, lieth waste,
and the gates thereof are consumed with fire?
Then the king said unto me, For what dost thou make request? So I prayed to the God of heaven.And I said unto the king,
If it please the king, and if thy servant have found favour in thy sight,
that thou wouldest send me unto Judah, unto the city of my fathers' sepulchres, that I may build it. Nehemiah 2: 2-5
So it pleased the king to send me…
I said unto the king, If it please the king, let letters be given me to the governors beyond the river, that they may convey me over till I come into Judah;
And a letter unto Asaph the keeper of the king's forest, that he may give me timber to make beams for the gates of the palace which appertained to the house, and for the wall of the city, and for the house that I shall enter into.
And the king granted me,
according to the good hand of my God upon me.
Confident. Hopeful. Expectant.
Nehemiah traveled to Jerusalem…
eager to begin the work…
So I came to Jerusalem, and was there three days. And I arose in the night, I and some few men with me; neither told I any man what my God had put in my heart to do at Jerusalem: neither was there any beast with me, save the beast that I rode upon.
And I went out by night by the gate of the valley, even before the dragon well, and to the dung port, and viewed the walls of Jerusalem, which were broken down, and the gates thereof were consumed with fire.Nehemiah 2:11-13
the enemies of God were stirred up against him…
When Sanballat the Horonite, and Tobiah the servant, the Ammonite, heard of it, it grieved them exceedingly that there was come a man to seek the welfare of the children of Israel. Nehemiah 2:10
Nehemiah pressed forward…
with his eyes fixed upon the task at hand…
and his heart fixed upon the God of heaven.
Resolute. Earnest. Determined.
He rallied the workmen…
and delivered the charge…
Ye see the distress that we are in, how Jerusalem lieth waste,
and the gates thereof are burned with fire: come,
and let us build up the wall of Jerusalem,
that we be no more a reproach.
Then I told them of the hand of my God which was good upon me; as also the king's words that he had spoken unto me. And they said…
Let us rise up and build.
So they strengthened their hands for this good work.
And their enemies mocked…
But when Sanballat the Horonite, and Tobiah the servant, the Ammonite, and Geshem the Arabian, heard it, they laughed us to scorn, and despised us, and said, What is this thing that ye do? will ye rebel against the king?
But Nehemiah stood firm and steady…
Then answered I them, and said unto them…
The God of heaven, he will prosper us;
therefore we his servants will arise and build:
but ye have no portion, nor right, nor memorial,
in Jerusalem. Nehemiah 2:17-20
Nehemiah, servant of the Living God…
willing to intercede …
willing to go…
willing to bear reproach…
and completely resolved to…
REPAIR the breeches…
RESTORE the destruction…
And BUILD UP the walls!
Are YOU willing and resolved?
And they that shall be of thee shall build the old waste places:
thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations;
and thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach,
neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee
whithersoever thou goest.
And the time was fully come…
for Israel to take possession …
of the promised land…
And Joshua the son of Nun sent out of Shittim two men to spy secretly, saying, Go view the land, even Jericho. And they went, and came into an harlot's house, named Rahab, and lodged there.Joshua 2:1
And the woman took the two men, and hid them…
But she had brought them up to the roof of the house, and hid them with the stalks of flax, which she had laid in order upon the roof.
and she said unto the men…
I know that the LORD hath given you the land,
and that your terror is fallen upon us,
and that all the inhabitants of the land faint because of you.
For we have heard how the LORD dried up the water of the Red sea for you, when ye came out of Egypt; and what ye did unto the two kings of the Amorites,that were on the other side Jordan, Sihon and Og,
whom ye utterly destroyed.
And as soon as we had heard these things, our hearts did melt,
neither did there remain any more courage in any man,
because of you: for the LORD your God,
he is God in heaven above, and in earth beneath.
So Rahab conspired with the spies from Israel…
to the saving of her household.
Now therefore, I pray you, swear unto me by the LORD, since I have shewed you kindness, that ye will also shew kindness unto my father's house, and give me a true token: And that ye will save alive my father, and my mother, and my brethren, and my sisters, and all that they have, and deliver our lives from death.
And the men answered her, Our life for yours, if ye utter not this our business. And it shall be, when the LORD hath given us the land, that we will deal kindly and truly with thee. Joshua 2:12-14
And the spies returned to Joshua…
with an exceptional report…
So the two men returned, and descended from the mountain, and passed over, and came to Joshua the son of Nun, and told him all things that befell them: And they said unto Joshua…
Truly the LORD hath delivered into our hands all the land;
for even all the inhabitants of the country
do faint because of us.
The stage is set!
The time had come to take the city…
just as God commanded.
Now Jericho was straitly shut up because of the children of Israel: none went out, and none came in.Joshua 6:1
Impenetrable. Unyielding. Secure.
stood the massive walls of Jericho…
a veritable fortress.
Joshua was undeterred.
Israel would press forward in FAITH…
expecting a tremendous VICTORY!
And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted up his eyes and looked, and, behold, there stood a man over against him with his sword drawn in his hand: and Joshua went unto him, and said unto him, Art thou for us, or for our adversaries?
And he said, Nay; but as captain of the host of the LORD am I now come. And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and did worship, and said unto him, What saith my lord unto his servant?
And the captain of the LORD'S host said unto Joshua, Loose thy shoe from off thy foot; for the place whereon thou standest is holy. And Joshua did so.Joshua 5:13-15
The heavenly messenger continued…
And the LORD said unto Joshua,
See, I have given into thine hand Jericho,
and the king thereof, and the mighty men of valour.
And ye shall compass the city, all ye men of war,
and go round about the city once. Thus shalt thou do six days.
And seven priests shall bear before the ark seven trumpets
of rams' horns: and the seventh day ye shall compass
the city seven times, and the priests shall blow with the trumpets. And it shall come to pass, that when they make a long blast with the ram's horn, and when ye hear the sound of the trumpet, all the people shall shout with a great shout; and the wall of the city shall fall down flat, and the people shall ascend up
every man straight before him.
And Joshua rose early in the morning…
and the priests took up the ark of the LORD.
And seven priests bearing seven trumpets of rams' horns before the ark of the LORD went on continually, and blew with the trumpets: and the armed men went before them; but the rereward came after the ark of the LORD, the priests going on, and blowing with the trumpets.Joshua 6:13
And the second day they compassed the city once,
and returned into the camp:
so they did six days.
And it came to pass on the seventh day, that they rose early about the dawning of the day, and compassed the city after the same manner seven times: only on that day they compassed the city seven times.
And it came to pass at the seventh time, when the priests blew with the trumpets, Joshua said unto the people…
Shout; for the LORD hath given you the city.
So the people shouted when the priests blew with the trumpets: and it came to pass, when the people heard the sound of the trumpet, and the people shouted with a great shout, that the wall fell down flat, so that the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they took the city.Joshua 6:20