Saturday, October 11, 2014

Armed, Ready, Build!

Chapter 4 of Nehemiah
Sanballat was livid when he heard that the wall was being rebuilt. He mocked the Jews. He talked to his army of Samaria, asking things about what the rebuild could mean…"will they fortify themselves? Will they make and end in a day?”
Tobiah tried to make fun, by saying that if a fox went on the wall, he would break it down.
Nehemiah prayed to God, saying “we are despised…”
When Sanballat and Tobiah, the Arabians and the Ammonites, and the Ashdodites heard that the walls of Jerusalem were coming along, that all of the breaches were repaired , they were very angry. So angry they conspired all night (verse 4:8) against the Israelites, how to fight them and hinder them.
Nehemiah and the people prayed to God and placed people in places to watch throughout the night and day. Judah was concerned that the strength of the bearers is weakening because there is too much rubbish, to move.“
Their adversaries said, that the Israelites won't know or see us until we come and slay them and make the work on the wall stop.
Jews who lived close by were concerned that they could be attacked from every direction. But when the enemies heard about the plans Judah had to protect every angle and part of the area, half worked on the wall and half held spears, shields, *habergeons and bows - verse 16, God had frustrated their plans.
A Habergeon is: 1.body armour, 2. a weapon, 3. perhaps a lance, javelin
So the enemies plans were all for nothing, God thwarted them. The people got back to work, all the ones who had a spare hand, had their sword by their side. As well Nehemiah was the one to sound the warning alarm (a trumpet) And half of the men held their spears on guard from morning until night, while the other half worked on the rebuild.
Nehemiah told them that the Lord would fight for them when the trumpet blows. He also told everyone who lived outside of the walls to to stay in Jerusalem to help with guard duty and work. None of them ever took off their clothes or went without their weapons, and only took off their clothes when they had to wash.