Nehemiah (Rebuilding the Walls)

 Rebuilding the Walls

In every kingdom, building the wall is very important for a number of reasons;

 1. The wall marks the boundary of the kingdom where the jurisdiction of the kingdom's government is functioning and will be in power. Outside it, its citizens won't enjoy the benefits and protection provided by the kingdom.

2. The economy of the kingdom also circulates mainly inside its walls.

3. The walls are the first line of defense against invaders. A fortified wall means a strong, nearly indestructible defense from the enemy's attack.

4. It is also by the wall s that the night watch or night guards of a kingdom watch out for possible approaching threats.

Just a small hole in the wall is already a serious exploit and a huge advantage for the enemy. Through a small hole, the enemy can spy and gather information about the kingdom.


When I heard these things, I sat down and wept. For some days I mourned and fasted and prayed before the God of heaven. 

Nehemiah 1:4 

As he heard of the news regarding his home, Nehemiah mourned and fasted for days. This shows his repentant heart over al the sins committed by Israel. This is more than just sadness over something, this is what conviction looks like. When you set your heart to listen to God through prayer and fasting, He gives His heart to you, this means you will have the very emotion of God; How he feels towards the situation. This is shown in the next verses as Nehemiah started to confess his sins, his family's and even the sins of Israel towards God Now God doesn't just stop by giving you conviction but also leads you to make an action.

Lord, let your ear be attentive to the prayer of this your servant and to the prayer of your servants who delight in revering your name. Give your servant success today by granting him favor in the presence of this man.”

I was cupbearer to the king. Nehemiah 1:11

As it is written in this chapter, God was able to use Nehemiah's position to start the action. The last sentence of the 1st chapter says it al . Because of Nehemiah's repentant heart, it was easy for him to obey and submit to God and God started to use his position as a cupbearer in to His advantage

Nehemiah 2:1-7 Artaxerxes Sends Nehemiah to Jerusalem

2 In the month of Nisan in the twentieth year of King Artaxerxes, when wine was brought for him, I took the wine and gave it to the king. I had not been sad in his presence before, 2 so the king asked me, “Why does your face look so sad when you are not il ? This can be nothing but sadness of heart.”

I was very much afraid, 3 but I said to the king, “May the king live forever! Why should my face not look sad when the city where my ancestors are buried lies in ruins, and its gates have been destroyed by fire?”

4 The king said to me, “What is it you want?”

Then I prayed to the God of heaven, 5 and I answered the king, “If it pleases the king and if your servant has found favor in his sight, let him send me to the city in Judah where my ancestors are buried so that I can rebuild it.”

6 Then the king, with the queen sitting beside him, asked me, “How long wil your journey take, and when wil you get back?” It pleased the king to send me; so I set a time.

7 I also said to him, “If it pleases the king, may I have letters to the governors of Trans-Euphrates, so that they wil provide me safe-conduct until I arrive in Judah? 8 And may I have a letter to Asaph, keeper of the royal park, so he wil give me timber to make beams for the gates of the citadel by the temple and for the city wal and for the residence I wil occupy?” And because the gracious hand of my God was on me, the king granted my requests.

Personal reflection​:

While most people thought that God only reveals Himself while praying, here we can see how God started His move while Nehemiah was working. God is able to speak even during our "busy" moments, we just have to be sensitive enough to know it.

Up to this verse, we can see how Nehemiah responded in faith ; "With a prayer to the God of heaven". A lot of implications are going on in this part; first, he was sensitive enough that God is starting to move, and His response was still anchored unto God. Though he was terrified at first but still he responded to God's move in faith. It was actual y an answered prayer for him and an opportunity at the same time but he did not depend on his way instead asked God for guidance through prayer. So I went to the governors of Trans-Euphrates and gave them the king’s letters. The king had also sent army officers and cavalry with me.

Nehemiah 2:9-10

So I went to the governors of Trans-Euphrates and gave them the king’s letters. The king had also sent army officers and cavalry with me.10 When Sanbal at the Horonite and Tobiah the Ammonite official heard about this, they were very much disturbed that someone had come to promote the welfare of the Israelites. Here, we can see how God not just answered the prayers of Nehemiah but also granted him a lot of favors in the eyes of the king."the gracious hand of God was on me" Again, a lot of things are going on here; first, when Nehemiah responded in obedience to the conviction that God placed on his heart, God granted him favor in the eyes of his boss. Not just that, God also protected Nehemiah while doing his mission of rebuilding the walls. Nehemiah 2:10

My mentor always told us before that satan will not just give up and give everything in a silver platter, he will surely try to put a fight against you, especial y if he sees how God mightily use you. Same thing happened to Nehemiah, oppositions started to arise trying to discourage him from doing his mission.

Nehemiah 4:4

Opposition to the Rebuilding

4 [a]When Sanbal at heard that we were rebuilding the wal , he became angry and was greatly incensed. He ridiculed the Jews, 2 and in the presence of his associates and the army of Samaria, he said, “What are those feeble Jews doing? Wil they restore their wal ? Wil they offer sacrifices? Wil they finish in a day? Can they bring the stones back to life from those heaps of rubble—burned as they are?”

3 Tobiah the Ammonite, who was at his side, said, “What they are building—even a fox climbing up on it would break down their wal of stones!”

4 Hear us, our God, for we are despised. Turn their insults back on their own heads. Give them over as plunder in a land of captivity. 5 Do not cover up their guilt or blot out their sins from your sight, for they have thrown insults in the face of[b] the builders.

6 So we rebuilt the wal til al of it reached half its height, for the people worked with al their heart.

7 But when Sanbal at, Tobiah, the Arabs, the Ammonites and the people of Ashdod heard that the repairs to Jerusalem’s wal s had gone ahead and that the gaps were being closed, they were very angry. 8 They al plotted together to come and fight against Jerusalem and stir up trouble against it. 9 But we prayed to our God and posted a guard day and night to meet this threat.

10 Meanwhile, the people in Judah said, “The strength of the laborers is giving out, and there is so much rubble that we cannot rebuild the wall .”

11 Also our enemies said, “Before they know it or see us, we will be right there among them and will kill them and put an end to the work.”

12 Then the Jews who lived near them came and told us ten times over, “Wherever you turn, they wil attack us.”

13 Therefore I stationed some of the people behind the lowest points of the wal at the exposed places, posting them by families, with their swords, spears and bows. 14 After I looked things over, I stood up and said to the nobles, the officials and the rest of the people, “Don’t be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your families, your sons and your daughters, your wives and your homes.”

15 When our enemies heard that we were aware of their plot and that God had frustrated it, we al returned to the wall , each to our own work.

16 From that day on, half of my men did the work, while the other half were equipped with spears, shields, bows and armor. The officers posted themselves behind al the people of Judah 17 who were building the wall . Those who carried materials did their work with one hand and held a weapon in the other, 18 and each of the builders wore his sword at his side as he worked. But the man who sounded the trumpet stayed with me.

19 Then I said to the nobles, the officials and the rest of the people, “The work is extensive and spread out, and we are widely separated from each other along the wall . 20 Wherever you hear the sound of the trumpet, join us there. Our God will fight for us!”

21 So we continued the work with half the men holding spears, from the first light of dawn til the stars came out. 22 At that time I also said to the people, “Have every man and his helper stay inside Jerusalem at night, so they can serve us as guards by night and as workers by day.” 23 Neither I nor my brothers nor my men nor the guards with me took off our clothes; each had his weapon, even when he went for water.[c]


As God's work advances, the enemy will also double their effort just to delay or even stop the work. In the case of Nehemiah and God's people, the oppositions were al political, perhaps those people started seeing him as a threat. Same thing in our Christian journey, as you continue to unravel the mysteries of God, as you continue to live as an instrument in advancing His kingdom, as you continue to do His will ; the enemy, satan, will now see you as a threat and with attempt to stop you from doing God's work.

He might distract you to do something that you will think is the will of God. He can also influence people to mock you and discourage you. Remember what Jesus said in John 10:10; The enemy comes to STEAL, KILL and destroy.


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