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Click here for today’s reading: Nehemiah 3, 4; Luke 23
Here is my SOAP for today, Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Nehemiah 3 Interesting that Priests and Levites also helped rebuild the wall/gates of Jerusalem. (They did more than just offer sacrifices!)
Nehemiah 4:6 “So we rebuilt the wall till all of it reached half its height, for the people worked with all their heart. 7 But when Sanballat, Tobiah, the Arabs, the Ammonites and the people of Ashdod heard that the repairs to Jerusalem’s walls had gone ahead and that the gaps were being closed, they were very angry. 8 They all 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.”
17 “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.”
Luke 23:8 “When Herod saw Jesus, he was greatly pleased, because for a long time he had been wanting to see him.From what he had heard about him, he hoped to see him perform a sign of some sort. 9 He plied him with many questions, but Jesus gave him no answer. 10 The chief priests and the teachers of the law were standing there, vehemently accusing him. 11 Then Herod and his soldiers ridiculed and mocked him. Dressing him in an elegant robe, they sent him back to Pilate. 12 That day Herod and Pilate became friends—before this they had been enemies.”
Those working on the wall worked with one hand and held a weapon in their other hand. They worked in spite of their fear!
There’s a lesson to be learned in that… determination means doing whatever needs to be done, under any circumstances. The workers were mocked about their work.
4:2 “What are those feeble Jews doing? Will they restore their wall? Will they offer sacrifices? Will 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 wall of stones!”
Sometimes you just have to ignore the naysayers…
Note that Jesus was mocked too…
Lord, I pray that I would have that kind of determination and dedication to the work you have given me. Working with one hand, carrying a weapon to protect myself in the other.