We read of Nehemiah‘s prayer yesterday after heard of the situation in Judah. Today, he received favour in sight of the king while doing his service. The king noticed that his countenance was sad and asked him why, to which Nehemiah responded, sighting the situation in Jerusalem as the reason for his sadness. The king then granted him permission to go and build the walls, and even gave him letters to authorize support for him from the nearby governors.
Nehemiah then travelled down to Jerusalem, and spoke with the people, charging them to get ready to build the walls. This was not without opposition, as we have already read of three men who made mockery of Nehemiah’s intentions to rebuild. Sanballat, Tobiah, and Geshem laughed Nehemiah to scorn and despised him when they heard of the project, saying, “what were you trying to do, would you rebel against the king?” Nehemiah, strengthened the people, and responded to the detractors, that God would prosper his people, and that they would rise and build, with Sanballat, Tobiah and Geshem not having any part with God’s people.
How did they progress? What opposition did they face? How did they overcome? We will soon see as we continue with this history book.
Some verses to remember
vs 20: 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.