Nehemiah 6 – FAITHFUL TILL FINISHED
One of the great qualities of God is His faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23
One of the great qualities of Jesus’ disciples is faithfulness. 1
Corinthians 4:2, Revelation 2:10.
Nehemiah’s enemies would make some final efforts to defeat the completion of
the building project in Jerusalem. They did not want the walls rebuilt.
Nehemiah and those who worked with him were faithful until the job was done.
INVITATION EXTENDED Vss. 1-4
Sanbalat, Tobiah, Geshem and others tried to distract Nehemiah by trying to get him to leave the work and meet with them. Nehemiah realized that they meant to cause harm. His answer is classic and one we can give to those who would divert our attention from God’s assigned tasks. He said, “I am doing a great work, so that I cannot come down.” (Vs. 3)
SLANDER THREATENED Vss. 5-9
They were still trying to get Nehemiah to meet with them. They spoke of a rumor that would go to the king, and cause the king to think Nehemiah and Jerusalem were rebelling. They were trying to frighten the people, but Nehemiah relied on the Lord for strength.
FEAR ENCOURAGED Vss. 10-14
Shemaiah was hired to cause Nehemiah to hide himself in fear. Nehemiah stood firm, trusting God, and also perceived that God had not sent him. Still other prophets (false prophets) tried to put Nehemiah in fear.
MISSION ACCOMPLISHED Vss. 15-16
Because of the faithfulness of Nehemiah and others the walls were completed in record time. Nehemiah’s enemies realized that God had helped him and the Israelites.