Rebuilding the walls of JerusalemFurther opposition to the building
This chapter continues on those oppositions. When people went back to work, so did the enemies of Jerusalem. The attacks were aimed on the leader - Nehemiah.
The enemies used guile and invited Nehemiah four times to meet with them. All four times Nehemiah said, “I am carrying on a great project and cannot go down. Why should the work stop while I leave it and go down to you?”
The fifth time, Nehemiah received an open letter with slanderous accusations that he was plotting to attack them. At the end of the accusation, there was another invitation, "Now this report will get back to the king; so come, let us meet together.”
Nehemiah 6:8 I sent him this reply: “Nothing like what you are saying is happening; you are just making it up out of your head.”Shemaiah, a false prophet was hiding inside his own house. When Nehemiah went to meet him, Shemaiah urged Nehemiah to go hide in the Temple. Nehemiah, apparaently was not afraid to point out that he was not going to the temple. Nehemiah also figured out that Shemaiah was a liar.
The construction of the wall was completed in fifty two (52) days.
Opposition to the Completed Wall
When news got out that the construction was completed, enemies were afraid. Several compromising nobles tried hard for Nehemiah to accept the enemy. He had a work to complete, and he did it.
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Old City walls of Jerusalem
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If anyone ever decides to follow the LORD, be sure to meet the enemy - Satan. He steps in with his snares of temptation aimed at those spiritual leaders. Further, Satan uses slander terms such as, "It is reported," "They say," "I have heard," etc.
Finally, a word of caution - Satan is most dangerous, when he disguises himself and appears to us as one of our own friends!