Nehemiah 6:1-3 I Cannot Come Down

Episode #34

One of the great devices of Satan, and one that is frequently employed right now, is that of elevating the many religions and, indeed, no religion at all to the same place as Christianity. To imply that the Christian faith is a better faith, a higher faith, or even more true than a different faith is tantamount to hate speech these days.

We are losing perspective as Baptists. We are coming down to the level of Protestants and, in doing so, we are lessening the value of the work we do, even if we think we are doing more work.

 

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Nehemiah 6:1-3 I Cannot Come Down

Nehemiah 6:1-3 “I Cannot Come Down”

Nehemiah 6:1-3 (KJV)
Now it came to pass, when Sanballat, and Tobiah, and Geshem the Arabian, and the rest of our enemies, heard that I had builded the wall, and that there was no breach left therein; (though at that time I had not set up the doors upon the gates;)
That Sanballat and Geshem sent unto me, saying, Come, let us meet together in some one of the villages in the plain of Ono. But they thought to do me mischief.
And I sent messengers unto them, saying, I am doing a great work, so that I cannot come down: why should the work cease, whilst I leave it, and come down to you?

The difference is subtle and one could argue unimportant. Someone might even say it is only a matter of perception.

  • Sanballat, and Geshem said, “Come let us meet together.”
  • Nehemiah said, “I cannot come down.”

The enemies saw themselves as equals; Nehemiah saw them as inferiors.

At the very least, Nehemiah saw the position of the believers as higher than that of the unbelievers.

One of the great devices of Satan, and one that is frequently employed right now, is that of elevating the many religions and, indeed, no religion at all to the same place as Christianity. To imply that the Christian faith is a better faith, a higher faith, or even more true than a different faith is tantamount to hate speech these days.

And a good number of nominal Christians are buying it. Men like Rick Warren of Saddleback Church in California have suckered multitudes of churches to come together with Muslims. Hundreds of independent Baptist pastors read, quote and follow the teachings John Maxwell, RC Sproul, Max Lucado and other like them.

We are losing perspective as Baptists. We are coming down to the level of Protestants. And, in doing so, we are lessening the value of the work we do, even if we think we are doing more work.

 

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Nehemiah 6:1-3 “I Cannot Come Down”

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Nehemiah 5:6 I Was Very Angry

Nehemiah 5:6 (KJV)
And I was very angry when I heard their cry and these words.

Nehemiah was not above becoming angry. The Bible goes so far as to say “very angry.”

News of the disaffection some had for their own brethren in this needful time, and of their taking advantage of their need through usury, riled Nehemiah to great, but not excessive anger.

He was not wrong to be angry. He did not sin by being angry but I can see he did not lose control because he was angry. Before he acted the Bible says he consulted with himself. He took the time to manage his emotions and prepare a plan of action that was appropriate and not reaction.

Nehemiah responded to that which made him angry and the people responded positively to his response.

May this be true of God’s people still today.

 

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Nehemiah 5:6 I Was Very Angry

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Nehemiah 4:12 They Told Him Ten Times

Nehemiah 4:12 (KJV)
And it came to pass, that when the Jews which dwelt by them came, they said unto us ten times, From all places whence ye shall return unto us they will be upon you.

There were those Jews who, though not associated with the builders, and dwelling among the Samaritans, kept coming to warn Nehemiah that the Samaritans would soon attack.

Nehemiah says they told him ten times.

  • They kept telling him until he got it.
  • They could have kept telling him until it annoyed him

If we have information that needs to be shared we ought to share it. But then we ought to let it go.

  • To sound a warning is important.
  • To keep sounding about it can be disheartening.

 

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Nehemiah 4:12 They Told Him Ten Times

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Nehemiah 3:1 Preaching Like That

Nehemiah 3:1 (KJV)
Then Eliashib the high priest rose up with his brethren the priests, and they builded the sheep gate; they sanctified it, and set up the doors of it; even unto the tower of Meah they sanctified it, unto the tower of Hananeel.

I remember some thirty years ago hearing a pastor skillfully preach on the repairing these gates. I don’t recall if he used every gate, though I think he did. What I do recall is that he assigned to each gate he preached on a spiritual significance, he demonstrated that significance in the Word of God and then he applied that significance to the congregation.

I am not sure some today would call that Bible preaching. What some identify as expository preaching is nothing more than reading a verse and rephrasing it in their own words. Some would think to compare Scripture with another Scripture is to depart from Scripture.

Ezra, the Bible says, read Scripture and caused the people to understand the reading. This must surely mean more than supplying definitions.

There is no example in the Bible of preaching that is merely reading a passage and explaining it. Preaching is application. The preacher believes that every passage has purpose today. There is more in Nehemiah chapter three than a record of who repaired what. The preacher I heard so many years ago understood that. He gave an application. He provided us with an action we could attach to the passage.

Thank God for preaching like that.

 

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Nehemiah 3:1 Preaching Like That

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Nehemiah 1:4 Not A Pity Party

Nehemiah 1:4 (KJV)
And it came to pass, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned certain days, and fasted, and prayed before the God of heaven,

Few people in the Bible are a better example of leadership than is Nehemiah. He was a man of action and accomplishment. But before he was any of that, he was a man of tears. More than a few tears too. He wept for days. More than privately, his sadness was so profound the king, his boss, could see it.

It’s ok to weep and mourn. It’s ok to become saddened about things. But notice that Nehemiah did not end in a pity party.

He prayed
Chapter one, the second half is a prayer. It’s not the last one recorded either.

He planned
When approached by the king he already had in his heart a thing to do, what he would need to do it and a time frame for which to get it done.

He performed
Some of us are big talkers but poor doers. Nehemiah had a concern a plan and the gumption to work the plan.

It’s fine to cry. Just don’t stop there. Seek the Lord and then do something about it.

 

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Nehemiah 1:4 Not A Pity Party

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Nehemiah 7:5 God Put This In His Heart

Nehemiah 7:5 (KJV)
And my God put into mine heart to gather together the nobles, and the rulers, and the people, that they might be reckoned by genealogy. And I found a register of the genealogy of them which came up at the first, and found written therein,

Since the heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked, it is both dangerous and foolish to be led by it. But Nehemiah was not led of his heart; he was led by God, who had placed this in his heart. Nehemiah made the same claim in Nehemiah 2:12[1]. From there we learn that Nehemiah was led by:

A connection to Jerusalem
Both by blood and by relationship with the reporter of the news.

An awareness of the need
As reports had come to him with information about the condition of Jerusalem.

An interest in the situation
I might call this a burden. It is more than the usual “that’s too bad” sort of thing. He cared.

An ability to make a difference
He had the potential means to effect change.

A season of prayer
He sought the Lord about the need.

All of these are in regards to his coming to Jerusalem to repair the walls. It is not a distant leap to suggest that similar circumstances led him to say that God had put this into his heart too. If rebuilding the walls improved the physical condition of Jerusalem, preserving the record of those who had returned from exile stood to improve the spiritual condition of the city’s inhabitants.

Don’t be led by your heart. But don’t ignore the burden God places in your heart.

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[1] Nehemiah 2:12 (KJV)
And I arose in the night, I and some few men with me; neither told I any man what my God had put in my heart to do at Jerusalem: neither was there any beast with me, save the beast that I rode upon.

Nehemiah 6:19 Good Lesson

Nehemiah 6:19 (KJV)
Also they reported his good deeds before me, and uttered my words to him. And Tobiah sent letters to put me in fear.

The threats against Nehemiah were real. There were people who would have slain him if given the opportunity. Nehemiah also had false friends, men who pretended to work along side him but had allegiance to Nehemiah’s enemies. Also, there were the letters from Tobiah that must have been of a threatening nature, because their intent was to put him in fear.

What I notice is that none of this distracted Nehemiah.

  • He was aware of it.
  • He prayed to the Lord about it
  • He kept a record of it

but he didn’t stop because of it.

Good lesson here.

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Nehemiah 6:19 Good Lesson

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Nehemiah 3:5 Who’s Watching?

Nehemiah 3:5 (KJV)
And next unto them the Tekoites repaired; but their nobles put not their necks to the work of their Lord.

In this exceptional chapter of unity cooperation and sacrifice one group stands out for their lack of participation. The nobles of Tekoa, a city of Judah, “put not their necks to the work“.

  • There were priests at work
  • There were goldsmiths at work
  • There were apothecaries at work
  • There were rulers at work
  • There were merchants at work
  • There was even a man with his daughters at work

But these nobles, for whatever reason, chose not to join in the work.

And Nehemiah saw it.

Could Nehemiah be a picture here of God, who knows and sees all and is keeping a record of our works? The Bible says of the Christian that “every man’s work shall be made manifest … of what sort it is.”[1]

Imagine the judgment seat of Christ where we are all judged and rewarded for our service as believers. People of all ranks and races stand before the Lord to receive their rewards. But then it comes to you. The only remark is, “He put not his neck to the work.” No wonder God wipes away tears in heaven.

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[1] 1 Corinthians 3:13

Nehemiah 1:10-11 An Answer To His Own Prayer

Nehemiah 1:10-11 (KJV)
Now these are thy servants and thy people, whom thou hast redeemed by thy great power, and by thy strong hand.
O Lord, I beseech thee, let now thine ear be attentive to the prayer of thy servant, and to the prayer of thy servants, who desire to fear thy name: and prosper, I pray thee, thy servant this day, and grant him mercy in the sight of this man. For I was the king’s cupbearer.

What an interesting way to end a prayer. It is obvious that Nehemiah was recording this as a narrative and expected it to be read years if not generations after the fact. Is it possible that he knew this to be Holy Scripture as he penned it?

Nehemiah had heard of the sad condition of Jerusalem and prayed to God for something to be done about it. But Nehemiah knew himself to be in a unique position to be the answer of his own prayer. As the king’s cupbearer he was able to appeal directly to him for help. He was not only a king’s cupbearer but for the very king who could make a difference. From his request to the king we can see that Nehemiah had already devised in his mind a way to make that difference.

Very often when God puts a thing on our heart He has also put us in a position to be the answer to that for which we pray. We ought to pray. We ought to seek God’s answers. But as we do so we ought also to evaluate our own unique opportunities to affect the answer.

Nehemiah said, “he was the king’s cupbearer.” The answer was going to forever change his life. How prepared are we to have our lives changed, maybe even turned upside down, in order to make a difference for God?

Nehemiah’s accomplishments have been forever recorded. So may ours; no, not in a new chapter of the Bible, but in the history halls of heaven.

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Nehemiah 1:10-11 An Answer To His Own Prayer

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