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September 5, 2014

Friday

 

Nehemiah 6:3

 

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?

 

LESSON

 

Nehemiah recorded three separate plots the Jews’ enemies instigated to frustrate his effective leadership. The first was a plot to distract him from his mission. The plain of Ono, to which Nehemiah’s adversaries invited him for a meeting, lay about 25 miles west and a little north of Jerusalem near Ashdod and Judah’s border with Samaria. Israel’s present international airport at Lod, just east of Tel Aviv on the Mediterranean coast, is very close to this site. It was in a kind of no-man’s land between Judah and Samaria. If Nehemiah had accepted this invitation he would have been many miles from Jerusalem for at least two days. This would have given the people of the land opportunity to attack the Jewish workmen.
Do you have any unfinished projects lying around collecting dust? It’s so easy to get sidetracked isn’t it? It takes tenacity to finish what we start because there are always so many competing distractions. Saints, the enemy will try to distract you. But while he blasts away, God is building His kingdom. Satan is subtle but God is sufficient. Remember, when God’s priorities become our priorities, God’s kingdom work will advance.

 

Memory Verse: Matthew 24:13

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