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September 8, 2014

Monday

 

Nehemiah 6:5-8

 

Then sent Sanballat his servant unto me in like manner the fifth time with an open letter in his hand; Wherein was written, It is reported among the heathen, and Gashmu saith it, that thou and the Jews think to rebel: for which cause thou buildest the wall, that thou mayest be their king, according to these words. And thou hast also appointed prophets to preach of thee at Jerusalem, saying, There is a king in Judah: and now shall it be reported to the king according to these words. Come now therefore, and let us take counsel together. Then I sent unto him, saying, There are no such things done as thou sayest, but thou feignest them out of thine own heart.

 

LESSON

Sanballat sent his “open letter” to all the Jews, not just to Nehemiah. Its purpose was doubtless to create division among the Jews who might begin to wonder if their leader’s motive really was as Sanballat suggested. Another proof of Sanballat’s dishonest intentions is that he sent an open letter, not sealed, as was the custom in those days. With the open letter, which could be read by anyone on the way, he was responsible for the further spreading of the rumor. Nehemiah did not let this threat intimidate him and flatly denied the charge. Since Nehemiah had a reputation as a man of integrity among the Jews, this seed of doubt did not take root in their minds.

Keep a steady hand…because the enemy wants to distract you, he will do everything he can to keep you from finishing, whether it is false praise, lies, or fear; do not give in , keep to the task. Keep a steady hand…because the enemy wants to distract you, he will do everything he can to cause you to compromise your walk with Christ; do not give in – keep to the task. Keep a steady hand…because the enemy wants to distract you, stay at the wall and finish well, for you have been given a great work.

 

Memory Verse: Proverbs 29:11

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