Nehemiah 6 Commentary
Sanballat. Again. Some enemies never just give up. It’s another day and yet again another battle with its own shape and color. Sanballat has a couple of gears in his opposition of the rebuilding project. How you wish saints had the same tenacity in their pursuit of righteousness!
First, scorn and discouragement. Second, threats to physically harm God’s people. Chapter 6 gives us another level of warfare. There is a network of opposition. Some of the mercenaries are right within the community of God’s people. Others are part of the clergy. Others have been paid to cause confusion. You sense this type of opposition cannot be human. There should be something pulling the strings behind the human enemy called Sanballat.
It should be scary to think that the enemy can pull together this complex web of attacks. Some direct; others indirect and angelic in appearance. No wonder many saints fall. Some enemies may show up with promises to improve your life. They may even have the resemblance of a divinely orchestrated rescue mission. But it’s all lies.
You need to be a Nehemiah to see through it all. Nehemiah gives us an impression of a man who heard God speak quite often, going by his love for prayer.
Don’t change the answer to appear stylish. The word of the LORD is consistent. Stand on it. Produce the same answer.
Red-horned devils are noticeable and easily dispelled. The ones packaged as angels of light are nearly impossible to see with a naked eye. Stay in God. Maintain a life of prayer and these tricky demons will not be tricky at all.
The Christian walk can be a lonely occupation. It is for a good reason that saints are commanded to maintain fellowship with like-minded brothers. We have seen in this chapter how the enemy infiltrated what should have been the brotherhood of believers. The prophet Noadiah has been singled out for her opposition to the work. Saints are mistaken when they think like the work of the LORD has the same respect from everyone.
“Moreover, they kept reporting to me his good deeds”. The good deeds referenced here are Tobiah’s. He was another high-level enemy who provided a consistent presence of opposition. On a daily basis, the saint hears reports of good deeds packaged in adverts, success reports, magazines, events, and many other media outlets. The enemy is a factory of lies producing false happiness and it is heavily advertised. The saint is warned.
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