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Vision Sunday

Looking at the life of Nehemiah we can learn some invaluable lessons for overcoming the enemies attacks and remaining confident in God’s power and protection. Nehemiah learns to stand firm and encourage the people in the face of many obstacles, as they rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. We too have a big vision laid before us; to preach the gospel, to raise up disciples, to plant churches and send evangelists to the nations. We can have confidence that God builds His church. That as we work hard He replenishes weary souls. That His yoke is easy, His burden is light. And ultimately we take confidence that Jesus’ work is finished. We celebrate that because on the cross Christ refused to come down (Matthew 27:39-44), the enemy has been overcome. So now we can walk into our future, full of confidence in Him.

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Nehemiah 4:1–3 (Listen)

Opposition to the Work

4:1 1 Now when Sanballat heard that we were building the wall, he was angry and greatly enraged, and he jeered at the Jews. And he said in the presence of his brothers and of the army of Samaria, “What are these feeble Jews doing? Will they restore it for themselves?2 Will they sacrifice? Will they finish up in a day? Will they revive the stones out of the heaps of rubbish, and burned ones at that?” Tobiah the Ammonite was beside him, and he said, “Yes, what they are building—if a fox goes up on it he will break down their stone wall!”

Footnotes

[1] 4:1 Ch 3:33 in Hebrew
[2] 4:2 Or Will they commit themselves to God?

(ESV)

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