Efforts to destroy Governor Nehemiah, Part 2

Why was Nehemiah so angry?

Nehemiah’s anger was eventually directed towards his own people.  When mocked and threatened by Sanballat and his associates, Nehemiah prayed and acted wisely.  Nehemiah organised the rebuilding of the wall.  In that he was successful.  It was completed in 52 days.  

His other, more important, work was for the nation of God to renew their Covenant with Him.  That was the difficult part of his ‘job description.’  It had to do with the people’s loyalty and devotion towards God.   

When the wall was completed, Ezra the scribe read the Law of Moses,

‘When the seventh month came and the Israelites had settled in their towns, all the people assembled as one man in the square before the Water Gate.  They told Ezra the scribe to bring out the Book of the Law of Moses, which the Lord had commanded for Israel.’  Nehemiah 8:1

When Ezra was finished the Israelites confessed their sins and renewed the Covenant with God.  The leaders recorded it and added,

‘…all these now join their brothers the nobles [Nehemiah 9:38], and bind themselves with a curse and an oath to follow the Law of God given through Moses the servant of God and to obey carefully all the commands, regulations and decrees of the Lord our God.’  Nehemiah 10:29

After 12 years as governor, it was time for Nehemiah to return to Susa to serve Artaxerxes, as he promised’.  When he later came back to Jerusalem, he found that the Covenant was broken and Eliashib the high priest was allied to two of the bitter enemies of Israel, Sanballat and Tobiah.  Nehemiah 13:4-9, 28

Can we blame Nehemiah for his reaction?  He knew the Book of Lamentations graphically describes the horrors that follow Covenant breaking.  Nehemiah took to violent means to tell the Israelites: don’t challenge God because you will loose.  

It was easy to repair a broken wall, but not that easy to mend a broken relationship with God.  It is easy to break a wall, but to break a covenant with God leads to bitter experiences.  

The lesson for us from Nehemiah?  

To keep the Covenant with God was more important and harder than to rebuild the wall of Jerusalem.  In that President Trump has shown by his actions that he is favourably disposed towards God’s Church.  It is no wonder that he is incessantly attacked.  Many politicians are not that predisposed to the Church.  All Americans and even non-Americans should savour an opportunity to be faithful to our Lord Jesus Christ. 

Author: Gerard and Alida

As you can see in the photo, there are two of us. We live and work together 24/7, studying and enjoying our grandchildren. Our passion is to know and understand what will happen after death. Is there a way to provide for and invest in that?

5 thoughts on “Efforts to destroy Governor Nehemiah, Part 2”

  1. Greetings Gerhard & Alida.

    We were living in the US, active as leaders in mainstream local evangelical church circles, when Obama was elected president, twice.

    We were also living in the US at the time when Trump was elected president, (we left the USA at that time to come back home)
    At this time we were engaged with a very different Church, those who see themselves as the remnant, or the end times Church.

    We discovered that the American public as a whole are very knowledgeable and passionate about their history.
    I was encouraged by a pastor friend to read American history, he graciously provided me with several books, after which I was able to join in the conversations that preceded their national elections.

    I discovered in the books that the US Constitution was diligently compiled based on a book written by John Locke, a then british theologan, called ‘The Government of God’. Consequently, there are still over 1200 scriptures sited in the American Constitution.
    Of the 50+ members of the assembly, if my memory serves me right, about 48 of these men were either Pastors or held a degree in Theology.
    Thomas Jefferson (who was the constitution scribe) held regular Church services on Sundays in halls and buildings owned by the US Government at the time. The Constitution of USA has since been under constant attack by unbelievers ever since.

    The separation of Church and State had a lot to do with electing a Muslim believer into power, and then when the Church realized their mistake they chose Trump.

    Interestingly, prior to the election of Trump, most of the Christians we had contact with did not like Trump very much and could not see him becoming president. They were mainly focused on his past relationships with women. However, literally weeks before the election Church leaders gathered around Trump, with the laying on of hands prophecying and praying over him. We all know the rest.

    People did not vote for Trump, they voted for the Constitution and what it stands for, which Obama rejected and Trump accepted. They voted for a set of governing principals. Such as the right to bear arms etc.
    Interestingly, the American Constitution has survived over 340 years unchanged, longer than any other constitution ever compiled throughout the known history of humankind.
    In contrast to most other constitutions, that are ammended or re-written on average every 20-25 years.
    In my book, that says a lot 🙂
    Patrick

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  2. Absolutely yes, I once read, “when America sneezes, the rest of the world catches cold”. There is even a song written by Zietgiest (a modern day heavy metal band) They have a song with the words, “We all live in America”

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