Nehemiah 4:1-9, 11-15, 17-21
Nehemiah 4:1, 2
Mockery has always been the favourite weapon of ungodly men. In this case Sanballat scoffed at the zealous eagerness of the people. “See,” said he, “they work as if a city could be built in a day.” That which was eminently to their honour he made the theme of his jeering—a very common habit to this day.
This bird of the same feather sang the same note. He scoffed because he was afraid.
Nehemiah 4:4, 5
A prayer more after the spirit of the law than the gospel. It is full of Nehemiah’s zeal for right, but lacks the gentleness of Jesus.
Cromwell bade his soldiers trust in God, and keep their powder dry. Nehemiah was equally practical.
They intended to take them by surprise, but in this they were foiled.
It was well done of these outlying Jews to warn their brethren so often; they acted as sentinels.
Nehemiah 4:13, 14
He set before them the terribleness of God as a reason for having no terror of men. “Fear him, ye saints, and ye will then have nothing else to fear.”
They lost no time in holidays and congratulations; they were in earnest, and kept to their business.
Nehemiah 4:17, 18
So must Christians both labour and fight, watch and pray, build up the good, and guard against the evil.
Nehemiah 4:19, 20
Here was the best reason for courage. If God be for us, who can be against us? O God, our God, fight for us this day!
In God’s work we may well make long days. Time is short, and the Lord’s work deserves all our strength.