052420SS-Nehemiah.mp3

Posted on 24 May 2020, Pastor: Dr Gregg Nash

Captivity Timeline and Who ReturnedGates in the Wall Nehemiah HandoutAn overview of the book of Nehemiah

NEHEMIAH

Building the Wall Around Jerusalem

Nehemiah worked in Susa as a personal assistant for the king of the vast Medo‑Persian Empire. When he heard that the rebuilding projects in Jerusalem were progressing slowly, he asked the king if he could go there to help his people complete the task of rebuilding their city’s walls. The king agreed to let him go; so he left as soon as possible, traveling along much the same route Ezra had taken.

INTRODUCTION:     Nehemiah is a continuation of the rebuilding of Jerusalem. It records the rebuilding of the walls of Jerusalem, the internal hindrances by frustrated people during the rebuilding, and the economic and spiritual reforms. Malachi records the apostasy and apathy during this time. The books of Ezra and Nehemiah probably are one book. Most of that portion which we call “Nehemiah” was written by Nehemiah himself. Ezra came to Jerusalem in the seventh year of Artaxerxes in 458 B.C. and thirteen years later in 445 B.C. Nehemiah arrived in the city in the capacity of governor. At this time Ezra appears again as he cooperates with Nehemiah in his work of reform. Consequently, these two great men are brought together in a common cause and use their zeal and wisdom to improve the conditions in Jerusalem. (Teacher, stress to the pupils the importance of working together. The Bible says that one can chase a thousand and two can put ten thousand to flight.

Deuteronomy 32:30         How should one chase a thousand, and two put ten thousand to flight, except their Rock had sold them, and the LORD had shut them up?

Joshua 23:10‑11    One man of you shall chase a thousand: for the LORD your God, he it is that fighteth for you, as he hath promised you.

11       Take good heed therefore unto yourselves, that ye love the LORD your God.

People need to work together. Unity is important but union is not! Lead the pupils to discuss in what ways they can work with each other to get more done and to accomplish more for God and for good.)

THEME:     “The Rebuilding of the Wall Around Jerusalem.” You will recall that in the book of Ezra the temple was rebuilt. Now the wall is rebuilt. This teaches us that God works from the inside out and it is important that we do the same. The heart is the thing that must first be right if our actions and behavior are to be right. First you get saved on the inside and then let Jesus help you on the outside.

Matthew 23:25‑28    Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess.

26       Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also.

27       Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness.

28       Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.

Jeremiah 29:13      And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.

Joel 2:12‑13 Therefore also now, saith the Lord, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning:

13 And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the Lord your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil.

The book of Nehemiah provides spiritual insight for the ministry (Romans 15:4). It reveals the struggles of rebuilding the life of a person ruined by the world.

The book of Nehemiah is a doctrinal picture of the rebuilding of the nation of Israel after 1948. The main adversaries are frustrated Arabs and envious Edomites who reject the truth that the Abrahamic Covenant was inherited by Isaac, Jacob and their children (Neh. 4:7; Gal. 4:22-31).

AN OUTLINE OF THE BOOK.

  1. Nehemiah’s inspection of the city.

Nehemiah 2:9‑20  Then I came to the governors beyond the river, and gave them the king’s letters. Now the king had sent captains of the army and horsemen with me.

10       When Sanballat the Horonite, and Tobiah the servant, the Ammonite, heard of it, it grieved them exceedingly that there was come a man to seek the welfare of the children of Israel. These adversaries were anti-Semitic (Ezek. 35:11; Gal. 4:29-31; Rev. 12:17).

11       So I came to Jerusalem, and was there three days.

12       And I arose in the night, I and some few men with me; neither told I any man what my God had put in my heart to do at Jerusalem: neither was there any beast with me, save the beast that I rode upon.

13       And I went out by night by the gate of the valley, even before the dragon well, and to the dung port, and viewed the walls of Jerusalem, which were broken down, and the gates thereof were consumed with fire.

14       Then I went on to the gate of the fountain, and to the king’s pool: but there was no place for the beast that was under me to pass.

15       Then went I up in the night by the brook, and viewed the wall, and turned back, and entered by the gate of the valley, and so returned.

16       And the rulers knew not whither I went, or what I did; neither had I as yet told it to the Jews, nor to the priests, nor to the nobles, nor to the rulers, nor to the rest that did the work.

17       Then said I unto them, Ye see the distress that we are in, how Jerusalem lieth waste, and the gates thereof are burned with fire: come, and let us build up the wall of Jerusalem, that we be no more a reproach.

18       Then I told them of the hand of my God which was good upon me; as also the king’s words that he had spoken unto me. And they said, Let us rise up and build. So they strengthened their hands for this good work.

19       But when Sanballat the Horonite, and Tobiah the servant, the Ammonite, and Geshem the Arabian, heard it, they laughed us to scorn, and despised us, and said, What is this thing that ye do? will ye rebel against the king?

20       Then answered I them, and said unto them, The God of heaven, he will prosper us; therefore we his servants will arise and build: but ye have no portion, nor right, nor memorial, in Jerusalem.

For three days he inspected the city and noticed the dilapidated condition of things. He had a conference with the builders and priests.

 

Nehemiah takes us on a counter‑clockwise tour around Jerusalem (beginning with the Sheep Gate). He describes for us each section, gate, and tower on the wall and who worked to rebuild it.

The sheep gate pictures salvation and revival (Ps. 119:176; Isa. 53:6; John 10:27).

The fish gate pictures soul winning (Matt. 4:19; Mark 1:17; 2 Cor. 5:18-20).

The old gate can portray the old paths of the 1611 King James Bible (Jer. 6:16).

The valley gate pictures the battles and trials of life (Jer. 31:40; Joel 3:14).

The dung gate was south of the city in the city dump. It pictures hell (Ezekiel 20:45-49).

The dung gate pictures the elimination of idols and iniquity (Lev. 3:17; Phil. 3:8).

The fountain gate pictures the work of the Holy Ghost through the pure word of God and His cleansing and refreshing power (Prov. 13:14; Song. 4:12-16; John 7:37-39).

The water gate pictures the pure word of God (Deut. 32:2; Neh. 8:1-8; Song. 4:12-16).

The east gate pictures the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ (Ezekiel 43:1-5; 44:1-2).

The gate Miphkad is the gate of inspection or muster and pictures the Judgment Seat of Christ (Romans 14:10; 1 Corinthians 3:10-15; 4:4; 2 Corinthians 5:10)

The building of the wall. Nehemiah 3 – 6. He met with an enthusiastic response of the people, though he was opposed by the armies and allies of Sanballat, Geshem and Tobiah, but the workmen were aimed and the wall was completed.

The genealogy of those who returned. Nehemiah 7

The people were instructed in the law and a great revival followed. Nehemiah 8 – 10. It was here that Ezra read and explained the law, and the people got right with God. They returned to the keeping of the feast of the tabernacles and the observance of the sabbath. They banned intermarriage with foreigners.

A catalogue or register or names Nehemiah 11 – 12:26

The dedication of the wall. Nehemiah 12:27-43.

 

  1. OPPOSITION. There are many ways that Satan opposed the building of the wall. At Gospel Light Baptist Church we are constantly building and progressing. We can expect opposition. The wisest thing is to be ready for the opposition when it comes and be able to notice it when it appears so it can be recognized, avoided, averted or attacked. Let us notice the opposition.
  2. Satan was grieved.

Nehemiah 2:10      When Sanballat the Horonite, and Tobiah the servant, the Ammonite, heard of it, it grieved them exceedingly that there was come a man to seek the welfare of the children of Israel.

He always is grieved when God’s people go forward. When building is in progress, he is unhappy. Many would say, “Well it says Sanballat and Tobiah were grieved, not Satan.” Just like God uses and works through a man so does Satan. Satan used Sanballat and Tobiah to do his will and accomplish his wishes. Make sure you stand for the LORD so the devil does not have an opportunity to work through you.

  1. The enemies laughed at the progress of God’s people and said it could not be done.

Nehemiah 2:18‑19 Then I told them of the hand of my God which was good upon me; as also the king’s words that he had spoken unto me. And they said, Let us rise up and build. So they strengthened their hands for this good work.

19       But when Sanballat the Horonite, and Tobiah the servant, the Ammonite, and Geshem the Arabian, heard it, they laughed us to scorn, and despised us, and said, What is this thing that ye do? will ye rebel against the king?

  1. They despised the people of God as they built.

Nehemiah 2:19b.

  1. They called them unpatriotic rabble-rousers and haters.

Nehemiah 2:19‑20 But when Sanballat the Horonite, and Tobiah the servant, the Ammonite, and Geshem the Arabian, heard it, they laughed us to scorn, and despised us, and said, What is this thing that ye do? will ye rebel against the king?

20       Then answered I them, and said unto them, The God of heaven, he will prosper us; therefore we his servants will arise and build: but ye have no portion, nor right, nor memorial, in Jerusalem.

In other words, they would not be discouraged. They would not be defeated. They would not stop.

  1. Satan’s crowd became angry.

Nehemiah 4:1         But it came to pass, that when Sanballat heard that we builded the wall, he was wroth, and took great indignation, and mocked the Jews.

The proper response to the mocking of carnal people is to pray against their conspiratorial and evil desires. Remind God of their wickedness (Gal. 6:7-8). Prepare for trouble, but remain faithful to the work for the glory of God (Acts 19:20; 2 Thess. 3:1-2).

  1. They mocked them. Nehemiah 4:lc. To “mock” means to “mimic.” It means to say in a ridiculous kind of way what someone else says.
  2. Then they ridiculed them.

Nehemiah 4:2         And he spake before his brethren and the army of Samaria, and said, What do these feeble Jews? will they fortify themselves? will they sacrifice? will they make an end in a day? will they revive the stones out of the heaps of the rubbish which are burned?

  1. They accused them of unstable growth and of not being able to build something that would stand.

Nehemiah 4:3         Now Tobiah the Ammonite was by him, and he said, Even that which they build, if a fox go up, he shall even break down their stone wall.

The response of God’s people is found in Nehemiah 4:6, “So built we the wall.” Praise the Lord, they would not stop. Nothing could stop them.

  1. The enemy conspired to fight against than.

Nehemiah 4:7‑9     But it came to pass, that when Sanballat, and Tobiah, and the Arabians, and the Ammonites, and the Ashdodites, heard that the walls of Jerusalem were made up, and that the breaches began to be stopped, then they were very wroth,

8          And conspired all of them together to come and to fight against Jerusalem, and to hinder it.

9          Nevertheless we made our prayer unto our God, and set a watch against them day and night, because of them.

In verse 9 we find the response of God’s people. They set a watch. They would not quit. They were going to build the wall regardless!

They tried to discourage the people of God.

Nehemiah 4:10‑11    And Judah said, The strength of the bearers of burdens is decayed, and there is much rubbish; so that we are not able to build the wall.

11       And our adversaries said, They shall not know, neither see, till we come in the midst among them, and slay them, and cause the work to cease.

This worked. The people became discouraged and they stopped for a while. However, God raised up Haggai, Zechariah, Ezra and Nehemiah, and together they encouraged the people to rebuild.

Nehemiah 4:13-14   Therefore set I in the lower places behind the wall, and on the higher places, I even set the people after their families with their swords, their spears, and their bows.

14 And I looked, and rose up, and said unto the nobles, and to the rulers, and to the rest of the people, Be not ye afraid of them: remember the Lord, which is great and terrible, and fight for your brethren, your sons, and your daughters, your wives, and your houses.

The proper response to threats is to prepare for a battle (2 Tim. 4:7; Jude 3-4), but many adversaries are often cowards who are just running their mouth (Neh. 4:15).

In Nehemiah 4:15 it says they returned “everyone to his own work.” Ah, that is great! Nobody wanted to do someone else’s work. Everyone did his own. The pianist played the piano. The song leader led the singing. The teacher did the teaching. The pastor did the preaching. The ushers did the ushering. The P.A. men took care of the public address system. Every man did his own work. That’s the way God’s work always progresses.

They did, however, have a dual work. Everyone was set for the defense of the work of God.

Nehemiah 4:16‑21 And it came to pass from that time forth, that the half of my servants wrought in the work, and the other half of them held both the spears, the shields, and the bows, and the habergeons; and the rulers were behind all the house of Judah.

17       They which builded on the wall, and they that bare burdens, with those that laded, every one with one of his hands wrought in the work, and with the other hand held a weapon.

18       For the builders, every one had his sword girded by his side, and so builded. And he that sounded the trumpet was by me.

19       And I said unto the nobles, and to the rulers, and to the rest of the people, The work is great and large, and we are separated upon the wall, one far from another.

20       In what place therefore ye hear the sound of the trumpet, resort ye thither unto us: our God shall fight for us.

21       So we laboured in the work: and half of them held the spears from the rising of the morning till the stars appeared.

The founding fathers of the USA wisely limited government from infringing upon the people’s right to keep and bear arms. This guaranteed right was placed second in priority after the right to freely exercise one’s choice of religion or Christian denomination.

Nehemiah 5:1-6   And there was a great cry of the people and of their wives against their brethren the Jews.

2 For there were that said, We, our sons, and our daughters, are many: therefore we take up corn for them, that we may eat, and live.

3 Some also there were that said, We have mortgaged our lands, vineyards, and houses, that we might buy corn, because of the dearth.

4 There were also that said, We have borrowed money for the king’s tribute, and that upon our lands and vineyards.

5 Yet now our flesh is as the flesh of our brethren, our children as their children: and, lo, we bring into bondage our sons and our daughters to be servants, and some of our daughters are brought unto bondage already: neither is it in our power to redeem them; for other men have our lands and vineyards.

6 And I was very angry when I heard their cry and these words.

This opposition was an inside job of fraud from the banking institutions and government officials (1 Kings 21:7; James 5:1-4). This is the only occurrence of the word mortgage in the Bible; it means death pledge. Fiat banks are more dangerous than standing armies because whoever controls the money supply controls the nation (Deut. 15:6). The apostate Jews of the House of Rothschild have deceptively controlled the money supply of world affairs for many years. President Andrew Jackson said about these wicked bankers, “You are a den of vipers. I intend to route you out and by the Eternal God I will route you out. If the people only understood the rank injustice of our money and banking system, there would be a revolution before morning.” Congressman Charles Lindbergh, Sr. said about the corrupt Federal Reserve act of 1913, “Our financial system is a false one and a huge burden on the people. This act establishes the most gigantic trust on earth. When the president signs this bill, the invisible government by the Monetary Power will be legalized.” These wicked bankers create money out of thin air and they orchestrate financial depressions and recessions at will. They enslave the American people through the Great Depression of the 1930s. The Federal Reserve note is a debt note (Rom. 13:8). Lawful money of account is gold and silver coin. The solutions for this problem or to cancel the debts, stop usury, and restore all foreclosed property. If the bankers balk at this punishment, the other choice is the death sentence. The great reformer, Martin Luther, sad, “An Userer is a three-fold thief and murderer… He justly ought to hang on the gallows.” The userer slowly robs and steals the maintenance of another and he starves and destroys families through interest payments on fraudulent money. Other ilk associated with the House of Rothchild are the Bilderbergers, the Club of Rome, the Council of Foreign Relations, the Trilateral Commission, the United Nations, and the World Council of Churches. Paul warned in 1 Timothy 6:10, “The love of money is the root of all evil.” This archaic expression is only preserved perfectly in the 1611 authorized King James Bible.

Satan tried to get God’s people to join up with him.

Nehemiah 6:1‑3     Now it came to pass, when Sanballat, and Tobiah, and Geshem the Arabian, and the rest of our enemies, heard that I had builded the wall, and that there was no breach left therein; (though at that time I had not set up the doors upon the gates;)

2          That Sanballat and Geshem sent unto me, saying, Come, let us meet together in some one of the villages in the plain of Ono. But they thought to do me mischief.

3          And I sent messengers unto them, saying, I am doing a great work, so that I cannot come down: why should the work cease, whilst I leave it, and come down to you?

If Satan can’t destroy, discourage, or defeat a work, he tries to steal the work. He doesn’t build his own churches. Liberalism cannot start a church; it steals the churches built by fundamentalists.

Notice the tremendous answer in Nehemiah 6:3. The people of God said that they were doing a great work and they could not come dawn. Here is a great lesson for us! We should not fight back when our enemies attack us. We should keep busy for God. They kept on building the wall. They did not come down and try to answer their critics’ lies. They simply built the wall. There’s nothing that Satan would rather do than to have us get into a battle over some small attack, gossip or rumor and take our eyes off of soul winning, church building and doing the main job for God. His people would not come down; they simply kept on build­ing the wall.

People with frustrated ambition try the old adage, “If you can’t beat em, join em,” but they do not care for the work or the leader. They spread rumors, slander, and lies about the leader. One of their favorite accusations is the people are just following a man (Num. 16:1; Neh. 6:7; 1 Cor. 11:1). Their greatest fear tactic is the charge of a cult (Acts 24:14). The right response is to ignore them as long as possible and pray for the work. When God leads, One can answer their foolishness in due time (Prov. 26:4-5; Matt. 15:12-14). These worthless vipers are often motivated by a self-centered woman (Neh. 6:14; 1 Tim. 5:11-15).

Satan began to criticize the leader.

Nehemiah 6:5‑8     Then sent Sanballat his servant unto me in like manner the fifth time with an open letter in his hand;

6          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.

7          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.

8          Then I sent unto him, saying, There are no such things done as thou sayest, but thou feignest them out of thine own heart.

This is one of his great attacks to keep God’s work from being accomplished. He attacks the leader. He knows that if he can get the leader discouraged and get him down from the wall, he will have won the battle. This also failed. In Nehemiah 6:15 we find five of the greatest words in all the Bible, “So the wall was finished.” God’s work was accomplished because the people would not be defeated!

Nehemiah 6:15-19     So the wall was finished in the twenty and fifth day of the month Elul, in fifty and two days.

16 And it came to pass, that when all our enemies heard thereof, and all the heathen that were about us saw these things, they were much cast down in their own eyes: for they perceived that this work was wrought of our God.

17 Moreover in those days the nobles of Judah sent many letters unto Tobiah, and the letters of Tobiah came unto them.

18 For there were many in Judah sworn unto him, because he was the son in law of Shechaniah the son of Arah; and his son Johanan had taken the daughter of Meshullam the son of Berechiah.

19 Also they reported his good deeds before me, and uttered my words to him. And Tobiah sent letters to put me in fear.

True prophets of God are the talk of society (Ezek. 33:30-33; 2 Cor. 6:3-10). Many people fear the ridicule of society; therefore, they do not serve God (Mark 3:31-35). The proper work glorifies God and His word (Acts 13:47-49).

 

III.       THE REVIVAL THAT FOLLOWED. Nehemiah 8 – 10.

Nehemiah 8:1-8   And all the people gathered themselves together as one man into the street that was before the water gate; and they spake unto Ezra the scribe to bring the book of the law of Moses, which the Lord had commanded to Israel.

2 And Ezra the priest brought the law before the congregation both of men and women, and all that could hear with understanding, upon the first day of the seventh month.

3 And he read therein before the street that was before the water gate from the morning until midday, before the men and the women, and those that could understand; and the ears of all the people were attentive unto the book of the law.

4 And Ezra the scribe stood upon a pulpit of wood, which they had made for the purpose; and beside him stood Mattithiah, and Shema, and Anaiah, and Urijah, and Hilkiah, and Maaseiah, on his right hand; and on his left hand, Pedaiah, and Mishael, and Malchiah, and Hashum, and Hashbadana, Zechariah, and Meshullam.

5 And Ezra opened the book in the sight of all the people; (for he was above all the people;) and when he opened it, all the people stood up:

6 And Ezra blessed the Lord, the great God. And all the people answered, Amen, Amen, with lifting up their hands: and they bowed their heads, and worshipped the Lord with their faces to the ground.

7 Also Jeshua, and Bani, and Sherebiah, Jamin, Akkub, Shabbethai, Hodijah, Maaseiah, Kelita, Azariah, Jozabad, Hanan, Pelaiah, and the Levites, caused the people to understand the law: and the people stood in their place.

8 So they read in the book in the law of God distinctly, and gave the sense, and caused them to understand the reading.

Ezra gave the pattern for proper preaching. The book of God is the center of attention, not a wafer, a cup, or a missal. The people stand to honor to the word of God. The preacher reads the book distinctly and explains the passage in the common language of the people with the use of every day illustrations (Mark 12:37; 2 Cor. 3:12; 11:6). The book is not to be criticized; it is to be believed (1 Thess. 2:13). If the word is not understood, Satan snatches it from the heart (Matt. 13:19). If the word is taught intellectually, it is made of not affect (1 Cor. 1:17). The book is to be exalted because it is the final authority (Ps. 138:2; 2 Thess. 3:1-2).

Nehemiah 9:5-6   Then the Levites, Jeshua, and Kadmiel, Bani, Hashabniah, Sherebiah, Hodijah, Shebaniah, and Pethahiah, said, Stand up and bless the Lord your God for ever and ever: and blessed be thy glorious name, which is exalted above all blessing and praise.

6 Thou, even thou, art Lord alone; thou hast made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth, and all things that are therein, the seas, and all that is therein, and thou preservest them all; and the host of heaven worshippeth thee.

God’s name is the LORD (Isa. 42:8). This name is above all blessing and praise. The name of the Lord Jesus Christ is above every name (Phil. 2:9-11). God has also exalted his written word above his name (Ps. 138:2; 2 Thess. 3:1-2; 1 John 5:7; Rev. 19:16).

Nehemiah 13:4-5   And before this, Eliashib the priest, having the oversight of the chamber of the house of our God, was allied unto Tobiah:

5 And he had prepared for him a great chamber, where aforetime they laid the meat offerings, the frankincense, and the vessels, and the tithes of the corn, the new wine, and the oil, which was commanded to be given to the Levites, and the singers, and the porters; and the offerings of the priests.

Tobiah was a leech of the work of God. The dirty and underhanded politics in the ministry usually run through close relatives (Neh. 13:4, 28). The proper responses are to keep God first (Ex. 32:36-38; Luke 14:25-27) and put the carnal people out (1 Cor. 5:9-13).

Nehemiah 13:10-11   And I perceived that the portions of the Levites had not been given them: for the Levites and the singers, that did the work, were fled every one to his field.

11 Then contended I with the rulers, and said, Why is the house of God forsaken? And I gathered them together, and set them in their place.

The house of God is forsaken because of the carnal priests (13:4; Ezek. 34:1-6) and carnal people (Jer. 5:30-31). The rotten fruit of this carnality is selfish desires. Tides and offerings are not given and people work on Sunday to satisfy their covetousness (Jer. 6:13; Rev. 3:17).

Nehemiah 13:23-27   In those days also saw I Jews that had married wives of Ashdod, of Ammon, and of Moab:

24 And their children spake half in the speech of Ashdod, and could not speak in the Jews’ language, but according to the language of each people.

25 And I contended with them, and cursed them, and smote certain of them, and plucked off their hair, and made them swear by God, saying, Ye shall not give your daughters unto their sons, nor take their daughters unto your sons, or for yourselves.

26 Did not Solomon king of Israel sin by these things? yet among many nations was there no king like him, who was beloved of his God, and God made him king over all Israel: nevertheless even him did outlandish women cause to sin.

27 Shall we then hearken unto you to do all this great evil, to transgress against our God in marrying strange wives?

Nehemiah earnestly contend for the Jewish faith. Some would think that he was not nice or loving, but he was zealous for God (2 Kings 10:16, 30). His love was demonstrated by his rebuke of the sin. An harsh rebuke is better than no rebuke (Prov. 27:5-6). It is worse to offer no review because it is a form of spiritual manslaughter (Prov. 24:11-12; Ezek. 9:1-2; 33:8; Acts 20:26-27). Sin kills and destroys everything (Prov. 28:9; James 1:2-16). Nehemiah saw the rotten fruit of African traditions. Every nation adopts the manners of the cursed continent prior to destruction and bondage (Ex. 20:2; Deut. 13:5; Isa. 1:7; 2:6). African Bibles breed fleshly manners and traditions (Ezek. 16:26; Mark 7:13), immorality (Lev. 18:1-5), perverted music (Ex. 32:17-19), and destruction (Matt. 7:13-14). Nehemiah’s earnest zeal revealed his great concern about the preparation of future generations. The Lord Jesus Christ and His word frees man from sin and bondage (John 8:31-36; Acts 26:18; Gal. 5:1).

CONCLUSION:        So the work of God was completed. God gave the victory. Satan was defeated, and the wall was built. May we at Gospel Light Baptist Church dedicate ourselves to the task before us and not be hindered by all the opposition that Satan offers. It is strange: Before we were saved we lived as if there was no God; Now that we are saved we live as if there is no devil. It should come to no surprise that when we try to go forward for God we will be hindered and hassled by the Devil.