NEHEMIAH: Opposition to the Wall.2/4/2018

NEHEMIAH: Opposition to the Wall.2/4/2018

7 Types of Opposition to God’s Work

 

  1. Ridicule

Nehemiah 2:19; 4:1-3  But when Sanballat, Tobiah, and Geshem the Arab heard of our plan, they scoffed contemptuously.  Sanballat was very angry…saying in front of his friends and the Samarian army officers, “What does this bunch of poor, feeble Jews think they’re doing?  Do they actually think they can make something of stones from a rubbish heap—and charred ones at that?”  Tobiah the Ammonite, who was standing beside him, remarked, “That stone wall would collapse if even a fox walked along the top of it!”

  1. Wrath

Nehemiah 4:6-9  At last the wall was completed to half its height around the entire city, for the people had worked with enthusiasm. But when Sanballat and Tobiah and the Arabs, Ammonites, and Ashdodites heard that the work was going ahead and that the gaps in the wall of Jerusalem were being repaired, they were furious. They all made plans to come and fight against Jerusalem and throw us into confusion. But we prayed to our God and guarded the city day and night to protect ourselves.

  1. Discouragement

Nehemiah 4:10  Then the people of Judah began to complain, “The workers are getting tired, and there is so much rubble to be moved. We will never be able to build the wall by ourselves.”

  1. Fear

Nehemiah 4:11  Meanwhile, our enemies were saying, “Before they know what’s happening, we will swoop down on them and kill them and end their work.”

  1. Internal Strife

Nehemiah 5:1-5  About this time some of the men and their wives raised a cry of protest against their fellow Jews. They were saying, “We have such large families. We need more food to survive.”  Others said, “We have mortgaged our fields, vineyards, and homes to get food during the famine.” And others said, “We have had to borrow money on our fields and vineyards to pay our taxes.  We belong to the same family as those who are wealthy, and our children are just like theirs. Yet we must sell our children into slavery just to get enough money to live. We have already sold some of our daughters, and we are helpless to do anything about it, for our fields and vineyards are already mortgaged to others.”

  1. Trickery

Nehemiah 6:3  But I realized they were plotting to harm me, 3 so I replied by sending this message to them: “I am engaged in a great work, so I can’t come. Why should I stop working to come and meet with you?”

  1. Lies/Intimidation

Nehemiah 6:10-13   He said, “Let us meet together inside the Temple of God and bolt the doors shut. Your enemies are coming to kill you tonight.”  But I replied, “Should someone in my position run from danger? Should someone in my position enter the Temple to save his life? No, I won’t do it!”  I realized that God had not spoken to him, but that he had uttered this prophecy against me because Tobiah and Sanballat had hired him.  They were hoping to intimidate me and make me sin. Then they would be able to accuse and discredit me.

ACTION STEPS

Expect opposition

Get the facts

Wait for the right timing

Identify with your “people”

Encourage with God’s faithfulness

Answer the opposition quickly and confidently

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