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Nehemiah Ch.6. Staying Centered in Christ. Nehemiah 6. Introduction. Nehemiah 6. Introduction The work continues. Nehemiah 6. Introduction The work continues Nehemiah has faced opposition from outside forces and interior corruption. Nehemiah 6. Introduction The work continues

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Nehemiah ch 6

Nehemiah Ch.6

Staying Centered in Christ


Nehemiah 6

Nehemiah 6

  • Introduction


Nehemiah 61

Nehemiah 6

  • Introduction

    • The work continues


Nehemiah 62

Nehemiah 6

  • Introduction

    • The work continues

    • Nehemiah has faced opposition from outside forces and interior corruption


Nehemiah 63

Nehemiah 6

  • Introduction

    • The work continues

    • Nehemiah has faced opposition from outside forces and interior corruption

    • But the wall is almost complete!


Nehemiah 6 1 19 nasb95

Nehemiah 6:1–19 (NASB95)

1 Now when it was reported to Sanballat, Tobiah, to Geshem the Arab and to the rest of our enemies that I had rebuilt the wall, and that no breach remained in it, although at that time I had not set up the doors in the gates,


Nehemiah 6 1 19 nasb951

Nehemiah 6:1–19 (NASB95)

2 then Sanballat and Geshem sent a message to me, saying, “Come, let us meet together at Chephirim in the plain of Ono.” But they were planning to harm me. 3 So I sent messengers to them, saying, “I am doing a great work and I cannot come down.


Nehemiah 6 1 19 nasb952

Nehemiah 6:1–19 (NASB95)

Why should the work stop while I leave it and come down to you?” 4 They sent messages to me four times in this manner, and I answered them in the same way. 5 Then Sanballat sent his servant to me in the same manner a fifth time with an open letter in his hand.


Nehemiah 6 1 19 nasb953

Nehemiah 6:1–19 (NASB95)

6 In it was written, “It is reported among the nations, and Gashmu says, that you and the Jews are planning to rebel; therefore you are rebuilding the wall. And you are to be their king, according to these reports.


Nehemiah 6 1 19 nasb954

Nehemiah 6:1–19 (NASB95)

7 “You have also appointed prophets to proclaim in Jerusalem concerning you, ‘A king is in Judah!’ And now it will be reported to the king according to these reports. So come now, let us take counsel together.”


The enemies new tactic

The Enemies New Tactic


The enemies new tactic1

The Enemies New Tactic

  • Most of the attack to this point has been against the work and the mission


The enemies new tactic2

The Enemies New Tactic

  • Most of the attack to this point has been against the work and the mission

  • This is a personal attack against Nehemiah


The enemies new tactic3

The Enemies New Tactic

  • An attempt to draw him out into the open


The enemies new tactic4

The Enemies New Tactic

  • An attempt to draw him out into the open

    • Get him away from the work


The enemies new tactic5

The Enemies New Tactic

  • An attempt to draw him out into the open

    • Get him away from the work

    • Get him away from the people


The enemies new tactic6

The Enemies New Tactic

  • An attempt to draw him out into the open

    • Get him away from the work

    • Get him away from the people

    • Falsely accuse him of self-aggrandizement


The enemies new tactic7

The Enemies New Tactic

  • An attempt to draw him out into the open

    • Get him away from the work

    • Get him away from the people

    • Falsely accuse him of self-aggrandizement

    • Make him angry so he will come out and fight


The enemies new tactic8

The Enemies New Tactic

  • An attempt to draw him out into the open

    • Get him away from the work

    • Get him away from the people

    • Falsely accuse him of self-aggrandizement

    • Make him angry so he will come out and fight

What is Nehemiah to do?


Nehemiah 64

Nehemiah 6

8 Then I sent a message to him saying, “Such things as you are saying have not been done, but you are inventing them in your own mind.” 9 For all of them were trying to frighten us, thinking,


Nehemiah 65

Nehemiah 6

“They will become discouraged with the work and it will not be done.” But now, O God, strengthen my hands.


Nehemiah s response

Nehemiah’s Response


Nehemiah s response1

Nehemiah’s Response

  • Nehemiah decides to stay at the work, because he has done nothing wrong.


Nehemiah s response2

Nehemiah’s Response

  • Nehemiah decides to stay at the work, because he has done nothing wrong.

  • He and his people have the truth on their side


Nehemiah 66

Nehemiah 6

10 When I entered the house of Shemaiah the son of Delaiah, son of Mehetabel, who was confined at home, he said, “Let us meet together in the house of God, within the temple, and let us close the doors of the temple,


Nehemiah 67

Nehemiah 6

for they are coming to kill you, and they are coming to kill you at night.” 11 But I said, “Should a man like me flee? And could one such as I go into the temple to save his life? I will not go in.” 12 Then I perceived that surely God had not sent him,


Nehemiah 68

Nehemiah 6

but he uttered his prophecy against me because Tobiah and Sanballat had hired him. 13 He was hired for this reason, that I might become frightened and act accordingly and sin, so that they might have an evil report in order that they could reproach me.


Nehemiah 69

Nehemiah 6

14 Remember, O my God, Tobiah and Sanballat according to these works of theirs, and also Noadiah the prophetess and the rest of the prophets who were trying to frighten me.


The opposite extreme

The Opposite Extreme

  • To flee would be to stop the work, and not trust in God


The opposite extreme1

The Opposite Extreme

  • To flee would be to stop the work, and not trust in God

  • To shut himself up in the temple would be a violation of God’s word


The opposite extreme2

The Opposite Extreme

2 Chronicles 23:6 (NASB95) — 6 “But let no one enter the house of the Lord except the priests and the ministering Levites; they may enter, for they are holy. And let all the people keep the charge of the Lord.

  • To flee would be to stop the work, and not trust in God

  • To shut himself up in the temple would be a violation of God’s word


The opposite extreme3

The Opposite Extreme

  • To flee would be to stop the work, and not trust in God

  • To shut himself up in the temple would be a violation of God’s word

  • He sees through the deception by using the scriptures


The opposite extreme4

The Opposite Extreme

1 John 4:1 (NLT) — 1 Dear friends, do not believe everyone who claims to speak by the Spirit. You must test them to see if the spirit they have comes from God. For there are many false prophets in the world.

  • To flee would be to stop the work, and not trust in God

  • To shut himself up in the temple would be a violation of God’s word

  • He sees through the deception by using the scriptures


A common tactic

A Common Tactic

  • God’s enemies are often content to push people into one of two extremes


A common tactic1

A Common Tactic

Fearful Hiding


A common tactic2

A Common Tactic

Fearful Hiding


A common tactic3

A Common Tactic

Fearful Hiding

Over Aggression


A common tactic4

A Common Tactic

Centered in the truth

Fearful Hiding

Over Aggression


Sanballat s objective

Sanballat’s Objective

  • To hinder the progress of the work


Sanballat s objective1

Sanballat’s Objective

  • To hinder the progress of the work

    • Coming out to fight?

    • Hiding in the temple?


Sanballat s objective2

Sanballat’s Objective

  • To hinder the progress of the work

    • Coming out to fight?

    • Hiding in the temple?

  • In both cases the work stops


Sanballat s objective3

Sanballat’s Objective

  • To hinder the progress of the work

    • Coming out to fight?

    • Hiding in the temple?

  • In both cases the work stops

  • Nehemiah is killed, or discredited


Nehemiah avoids the trap

Nehemiah avoids the trap


Nehemiah avoids the trap1

Nehemiah avoids the trap

  • 1) Stays to what He know God wants Him to do


Nehemiah avoids the trap2

Nehemiah avoids the trap

  • 1) Stays to what He know God wants Him to do

  • 2) Doesn’t feel the need to attack his enemies


Nehemiah avoids the trap3

Nehemiah avoids the trap

  • 1) Stays to what He know God wants Him to do

  • 2) Doesn’t feel the need to attack his enemies

  • 3) Is guided by the truth of God’s word


This tactic is super common

This Tactic is Super Common


This tactic is super common1

This Tactic is Super Common

  • Let’s look at two examples of how this works in our culture


1 god s character nature

1) God’s Character/Nature


1 god s character nature1

1) God’s Character/Nature

God is the

domineering destroyer of fun


1 god s character nature2

1) God’s Character/Nature

God is the

domineering destroyer of fun

God is a wispy, flimsy, spineless, deity, with nothing of substance to say


God the destroyer

God the destroyer

  • Not someone you want to get close to


God the destroyer1

God the destroyer

  • Not someone you want to get close to

  • Who needs more guilt, shame, uptightness?


God the destroyer2

God the destroyer

  • Not someone you want to get close to

  • Who needs more guilt, shame, uptightness?

  • If God is so harsh He must be evil because He allows so much evil in the world


God the destroyer3

God the destroyer

  • Not someone you want to get close to

  • Who needs more guilt, shame, uptightness?

  • If God is so harsh He must be evil because He allows so much evil in the world

  • If He hates us so much, then what is Jesus all about?


God the wimp

God the wimp

  • Why should we respect Him and how can we follow Him if He has nothing to say?


God the wimp1

God the wimp

  • Why should we respect Him and how can we follow Him if He has nothing to say?

  • He must be weak because He allows so much evil in the world


God the wimp2

God the wimp

  • Why should we respect Him and how can we follow Him if He has nothing to say?

  • He must be weak because He allows so much evil in the world

  • If all paths lead to God why did Jesus have to die?


God s enemies

God’s Enemies

  • Paint God in the extremes so that we will fail to see His glory!


The truth is radically different

The Truth is Radically Different

  • Jesus is both the Lion and the Lamb


The truth is radically different1

The Truth is Radically Different

  • Jesus is both the Lion and the Lamb

John 1:29–30 (NASB95) — 29 The next day he saw Jesus coming to him and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!


The truth is radically different2

The Truth is Radically Different

  • Jesus is both the Lion and the Lamb

Hebrews 10:30–31 (NASB95) — 30 For we know Him who said, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay.” And again, “The Lord will judge His people.” 31 It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God.


The truth is radically different3

The Truth is Radically Different

  • It is the cross that unifies this picture of God and reveals His just nature and infinite mercy


The truth is radically different4

Romans 3:25–26 (NLT) — 25 For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed his life, shedding his blood. This sacrifice shows that God was being fair when he held back and did not punish those who sinned in times past, 26 for he was looking ahead and including them in what he would do in this present time. God did this to demonstrate his righteousness, for he himself is fair and just, and he declares sinners to be right in his sight when they believe in Jesus.

The Truth is Radically Different

  • It is the cross that unifies this picture of God and reveals His just nature and infinite mercy


The tactic

The Tactic

  • The enemies of God are satisfied with anything that obscures the truth


The tactic1

The Tactic

  • The enemies of God are satisfied with anything that obscures the truth

You earn your way to God


The tactic2

The Tactic

  • The enemies of God are satisfied with anything that obscures the truth

You earn your way to God

God doesn’t judge evil


The tactic3

The Tactic

  • The enemies of God are satisfied with anything that obscures the truth

You earn your way to God

God doesn’t judge evil


2 the same goes for god s people

2) The same goes for God’s people


2 the same goes for god s people1

2) The same goes for God’s people


2 the same goes for god s people2

2) The same goes for God’s people


What to do

What to do?


What to do1

What to do?

  • Don’t buy the lie!


What to do2

What to do?

  • Don’t buy the lie!

  • Seek out the truth of God’s word


What to do3

What to do?

  • Don’t buy the lie!

  • Seek out the truth of God’s word

  • Seek good council to avoid over-reactions


What to do4

What to do?

  • Don’t buy the lie!

  • Seek out the truth of God’s word

  • Seek good council to avoid over-reactions

  • Beware of fear that takes you away from the work


Nehemiah 6 15 16 nasb95

Nehemiah 6:15–16 (NASB95) —

15 So the wall was completed on the twenty-fifth of the month Elul, in fifty-two days. 16 When all our enemies heard of it, and all the nations surrounding us saw it, they lost their confidence; for they recognized that this work had been accomplished with the help of our God.


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