Ezra ends and it is followed by the second part, which is concerned mainly with the rebuilding of the city and the walls, instead of the Temple. Nehemiah receives permission from king Artaxerxes, after confessing his people’s sins to God, to go to Jerusalem to repair the wall.

Opposition to the rebuilding project appears son in the narrative (Nehemiah 2:19).  There is always opposition when men and women of God are on the front lines of the battle. We must always pray for those who lead us spiritually.

The primary tactic of the enemy is to create confusion (Nehemiah 4:8). Confusion discourages people and can cause them to give up. When we face similar trials and tests of confusion, the believer must keep his focus on the the author of peace, and not the author of confusion (1 Corinthians 14:33).  That is only accomplished by watching and praying (Nehemiah 4:9; 21) and by immersing oneself into the Work of God (The Bible).

Read Nehemiah 1:1 – 5:19

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