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Nehemiah 4 - NIV

Opposition to the Rebuilding

1 When Sanballat heard that we were rebuilding the wall, he became angry and was greatly incensed. He ridiculed the Jews,

2 and in the presence of his associates and the army of Samaria, he said, “What are those feeble Jews doing? Will they restore their wall? Will they offer sacrifices? Will they finish in a day? Can they bring the stones back to life from those heaps of rubble—burned as they are?”

3 Tobiah the Ammonite, who was at his side, said, “What they are building—even a fox climbing up on it would break down their wall of stones!”

4 Hear us, our God, for we are despised. Turn their insults back on their own heads. Give them over as plunder in a land of captivity.

5 Do not cover up their guilt or blot out their sins from your sight, for they have thrown insults in the face of[a] the builders.

6 So we rebuilt the wall till all of it reached half its height, for the people worked with all their heart.

7 But when Sanballat, Tobiah, the Arabs, the Ammonites and the people of Ashdod heard that the repairs to Jerusalem’s walls had gone ahead and that the gaps were being closed, they were very angry.

8 They all plotted together to come and fight against Jerusalem and stir up trouble against it.

9 But we prayed to our God and posted a guard day and night to meet this threat.

10 Meanwhile, the people in Judah said, “The strength of the laborers is giving out, and there is so much rubble that we cannot rebuild the wall.”


a. Nehemiah 4:5 Or have aroused your anger before

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Building a City On Prayer Part 2
Shared by: Palitha Jayasooriya on Aug, 2016
Summary: This is part 2 of a series of sermons focusing on Nehemiah's prayer life as he set about the great task of rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem.
based on 6 ratings
Scripture: Nehemiah 4:4-6:9
Denomination: Assembly Of God
Views: 1,104
David Henderson avatar
"Changing Murphy's Law"
Shared by: David Henderson on Mar, 2016
Summary: In this message we will look at ridicule and how to handle it.
Scripture: Nehemiah 4:1-23
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 262
Tom Shepard avatar
How To Handle Discouragement
Shared by: Tom Shepard on Jan, 2016
Summary: This sermon looks at 4 reasons for discouragement and 4 ways to handle it: 1. FATIGUE 2. FRUSTRATION 3. FAILURE MENTALITY 4. FEAR 1. RE-EVALUATE Your Goals 2. REALIZE You’re Not Alone 3. Be READY to Fight 4. REMEMBER The Lord
based on 4 ratings
Scripture: Nehemiah 4:1-13
Denomination: Independent Bible
Views: 4,298
Mark Mitchell avatar
Nehemiah - Rebuilding the Walls Chapters 2:18-4:6
Shared by: Mark Mitchell on Nov, 2015
Summary: Following Nehemiah's example will lead to church revitalization
Series: Nehemiah
Scripture: Nehemiah 2:18-4:6
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 226
Ian Humphrey avatar
God’s People Must Prevail
Shared by: Ian Humphrey on Nov, 2015
Summary: God’s People Must Prevail
Scripture: Nehemiah 4:7-23
Denomination: Holiness
Views: 128
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Shared by: Ian Humphrey on Nov, 2015
Scripture: Nehemiah 4:1-15
Denomination: Holiness
Views: 139
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Shared by: Ian Humphrey on Nov, 2015
Scripture: Nehemiah 4:1-23
Denomination: Holiness
Views: 336
C. Philip Green avatar
Dealing with Discouragement
Shared by: C. Philip Green on Apr, 2015
Summary: Overcome discouragement when you redirect your energies, refocus your vision, and rally together.
Series: Nehemiah
Scripture: Nehemiah 4:10-23
Denomination: Evangelical Free
Views: 1,394
Pat Damiani avatar
Dealing With Discouragement
Shared by: Pat Damiani on Apr, 2015
Summary: Nehemiah demonstrates how to deal with discouragement in our walk with Jesus.
Scripture: Nehemiah 4:1-23
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 565
Shawn Drake avatar
Enduring The Struggles Of Rebuilding
Shared by: Shawn Drake on Mar, 2015
Summary: This is the 5th sermon in the series "Rebuilding". When you are rebuilding, there will be struggles.
Series: Rebuilding
Scripture: Nehemiah 4:1-23
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 310
C. Philip Green avatar
Countering the Critics
Shared by: C. Philip Green on Mar, 2015
Summary: Whenever you attempt to do anything great for the glory of God, expect opposition. So when it comes, pray, proceed with the work, and protect yourself as much as possible.
Series: Nehemiah
Chris Appleby avatar
The Leader and the work
Shared by: Chris Appleby on Feb, 2015
Summary: Nehemiah has got them to agree to rebuild but now it needs to be organised. They get all the people involved in groups according to their ability though there are a few who refuse to get involved.
Scripture: Nehemiah 3:1-4:6
Denomination: Anglican
Views: 337
Chris Appleby avatar
THe Leader and Opposition
Shared by: Chris Appleby on Feb, 2015
Summary: Despite opposition Nehemiah keeps them building. He organises the work to go on. We too experience opposition but can trust God to help us to persevere.
Scripture: Nehemiah 4:1-23
Denomination: Anglican
Views: 297
Bobby Stults avatar
Overcoming Fear thru the Sound Judgment We Have in Christ
Shared by: Bobby Stults on Jan, 2015
Summary: Overcoming fear can only be accomplished by relying on God's power and love to strengthen us and guide us, and it allows us to have sound judgment in our walk. When we rely on the God's power/love we WILL make sound judgments in our walk in Christ!
M. Keith Williams avatar
Surprise! Not Everyone Is On You Side
Shared by: M. Keith Williams on Jan, 2015
Summary: It may be Satan or a Saint but opposition is a certainty in ministry
Scripture: Nehemiah 4:1-23
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 1,049
John McCormack avatar
Shared by: John McCormack on Sep, 2014
David Owens avatar
When There's Opposition, Overcome It
Shared by: David Owens on Aug, 2014
Summary: Whenever we attempt to live for God and accomplish God's purposes, we should expect opposition from God's enemies. In this lesson, we see how Nehemiah and God's people were able to overcome the opposition they faced.
Damian Phillips avatar
The Power of Purpose
Shared by: Damian Phillips on Jul, 2014
Summary: Sermon 8: This message speaks about communicating purpose and vision casting. Without knowing the church’s purpose a congregation will be deprived of direction, leading to confusion, shattered enthusiasm, and the abandonment of the mission.
based on 3 ratings
Scripture: Nehemiah 4:6-15
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 2,660
Perry Greene avatar
Challenges of Rebuilding
Shared by: Perry Greene on Jun, 2014
Summary: This was a presentation to the Canadian Valley Technology Center near OKC) on the anniversary of the EF-5 tornado that destroyed their facilities. They are in the process of rebuilding. This was to encourage their moral in the effort.
Pastor Dre avatar
"Conquering Criticism"
Shared by: Pastor Dre on Apr, 2014
Summary: Here is a sermon encouraging the listener on how to conquer criticism.
Scripture: Nehemiah 4:3
Denomination: Christian Church
Views: 1,192
Anthony Zibolski avatar
Godly vision and goal-setting part two
Shared by: Anthony Zibolski on Nov, 2013
Summary: While there are building blocks for goal setting, there are also things we can do when we face opposition to what God has told us to do.
Scripture: Nehemiah 4:1-11
Denomination: Nazarene
Views: 942
Jason Smith avatar
Working with the Lord's Help
Shared by: Jason Smith on Sep, 2013
Summary: It should never surprise us when we do the Lord's work and people react with anger, ridicule, and rejection. Nehemiah gives us a great example of how we need to respond when the enemies of God oppose His work.
Bruce Lee avatar
Recycling Souls
Shared by: Bruce Lee on Apr, 2013
Summary: Like the charred stones pulled out of the rubbish and used to rebuild the wall around the temple and Jerusalem God wants to recycle your life. Do you know any souls who need to be recycled?
based on 18 ratings
Scripture: Nehemiah 4:2
Denomination: United Methodist
Views: 5,293
William R. Nabaza avatar
Prayer gives instructions
Shared by: William R. Nabaza on Apr, 2013
Summary: I. EXORDIUM: Do you have Divine instructions from GOD? II. AUDIENCE PROFILE: Believers III. OBJECTIVES: To show how to get Divine instructions from GOD. IV. TEXT: Nehemiah 4:9 (New Living Translation, Second Edition) But we prayed
Jonathan Powell avatar
God's Working! Satan is too
Shared by: Jonathan Powell on Mar, 2013
Summary: Nehemiah 4:7-23, discussion of when God is working in an individual's life or a church's life, Satan is at work as well.
Scripture: Nehemiah 4:7-23
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 1,121
Robert Leroe avatar
Sword and Trowel
Shared by: Robert Leroe on Feb, 2013
Summary: Prayer, preparation, and a passion for the cause of God are the keys to Israel's defense under Nehemiah.
Horace  Wimpey avatar
Our Safety Net
Shared by: Horace Wimpey on Oct, 2012
Summary: In Nehemiah chapter 4 we see that through all the opposition that the builders of the walls faced, they could depend on God to be their safety net.
based on 1 rating
Scripture: Nehemiah 4:1-15
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 830
Charles Mims avatar
Double Down to Defeat Discouragement
Shared by: Charles Mims on Sep, 2012
Summary: We have the world figured out, the wind is at our back, and something goes wrong that deflates us. It's an age old problem, with an age old solution. We need to double down on God, and defeat that demon of discouragement.
Scripture: Nehemiah 4:1-23
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 270
Rick Burdette avatar
Rebuilding the Walls
Shared by: Rick Burdette on Apr, 2012
Summary: Teamwork, unity, fighting evil, service
based on 1 rating
Scripture: Nehemiah 4:1-23
Views: 2,201