Summary: Today’s message is about being like Jesus. It’s about putting feet under you faith and taking action. It’s about getting off the bench and into the game and when you leave today I hope you get it. I hope you understand how significant you are in the Ki
A mother was preparing pancakes for sons, Kevin who is 5, and Ryan who is 3. The boys began to argue over who would get the first pancake. Their mother saw the opportunity for a moral lesson so she said: “If Jesus were sitting here, He would say, "Let my brother have the first pancake. I can wait." Kevin turned to his younger brother and said, "Hey Ryan, you be Jesus."
Today’s message is about being like Jesus. It’s about putting feet under you faith and taking action. It’s about getting off the bench and into the game and when you leave today I hope you get it. I hope you understand how significant you are in the Kingdom of God.
Nehemiah had a problem. He heard that the walls in Jerusalem were down and that the people who were living there and moving back to the city were vulnerable to attack. He lived hundreds of miles away yet he allowed himself to get involved in their problem and make it his own.
Nehemiah saw a problem, went to God with that problem then he went to work on the problem. Last week I left you looking for a wall that you can help build or rebuild and today we are going to learn how to get to work and what to expect once we get going.
When Nehemiah heard that the wall was down in Jerusalem he prayed about problem and decided that he could not sit on the sidelines in the comfort of his own home and wish that someone else would do something about it. He went to God then he went to work.
After getting his entourage together he set off for Jerusalem. It must have been a great moment for him. He getting to do exactly what he feels that God wants him to do and God has paved a smooth road for him to travel. But that moment was definitely short lived. Even before he reached Jerusalem a couple of locals were already upset that Nehemiah was going to rebuild the walls for the Jews.
The Bible says: “When Sanballet the Horonite and Tobiah the Ammonite official heard about this, they were very much disturbed that someone had come to promote the welfare of the Israelites.” Nehemiah 2:10 NIV
Before Nehemiah even picked up the first stone he had two influential locals who opposed him. But their opposition didn’t sway Nehemiah from his course. He just kept right on going. He accessed the situation then raised the problem to the people. Everyone there knew they had a problem, they just needed someone to help them with the solution. So when Nehemiah addressed the crowd and told them that he wanted to help them rebuild the walls everyone jumped in to help.
But as soon as they started to build the wall their enemies began to attack. Sanballet, Tobiah and a new thug they roused up named Geshem the Arab heard that the work had begin they started verbally assaulting the workers. Nehemiah and the people just ignored them and kept working in spite of the opposition.
Nehemiah knew that no one person could rebuild these huge walls so he broke the responsibility down into little pieces. He asked the people who lived by the wall to rebuild the wall in front of their homes. It was a pretty logical decision and the homeowners were definitely interested in protecting their families so they worked hard on the area they were assigned.