23rd October 2020: Our Daily deLIGHT~6th Day-Knowledge
Happy Preparation Day for the weekly Shabbat!!!! May it be filled with the presence of our King as we prepare to enter into Shabbat and worship of Him!!
Nehemiah 6:1-16 is a fascinating read!! We will see the value of allowing the Spirit of Knowledge and synonyms for this concept, to reveal what we need to know so that we are not deceived and fall into a trap of despair and abandon the assignments we’ve been given.
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,
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. 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. [Nehemiah remained steady and would not be worn down to leave the place or the task he had been given to do.]
5 Then Sanballat sent his servant to me in the same manner a fifth time with an open letter in his hand.
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.
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.”
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, “They will become discouraged with the work and it will not be done.” But now, O Elohim, strengthen my hands.[Prayer for power and strength to stay strong!!]
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 Elohim, within the temple, and let us close the doors of the temple, 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.” [Notice the boldness he had to stand for what he knows are right principles.]
12 Then I perceived [knew or discerned] that surely Elohim had not sent him, 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.
14 Remember, O my Elohim, 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.
15 So the wall was completed on the twenty-fifth of the month Elul, in fifty-two days. [Because the Spirit of Knowledge revealed to Nehemiah the truth.]
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 Elohim.
When we, with the help of Elohim, stand firm for what we know is right, our enemy will be thwarted and they will know it, hear it and see it!!
Have a blessed and shalom filled preparation day!!!
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Great peace have they who love Your law. Psalm 119:165a