Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
Nehemiah Part 23. Blood, Sweat and Tears.
Friday, February 3, 2012
We shall not fail.
We shall go on to the end.
We shall fight in France.
We shall fight in the seas and oceans.
We shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air; we shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches; we shall fight on the landing grounds; we shall fight in the fields and in the streets; we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender.
And, if the British Empire and its Commonwealth last for a thousand years, men will still say, “This was their finest hour.” And indeed it was.
Nehemiah will refuse to surrender to the enemy; he will promise his people final victory.
Together they will discover the painful, yet deepening, maturing truth that there is no such thing as opportunity without opposition.
For three days, he has not told anyone in Jerusalem why he has even come.
They had grown so accustomed to their history of failure and defeat, and they could no longer even conceive of anyone trying to build their walls again.
But here he is – the man with the plan, the permission, and the power to make it happen.
Yet he’s not even announcing his arrival!
In Nehemiah’s case, he literally said, “I did not tell anyone what my God was putting into my mind to do for Jerusalem.”
It was three days of waiting, and no doubt, three days of reading and meditating on the word of God which for the Old Testament saints was equivalent to praying.
JOS 1:8 “This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success.”
PSA 1:1-2 “How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, Nor stand in the path of sinners, Nor sit in the seat of scoffers! But his delight is in the doctrine of the Lord, And on His doctrine he meditates day and night.”
Even today, those who are involved in leadership are often awake while others are asleep.
I can assure you that the moment you dedicate and devote yourself to the PPOG and begin to serve others and the moment you accept the burden of rebuilding your broken world, you will have many sleepless nights.
That is what Oswald Sanders called “the penalty of leadership or servant-hood.”
Wisdom causes those who possess it to have an abnormal life.
Inspected – sabea` = “to carefully observe” –
a verb used in the medical profession to describe the probing of a wound to determine not only the damage, but also the action needed for healing to take place.
If we had a map of Jerusalem, we would notice from the gates that Nehemiah has just mentioned that he was actually touring the southern portion of the broken down city.
At first glance or even after two or three closer looks, verses 17 and 18 do not seem to include enough of a motivational speech from Nehemiah to make any person willing to risk his life. Certainly not enough of a speech to motivate people to attempt something so terribly difficult that they have not been able to do it for many, many years.