For many in Judah were bound by oath to him, because he was the son-in-law of Shecaniah the son of Arah: and his son Jehohanan had taken the daughter of Meshullam the son of Berechiah as his wife. Also, they spoke of his good deeds in my presence and reported my words to him. And Tobiah sent letters to make me afraid. Now when the wall had been built, and I had set up the doors, and the gatekeepers, the singers, and the Levites had been appointed, I gave my brother Hanani and Hananiah the governor of the castle charge over Jerusalem, for he was a more faithful and God-fearing man than many.
The world spared nothing, no stone unturned in their attempts to dissuade Nehemiah and weaken his resolve. I can almost hear and see his reaction as he maintains a stable business as usual attitude. Wall—finished. Next task—organize the maintenance staff.
Do I, as Nehemiah, or as Jesus in Luke 9:51 “When the days drew near for him to be taken up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem.” set my face towards the task at hand? The task of making disciples everywhere I go?
Today's readings in the Psalms:
Morning: Psalm 125
Evening: Psalm 50
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