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Week 24 Day 3
A ruined city
The rubble of Jerusalem
is a reproach to God
clean things up
When someone leads
people will follow
Do not be afraid!
Remember the Lord!
Carry your weapon!
Fight for your people!
REBUILDING THE WALL ROUND JERUSALEM Danger! Keep your weapon handy at all times. Nehemiah 2, 4 & 6
11 I came to Jerusalem and was there three days. 17Then
I said to them, "You see the distress that we are in, how
Jerusalem lies waste, and its gates are burned. Come and
let us build the wall of Jerusalem, that we may no longer be
a reproach." 18 I told them of the hand of my God which had
been good upon me, and also of the king's words that he had
spoken to me. So they said, "Let us rise up and build."
Then they set their hands to this good work.
19But when the officials, and Geshem the Arab heard of it,
they laughed at us and despised us, and said, "What is this
thing that you are doing? Will you rebel against the king?"
7They became very angry, 8and all of them conspired together
to come and attack Jerusalem and create confusion. 9We made our prayer to our God, and because of them we set a watch against them day and night.
12When the Jews who dwelt near them came, they told us
ten times, "From whatever place you turn, they will be upon us."
13Therefore I positioned men behind the lower parts of the
wall, and at the opening; with their swords, spears, and bows.
14 I looked, and said to the leaders, and to the rest of the people, "Do not be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, great and awesome; fight for your brethren, your sons, daughters,
wives, and your houses."
16From that time on, half of my servants worked at
construction, while the other half held the spears, the shields,
the bows, and wore armor. 17Those who built on the wall,
and those who carried burdens, loaded themselves so that
with one hand they worked, and with the other held a weapon.
19Then I said to the people, "The work is great and
extensive, and we are separated far from one another on the
wall. 20Wherever you hear the sound of the trumpet, rally to
us there. Our God will fight for us." 22 I also said to the
people, "Let each man stay at night in Jerusalem, that they
may be our guard by night and a working party by day."
So neither I, my brethren, my servants, nor the men of the
guard took off our clothes, except that everyone took them
off for washing.
15The wall was finished in fifty-two days. 16Our enemies
were very disheartened when they heard and saw these things,
for they perceived this work was done by our God. This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV
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