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May 11 - Morning

"So we rebuilt the wall till all of it reached half its height, for the people worked with all their heart.

But when Sanballat, Tobiah, the Arabs, the Ammonites and the people of Ashdod heard that the repairs to Jerusalem’s walls had gone ahead and that the gaps were being closed, they were very angry.
They all plotted together to come and fight against Jerusalem and stir up trouble against it.
But we prayed to our God and posted a guard day and night to meet this threat.

Meanwhile, the people in Judah said,
'The strength of the laborers is giving out, and there is so much rubble that we cannot rebuild the wall.'

Also our enemies said,
'Before they know it or see us, we will be right there among them and will kill them and put an end
to the work.'

Then the Jews who lived near them came and
told us ten times over,
'Wherever you turn, they will attack us.'

Therefore I (Nehemiah) stationed some of the people behind the lowest points of the wall at the exposed places, posting them by families,
with their swords, spears and bows.

After I looked things over, I stood up and said to the nobles, the officials and the rest of the people,
'Don’t be afraid of them. Remember the Lord,
who is great and awesome, and fight for your families, your sons and your daughters,
your wives and your homes.'

When our enemies heard that we were aware of their plot and that God had frustrated it, we all returned to the wall, each to our own work.

From that day on, half of my men did the work, while the other half were equipped with spears, shields, bows and armor. The officers posted themselves behind all the people of Judah who were building the wall. Those who carried materials did their work with one hand and held a weapon in the other, and each of the builders wore his sword at his side as he worked.

But the man who sounded the trumpet stayed with me."

- Nehemiah 4:6-18

Sunset on the Sea of Galilee; Click to go to next devotion  
Nehemiah Overcomes Great Opposition    

(See table below and the 445 BC date of Nehemiah chapter 4.)
Nehemiah’s presence and the glory of his status as a member of the royal palace from Susa burst on the scene in Jerusalem and caught the Samaritans by surprise. Soon the wall was built to half its final height before the Samaritans found out that this reconstruction project that they had shut down 18 years earlier in 464 BC had resumed.  

The Samaritan opposition was three-fold:

  1. Legal Action
  2. Military Force
  3. Psychological discouragement

Nehemiah’s was qualified and able to counter all three levels of attack:

  1. Legal Authority from Artaxerxes, who was a personal acquaintance
  2. Armed men with swords, spears and bows. And, assigned half of the workers to defend the other half who were building
  3. Encouraged the people with hope in the Lord’s purposes and motivated the people with thoughts of their responsibilities

As the project manager, Nehemiah himself maintained order, direction and communication (“the man who sounded the trumpet stayed with me.”)

  • In Artaxeres’ seventh year he issues the decree to rebuild
    and restore Jerusalem.
  • Ezra leaves Babylon on April 8 and arrives in Jerusalem on
  • December 19 the people assemble and the investigation of
    intermarriage begins.
  • The 70 weeks (or, 490 years) of Daniels prophecy in Daniel
    9:25 begins with Artaxerxes’ decree to restore and rebuild
    Jerusalem in 458 BC. The decree is found in Ezra 7:12-26.
    The 70 weeks (490 years) are interrupted after 69 weeks
    (483 years) with the coming of the Messiah. 458 BC minus
    483 years equals 25/26 AD which is when John the Baptists
    will introduce the Messiah to the Jewish nation

Decree to Rebuild


Ezra 7:8-9,12-26

Daniel 9:25

Ezra 10:9-16

457 Ezra committee ends their three month long investigation
into intermarriage by Mar/Apr
Ezra 10:17
446 Nov/Dec, Nehemiah is in Susa and hears a report from a Jew from Jerusalem that the walls of Jerusalem have not been rebuilt


Nehemiah 1

  • Artaxerxes 20th year
  • Mar/Apr, Nehemiah, Artaxerxes cup bearer, speaks to
    Artaxerxes about Jerusalem’s ruined wall system. (Neh. 2:1)
  • August 10, Nehemiah begins to rebuild the walls of
  • Opposition to building the walls. (Neh. 4, 6)
  • October 2, The walls of Jerusalem are completed in 52 days.
    (Neb. 6:15)
  • October 8, Ezra reads the law to public for first time in
    thirteen years. (8:2)
  • October 9, the people of Jerusalem celebrate the Feast of
    Tabernacles. (8:13)
  • October 30, Israel confesses their sin. (Neh. 9)
  • If Esther were 25 when she married Xerxes she is now 58

Nehemiah 2:1

Nehemiah 4

Nehemiah 6:15

Nehemiah 8:2

Nehemiah 8:13

Nehemiah 9

  • Nehemiah is recalled to Artaxerxes after a 12 year absence.
  • Artaxerxes is in his 32 year as the king of the Persian

Nehemiah 5:14

Nehemiah 13:6

  • The book of Malachi is written.
  • Malachi accuses:
    1. the priest of not honoring God
    2. the people of unlawful marriages
    3. the people of having given up on the Lord’s return
    4. the people of failing to give properly to God
  • Malachi ends with a promise in 3:1, “See, I will send my



  Christian Quote from Church History

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Something to Ponder??

1845 BC - 400 years = 1445
BC for the Exodus

1445 BC – 40 years = 1405
BC for Joshua’s entrance
into the land

Solomon built the temple in his 4th year which was 480 years after Israel came out of Egypt (1 Kings 6:1). So...
1445 BC - 480 years = 965 BC for Solomon’s 4th year.

Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information

Sane’ (Hb) – Hate (Eng) – There are two senses of use for the Hebrew word sane’ which is translated into English as “to hate.” The stronger sense of sane’ communicates intense jealousy and bitter disdain as in Genesis 37:18. This sense of sane’ can manifest as murder or torture.
The weaker sense of sane’ merely means “to be set against” (Ex. 18:21)
and even merely “unloved” or to be “loved less” as in Deut. 22:16.


During the Iron II period (1200-1000 BC) of the Iron Age (1200-586 BC) archaeological remains with distinct Israelite character begin to appear in Canaan. This is in agreement with the biblical account and the Exodus narrative.

Confession to Action   Facts and Information

Do I have clear goals?
Can I clearly identify the 2 or 3 things that are opposing me and holding me back?
Do I have a defense or counter-attack to use to overcome these oppositions?
I will organize, communicate my goal, surround myself with encouragement and execute my plan.


"With their mouths the godless destroy their neighbors,
    but through knowledge
the righteous escape."

- Proverbs 11:9

Read the Bible in a Year; Bible Reading Program
Read one chapter each day to read through the narrative portion (or, the story line) of the whole Bible Genesis-Acts in one year. Read the General Text of the Bible Read the Complete Text of the Bible in a Year
Judges 14 First Kings 21 2 Samuel 10
Prayer for Today
Personal Prayer Church Prayer Item National Prayer Concerns World Prayer Concerns

Discernment concerning truth and deception

Avoid legalism


Photo of Jerusalem; Pictures of Israel Bible Map and Diagram

Arad cistern

A cistern in Arad

Sennacherib Prism
A cistern in Arad

Image of Sennacherib Prism that includes Sennacherib's claim that he had kept Hezekiah in Jerusalem
"like a bird in a cage" but he does not claim
to take the city. This account agrees with the
details of 2 Kings 18-19 where Sennacherib
layed siege to Jerusalem, but was stopped
by the Angel of the Lord. (More here and here)

Go here or here for a full translation of the
entire text of the prism.

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