Nehemiah 4:9 ~ Nehemiah’s Example of Prayer & Weapons

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      Tammy Roesch

      The story of Nehemiah rebuilding Jerusalem teaches many lessons…including the lesson that it is not a lack of faith to carry weapons to protect yourself and your loved ones and your property.

      Nehemiah Rebuilds the Wall

      “The most bitter opposition, the boldest threats of the enemy, seemed only to inspire Nehemiah with firmer determination, and to arouse him to greater watchfulness. “Nevertheless,” he declares, “we made our prayer unto our God, and set a watch against them day and night.” “Therefore, set I in the lower places, behind the wall, and on the higher places, I even set the people after their families with their swords, their spears, and their bows. And I looked, and rose up, and said unto the nobles, and to the rulers, and to the rest of the people, Be not ye afraid of them; remember the Lord, which is great and terrible, and fight for your brethren, your sons, and your daughters, your wives, and your houses. And it came to pass, when our enemies heard that it was known unto us, and God had brought their counsel to naught, that we returned all of us to the wall, every one unto his work. And it came to pass from that time forth, that the half of my servants wrought in the work, and the other half of them held both the spears, the shields, and the bows, and the habergeons.” “They which builded on the wall, and they that bare burdens, with those that laded, every one with one of his hands wrought in the work, and with the other hand held a weapon. For the builders, every one had his sword girded by his side, and so builded.”” { ST December 13, 1883, par. 15 }

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