“But it came to pass, that when Sanballat heard that we builded the wall, he was wroth, and took great indignation, and mocked the Jews. And he spake before his brethren and the army of Samaria, and said, What do these feeble Jews? will they fortify themselves? will they sacrifice? will they make an end in a day? will they revive the stones out of the heaps of the rubbish which are burned? Now Tobiah the Ammonite was by him, and he said, Even that which they build, if a fox go up, he shall even break down their stone wall. Hear, O our God; for we are despised: and turn their reproach upon their own head, and give them for a prey in the land of captivity:” – Nehemiah 4:1-4

Samballat and Tobiah never thought that any good thing could come out of the “feeble Jews” according to their words.  Even when there seemed to be progress on the rebuilding of the wall of Jerusalem; they were not convinced that it was going to orchestrate any change of story for the Jewish people.  They mocked, they reproached the people.  Little did they know that they were actually mocking and reproaching the God of the Jews.  The God of the Jews was the one that inspired the rebuilding of the wall; supernaturally provided for the project and gave favor to Nehemiah and his workmen.  Nehemiah 2:7-9

The wall of Jerusalem was completed in fifty two days.  Nehemiah 6:15.  Nehemiah (who was a mere domestic servant in the king’s palace before the project) became the governor in that same fifty two days.  Nehemiah 5:14.  All his workmen were equally promoted.  The shame and reproach of broken down wall of Jerusalem was eliminated.  In the same way, the shame and reproach and rating of the Jewish people as second class people who could not do anything of significance was also eliminated.  Thirdly, the shame and reproach of having common people led by an unskilled and perceived incompetent person called Nehemiah was rolled away; all of those people became people of significance.

Brethren, the word in season concerning you and your family is “no more shame, no more reproach”.  No matter how dehumanizing, degrading, demeaning and derogatory your experience has been in the hands of your mockers; it is your time of change of story!  The instructions for you are; serve God and the interest of His kingdom; refuse to be distracted, maintain your focus on God and believe the word that has come to you through this piece.  The reason you have spent your time reading this is because the message is for you.

Scriptures for meditation:  Psalms 126:1-6; Job 36:11; II Chronicles 20:20

Jesus is Lord!

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