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Family, Fear and Freedom

Nehemiah 6:15-19 :

So the wall was finished in the twenty-fifth day of Elul, in fifty-two days. When all our enemies heard of it, all the nations that were around us were afraid, and they lost their confidence; for they perceived that this work was done by our God. Moreover in those days the nobles of Judah sent many letters to Tobiah, and Tobiah’s letters came to them. For there were many in Judah sworn 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 wife. Also they spoke of his good deeds before me, and reported my words to him. Tobiah sent letters to put me in fear.



You know that something you do is actually of God when the people who witness it realize that it was obviously not you. It's humbling but helpful. The enemies of Israel knew that for this small unskilled group to re-build the entire wall of Jerusalem and its gates in 52 days was nothing short of a miracle.


One of the most alarming things I have experienced in my lifetime, is that even when things are obviously going well because of the hard work of God's people, there are those who would prefer to take up the cause of evil men. One of the reasons that this happens is because of family loyalty. There were those within Judah who were true to Tobiah and continued to work to strike fear in Nehemiah. It so happened Tobiah was related to people in Judah by marriage. Jesus clearly taught that to follow Him we must put our love for Him above our family. We can understand more about why He said this when we see the harm it did to Israel. I would not be surprised if the relatives of Tobiah had already given in to fear as they remained loyal to him. Nehehmiah's way was the way of liberty. Freedom is found when we don't give into the fear of man and choose to fear only God.






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