The people are hard at work rebuilding the wall of Jerusalem. “Now it happened, when Sanballat, Tobiath, the Arabs, the Ammonites, and the Ashdodites heard that the walls of Jerusalem were being restored and the gaps were beginning to be closed, that they became very angry, and all of them conspired together to come and attack Jerusalem and create confusion.”
So Nehemiah goes to battle in prayer and tells the people to trust the Lord. “Do not be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, great and awesome, and fight for your brethren, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your houses.” So the people prepare to fight. “And it happened, when our enemies heard that it was known to us, and that God had brought their plot to nothing, that all of us returned to the wall, everyone to his work.”
Nehemiah then goes to bat for the poor, hungry, enslaved, and oppressed. He calls on the leaders to free their debts and release the people. “And all the assembly said, ‘Amen!’ and praised the Lord.” And the people do as Nehemiah requests.
Lastly we read that the enemies have not given up on distracting the Jews from completing the work of rebuilding the wall of Jerusalem. However, Nehemiah never gives in to Sanballat’s threats bc Nehemiah fully trusts in the Lord. “So the wall was finished…in fifty-two days. And it happened, when all our enemies heard of it, and all the nations around us saw these things, that they were very disheartened in their own eyes, for they perceived that this work was done by our God.” And they are right bc God is awesome and as Iva May likes to say, “That‘s how He rolls!” 🙌