Bible Reading Blog — April 25, 2016

25 Apr

TODAY’S READINGS — Nehemiah 4-7 & Luke 6:12-16

Sanballat and company, whose mockery and taunting was the soundtrack for those Jews who linked arms to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem (Nehemiah 4:1-3), would fit in very well on the comment sections of many websites and blogs today. Angered at the Jews for rebuilding the walls, Sanballat led a group who tried to discourage the work through belittling it, questioning the skill and the wisdom of the workers. Our culture is now filled with this kind of naysaying, where every attempt is made to belittle Christians and mock what we do.

It is instructive to notice how Nehemiah responds to Sanballat here . . .

Hear, O our God, for we are despised. Turn back their taunt on their own heads and give them up to be plundered in a land where they are captives. 5 Do not cover their guilt, and let not their sin be blotted out from your sight, for they have provoked you to anger in the presence of the builders.
6 So we built the wall. And all the wall was joined together to half its height, for the people had a mind to work.
Nehemiah prayed that God would take care of them because by dishonoring God’s work they had dishonored God. But having left it in God’s hands, Nehemiah and those with him got back to work.
You can’t outdebate a troll, but you can outwork them. Let them take their cheap shots and keep moving. Leave it in God’s hands and live as a disciple of Jesus. The only people who are never opposed are the one who aren’t doing or saying anything.

 

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