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; and the rulers were behind all the house of Judah - (Neh. 4:16).
There were enemies that did not want to see the walls of Jerusalem be rebuilt. It was known to Nehemiah and to those working to rebuild that they may be attacked at any time. They had to prepare for this attack, so they divided their forces. One would stand guard and protect the work, while the other would continue the building process. Even with a guard, the builder also would carry a sword on their side.
As is common in the Word of God, many scriptures can have spiritual applications to things spoken of in the physical realm. We can often draw lessons to learn for our day to day living even though the situation might never apply to our lives. These lessons, if utilized, will guide us into a better place with God in our lives. It hath pleased them verily; and their debtors they are. For if the Gentiles have been made partakers of their spiritual things, their duty is also to minister unto them in carnal things (Rom. 15:27).
The lesson in this scripture verse can be applied in more than one way. It is not uncommon to discover more than one lesson to learn. There are two clear life applications to this verse.
This verse also applies to the individual believer. Each of us have differing roles we must fill in God's kingdom. First off, we are all called to be students of God's Word and soul winners. In addition to this, we all have a specific call for us as individuals as we see in that last verse. Finally, we must be on guard and prepared for the attack of the enemy at any time. The Bible says the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour (I Peter 5:8). The word of God is sharper than any two edged sword (Heb. 4:12).
As we study the Word of God, we should take the time to examine the scripture. It is important to understand what God is speaking and how it applies to our lives from the Bible.
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth (II Tim. 2:15).
Thought for Today:
Although it is easy to get discouraged, it is always too soon to quit.
1:5 terrible, awesome, greatly to be feared; 2:2 countenance, face; 2:7 convey me over, allow me to pass; 2:20 no portion, no part or property; 3:19 turning, corner; 3:23 over against, in front of, opposite of; 3:25 lieth out, extends from.
Through Nehemiah's prayer for his people (Neh. 1:4-11). Christ also prayed for His own throughout the ages, which includes us today (John 17:20).
Prayer Suggestion: Pray in faith that God will bless your family (Gen. 17:18-20).
Optional Reading: II Corinthians 9
Memory Verse for the Week: Psalms 1:1-2