Nehemiah 6:1–19

 |  January 14, 2019

Context of the Passage:

In Nehemiah 5, Nehemiah faced internal challenges, while in Nehemiah 6 he faced external ones.  The intensity of the conflict rose when the job was near completion. In what appears to be a last ditch effort to thwart Nehemiah’s efforts, Sanballat, Tobiah, and Geshem join forces to oppose him.

Outline of the Passage

Exegesis of the Passage

NOTE: the attacks Nehemiah faced to this point:

Mockery (2:19); Ridicule (4:1-3); Confusion (4:7-12); Distraction (6:2-4); False Accusation (6:5-9); Fear (6:10); Intimidation (6:19)

Here, he faced the challenge of Ono

Nehemiah responded to the challenge with two questions:

6:1 – Sanballat, Tobiah, and Geshem (and our other enemies) heard …

6:1 – Not a breach

6:1 – The doors were not yet hung

6:2 – “Come let us meet”

6:3 – I sent messengers to them

6:4 – Four times

6:5-9 – A new strategy

6:10 – A third strategy

6:10 – Let’s Meet at the Temple

6:11 – Such a man as I

6:12 – I perceived

6:13 – That I might sin

6:14 – As was his custom, Nehemiah turned this over to the Lord

6:15 – The wall was completed … in 52 days

6:16 – Even their enemies knew this was an act of God

6:17-19 – Nehemiah had some informants in his camp

Sermon on the Passage

    •  You Don’t Have Time to be Distracted (2-4)
    •  You Can’t Afford to be Discouraged (4-9)
    •  You’re Going to have to be Discerning (10-14)
    •  Look at what they did
    •  Look How They Did it
    •  Look Who Got the Credit


  1. All of us have a great work to which God has called us.  We cannot afford to get distracted. Your labor in the Lord is not in vain (1 Cor. 15:58)
  2. Your enemy is relentless and may employ many different strategies to distract or defeat you.
  3. Our hope is in God and our help is from God.

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