And our adversaries said, They shall not know, neither see
(conspiracy), till we come in the midst among them, and slay
them, and cause the work to cease (Neh. 4:11).
Who were their adversaries? They were the Samaritans, the
Arabs, the Philistines and the Ammonites. Four armies had
converged on Jerusalem, and they had already formed an
alliance and made their plans. What were their plans? Surprise
attack! A Pearl Harbor type of attack. The enemy was saying.
"They will never know what hit them; we have the advantage
of surprise." But the advantage of surprise was offset by the
fact the Jewish army was a well-trained, well- organized, well-
functioning army, ready for battle.
"Casting all your care upon Him; for He careth for you."
1 Peter 5:7
O Lord, help me understand the reasons for Your chastening.
In Christ name I pray