We pick up the passage where the Jews encounter opposition
to the rebuilding of the walls.
But it came to pass, that when Sanballat, and Tobiah, and the
Arabians, and the Ammonites, and the Ashdodites, heard that
the walls of Jerusalem were made up, and that the breaches began
to be stopped, then they were very wroth (Neh. 4:7).
Four enemies of Jerusalem are mentioned: Sanballat, who is the
leader of the Samaritans, enemies of Judah to the north; Tobiah and
the Arabians,enemies to the east; the Ammonites, enemies to the northeast;
and the Ashdodites, the surviving Philistines at this time in history, enemies
to the south.
"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God."
Dear Lord, help me today and every day to be a peacemaker for those around
me. Help me to do good, to seek peace and pursue it.
In Christ name I pray