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Topic: Day and Night (07/10/14)
TITLE: Set a Watch
By Diane M. Bowman
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The Heart of Nehemiah was saddened and he Wept and Fasted before the God of Heaven many days. He prayed to Him that Keepeth Covenant and Mercy and confessed his Sins and the Sins of his father's house. Nehemiah pleaded for the God of Heaven to remember His People.
Now Nehemiah was the cupbearer of the King and he perceived his Sadness and inquired of him, 'Why is thy countenance Sad, seeing thou art not sick? This is nothing else but Sorrow of Heart.'
He was very Sore Afraid, 'Why should not my countenance be Sad, when the City, the place of my fathers' sepulchres, lieth waste, and the Gates thereof are consumed with Fire?'
The King asked, 'For what dost thou make request?'
Nehemiah prayed to the God of Heaven and responded to the King, 'If it please the King, that thou wouldest send me unto Judah, unto the City of my fathers' sepulchres, that I may Build it.'
The King replied 'For how long shall thy Journey be? And when wilt thou Return?'
With the Blessing of the King, Nehemiah journeyed to Jerusalem and there he surveyed the Damage.
After Nehemiah had fully assessed the Disrepair, he went unto the Rulers of the People of Jerusalem and told them of the Sadness of his Heart and the Blessing of the King. The Rulers said, 'Let us Rise up and Build.'
Thus the Rulers and all the Servants of God who dwelt in Jerusalem Rose up to Build. The Goldsmith, the Merchant, the Son of the Apothecary, the Priest, and the Keeper of the Gate all became Builders. Each man repaired a Gate or a Portion of the Wall. Together they laid Beams and set up Doors, Locks, and Bars to protect the Holy City.
While the Men of Israel worked to repair the Walls of the Holy City, their Enemies became Very Wroth and Mocked, 'What do these Feeble Jews? Will they fortify themselves? Will they revive the Stones out of the heaps of the Rubbish which are Burned?'
The People of Jerusalem prayed to the God of Heaven, 'Hear, O our God; for we are Despised: and turn their Reproach upon their own Head, and give them for a Prey in the land of captivity: and cover not their Iniquity, and let not their Sin be blotted out from before thee: for they have provoked thee to Anger before the Builders.'
With renewed Vigor they Built the Wall until it was Joined Together to the Half thereof. The people had a Mind to Work and made much Progress. However, the Enemies were Not Pleased with the Progress and the Stopping of the Breaches and conspired to fight against Jerusalem and Hinder the Work.
Therefore, they Set a Watch, Day and Night, and continued to Build the Wall. Now each Builder girded a Sword by His side in readiness to fight the Enemy. Each man Worked with one hand and with the other, he held a Weapon. They remembered that the Great and Terrible Lord was on their side and they fought for their brethren, sons, daughters, wives, and houses. And it came to pass that the Enemies knew that the God of Heaven had brought their Conspiracy to Naught.
Still, the Builders continued to Labor with a Weapon in one hand and one-half of the men held Spears from the Rising of the Morning until the Stars appeared.
As in the Days of Nehemiah, so it often is in the days of the Church of Christ. The report comes to us that the Walls of the Church have broken down and Her Defenses are low. A Man of God shares of the Sadness of his Heart before the King. The King gives his Blessing to Go and Repair. The summons goes out to Rise Up and Build. The Servants of the God of Heaven have a Mind to Work but the Enemy becomes Very Wroth and he Mocks, and Conspires. It is then time to Set a Watch, both Day and Night. Build with one hand and Wield a Weapon with the other from the Rising of the Morning until the Stars appear.
Author's Note: This story was inspired by and taken from Nehemiah 1:1-4:23 KJV, with multiple direct quotes throughout the account.
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