Metaphysical Bible Interpretation of Nehemiah Chapter 6
Metaphysically Interpreting Nehemiah 6:1-14
6:1Now it came to pass, when it was reported to Sanballat and Tobiah, and to Geshem the Arabian, and unto the rest of our enemies, that I had builded the wall, and that there was no breach left therein; (though even unto that time I had not set up the doors in the gates;) 6:2that Sanballat and Geshem sent unto me, saying, Come, let us meet together in one of the villages in the plain of Ono. But they thought to do me mischief. 6:3And I sent messengers unto them, saying, I am doing a great work, so that I cannot come down: why should the work cease, whilst I leave it, and come down to you? 6:4And they sent unto me four times after this sort; and I answered them after the same manner. 6:5Then sent Sanballat his servant unto me in like manner the fifth time with an open letter in his hand, 6:6wherein was written, It is reported among the nations, and Gashmu saith it, that thou and the Jews think to rebel; for which cause thou art building the wall: and thou wouldest be their king, according to these words. 6:7And thou hast also appointed prophets to preach of thee at Jerusalem, saying, There is a king in Judah: and now shall it be reported to the king according to these words. Come now therefore, and let us take counsel together. 6:8Then I sent unto him, saying, There are no such things done as thou sayest, but thou feignest them out of thine own heart. 6:9For they all would have made us afraid, saying, Their hands shall be weakened from the work, that it be not done. But now, O God, strengthen thou my hands.
6:10And I went unto the house of Shemaiah the son of Delaiah the son of Mehetabel, who was shut up; and he said, Let us meet together in the house of God, within the temple, and let us shut the doors of the temple: for they will come to slay thee; yea, in the night will they come to slay thee. 6:11And I said, Should such a man as I flee? and who is there, that, being such as I, would go into the temple to save his life? I will not go in. 6:12And I discerned, and, lo, God had not sent him; but he pronounced this prophecy against me: and Tobiah and Sanballat had hired him. 6:13For this cause was he hired, that I should be afraid, and do so, and sin, and that they might have matter for an evil report, that they might reproach me. 6:14Remember, O my God, Tobiah and Sanballat according to these their works, and also the prophetess Noadiah, and the rest of the prophets, that would have put me in fear.
May 7, 1916: Nehemiah 6:1-12
Whoever takes a definite stand for the establishment and sustenance of certain true principles creates opposition. This was the case of Nehemiah; he was preparing to restore the worship of Jehovah in Jerusalem, and those who wanted no such standard of principles opposed and ridiculed his work.
Everyone who takes a stand for Truth principles, and attempts to forge ahead of his fellows, is sure to set up opposition. Every reform, every effort to change the kingdoms of the earth into the kingdom of heaven, every upward movement of man, is opposed by many, and strong and bitter enemies arise, because few men are willing to give up the present possessions until they are sure of others more valuable. Jesus warned his followers of this, and told them what they must suffer for his sake.
But it makes a great difference how one meets the opposition. Some think it necessary to go forth and battle with those who oppose and ridicule their reforms, while others quietly work away at their problems, giving no attention to foes. The latter course is always best, because strife stirs up strife. Change your enemies into friends by proving to them by your works that what you are doing is for their good as well as yours. Many men have been roundly cursed by foes, and even by friends, and afterwards honored with a monument of praise for the good they accomplished. When Boss Shepherd was rebuilding Washington, he was the most hated, slandered and berated man in the District of Columbia, but his enemies were forced to admit that he was wiser than they, and now point with pride to the work he did. The inventor of the first sewing machine, Elias Howe, was mobbed by the women of his own community. They claimed that he was inventing a machine that would take away their means of making a living.
The greatest opposition to spiritual progress is found among religious people. When men have adopted a set of religious beliefs, and they have been accepted by many and a theological ecclesiastical body is being carried forward, an almost impregnable wall is built around people, and but few escape. When one does get free and asserts his rights to set up the standard of the true God, he is anathematized by the church, by his family and by his friends. Then comes the test of the true Christian. Do not be tempted to go forth to battle. Do not argue nor with heat discuss the subject. Show by your works that you have the truth that makes men better. Prove the law in yourself. If you have been given to contention, here is your opportunity to keep a sweet silence.
In the family relation this opposition to the spiritual life is most pronounced and hardest to be reconciled. But here enemies can be made friends. The power of the Spirit is without limit. Pray for power to overcome by love all those who are opposing your spiritual freedom. God is love, and he will surely answer your prayer.
– UNITY magazine.
Metaphysically Interpreting Nehemiah 6:15-19
6:15So the wall was finished in the twenty and fifth day of the month Elul, in fifty and two days. 6:16And it came to pass, when all our enemies heard thereof, that all the nations that were about us feared, and were much cast down in their own eyes; for they perceived that this work was wrought of our God. 6:17Moreover in those days the nobles of Judah sent many letters unto Tobiah, and the letters of Tobiah came unto them. 6:18For there were many in Judah sworn unto him, because he was the son-in-law of Shecaniah the son of Arah; and his son Jehohanan had taken the daughter of Meshullam the son of Berechiah to wife. 6:19Also they spake of his good deeds before me, and reported my words to him. And Tobiah sent letters to put me in fear.
Transcribed by Lloyd Kinder on 02-05-2014