Nehemiah 2:10 – It Displeased Them Greatly

The account of Nehemiah’s efforts is another marvelous example of having faith in that which is unseen and acting to bring it about.  As one of the Jewish exiles, Nehemiah had settled into his fate, serving his captors in a righteous manner and representing Yahweh well.  As cupbearer to the king, he had always kept up a positive attitude.  The king knew this.  As a result, when Nehemiah was out of sorts, the king noticed.

We don’t know the circumstances behind this, but Jewish travelers came to the city where Nehemiah lived and served the king.  In their discussion, he learned about the broken down wall around Jerusalem, perhaps in conjunction with the news that the temple had been rebuilt.  He understood that God had allowed the Holy City to be desecrated through the disobedience of His people, and it grieved Nehemiah.  Praying without ceasing, he answered the king’s query about why he was sad, and with God’s grace, Artaxerxes commissioned him to rebuild Jerusalem’s walls.

When Nehemiah and his retinue came into Israel, they encountered the pagan governors and officials who now administered the land for the Persians.  In Nehemiah 2:10, we see how they responded to Nehemiah’s presence:

But when Sanballat the Horonite and Tobiah the Ammonite servant heard this, it displeased them greatly that someone had come to seek the welfare of the people of Israel.

Once Nehemiah had surveyed the ruins of the walls around the city, he announced to the Jewish remnant that they should “rise up and build” (Nehemiah 2:18).  The same suspects who didn’t appreciate him being there in the first place reacted in Nehemiah 2:19 with derision:

But when Sanballat the Horonite and Tobiah the Ammonite servant and Geshem the Arab heard of it, they jeered at us and despised us and said, “What is this thing that you are doing? Are you rebelling against the king?”

Nehemiah had letters and total approval from the king, but these ungodly men wanted nothing to do with the Jews or any efforts toward which their God had anointed them.  But Nehemiah wasn’t swayed by their negativity.  Nehemiah knew that he was on God’s side because of how He had favored him thus far.  Knowing that he could not be yoked with unbelievers, Nehemiah stated in Nehemiah 2:20 his firm resolve:

Then I replied to them, “The God of heaven will make us prosper, and we his servants will arise and build, but you have no portion or right or claim in Jerusalem.”

Regardless of what these men thought or what they did, Nehemiah intended to carry out the will of God in spite of them.

In reading this narrative, it made me think of the situation we’ve seen lately as parents have finally awakened to the harm that leftist ideology is doing to their children.  For years, most parents have trusted the public school systems, thinking that they had the welfare of their kids as first and foremost of their objectives.  But that’s not the case.  The goal of public schools for the last 100communism years – sadly, based on communist ideology that long ago infiltrated these system – has been to indoctrinate children, dumb them down, and make them good little foot soldiers against the “evils” of capitalism, thus turning them into radical socialists.

This has been a rousing success.  Those behind this movement have worked tirelessly to place their people in key positions to accomplish their vision.  One of the major places of influence has been the local school board.  These influential councils, along with teachers’ colleges, which have conditioned their graduates to proselytize the racist and gender narratives that are integral to communist societal warfare, have permeated classroom studies with every anti-God educational technique they could dream up.  The materials in classrooms across the land are crammed with social justice, climate change, Black Lives Matter, trans and homo-erotic “scholarship.”  Family values have been left in the dust.  Those behind this evil agenda are entrenched, and they have done much of their work in secret.  Many parents have been unaware up till now what the schools have been teaching their children.  It has done great harm.

Lately, as of this writing, parents have become aware and are challenging school boards in faith that they can turn things around.  As we watch videos and hear accounts of these confrontations, we see the disdain the people on these boards have for those who would dare demand their accountability. It’s astounding to see how little these board members care for parental concerns. These school boards have their objectives, in which they seem to walk in lockstep. Just like when Nehemiah came to the land to bring about change and encountered the hostility of those in charge, we have the very same situation in the schools.

Those who would bring down this nation are determined.  They have the momentum and will not be easily swayed.  The brainwashing of children is only one part of the Great Reset that is underway.  It is integral to the long-held desire by the globalist elites to bring us into the New World Order.  Vladimir Lenin, founder of the Soviet Union, said:

“Give me four years to teach the children, and the seed I have sown will never be uprooted. Give us the child for eight years, and it will be a Bolshevik forever. Give me just one generation of youth, and I’ll transform the whole world.”

His words have proven prophetic.  When people of goodwill and Godly intentions are asleep, the enemy sows his seed.  Tares grow up and contaminate the good crop.  (Matthew 13:24-30)

Will the parents prevail?  Will they be able to rescue their children?  The battle is engaged.  Surely, God is pleased that many people have finally strapped on their swords.

There may be some victories, and praise God for them!  The real answer for those parents who are able, is to homeschool their children.  Yet, even this alternative is under attack.  The communist intelligentsia cannot allow anyone to think independently and to escape their clutches.  Be assured, they will come after homeschoolers in every way possible to shut down parental choice.  As far as the elites are concerned, the children are theirs to mold and shape in their image.

Thankfully, a day is coming soon when all this will change.  Just as in the Parable of the Wheat and Tares, there is a day of harvest.  Those who think they are in charge and have won their evil objectives, will learn the truth.  Jesus Christ is in charge.  He will make things right.  What a comfort to know that He loves the children and those who have mistreated them will pay an ultimate and terrible price.  This is the faith that we have.  We serve a just God.

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