Daily Word

Deception discernment | Nehemiah 6:10-14 (AMP)

10 When I went into the house of Shemaiah the son of Delaiah, the son of Mehetabel, who was confined at home, he said, “Let us meet [and take refuge] together in the house of God, within the temple, and let us shut the doors of the temple, because they are coming to kill you, and they are coming to kill you at night.” 11 But I said, “Should a man like me flee [in fear and hide]? Should someone like me enter the temple [for sanctuary] to save his life? I will not go.” 

12 Then I realized that God had not sent him, but he spoke this prophecy against me because Tobiah and Sanballat had hired him. 13 He was hired for this reason, that I would be frightened and do as he said and sin, so that they would have [grounds to make] a malicious report in order to censure and disgrace me. 

14 Remember, O My God, Tobiah and Sanballat in regard to these actions of theirs, and also [remember] the prophetess Noadiah and the rest of the prophets who were trying to frighten me.

Nehemiah 6:10-14 (AMP)

Batting 1000

Nehemiah, due to his strong character, relationship with the Lord and the Lord’s protection, is able to continue to spoil the plans of his enemies. Each “bad pitch” they throw at him, he is able to “knock out of the park”. He was batting 1000. 

What’s the issue?

JFB commentary helps us understand who Shemaiah is: “This man was the son of a priest, who was an intimate and confidential friend of Nehemiah. The young man claimed to be endowed with the gift of prophecy. Having been secretly bribed by Sanballat, he, in his pretended capacity of prophet, told Nehemiah that his enemies were that night to make an attempt upon his life.” His goal was to scare Nehemiah into going into the temple. 

Enduringword.com reminds us that, “Only priests were allowed in the temple, and Nehemiah was not a priest. He would have been disobeying God if he had done what Shemaiah suggested. In 2 Chronicles 26, King Uzziah – who was not a priest – went into the temple, and God instantly struck him with leprosy.”

Deception discernment

Shemaiah presentented a pretty good ruse. If Nehemiah had not had a gift of discernment and faithfully studied the law, he might have been tripped up and fallen for it.

Remember Tobiah and Sanballat

Nehemiah does it again. He entrusts the situation fully to God. “Best of all, instead of lashing out against Shemaiah and his fellow false-religionists, he simply committed these wicked men – and the situation – to God.” (enduringword.com

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