And it came to pass from that time forth, that the half of my servants wrought in the work, and the other half of them held both spears, the shields, and the bows, and the habergeons; and the rulers were behind all the house of Judah.
They which builded on the wall, and they that bare burdens, with those that laded, every one with one of his hands wrought in the work, and with the other hand held a weapon [Neh. 4:16-17].
Nehemiah would face much opposition to the task God had given him. In fact, there would be those who wanted the building stopped. Those who opposed the Jews would even resort to killing the workers. Nehemiah prepared his workers to both rebuild the walls and streets of the city and to protect themselves from the attacks.It is interesting to see how God defended israel from their enemies. Each builder had a trowel in one hand with which to build, and in the other hand he carried a sword with which to defend himself. These two weapons or instruments should be in the hands of believers today.
- The trowel represents the fact that believers should build themselves up in the most holy faith. That is for the inside.
- The sword of the Spirit is the Word of God with which we defend ourselves. We need the trowel in one hand and the sword in the other.
What happened about 2,500 years ago is parallel to what is going on in the modern-day Jewish state of Israel now. It is just like you are reading out of the local Israeli newspaper reporting on a normal life in the Middle East. Today, we are seeing half of the people are building a nation with one hand while the other half are protecting all Jews from total destruction.
We also see a great statement is used as an exhortation to the Jewish people then - and now. "Our God shall fight for us", found in verse 20, is a reminder to the Jewish people of who they are and what the God of heaven will do for them. They are the "Sons of Jacob", the one who had his name changed to "Israel" which literally means, "my God will fight for you".
Israel, today, have at least 350 million Arabs and Muslims living around them, and their one aim to to see the destruction of the Jewish nation. a country the size of New-Jersey with less than 1/1000th of the world's population,
The only way the Jews will sustain existence is by God fighting for them, which He has done for about 4,000 years. That in and of itself is proof of the reality of a true, all- powerful, holy God who will indeed continue to fight for His "chosen people", the Jewish people.