N E H E M I A H
How Nehemiah wrestled with God and prevailed we
read in the foregoing chapter; now here we are told how, like
Jacob, he prevailed with men also, and so found that his prayers
were heard and answered. I. He prevailed with the king to send him
to Jerusalem with a commission to build a wall about it, and grant
him what was necessary for it, ver.
1-8. II. He prevailed against the enemies that would
have obstructed him in his journey (ver. 9-11) and laughed him out of his
undertaking, ver. 19, 20.
III. He prevailed upon his own people to join with him in this good
work, viewing the desolations of the walls (ver. 12-16) and then gaining them to lend
every one a hand towards the rebuilding of them, ver. 17, 18. Thus did God own him in the
work to which he called him.