Nehemiah 6 has the outside making another run at trying to derail the rebuilding of the walls. The evil trio of Sanballat, Tobiah and Geshem don’t want that wall completed, and they know it is getting close. So they send a messenger to Nehemiah saying “Come and let us meet together”. Nehemiah doesn’t fall for their plot, as they “intended to do me harm”. Their fear tactics aren’t working, so they decide to try some physical harm. But Nehemiah doesn’t fall for it. “I am doing a great work and I cannot come down”. He is not going to let them derail him.
But they didn’t give up easily and continued as “they sent to me four times….and I answered them in the same manner”. It finally sinks in that Nehemiah isn’t coming so “Sanballat for the fifth time sent his servant to me with an open letter in his hand”. This letter described Nehemiah’s attempt to take over the kingdom and rebel against the king. It was a lie, but a different approach to get Nehemiah to stop finishing the wall. But Nehemiah replied “No such things as you say have been done, for you are inventing them out of your own mind”. He’s not falling for it.
They decide to try another tactic. “They are coming to kill you by night”. That’s a pretty direct attack. But Nehemiah says “Should such a man as I run away”? He is God’s servant doing God’s work. He has nothing to be afraid of. Nehemiah had gone to the prophet to see what he should do but found out the enemies had gotten to him too. “He had pronounced the prophecy against me because Tobiah and Sanballat had hired him”. They obviously would stoop to any and every level to try and stop the wall project.
That plan was to get Nehemiah to sin against God’s law. “For this purpose he was hired, that I should be afraid and act in this way and sin, and so they could give me a bad name in order to taunt me”. But God opened his eyes to the plot and Nehemiah doesn’t fall for it. And the wall is finished. The people stayed on task and completed the work. “When all our enemies heard of it, all the nations around us were afraid and fell greatly in their own esteem, for they perceived that this work had been accomplished with the help of our God”. Nehemiah has led them to success, and the enemies were afraid.