Spiritual Instruction

In the book of Nehemiah we read of a great work done by the people who had returned to Jerusalem from their former captivity, under the leadership of Nehemiah. It is of peculiar interest to study this book at the present time when the conditions which prevailed in jerusalem are so closely paralleled in a number of European cities. The destructive elements of mortal mind had done their utmost; Jerusalem lay in ruins, and desolation was everywhere, but when Nehemiah told his fellow countrymen that the hand of God rested upon him for good they responded, "Let us rise up and build."

It is good to think upon the activity which sprang up among these people, and deeply impressive to read that their common daily tasks were "sanctified;" and great was the need, for there were foes all about them and much enemy psychology to mock at them and call their efforts feeble. Above all it is good to be told that the malicious falsehoods of their foes gave way before the prayers of the inspired prophet, and the record has this to say of his enemies: "They were much cast down in their own eyes: for they perceived that this work was wrought of our God." We also read that the word of God was kept constantly before their eyes, and that when the people saw how deeply they had erred they were very mournful and wept "when they heard the words of the law." At this point we are told that Nehemiah, Ezra, and the faithful workers rebuked this mournful sense and bade them rejoice, saying: "The joy of the Lord is your strength."

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March 22, 1919
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