This sermon was delivered by guest preacher Brian Hood, of 10th Avenue Missionary Baptist Church in Columbus, MS.
Nehemiah 6:1-8 (NKJV)
1Now it happened when Sanballat, Tobiah, Geshem the Arab, and the rest of our enemies heard that I had rebuilt the wall, and that there were no breaks left in it (though at that time I had not hung the doors in the gates), 2that Sanballat and Geshem sent to me, saying, “Come, let us meet together among the villages in the plain of Ono.” But they thought to do me harm.3So I sent messengers to them, saying, “I am doing a great work, so that I cannot come down. Why should the work cease while I leave it and go down to you?”4But they sent me this message four times, and I answered them in the same manner.5Then Sanballat sent his servant to me as before, the fifth time, with an open letter in his hand. 6In it was written:
It is reported among the nations, and Geshem says, that you and the Jews plan to rebel; therefore, according to these rumors, you are rebuilding the wall, that you may be their king. 7And you have also appointed prophets to proclaim concerning you at Jerusalem, saying, “There is a king in Judah!” Now these matters will be reported to the king. So come, therefore, and let us consult together.
8Then I sent to him, saying, “No such things as you say are being done, but you invent them in your own heart.”