Text: For they all made us afraid, saying, Their hands shall be weakened from the work, that it be not done. Now therefore, O God, strengthen my hands.Â Afterward I came unto the house of Shemaiah the son of Delaiah the son of Mehetabeel, who was shut up; and he said, Let us meet together in the house of God, within the temple, and let us shut the doors of the temple: for they will come to slay thee; yea, in the night will they come to slay thee.Â And I said, Should such a man as I flee? and who is there, that, being as I am, would go into the temple to save his life? I will not go in.Â And, lo, I perceived that God had not sent him; but that he pronounced this prophecy against me: for Tobiah and Sanballat had hired him.Â Therefore was he hired, that I should be afraid, and do so, and sin, and that they might have matter for an evil report, that they might reproach me. (Nehemiah 6:9-13)
Tweet: When the powers that be try to horrify the people of God to go into hiding for their own protection, it is intended not only to discredit God’s people, but to intimidate them to desist from the work of God.