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Sanballat Lives

There is also much to learn about the spiritual obstacles that can be expected to challenge the rebuilding of national walls

The Bible is filled with an extraordinary amount of wisdom that can be gleaned from political controversies in the far past. One such book is that of Nehemiah. It is a book that has much to offer to a nation that has been given a reprieve by God that symbolically as well as literally wants to rebuild its walls.

Nehemiah is often referred to as God’s “wallbuilder.” He began his political career as the king’s cupbearer. As a result of their relationship and Nehemiah’s obvious depression over the plight of the Jews after their captivity in Babylon, the King gave Nehemiah all he needed to restore the walls of Jerusalem that were decimated during the Babylonian conquest. Nehemiah’s prayer for his people that contemporary Americans can relate to, can be found in Nehemiah 1:5-11.

While there is much to learn from this book of the Bible regarding rebuilding what has been lost, there is also much to learn about the spiritual obstacles that can be expected to challenge the rebuilding of national walls that rest on spiritual foundations. And no one better personifies the opposition of such a noble quest than Sanballat the Horonite.

Sanballat had a personal vendetta against the Jews which he visited upon Nehemiah. Nehemiah escalated the animosity between them by pointing out publicly that Sanballat and his cohorts had no heritage, or right, or memorial in Jerusalem (Neh. 2:20). In 21st century American terms we might say that they were illegal immigrants.

Regardless of Sanballat and his cohorts’ motives, their actions cannot be disputed. With great zeal and passion, they opposed Nehemiah and Nehemiah’s mission in every way possible. First they laughed at Nehemiah and his workers with great scorn and hatred. (Neh 2:19). All this mockery and verbal abuse did not stop Nehemiah. He was a man with a mission from God to rebuild, and rebuild is exactly what he did. But Nehemiah’s continued support by the Jewish people did not assuage the anger of Sanballat. Actually, it kicked it up another notch. Now a furious Sanballat began to mock the Jews as well recruit the support of others. But the people stood behind Nehemiah and their work continued – and so did Sanballat’s.

Next Sanballat et al conspired to attack and create confusion among the Jews, but Nehemiah continued to trust God. However, the Jews started being negatively affected and if it weren’t for Nehemiah’s strong leadership, they may have abandoned their work, the walls would not have been rebuilt, and history would have changed forever. Nehemiah encouraged them saying: “Do not be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, great and awesome, and fight for your brethren, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your houses.” (Neh. 4:14). The intimidation, the threats, the evil plots continued and the wall was built in a remarkable 52 days – a task that often seemed impossible to the Jews living under that degree of devastation. Not only was the wall rebuilt, but the nation once again thrived by reconnecting with its spiritual calling from God. In other words, Nehemiah won.

So, here’s the characteristics that were displayed by the opponents of God’s wallbuilder: at first they laughed at him, then they scorned him, then they created confusion among his supporters, then they threatened and conspired to harm him. A quote often credited to Gandhi about the opponents he faced, says: “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.” Regardless of who said it, the quote is famous because what it says is observable – especially in the spirit of Sanballat that lives today in the form of the mainstream media. As Sanballat and his cohorts did not prevail because Nehemiah stood firm in his trust for God and the mission he had received, may President Donald Trump follow his lead. And may we, the people of these United States, stand firmly behind him as he seeks to build our nation’s walls and restore sanity and religious freedom to America – recognizing that as Sanballat failed in 444 B.C., so will his contemporary successors fail in 2017 and forward – if we stand together. For evil can intimidate, mock, create confusion, and threaten, but it cannot thwart God’s plans when His people stand firmly together. So, to America I say: Stand firm and stand together. To President Trump I say, “Mr. President, build that wall!”

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25 Responses to Sanballat Lives

  1. Renee February 25, 2017 at 2:58 am #

    Wow, RoseAnn, what an amazing analysis! Every Blblical act of rebellion directed against God’s omnipotent authority was usually ushered in by the very same leftist minded characters who today in the 21st century in the United States are trying to destroy President Donald Trump’s legacy!

  2. Terrence Chuckarse February 24, 2017 at 1:13 pm #

    The Bible also has some pretty clear remarks about treatment of immigrants, you repulsive old bitch.

    But I’m sure you can’t read those, busy as you are with a Trump-o-matic Model 9000 vibrator rammed into your privates.

  3. fixr February 22, 2017 at 10:32 pm #

    Hello Roseann,

    Here is where some people might have trouble. You mention a wall to keep godless people out, but many hispanic people are devout catholic. But President Trump has already solved this conundrum, by offering ” the big beautiful door ” They just must achieve status here legally.

    That said, I have many questions, after talking to a newly US citizen, whom talked of walking two days and two nights nonstop. It seems he found that ” big beautiful door “. My acquaintance became a citizen in the early 2000’s.

  4. Ray McLeod February 22, 2017 at 7:23 pm #

    We will become their ENEMY

  5. Ray McLeod February 22, 2017 at 7:21 pm #

    Regarding Godless people being allowed to
    cross our borders, I see God speaking to is
    in the 7th chapt of Deut.
    If we allow the spoken enemy to invade our
    land, they will eventually outnumber us and
    we will become their enemy

  6. RoseAnn Salanitri February 22, 2017 at 5:52 pm #

    Beverly Woodburn,
    Thank you and Amen!

    • Creathie Morris February 22, 2017 at 7:18 pm #


  7. Ruth W. February 22, 2017 at 3:32 pm #

    Amen and Amen!!

    • RoseAnn Salanitri February 22, 2017 at 5:53 pm #

      Ruth W.,
      God always has the answer – even about wall building. Amazing, isn’t it?

      • Terrence Chuckarse February 24, 2017 at 1:33 pm #

        Amazing how God’d answers perfectly align with your views, deplorable.

  8. Joseph Busch February 22, 2017 at 12:59 pm #

    Not only was this a good biblical lesson for today’s divisiveness over maintaining our nation’s sovereignty, but it also applies to Christians persecuted everywhere today. There is so little tolerance of the Lord Jesus Christ that it mimics the days of what Peter, Paul and others faced when proclaiming the Gospel. There is a real cost in following Christ, but the reward is far more than any suffering we may endure.

    Thank you for this lesson.

    • RoseAnn Salanitri February 22, 2017 at 5:49 pm #

      Joseph Busch,
      Unfortunately, we have been a bit spoiled in this country and taken our liberty for granted. Let’s hope and pray that we will be able to keep it for those who come after.

      • Terrence Chuckarse February 24, 2017 at 1:15 pm #

        Take liberty for granted?

        Yeah, that explains the fuckwits who voted for an authoritarian buffoon like Trump.

  9. bj February 22, 2017 at 12:34 pm #

    This is a wonderful word from the Lord!

    • RoseAnn Salanitri February 22, 2017 at 5:49 pm #

      Thank you. Can’t think of a more precious thing to say.

  10. James Reed February 22, 2017 at 12:02 pm #

    A story worth reading,a President worth backing. America you voted him in, back him do not give in to the media remarks against him. Pray to God, for his guidance to our President Mr. Trump. Roseann thank you for this wonderful article.

    • RoseAnn Salanitri February 22, 2017 at 5:50 pm #

      James Reed,
      You are quite welcome. Sometimes we can learn quite a bit from history.

    • Terrence Chuckarse February 24, 2017 at 1:16 pm #

      You left out “heil Trump!”

      Best get in the habit; it’ll be mandatory soon,

  11. Terrence Snyder February 22, 2017 at 11:57 am #

    The Bible holds all the answers, always. Thank you for this lesson. Through the ages, most turmoil is a battle between good and evil… And, so it is today. We need to see things that way because knowing this leads to understanding. It also helps us to discern what is good and what is evil.

    • RoseAnn Salanitri February 22, 2017 at 5:51 pm #

      Terrence Snyder,

      • Donaeld the Unready February 24, 2017 at 2:01 pm #

        The Bible holds all the answers?
        According to the Bible, what’s the atomic weight of Xenon?
        According to the Bible, what’s the cube root of 293?
        According to the Bible, where did I leave my car keys?

  12. Margo Darzano February 22, 2017 at 11:33 am #

    Thank you for the story of Nehamiah from the Bible and how it relates to today. I will pass this article on to family and friends. The Bible says it all.

    • RoseAnn Salanitri February 22, 2017 at 5:51 pm #

      Margo Darzano,

      How much better off this country would be if we turned more often to the Word of God for guidance and wisdom.

      • Terrence Chuckarse February 24, 2017 at 1:17 pm #

        As taught by you, of course, right, Rosie?

  13. Beverly Woodburn February 22, 2017 at 11:13 am #

    Another great article. Thank you for the reminder of how when we continue in the word of God we will understand the every day what is going on in this day and age. The word never grows old.

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