【Now with MP3!】"Sanballet's Slander" by Rev. Mark Fitzpatrick
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"Sanballet's Slander"
Rev. Mark Fitzpatrick
Armann Reformed Baptist

Nehemiah 6:1-9
1  Now it came to pass, when Sanballat, and Tobiah, and Geshem the Arabian,
and the rest of our enemies, heard that I had builded the wall, and that there
was no breach left therein; (though at that time I had not set up upon the
2  That Sanballat and Geshem set unto me, saying, Come, let us meet together
in some one of the villages in the plain of Ono.  But they thought to do me
3  And I sent messengers unto them, saying, I am doing a great work, so that
I cannot come down: why should the work cease, whilst I leave it, and some
down to you?
4  Yet they sent unto me four times after this sort; and I answered them after
the same manner.
5  Then sent Sanballat his servant unto me in like manner the fifth time with an
open letter in his hand;
6  Wherein was written, It is reported among the heathen, and Gashmu said it,
that thou and the Jews think to rebel: for which cause thou buildest the wall,
that thou mayest be their king according to these words.
7  And thou hast also appointed prophets to preach of thee at Jesusalem,
saying, There is a king in Judah: and now shall it be reported to the king
according to these words, Come now therefore, and let us take counsel to-
8  Then I sent unto him, saying, There are no such things done as thou sayest,
but thou feignest them out of thine own heart.
9  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.

MP3: Shanballat's Slander
The first and foremost, they'd say, "what are you?", you know, and then
We need to be known more by what we "do" than by some title.
But then, secondly: Always beware of open letters.  Always beware of an open
letter. "... like manner the fifth time with an open letter," verse 5, "in his hand;"
This letter was not primarily for Nehemiah, but it was written ultimately for the
eyes and the attention of the king.  Sanballat once again shows his true colours. 
The application here is obvious; We will not have to wait long for false Christians
to reveal themselves.  Within this one verse, we realise the motive of Sanballat
and Tobiah.
Somebody has said this: "Truth and time go hand-in-hand.
Give them enough time and truth will come out. All we have to do is to
remain faithful to the truth, and they will not be able to contain them-
selves those who are enemies.

  But then, the content of the letter is in verses 6 and 7; notice that the thing
we know of the letter is first and foremost and the two verses describe what's
in the letter is nothing but lies.  The letter is written in of lies.  It's not anything
that reflects the truth.  Sanballat again, like Satan, has no rules of combat, no
rules of war.  He uses lies to attack Nehemiah.  And the enemies will use any a
nd every means to achieve its wicked ends.
In John Chapter 8 verse 44 , the Lord Jesus speaks of the Devil, and says.
"When he speaks a lie, he speaketh of his own."
 It is his own language, it is his native tongue, "for he is a liar, and the father,"
-a very strong language here, "and a father of", in other words, "he begets lies." 
He is the (pro challenger) of lying; he's the one that gives life to lies. 
And here Sanballat attacks Nehemiah not with- and he doesn't care that they
are liars because at the end of the day, Sanballat's goal is not for truth, and the
enemy's goal is not for truth.
And when the Devil attacked the Lord Jesus, he lied.  He told him at one point,
that he would give him all the kingdoms of the world, number one they weren't
his to give, and number two, they didn't have the power to give.
  So, he couldn't do what he says, but afterwards, it was irrelevant.  He's a liar
and the father of it.
Now the lie number one: in the verse, "it is reported among the heathen," there
was no such report.  In fact, Nehemiah, in verse 8, says so.  "There are no such
thing as thou sayest."  So Nehemiah responds and clarified himself.  And the
application here is important.  We must remind ourselves continually of the attack
of the enemy and the attack of the Devil and the attack of the spiritual wicked-
ness against us will not represent a true picture even when it attacks our con-
science and attacks us morally; it won't be according to truth.  There will be an
exaggeration of truth, yes, there will be certain things that the Devil can say,-

Absolutely, and esaggerates-
And I mean the exaggeration of the truth, too, is a lie.  And when the enemy c
omes to us, there is no desire to remain truthful.  So we must remind ourselves
of that.  [End of MP3]

   If we want the Devil comes to and says, "You know, Samson, you're no good." 
It's not true.  There was much good.  The number one that's he was good was
that "God has chosen me."  It was not what the Lord says, when the Devil
comes to attack Joshua, the high priest, and Zechariah, this is a brand plucked
from the fire.  A brand plucked from the flints. 

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