Little is known of Nehemiah except what we learn from this book bearing his name in the Old Testament. The book is believed to have been dictated by Nehemiah but actually written by Ezra whose book precedes that of Nehemiah. Ezra named Nehemiah as one of the exiles (Ezra 2:2).
After the destruction of the whole world as John saw it in his visions, we have the end of the story. And this story ends well. It takes two full chapters to describe, and we can imagine that John found doing that quite difficult. Read those chapters and be encouraged.
Many of us feel that we are in the last days. It seems that the world is becoming crazier by the day. Biblical principles are being totally disregarded by governments in most parts of the world. World authorities are not just disregarding God, but openly working in the opposite direction.
Many of those doing evil in our world today have no idea about God. They are totally in the wrong camp, either worshipping a false god, all of whom are forms of satan, or thinking they are the head of their own lives. They are blinded.
Mountains can be places for private meditation and closeness to Father God as we read here. The earlier verses of this chapter tell us the account of the feeding of the five thousand. Let us continue to watch and pray as Jesus told His followers to do.
God used women in this battle more than any woman that was mentioned earlier in the Bible. Deborah directed battle plans against Sisera who was killed by a woman as he slept. Jael gave him a place to rest, then drove a tent peg into his forehead while he slept!
There are famous name families, politicians, people in the entertainment world, others in the public eye, who think of themselves as richer, having more authority and being appreciated more than others. There are also many in each of those categories who are humble at heart, generous and caring; praise God for those people.
Mountains in our lives come from past hurts or wrong teachings, from unforgiveness of others or of ourselves. These things can be blockages to our growing faith and need to be destroyed. Mountains can also be things we are familiar with, or we rely on, places we have often walked.
Caleb was one of the twelve spies sent to search out the promised land. Unfortunately only two of those spies, Joshua and Caleb came back rejoicing about the wonderful land God was about to give them. The others only saw the negative things, the strong people and the fortified cities.
This is one of the saddest verses and mountain experiences in the Bible. But there is so much to learn from this situation. Abraham was used to hearing from God, and had a reputation for obedience. But when he heard this, he must have asked himself if he was mistaken.