Nehemiah’s archrival, Sanballat, continues to oppose Nehemiah. He attempts to lure Nehemiah away “to do me harm” (v2). Sanballat then attempts to blackmail Nehemiah with false rumors of Nehemiah’s treason, “you wish to become their king” (v6). Finally, Sanballat tempts Nehemiah (through a so-called friend Shemaiah v12) to break God’s law (v11,13) and enter the Holy Place for his own safety.
Our archrival, Satan, may try to harm us, or threaten us or tempt us, but if we cry out, “God, strengthen my hands” (v9), God is faithful to help us resist the enemy and to stand faithful in the time of testing.