And I sent messengers to them, saying, I am doing a great work, so that I cannot come down: why should the work cease…
I. GOD'S WORK IS STILL A GREAT WORK. It resolves itself into two parts —
1. Work in relation to one's self — faith in the Redeemer, progressive holiness and final glory.
2. Work in relation to others.
II. GOD'S WORK MUST BE DONE FIRST. To Sanballat's complimentary note Nehemiah replied by his conduct, "God's work first, compliments next."
III. GOD'S WORK PRESERVES FROM MISCHIEF AND MISERY.
IV. GOD'S WORK SHOULD BE LOVED FOR ITS OWN SAKE.
V. GOD'S WORK SHOULD BE BEGUN, CONTINUED, AND ENDED WITH PRAYER.
Parallel VersesKJV: 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 come down to you?