Old Testament Lesson: Nehemiah 4:1-9 (Opposition to rebuilding the walls)
Gospel Lesson: Matthew 5:3-16 (Sermon on the Mount)
God’s kingdom has always been perceived as a threat by the world. Secular leaders were frightened by the authority and influence of Jesus, even though Jesus never desired to acquire political power. And Jesus promised that when His followers carry out the work of God’s kingdom through the church, that there would always be resistance. Jesus said, as the world hated Him, it would also hate His followers. But Jesus knows that struggle is not over political power and influence, but over the human heart and soul. It is spiritual warfare of good versus evil. The Gospel and the Holy Spirit are still God’s power to win over the human heart! And God calls us to never give up in the work of His kingdom.