Nehemiah had returned to Jerusalem and the work had stopped. He had letters from the king for supplies and permission to rebuild the temple. He looked at the entire city and saw what was necessary. The people of the land didn’t want them to rebuild Jerusalem and despite the letters from the king, they were going to stopped them. Nehemiah had everyone carry their sword and divided the work among the labourers. At any given time, they were ready for battle. But continued the work of rebuilding. Although we have been given permission from our king, Jesus, there are people who don’t want us to rebuild our temple. God has given us letters which we are to read and study, which in turn will defend us. It’s called the sword of the Spirit, the bible. We are to rebuild our temple and defend the ground we stand on and rebuild our temple on the way home.