Throwback Thursday is a common theme on sites and blogs where you hearken back to something interesting or random from the past. On Land of Redemption, we’ve started our Throwback Thursday trend with re-posts of preview articles from years past.
This week we continue with the Priests articles. Enjoy!
Originally Posted By: Bryon | Date: 2006
Have you ever noticed how God often asks us to do two things at once?
Love God, and love your neighbor.
Look after widows and orphans, and keep yourself from being polluted by the world.
Have faith, and show your faith by your works.
Trust and obey.
Sometimes just obeying both of God’s commands at once can be quite a challenge.
If you think that is tricky, imagine how tricky it would be to rebuild a city wall, including its gates and towers, with a sword in one hand and a trowel in the other. Nehemiah and the people of Jerusalem had to do just that.
When Babylon conquered Judah in 586 B.C., the wall of Jerusalem was broken down, and its gates burned with fire. Its people were exiled.
About 140 years later, Nehemiah, a descendant of the exiled Judeans and cupbearer to King Artaxerxes of Persia, decided to go to Jerusalem and rebuild its wall. With the king’s permission, Nehemiah traveled to Jerusalem and said to its people, “Let’s rebuild the wall.” The people answered, “Let’s build!”
As the wall was being repaired, enemies of Judah such as Sanballat, the governor of Samaria, threatened violence if the work on the wall continued. Nehemiah and the residents of Jerusalem would not be deterred. One strategy Nehemiah employed was posting armed guards in the gaps of the wall. These guards would stand in the gap to provide cover as the rest of the people worked. The workers came from various professions. Even the high priest Eliashib aided in the reconstruction.
Despite numerous obstacles, devious plots, threats, and intimidation, the wall and its gates and towers were completed in only 52 days.
You can read the whole story in the Old Testament book of Nehemiah.
Nehemiah is an interesting hero.
How does a 6/7 hero have initiative when blocked by a 1/3 evil character?
How could the same 6/7 hero be in a stalemate when blocked by a 10/10 evil character?
Because of his special ability, Nehemiah gains initiative against small-stat human evil characters like Idolaters, and Sadducees. He does this by increasing the defense of the 1/3 evil character to 1/7, so that the battle is a stalemate. First strike evil characters also have a hard time against him, since Nehemiah increases his own defense as well. Against a by-the-numbers evil character such as Sapphira, Job’s Wife, or Foul Spirit, he still holds his own, especially if he holds a weapon.
Searching your discard pile for Wall of Protection or Jerusalem Tower can be helpful in some situations, especially in the unhealthy environment that certain evil cards in The Priests will create. Your fortresses are not quite as safe as they used to be, but Nehemiah can get them back.
One of Nehemiah’s best uses is setting up your opponents’ human evil characters so you can get the most out of a new green enhancement. We’ll let you guess what that might do.
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