For the last two months we have been following the Book of Nehemiah in our weekly Shabbat celebrations. The parallels between those days nearly 2,500 years ago and our times are striking and helpful to us all. Nehemiah was a Jew who rose to a responsible position in the government of King Artaxerxes of Persia. The Jews were captives in Persia but the period of seventy years prophesied by Daniel had been fulfilled. When Nehemiah heard that the walls and gates of Jerusalem were broken and destroyed he was distressed and prayed earnestly to God.

Every nation, no matter how large or how great, is under the sovereignty of God. Every leader, war, success, or failure is a part of the plan of God. What is sovereignty?  Sovereignty is the total right to take authority over a geographic region or over a group of people, such as a nation or tribe. Throughout the Scriptures, we can see that God is the Creator, a truth that is under attack in our days.