Noadiah (the false prophetess)

Noadiah (the false prophetess)

(Nehemiah 6:14)

I encourage all readers to read and study the Scriptures for yourselves. This story is just a short story based on Truths from the Word and not meant to replace the Word. In the meantime, enjoy these short Truth stories. 😊

Noadiah was a false prophetess. Her name means “one whom the Lord revealed Himself” but she was hypocritical of her name. She was a dangerous influence as she was satanically inspired. To learn more about the false prophetess, Noadiah, let’s begin in Nehemiah 6 in the Scriptures.

Nehemiah’s enemies which included Sanballat, Tobiah, Geshem the Arab, and the rest that opposed Nehemiah’s good work, received word that Nehemiah had rebuilt the wall and not a gap was left. However, the doors were off its hinges. So they sent Nehemiah a message.

Sanballat and Geshem sent me this message: “Come, let us meet together in one of the villages on the plain of Ono.” But they were scheming to harm me; so I sent messengers to them with this reply: “I am carrying on a great project and cannot go down. Why should the work stop while I leave it and go down to you?” Four times they sent me the same message, and each time I gave them the same answer.

Nehemiah 6:2-4

The fifth time, Sanballat sent an evil messenger with the same message but in an unsealed letter.

in which was written: “It is reported among the nations—and Geshem says it is true—that you and the Jews are plotting to revolt, and therefore you are building the wall. Moreover, according to these reports you are about to become their king and have even appointed prophets to make this proclamation about you in Jerusalem: ‘There is a king in Judah!’ Now this report will get back to the king; so come, let us meet together.” I sent him this reply: “Nothing like what you are saying is happening; you are just making it up out of your head.” They were all trying to frighten us, thinking, “Their hands will get too weak for the work, and it will not be completed.” But I prayed, “Now strengthen my hands.”

Nehemiah 6:6-9

Nehemiah went to see Shemaiah, who proved to be a false prophet, at his house.

Now when I went into the house of Shemaiah the son of Delaiah, son of Mehetabel, who was confined to his home, he said, “Let us meet together in the house of God, within the temple. Let us close the doors of the temple, for they are coming to kill you. They are coming to kill you by night.” But I said, “Should such a man as I run away? And what man such as I could go into the temple and live? I will not go in.” And I understood and saw that God had not sent him, but he had pronounced the prophecy against me because Tobiah and Sanballat had hired him. For this purpose he was hired, that I should be afraid and act in this way and sin, and so they could give me a bad name in order to taunt me.

Nehemiah 6:10-13

Shemaiah had been hired to intimidate Nehemiah so that Nehemiah would sin.

Nehemiah prayed.

Remember Tobiah and Sanballat, my God, because of what they have done; remember also the prophet Noadiah and how she and the rest of the prophets have been trying to intimidate me.

Nehemiah 6:14

Wait a minute! A trusted prophet was hired by the enemy to be a snare to Nehemiah? 🤔

Like Judas was to Jesus, sometimes it’s our very own that is for hire to conspire. 

When Nehemiah’s enemies and the surrounding nations heard about the completion of the wall, they were afraid and lost their self-confidence. Nehemiah’s enemies realized that Nehemiah’s work was done with the help of God.

However, they continued to oppose Nehemiah’s good work.

Also, in those days the nobles of Judah were sending many letters to Tobiah, and replies from Tobiah kept coming to them. For many in Judah were under oath to him, since he was son-in-law to Shekaniah son of Arah, and his son Jehohanan had married the daughter of Meshullam son of Berekiah. Moreover, they kept reporting to me his good deeds and then telling him what I said. And Tobiah sent letters to intimidate me.

Nehemiah 6:17-19

What can we learn from Nehemiah and his enemies including the false prophetess Noadiah:

  • Nehemiah’s enemies were scheming to harm him. His enemies heard of his good work and laid snares for him. We as believers should never abandon our work out of fear of harm or destruction of reputation. We are to trust our reputation to God.
  • The false prophet Shemaiah and the false prophetess Noadiah was hired to intimidate Nehemiah. The false prophet and prophetess tried to prevent Nehemiah from his good work. If Nehemiah stopped, it would be a foolish thing to give the enemy a cause to laugh and insult him.
  • Nehemiah prayed for his enemies. He left vengeance to God wisely knowing that God knows the heart of all and is just.
  • The nobles of Judah betrayed the words of Nehemiah. They bragged about how good Tobiah was as a person to Nehemiah. 🤔🤔 But they repeated his words to Tobiah and twisted them with lies causing Tobiah to continue to send evil messages to prevent Nehemiah’s good work. 

Moral of the Story:  Unlike Noadiah, a virtuous woman is to help complete the work of God and not try to stop it being satanically inspired. Like Nehemiah, a virtuous woman continue forward in the face of stubborn opposition.

I hope this bless you! 💜

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