A. We are going to see a time in the history of Israel when they repented. Prior to seeing that time, we will see what brought it about:I. Israel Showed Sorrowful Repentance1. Ezra brought the Law of the Lord to the people (Nehemiah 8:1-2; 5-6).B. Text: Nehemiah 9:1-4
A. (Nehemiah 9:1) “…the children of Israel were assembled with fasting, and with sackclothes, and earth upon them.”II. Israel Needed to Segregate1. Israel dressed and acted in a way which showed sorrow and repentance (Joel 2:12-13).B. Sorrow brings forth repentance (II Corinthians 7:9-10).1. Repentance is change (Acts 26:20 and Matthew 3:8).
A. (Nehemiah 9:2a) “And the seed of Israel separated themselves from all strangers…”III. Israel Needed to Confess Their Sins and The Sins of Their Fathers They Followed1. Their repentance required them to cut off contact with outsiders (Ezra 10:10-12 and Nehemiah 13:1-3).B. The decline of God’s people came as the generation after Joshua’s began to follow the God’s of the people in their lands (Judges 2:10-12).
A. (Nehemiah 9:2b) “…stood and confessed their sins, and the iniquities of their fathers.”IV. Israel Needed to Read the Law and Worship God1. Proverbs 28:13B. The Beauty of confession and repentance of our sins is that God not only forgives, but He also forgives (I John 1:9).1. The promise of the New Covenant was wonderful for this reason (Jeremiah 31:31-34).
A. (Nehemiah 9:3) “And they stood up in their place, and read in the book of the law of the Lord their God one fourth part of the day; and another fourth part they confessed, and worshipped the Lord their God.”Conclusion: Israel Cried With A Loud Voice Unto The Lord Their God1. ¼ of the day spent studying produced growth so that they worshipped God.B. Reading / studying the word of God produces action:
A. Three significant parts to the crying out to the Lord need discussed from Nehemiah 9:4:B. When we walk away from the Lord our repentance should be with a loud cry unto God!1. Israel cried out [shows emotion] see: Exodus 14:10.
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