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Thursday, January 12, 2006

Nehemiah 9

The people recognise their sin and God's mercy

Summary:
About that time, all people of Judah came and got rid of the foreigners and confessed their sins. They read the law, and praised and worshipped. They praised him for making everything, and for choosing them through Abram, for leading them out of Egypt, for the law and the manna in the desert. They confessed that their forefathers had sinned, and made an idol of a calf, and they praised God for forgiving them, and for leading them into their land. They recognised that whenever they sinned, they were oppressed, but that God was always there to take them back. They knew that their current hardship was just payment for their sin, and so they planned an agreement.

Key verse:
31. But in your great mercy you did not put an end to them or abandon them, for you are a gracious and merciful God.

My thoughts:
This is quite a good brief summary of Israel's history from Abraham. The focus is on God's justice and mercy, compared to Israel's sin. It is important that Israel has recognised their shortcomings and their consequences, and ultimately that it persuading them to change.

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