Nehemiah 9:1–38

 |  January 14, 2019

Corporate Repentance

Context of the Passage

Nehemiah 9 records the events after the completion of the Solemn Assembly which was held after the seven day celebration of the Feast of Tabernacles.  The Feast of Tabernacles took place in the seventh month from the 15th to the 21st.  After that, the people held a Solemn Assembly (Lev. 23:39).

This chapter demonstrates what happens when God’s people seek the Lord, hear the Word of the Lord, and respond to it.  The Word of God necessarily exposes our sin (Heb. 4:12). Upon hearing the Word of God, the people only have two choices: they can ignore it or respond to it.  Here, Israel responds in obedience to the Lord.

Outline of the Passage

9:1-5a – The people confess their sin

9:5b-31 – The Levites lead the people in a Prayer of Confession

9:32-37 – The people signify their commitment with a Covenant

Exegesis of the Passage

9:1 – On the 24th day

9:2 – Separated themselves

9:3 – For a fourth of the day

9:4-5 – They gathered on the “ma-a-leh” of the Levites

9:5b-31 – The Prayer of Confession

9:6 – “You alone are Lord”

9:7-31 – NOTE 31 things that Nehemiah extols God for having done for His people

9:8 – You have performed your words

9:16 – “But they”

9:17 – They did not remember

9:20 – Your Spirit

9:23 – As numerous as the stars in the Heavens

9:26-31 – Sin, judgment, repentance, and mercy

9:32-37 – Now …

9:33 – You are just

9:36 – The Land you have given to us

9:38 – We cut an agreement with you

Sermon on the Passage

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