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Nehemiah Session Eight

Nehemiah Session Eight

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DAYONE:
[Re]readNehemiah9
(textbelow).
Usethenotecolumntotherighttojotdownwordsorphrasesthatstickouttoyou.
Nehemiah9
TheIsraelitesConfessTheirSins
Onthetwenty-fourthdayofthesamemonth,theIsraelitesgatheredtogether,fastingandwearingsackclothandputtingdustontheirheads.2ThoseofIsraelitedescenthadseparatedthemselvesfromallforeigners.Theystoodintheirplacesandconfessedtheirsinsandthesinsoftheirancestors.3TheystoodwheretheywereandreadfromtheBookoftheLawoftheLordtheirGodforaquarteroftheday,andspentanotherquarterinconfessionandinworshipingtheLordtheirGod.4StandingonthestairsoftheLeviteswereJeshua,Bani,Kadmiel,Shebaniah,Bunni,Sherebiah,BaniandKenani.TheycriedoutwithloudvoicestotheLordtheirGod.5AndtheLevites—Jeshua,Kadmiel,Bani,Hashabneiah,Sherebiah,Hodiah,ShebaniahandPethahiah—said:“StandupandpraisetheLordyourGod,whoisfromeverlastingtoeverlasting.”“Blessedbeyourgloriousname,andmayitbeexaltedaboveallblessingandpraise.6YoualonearetheLord.Youmadetheheavens,eventhehighestheavens,andalltheirstarryhost,theearthandallthatisonit,theseasandallthatisinthem.Yougivelifetoeverything,andthemultitudesofheavenworshipyou.7“YouaretheLordGod,whochoseAbramandbroughthimoutofUroftheChaldeansandnamedhimAbraham.8Youfoundhisheartfaithfultoyou,andyoumadea
SESSION EIGHT
Notes: Asyouread,makenoteofallthetimesthatGodprovidedforthepeopleandallofthetimeshegavethemasecondchance.
 
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covenantwithhimtogivetohisdescendantsthelandoftheCanaanites,Hittites,Amorites,Perizzites,JebusitesandGirgashites.Youhavekeptyourpromisebecauseyouarerighteous.9“YousawthesufferingofourancestorsinEgypt;youheardtheircryattheRedSea.10YousentsignsandwondersagainstPharaoh,againstallhisofficialsandallthepeopleofhisland,foryouknewhowarrogantlytheEgyptianstreatedthem.Youmadeanameforyourself,whichremainstothisday.11Youdividedtheseabeforethem,sothattheypassedthroughitondryground,butyouhurledtheirpursuersintothedepths,likeastoneintomightywaters.12Bydayyouledthemwithapillarofcloud,andbynightwithapillaroffiretogivethemlightonthewaytheyweretotake.13“YoucamedownonMountSinai;youspoketothemfromheaven.Yougavethemregulationsandlawsthatarejustandright,anddecreesandcommandsthataregood.14YoumadeknowntothemyourholySabbathandgavethemcommands,decreesandlawsthroughyourservantMoses.15Intheirhungeryougavethembreadfromheavenandintheirthirstyoubroughtthemwaterfromtherock;youtoldthemtogoinandtakepossessionofthelandyouhadswornwithupliftedhandtogivethem.16“Butthey,ourancestors,becamearrogantandstiff-necked,andtheydidnotobeyyourcommands.17Theyrefusedtolistenandfailedtorememberthemiraclesyouperformedamongthem.Theybecamestiff-neckedandintheirrebellionappointedaleaderinordertoreturntotheirslavery.ButyouareaforgivingGod,graciousandcompassionate,slowtoangerandaboundinginlove.Thereforeyoudidnotdesertthem,18evenwhentheycastforthemselvesanimageofacalfandsaid,‘Thisisyourgod,whobroughtyouupoutofEgypt,’orwhentheycommittedawfulblasphemies.19“Becauseofyourgreatcompassionyoudidnotabandontheminthewilderness.Bydaythepillarofclouddidnotfailtoguidethemontheirpath,northepillaroffirebynighttoshineonthewaytheyweretotake.20YougaveyourgoodSpirittoinstructthem.Youdidnotwithholdyourmannafromtheirmouths,andyougavethemwaterfortheirthirst.21Forfortyyearsyousustainedtheminthewilderness;theylackednothing,theirclothesdidnotwearoutnordidtheirfeetbecomeswollen.22“Yougavethemkingdomsandnations,allottingtothemeventheremotestfrontiers.TheytookoverthecountryofSihonkingofHeshbonandthecountryofOg
Notes: Asyouread,makenoteofallthetimesthatGodprovidedforthepeopleandallofthetimeshegavethemasecondchance.
 
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kingofBashan.23Youmadetheirchildrenasnumerousasthestarsinthesky,andyoubroughtthemintothelandthatyoutoldtheirparentstoenterandpossess.24Theirchildrenwentinandtookpossessionoftheland.YousubduedbeforethemtheCanaanites,wholivedintheland;yougavetheCanaanitesintotheirhands,alongwiththeirkingsandthepeoplesoftheland,todealwiththemastheypleased.25Theycapturedfortifiedcitiesandfertileland;theytookpossessionofhousesfilledwithallkindsofgoodthings,wellsalreadydug,vineyards,olivegrovesandfruittreesinabundance.Theyatetothefullandwerewell-nourished;theyreveledinyourgreatgoodness.26“Buttheyweredisobedientandrebelledagainstyou;theyturnedtheirbacksonyourlaw.Theykilledyourprophets,whohadwarnedtheminordertoturnthembacktoyou;theycommittedawfulblasphemies.27Soyoudeliveredthemintothehandsoftheirenemies,whooppressedthem.Butwhentheywereoppressedtheycriedouttoyou.Fromheavenyouheardthem,andinyourgreatcompassionyougavethemdeliverers,whorescuedthemfromthehandoftheirenemies.28“Butassoonastheywereatrest,theyagaindidwhatwasevilinyoursight.Thenyouabandonedthemtothehandoftheirenemiessothattheyruledoverthem.Andwhentheycriedouttoyouagain,youheardfromheaven,andinyourcompassionyoudeliveredthemtimeaftertime.29“Youwarnedtheminordertoturnthembacktoyourlaw,buttheybecamearrogantanddisobeyedyourcommands.Theysinnedagainstyourordinances,ofwhichyousaid,‘Thepersonwhoobeysthemwilllivebythem.’Stubbornlytheyturnedtheirbacksonyou,becamestiff-neckedandrefusedtolisten.30Formanyyearsyouwerepatientwiththem.ByyourSpirityouwarnedthemthroughyourprophets.Yettheypaidnoattention,soyougavethemintothehandsoftheneighboringpeoples.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.32“Nowtherefore,ourGod,thegreatGod,mightyandawesome,whokeepshiscovenantoflove,donotletallthishardshipseemtriflinginyoureyes—thehardshipthathascomeonus,onourkingsandleaders,onourpriestsandprophets,onourancestorsandallyourpeople,fromthedaysofthekingsofAssyriauntiltoday.33Inallthathashappenedtous,youhaveremainedrighteous;youhaveactedfaithfully,whileweactedwickedly.34Ourkings,ourleaders,ourpriestsandourancestorsdidnotfollowyourlaw;theydidnotpay
Notes: Asyouread,makenoteofallthetimesthatGodprovidedforthepeopleandallofthetimeshegavethemasecondchance.

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