Lessons for the Fast- Nehemiah 9

I have been reading in Job for Lent on the advice of my spiritual father. Today I decided to also read another passage from one of the prophets and came across this verse in Nehemiah which for some reason really hit a nerve. I thought that I’d share it with you all.

Nehemiah 9: 1-5

Now on the twenty-fourth day of the month, the sons of Israel were assembled, in sackcloth, and with dust on their heads. Then those of the Israelite lineage seperated themselves from all foreigners; and they stood and confessed their sins and the iniquities of their fathers. And they stood in their place and read from the Book of the Law of the Lord their God. Then Jeshua, Bani, Kedmiel, Shebaniah, Bunni, Sherebiah, Banim and Chenani stood on the stairs of the Levites and cried out with a loud voice to the Lord their God.

And the Levites, Jeshua, Kadmiel, Bani, Hashabniah, Sherebiah, Hodijah, Shebaniah, and Pethahiah said “Stand up and bless the Lord your God forever and ever! Blesssed be your gloriousĀ  name which is exalted above all blessing and praise!”

Glory to the Father, to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and forever and unto ages of ages. Amen!

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