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Bible Reading - Daniel 9:4–19

·5 mins

Bible Reading #

Daniel 9:4–19 #

Notes: #

Genuine Confession: Beware of Imitation #

  • Confession, when done correctly, is uncomfortable and humiliating
  • In genuine confession,…
  1. …I am specific about my wrongdoing
  2. ….I remember who I am and who God is
  3. …I remember my covenant with God
  4. …I make my appeal on the basis of God’s mercy
  • Cheap Imitations of Genuine Confession:
  • being vague about what I’ve done wrong
  • Daniel is specific about Israel’s wrongdoing1
  • forgetting who is involved in my wrongdoing
  • Daniel remembers who he is and Who God is2
  • forgetting the covenantal relationships that are involved
  • Daniel new the book of Deuteronomy, and remembered the covenant with God345
  • My place in God’s family does not depend on my confession of sin moment-by-moment because the death of Christ has settled the matter once and for all.
  • Mixing excuses with the confession. This is making an appeal on the basis of justice, rather than on the basis of God’s mercy
  • Daniel wraps his confession in a plea based upon God’s mercy6

  1. we have sinned and done wrong and acted wickedly and rebelled, turning aside from your commandments and rules. We have not listened to your servants the prophets, who spoke in your name to our kings, our princes, and our fathers, and to all the people of the land. (Daniel 9:5-6, ESV) ↩︎

  2. To you, O Lord, belongs righteousness, but to us open shame, as at this day, to the men of Judah, to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and to all Israel, those who are near and those who are far away, in all the lands to which you have driven them, because of the treachery that they have committed against you. To us, O Lord, belongs open shame, to our kings, to our princes, and to our fathers, because we have sinned against you. To the Lord our God belong mercy and forgiveness, for we have rebelled against him and have not obeyed the voice of the Lord our God by walking in his laws, which he set before us by his servants the prophets. (Daniel 9:7-10, ESV) ↩︎

  3. All Israel has transgressed your law and turned aside, refusing to obey your voice. And the curse and oath that are written in the Law of Moses the servant of God have been poured out upon us, because we have sinned against him. He has confirmed his words, which he spoke against us and against our rulers who ruled us, by bringing upon us a great calamity. For under the whole heaven there has not been done anything like what has been done against Jerusalem. As it is written in the Law of Moses, all this calamity has come upon us; yet we have not entreated the favor of the Lord our God, turning from our iniquities and gaining insight by your truth. Therefore the Lord has kept ready the calamity and has brought it upon us, for the Lord our God is righteous in all the works that he has done, and we have not obeyed his voice. And now, O Lord our God, who brought your people out of the land of Egypt with a mighty hand, and have made a name for yourself, as at this day, we have sinned, we have done wickedly. (Daniel 9:11-15, ESV) ↩︎

  4. Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah, not like the covenant that I made with their fathers on the day when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, my covenant that they broke, though I was their husband, declares the Lord. For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people. (Jeremiah 31:31-33, ESV) ↩︎

  5. And likewise the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood. (Luke 22:20, ESV) ↩︎

  6. O Lord, according to all your righteous acts, let your anger and your wrath turn away from your city Jerusalem, your holy hill, because for our sins, and for the iniquities of our fathers, Jerusalem and your people have become a byword among all who are around us. Now therefore, O our God, listen to the prayer of your servant and to his pleas for mercy, and for your own sake, O Lord, make your face to shine upon your sanctuary, which is desolate. O my God, incline your ear and hear. Open your eyes and see our desolations, and the city that is called by your name. For we do not present our pleas before you because of our righteousness, but because of your great mercy. O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive. O Lord, pay attention and act. Delay not, for your own sake, O my God, because your city and your people are called by your name.” (Daniel 9:16-19, ESV) ↩︎