William Kelly Major Works Commentary - Nehemiah 9:1 - 9:38

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William Kelly Major Works Commentary - Nehemiah 9:1 - 9:38

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Nehemiah Chapter 9

In the 9th chapter there is another thing that followed. It is when the heart enters thus spiritually into the word - when there is subjection of heart to it, and when the bright hope of the people of God fills the heart with joy - it is then that we can have a deeper sorrow. It is the greatest mistake to suppose that one truth is antagonistic to another. "In the twenty and fourth day of this month the children of Israel were assembled with fasting." The more you fill the hearts of the saints of God with God's future for His people, the more they feel their present shortcomings. This was right. This is the true and divine way of delivering us either from self-deceit, on the one hand, or from the power of the world, on the other. They are found confessing their sins, and mark how they did it. "And the seed of Israel separated themselves from all strangers, and stood and confessed their sins, and the iniquities of their fathers." And so they gathered together, and poured out the heart before the Lord. They owned their real state, but, at the same time, the heart turned to God with full confidence.