One Accord *Neh. 8:7-12

God’s people gathered together to hear the Word of God. Men and women were in one accord listening intently with a prostrate heart before YHWH. They were so excited to hear the Book of the Torah. They stood in reverence for 5-7 hours just to hear God’s Word. As the people listened intently their hearts were convicted of the sins they had committed before the Lord their God. They were so grieved in spirit and heart that they wept and mourned as they listened. Grievous were their sins.
With repentance comes forgiveness, a cleansing, healing, joy and peace. The people were grieve over their own sins and the sins committed by their community that they were told several times, “This day is holy to the LORD your God; do not mourn nor weep.” For all the people wept, when they heard the words of the Law.” Then the people were told, “Be still, for this is a holy day. Do not grieve.”
When repenting from sin before God – forgiveness, cleansing, healing, and joy take place. It is now time to celebrate the goodness of God. “Then all the people went away to eat and drink, to send portions of food and to celebrate with great joy, because they now understood the words that had been made known to them.”
Note: The people had great joy because they had heard the Torah and understood what the Holy Scriptures meant. Thus, they could live by God’s Word.
God is the same always, so these truths hold true for us. If we go to God and seek Him, listen to His Word, He will reveal our sin, so we can repent – He can forgive and cleanse us. Then God wants us to think about His goodness and celebrate our liberation with joy and peace. Only YHWH could/can do this- for it is He who gives His people joy and peace internally. I’m not talking about external joy. Only He, who is, can do this. Mighty and glorious is He. Praise the Name YHWH!

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