Dear Woke Christian,

Ezra and Nehemiah are wonderful stories of God’s faithfulness to any unworthy people. Read them both. Today day we’re just discussing chapter 9.

Nehemiah 9:1-3 This is a wonderful passage to look at the context. Nehemiah has just completed the wall project in record time. Ezra in chapter 8 has just read the book of the Law to the people and now in chapter 9, the people are responding. 

This is one thing that is very similar to the Daniel 9 story. Why is it that people who push the corporate repentance narrative seem to miss that these people were the ones doing the sins they are repenting of? These very Israelites were the ones who had broken a covenant with God. We know because they were in exile. This also happens in Daniel. Though we have no evidence that Daniel was a scoundrel he was well aware of his personal imperfections and repented along with calling out his fellow captives’ sins. 

That’s another point. The judgment of God was currently being played out in real-time. This wasn’t something that had happened in the past, but rather it was current and real.

Rather than using this as a prooftext for corporate repentance, individual repentance could happen with this passage Psalm 130:3-4

We might even go so far as to say that the rebellion of the fathers, sent the fathers to exile, but then God’s punishment being served, allowed for the sons to return to God’s promise. The God of second chances. 

What do you think, brother and sister? Do you see other places where corporate repentance happened for sins done in the very distant past?