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Daniel 9: 9 “‘To the Lord our God belong mercy and forgiveness, though we have rebelled against Him. 10 “We have not obeyed the voice of the Lord our God, to walk in His laws, which He set before us by His servants the prophets. 11 Yes, all Israel has transgressed Your law, and has departed so as not to obey Your voice; therefore the curse and the oath written in the Law of Moses the servant of God have been poured out on us, because we have sinned against Him.’”

 

9:9

To the Lord our God belong mercy and forgiveness, though we have rebelled against Him.”

Daniel contrasts God’s “mercy and forgiveness” to Israel’s rebellion against Him.  He acquits God of any wrong in sending Israel into captivity.  

9:10

We have not obeyed the voice of the Lord our God, to walk in His laws, which He set before us by His servants the prophets.”

The word “laws” is literally instructions.  The next two verses focus on Israel’s neglect of God’s Word.  God blesses those who take Him at His Word. 

9:11

Yes, all Israel has transgressed Your law, and has departed so as not to obey Your voice; therefore the curse and the oath written in the Law of Moses the servant of God have been poured out on us, because we have sinned against Him.”

Israel’s discount of God’s Word brought the curse of Gentile captivity upon her (De 28:15-68).  Israel was obstinate in her rebellion in the face of God’s judgment, so God brought a “curse” on her. 

De 28:63 “And it shall be, that just as the Lord rejoiced over you to do you good and multiply you, so the Lord will rejoice over you to destroy you and bring you to nothing; and you shall be plucked from off the land which you go to possess.”

PRINCIPLE: 

We get back into God’s blessings and fellowship by confession of personal sins. 

APPLICATION: 

How do we get back into fellowship with God once we sin?  Confession.  We find the principle of confession in Romans.

Ro 6:13 “And do not present (yield) your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God.”

Ro 12:1 “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present (yield) your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.”

The word “yield” refers to allowing God to control our lives.  We will not control our lives with sin.  This has nothing to do with a “one time” yielding to God in service but to a yielding to God in principle.

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