(1) When the Israelites assembled on the twenty-fourth day of this month, they fasted, wore sackcloth, and threw dirt on their heads.
(2) Those who were descendants of Israel separated themselves from all foreigners. They stood and confessed their sins as well as the wicked things their ancestors had done.
(3) They stood in their places, and for one-fourth of the day, they listened as the Book of the Teachings of the LORD their God was read, and for another fourth of the day, they confessed their sins and worshiped the LORD their God.
It was October 31st and the Israelites were assembling together to simply listen to the reading of the word of God. They prepared themselves for the reading from the word of Life by fasting and humbling themselves to truly listen to God's truth. The scripture says for 1/4 of the day the Israelites listened to the word of God. Over 6 hours worth of listening to the reading of God's teachings. In today's church, we get up set if the preacher goes past 30 minutes. For another 6 hours or more, the people of Israel took the time to confess their sins and worship the living God. The church of today does not spend much time worshipping their God nor confessing their sins. This is why sin is rapid within the Body of Christ.
Nehemiah and the Israelites during this time were a captive people. Their place of worship was in shambles and the walls of the city were mostly torn down or scattered across the land. Jerusalem was barely recognizable. They all knew that their beloved city and temple was destroyed due to the sins of their forefathers and their present sins. They were a people who had turned their back on their God. They were a people who had chosen to ignore his word of Truth.
Nehemiah and the Israelites decided that their present condition was unacceptable. They decided to make a change and to run to their God with an open heart and desperation. Can you image thousands of people yelling and screaming at the top of their lungs and confessing their sins? Then through the confession, the passion and free will of worship started to flow.
We can not fully enter the throne room of God without the confession of our sins. It is important that we ask the Savior of our lives forgiveness. It is important that we are remorseful of our trespasses against Him and we approach his throne of grace with humbleness.
Confession means that one admits to a crime he or she committed. Scripture says we have all come short of the glory of God. Confession recognizes our weaknesses and that we need the living God in our lives. It reveals the evilness within our hearts and opens up the doorway for God's grace and mercy to flow in our lives. Confession is the fire starter to a life of repentance before the Living God. It opens the door for greater experiences in Him. Think about your life right now. Is there any unconfessed sin that is holding back? Do you find yourself trying to reach the throne room of God but never seem to make it? Is Holy Spirit tugging on your heart about some sinful act? The process is easy. Simply confession with an open heart. Let confession turn into repentance and then begin to experience the blessed presence of the Living God.