Truth Bomb

Confess—sins, struggles, shortcomings (Nehemiah 9:1-3, 26-31, 36-38) to God. Nehemiah 9:1~Now on the twenty-fourth day of this month the people of Israel were assembled with fasting and in sackcloth, and with earth on their heads. (ESV) Nothing leads us to revival like a spiritual bath. Last week the people were in celebration, the mood now dramatically changed. The people put on sackcloth to show the depth of their grief over their sins. Sackcloth was a coarse cloth woven from goat’s hair and worn during periods of mourning, grief, or repentance. First mentioned in Scripture when Jacob was told by his lying sons that Lil Joe was dead. Genesis 37:34~Then Jacob tore his garments and put sackcloth on his loins and mourned for his son many days. (ESV). As its name implies, it was often made from sacks that held grain. When used for clothing, it was generally worn over other garments. But, in more extreme cases of grief or repentance was it worn next to the skin (1 Kings 21:27; 2 Kings 6:30; Job 16:15) since it was itchy, scratchy, and uncomfortable.

This is not Breezy-For Sheezy Comfy Wear Technology. This is abrasive clothing that signals the pain and discomfort of life. Why is that important today? Because we have raised at least two generations who believe life is to hold no discomfort, no pain, no prolonged problems of issues. In response: Ol Mo spends four decades working out the lumps of some bad decisions, David spends the larger part of two decades airing or on the run before becoming king. Speaking of Messiah Isaiah 53:3~He was despised and rejected–a man of sorrows, acquainted with the deepest grief. We turned our backs on him and looked the other way…we did not care. (NIV) Even Christ Jesus told us saints in John 16:33~I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. (NIV) I find it really interesting that fasting as abstaining from eating is never mentioned in the Pentateuch. On the Day of Atonement, the Israelites were instructed to afflict your souls Leviticus 16:29. That means the mode of doing so was somewhat left

to the individual. In 21-Days of Prayer and Fasting, we share guidelines.

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