“Then on the twenty-fourth day of this month, the People of Israel gathered for a fast, wearing burlap and faces smudged with dirt as signs of repentance. The Israelites broke off all relations with foreigners, stood up, and confessed their sins and the iniquities of their parents. While they stood there in their places, they read from the Book of The Revelation of God, their God, for a quarter of the day. For another quarter of the day they confessed and worshiped their God.” Nehemiah 9:1–3 (MSG)
http://ref.ly/Ne9.1-3 via the Logos Bible Android app.
The Jews recognized themselves as God’s own people. This was more than a boisterous claim, it was something embedded in their culture. In this passage from Nehemiah we see that there was an expression common to them that signified repentance (v.1).
Does it bother anyone else that among our Western Christianity there isn’t a recognized or common expression of repentance shared among us, His people?