The pure confession of sin

As Daniel contemplated why the Jews had been in Babylon for seventy years, and that it was time for the captivity to end, he confessed the sin of Israel,

“And now, O Lord our God, who brought Your people out of the land of Egypt with a mighty hand, and made Yourself a name, as it is this day—we have sinned, we have done wickedly!” (Daniel 9.15).

The man did not blame Israel’s behavior on genetics, parents, creation, the enemy, the government, or all the other things that we blame today, but Daniel confessed that Israel had sinned, and he took full responsibility for his sin.

Having done so, he took a burden off himself and his people, and God released them from their captivity.

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