Devotional - 99-12-05 - Passages about Repentance
The Advent Passages Series, Part 2
John the Baptist is often mentioned in Advent sermons, devotionals and readings. His mission was to encourage people to prepare their hearts for Jesus' coming. A crucial step on that pathway was, and still is for us today, repentance. This is not metamelomai, which is "a change of mind...but not necessarily a change of heart."1 This was the repentance expressed by Judas. Rather, our repentance should be metanoia, "...a change of mind and purpose and life." 1 Today we will see passages about repentance.
Calls to Repentance
Mat 3:1 (NRSV) In those days John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness of Judea, proclaiming, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near."
Psa 41:4 (NRSV) As for me, I said, "O LORD, be gracious to me; heal me, for I have sinned against you."
Neh 1:6-9 (NRSV) Let your ear be attentive and your eyes open to hear the prayer of your servant that I now pray before you day and night for your servants, the people of Israel, confessing the sins of the people of Israel, which we have sinned against you. Both I and my family have sinned. We have offended you deeply, failing to keep the commandments, the statutes, and the ordinances that you commanded your servant Moses. Remember the word that you commanded your servant Moses, 'If you are unfaithful, I will scatter you among the peoples; but if you return to me and keep my commandments and do them, though your outcasts are under the farthest skies, I will gather them from there and bring them to the place at which I have chosen to establish my name.'
God's Promised Blessings in Response to Our Repentance
2 Chr 7:14 (NRSV) If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, pray, seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
1 Definitions from Easton Bible Dictionary (Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc.) © 1996