Ezra 9: Repenting of Unfaithfulness

READ & LISTEN

(15 verses, 3:25 to read)

What I am about to READ

  • Ezra repents in prayer and asks the Lord for mercy because of the people’s unfaithfulness, especially in regards to marrying foreign wives.

MARK & LEARN

  • The LORD was always concerned that the sons of Israel would not take pagan wives. These marriages almost always lead directly to idolatry and a forsaking of the true God.
  • The Most famous examples of this are, first, the incident of Baal at Peor (Numbers 25) and King Solomon (1 Kings 11).
  • There are two major divisions in the prayer:
    • 6-9, Where Ezra contrasts the people’s sin with the Lord’s kindness, and expresses his shame.
    • 10-15, Where Ezra thanks the Lord for His mercy, confessing that He has been better than the people deserved.

MEDITATE

  • Ezra has a tender conscience, and it is on display. The sins of the people hurt him and bring him shame and distress. This is the mark of a Christian conscience, being troubled over our sin and the people’s sin. Ezra’s prayer reminds us to pray for a tender heart and soft conscience, that we would feel shame at the sin around us. “Grant us a tender heart, O Lord, that breaks over sin and is comforted by Your forgiveness. Amen.”

 

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Lord’s Blessings,
Pr Bryan Wolfmueller
Hope Lutheran Chruch, Aurora, CO

 

 

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