Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Tuesday, November 10th: Ezra 9-10, 2 Timothy 4 ~ Nathan
In Ezra 9 the writer (Ezra) is devastated that the people of Israel keep on disobeying God by not separating themselves from other nations who do not worship and honour God. Ezra is devastated because the Israelites were severely punished and lost everything for years and years of sinning against God. They were taken out of the promised land and made slaves. Finally God gave them another chance and they were blowing this one too!
To make matters worse, it was the leaders of the people of Israel who were leading in this sin. In Ezra's devastated state he says in 9:10
“But now, our God, what can we say after this? For we have forsaken the commands"
It was embarrassing for Ezra and I'm sure he felt exhausted and considered giving up. But the Israelites who were guilty of this sin responded by weeping bitterly and truly wanted forgiveness.
How many times is God frustrated with us at our repeated sins? We need to also be truly ashamed for our sins and be more desperate for forgiveness, which only God can give through the death and resurrection of Jesus. I don't think I take my sin seriously enough at times, I pray that I realize that it is serious and needs to be cleaned up.