There is a big question of how we can be identified with group sin as well as take personal responsibility for our own sin. God’s promises, as well as the warnings are there for all of us. Do we just take the blessings and the promises that sound good to us or do we live in the light of the whole council of God--even with the hurts?
Why did they come to him?
2. He was the leader.
3. He was a priest.
4. He was to be followed.
º Told of the sin
Not a new thing so why this concern?
They had been His presence, they felt the drift away from Him. They were face to face with Him. This was the first time for many of them and the very first time in the Temple there in Jerusalem.
b. - they looked to other places to satisfy they longings.
••Disbelief of God's all-sufficiency, is at the foundation of the sorrowful moves we take to help ourselves regardless of what the Lord says. They had satisfied themselves with what THEY could find and did not depend on the sufficiency of the Lord. Where are you not depending on Him? We just finished the end of Feb. Sure, it was a short month, so maybe the money was not as tight as it might be THIS month. Do we trust Him for that? Trust Him for other things we need, we want? Does He know our needs? Yes, and He is able to supply ALL our needs in Christ Jesus.
c. - sufficiency should be all in Him, but they found it was not so.
Need to return to the things that remain the TRUTH. Tied to the vine. Walk by Faith. Live by Faith. Move in HIM alone! We need to get back to the Heart of Worship! It is ALL about Jesus!
ºBIG Problem~leaders were leading the people the wrong way!
And the leaders and officials have led the way in this unfaithfulness
Is it the same in the world? In the Church? In the family?
What happens when Dad goes south with his emotions/affections? What happens to the family when HE falls?
ºWhat can the family do to protect themselves?
•Those men who fall exposed themselves and their children to the peril of idolatry & that had ruined their community and nation. It happened with Israel and it happens to countries and it happens to Churches! Beware!
~Prayer--when all else is tried, why not try prayer?
Ezra DID! He becomes the example for us.
Why wait so long?
Note how He did this.
• Isa 43:1 But now, this is what the LORD says—
He who created you, O Jacob,
He who formed you, O Israel:
“Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
I have summoned you by name; you are Mine”
• Isa 44:26 who carries out the words of His servants
and fulfills the predictions of His messengers,
• Isa 48:20 Leave Babylon,
flee from the Babylonians!
• Isa 52:9 Burst into songs of joy together,
you ruins of Jerusalem,
Divine weapon 2 Cor 10:4-6
In the Spirit Eph 6:18
Is living & active Heb 4:12
Overcame Rev 12:11
Put on the armor Rom 13:12
Looking back to Ezra 9:8~9 we can see how it is to be done. These are descriptive passages to give us a picture of how God’s man did it back then. Situations are different today-in that we are not rebuilding a Temple or a city BUT we are in the process of Him rebuilding our hearts and lives for His Glory. He has indeed shown us kindness. He has indeed granted us new life. Our lives are rebuilt and our hearts are repaired. We had been in ruin because of our sins but He has come to cleanse us. He has given us a wall of protection by His Holy Spirit to guide us and seal us until the Day of His Return.
First John 1: 9 Tools for the Faithful.
Following God’s way of covering the family and self with these tools of the faithful, and by confessing our sins and shortcomings to the Lord on a regular basis would be a Biblical way of dealing with the ‘stuff’ in our lives. Your response is your responsibility.