***We will be continuing on with the OT in the book of Nehemiah tomorrow***
Vs. 10, “Then Ezra the priest stood up and said to them, “You have been unfaithful; you have married foreign women, adding to Israel’s guilt.” Ezra’s sorrow would be a positive influence as the people began to understand the ramification of their sins. It is never easy to deal with sin. But a broken and contrite heart would help the process of repentance. Though not everyone would agree with Ezra, those who did would also confess publicly. It was not as easy as we think it would have been to correct this matter. But, they knew they needed to heed God’s law and they took the time to be wise in dealing with the sin.
Regarding application…Marriage. Vs. 3, “Now let us make a covenant before our God to send away all these women and their children, in accordance with the counsel of my lord and of those who fear the commands of our God. Let it be done according to the Law.” Marriage is a picture of Jesus and the church. Divorce is a serious matter and while it did happen in the Bible, we must also understand that it is not part of God’s will. This situation does not allow us to use this as a basis to think we have a way out of a bad marriage (I Cor. 7:12-16). We have the responsibliity to not enter a marriage with an unbeliver. Marriage is a wonderful gift from God and most of us are not called to be celibate. Be wise in your relationships and when you marry that special person, know that it isn’t always going to be the perfect marriage. But marriages strive to partner together to be one in spirit and mind for the glory of God. Praise God for marriage. If you are not married yet (most of you aren’t), take the time to be praying for that future spouse!