Vs. 33, “In all that has happened to us, you have been just; you have acted faithfully, while we did wrong.” While their was a time of joy, there was also a time of repentance among the people. The Word of God convicted their hearts as they reflected upon all that God had done for them over the centuries. Ezra gives in incredible account of history of God’ people. It’s amazing that ¼ of the day (about 3 hours in Jewish time) was spent in reading the Word and another ¼ of the day in confession and worship. When they took the time to reflect upon their past, they couldn’t help but confess.
Regarding application…Abounding Love. Vs. 17b, “But you are a forgiving God, gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love. Therefore you did not desert them.” It’s amazing when we read how often they failed God, yet his abounding love would hold steadfast. But I would venture to say we have our own times of wilderness and captivity when we introspectively look at our own lives. Our friends David & Nancy just had their baby this past week and our pastor and his wife are expecting in July…I’m not yet a parent, but I would venture this is the closest example we will ever get to understanding what abundant love is. Those of you who are parents can probably agree and those of you who are not, take sometime to appreciate the love that your parents have given you. Thankfully, we even have a better example in our Lord Jesus!