December 13, Reading 1 – Ezra 9

Reading

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SAA Notes

The danger of idolatry was very strong. An unequal yoke makes life very difficult and laborious for a believer. It is the parents who are arranging such marriages for reasons of wealth and commerce. This was an age where young people minded what their parents thought and wanted.

SJA Notes

“… I am ashamed and blush to lift my face to you, my God, for our iniquities have risen higher than our heads, and our guilt has mounted up to the heavens.”

Here is a clear example of penitent prayer, Ezra patterning for us.

David prayers such as this in Psalm 51, and in Psalm 85 we read the crying out and calling on the Lord’s faithfulness.

We read Paul’s words about this sort of situation that Ezra found himself managing,

“Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness?”

Sometimes we need a shock like this, and a response such as Ezra’s,

“As soon as I heard this, I tore my garment and my cloak and pulled hair from my head and beard and sat appalled.”

This is a hard word. But important.

What partnership has righteousness with lawlessness!

May the Lord tune our minds and hearts to His wisdom as we read and dwell on this passage.

* Dear Lord,

Please tune our hearts and minds to Your wisdom as we read this passage today.

Please remind us of what we read, help us to dwell on it – Please teach us today what You want for us Lord God.

Amen.

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