Monday, March 29, 2021

Ezra 10:1 Scripture Meditation by Stephen Taylor

Ezra 10:1

“While Ezra was praying and confessing, weeping and throwing himself down before the house of God, a large crowd of Israelites--men, women and children--gathered around him. They too wept bitterly.”

This is such a bold and humble example of true repentance, and I absolutely love it! When confronted with his sins and the sins of his people, Ezra goes straight to the Lord. He humbly confesses and repents in both word and deed! He doesn’t just say, “I’m sorry” and keep going about his business but throws himself down on the ground crying out to God! He didn’t care who was around or what they thought; he knew he was wrong and that God was right, and if it cost him his status, position, or power, so be it!

This one man’s act of repentance rubbed off on those around him! Conviction is contagious to those around you who are stuck in the same sin! Sometimes, it just takes that one person to lead others down the same path! Will you say, “Enough is enough. Forgive me, Lord” and throw yourself down at His feet?

This whole thing was brought about by the Israelites intermarrying with the people around them whom the Lord commanded them not to marry. So, I find it interesting that even the children were weeping, because I doubt they had married anyone at this point; they are still referred to as children. But then the Holy Spirit brought some light to it. I don’t think these children were weeping because they sinned in this way but because those closest to them had broken the Lord’s commands, and that broke their hearts! Does our heart break when we or those we love break the Lord’s commands? 

To me, this verse is a perfect example of how we come to Christ. Our sin is revealed to us along with our need for the Savior, so then we pray, humbly confessing our sins and repenting in word and deed. Then Jesus swoops in and redeems, restores, and reconciles us to the Father! Our repentance at the foot of the cross can lead those around us to the same place and the same Jesus who gave all He had for me and you!

2 Corinthians 7:10: Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.

He saved you a seat at His table. The question is: Will you attend His feast?? I love you all. God bless and Glory to God Almighty, the Lion of Judah, and my Counselor the Holy Spirit!




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