每日诗歌: Holy, Holy, Holy (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2qCmtUhiKcA)
他对如此可憎的罪的反应仍在继续。他祷告，认罪，哭泣，俯伏在上帝面前（10:1）。他的行动吸引了很多人到他那里聚集，他们被他感动，无不痛哭（10:1）。这最终导致了许多被掳归回的犹太人的悔改，并且他们终于意识到，他们做了多么可怕的事情。 “现在当与我们的神立约，休这一切的妻，离绝她们所生的...... 按律法而行”（10:3）。圣洁和真正的悔改是有感染性的，历史已经证明，许多次基督教的复兴开始于少数几个人对神真诚的追求。
Ezra 9 [Read]
Ezra 10 [Read]
Acts 1 [Read]
Can one person’s action make a difference? The book of Ezra began with a joyful occasion, for the LORD moved the heart of King Cyrus to allow the Jewish exile to go back to their homeland. But the book ended in a somber mood, for the people again broke the covenant with God by marrying pagan women. The purity of the holy seed was in danger (Ezr 9:2), but the way Ezra handled the situation provides us with some spiritual insight.
The issue was brought to Ezra: the people of Israel had mingled with the surrounding people through inter-marriages (9:2), and such practice even included the priests and Levites. It was only about 80 years since the initial return of the exile (2:1), yet the forgetful people of God were making the same mistakes as King Solomon (1Ki 11:4). Such straying was not surprising based on their history, but the reaction of Ezra was impressive. “I tore my tunic and cloak, pulled hair from my head and beard and sat down appalled” (9:3), and he repeated this again in the next verse. He was truly trembling at what happened (9:4), and his repentance and intercession for the nation were immediate and genuine. It takes a truly pure heart to be shocked so much by a sinful act of others.
His reaction to such abhorrent sin continued. He prayed, confessed sins, wept, and threw himself down before the LORD (10:1). His action attracted many people to him, and they were also moved by him and began to weep bitterly (10:1). This eventually resulted in the repentance of many Jewish exiles, and they finally realized what a horrible thing they had done. “Now let us make a covenant before our God to send away all these women and their children… let it be done according to the Law” (10:3). Holiness and genuine repentance are contagious, and history has shown that many Christian revivals began with a few individuals’ genuine pursuit of God.
One person’s action CAN make a difference as long as it’s rooted in a desire for holiness. Ezra’s reaction may be viewed as over-reaction in today’s society, but his pure desire for holiness pleased God. And God’s will was done through his reaction and actions. It reminds me of another person’s action and submission, which enabled many to become children of God. Therefore, never underestimate what one person’s action can accomplish for God’s Kingdom.
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