Theme sentence: God’s people respond with radical repentance for the sake of God’s glory in the world.
Aim sentence: As we move forward as God’s people the greatest challenge we will face is the challenge to be faithful to God. We need to be constantly repenting and looking to Jesus for forgiveness for the sake of God’s glory.
Unfaithfulness exposed (9:1 – 15)
Ezra is appalled at the unfaithfulness of God’s people. He confesses his sins and the sins of the people – and he celebrates God’s gracious faithfulness.
The problem is not so much that they have married foreigners – the problem is that these foreigners are leading them away from God.
Unfaithfulness addressed (10:1 – 17)
The people themselves admit their own unfaithfulness and decide on a plan of action. If there is to be any hope for Israel they must send their foreign wives and children away.
Their commitment to God and to the holiness of His people drives them to this point. This should be a great challenge to all of us. Are we committed to being a holy people set apart for God’s glory in the world?
Unfaithfulness dealt with (10:18 – 44)
After this matter was investigated the people responded by sending their foreign wives away.
They realised that the greatest threat facing them was not from the dangers around them but rather from within their own sinful idolatrous hearts. So they dealt radically with this danger within.
As we take God’s Word seriously it will expose our own sinful unfaithful hearts.
As we move forward as God’s people the greatest challenge we will face is the challenge to be faithful to God.
But thanks be to God for Jesus, whose blood has purified us from all unrighteousness. If we confess our sins he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.