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The Word: Episode 0523 Nehemiah 9:17-21

“They Pledged…”

July 16, 2018

“They Pledged…”

Blessings folk!

The priest had finished their examination of who had taken foreign wives.

Some of their own had!

Ezra 10:18
Among the sons of the priests who had married foreign wives were found of the sons of Jeshua the son of Jozadak, and his brothers: Maaseiah, Eliezer, Jarib and Gedaliah.

What did they do?

Ezra 10:19
They pledged to put away their wives, and being guilty,
they offered a ram of the flock for their offense.

They agreed to repent and put away their wives.

Then, there is a long list from verses 20-43 that delineates the names of those who had taken foreign wives.

The chapter closes…

Ezr 10:44
All these had married foreign wives, and some of them had wives by whom they had children.

Forthright and to the point.

Again, think of all the people repenting.
There was pain and sorrow.
The wives would have been loved.
The children would have been loved.

Yet, they were to be put away.

Sin brings sorrow.
Repentance brings joy, but sorrow may accompany the transition.
Repentance is not always easy.

They counted the cost.
They chose to adhere to the Word of the Lord rather than the passions and emotions of the flesh.

So should we.


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The Word: Episode 0522 Nehemiah 9:15-17

“Investigating…”

July 15, 2018

“Investigating…”

Blessings folk!

The people had asked for their leaders to represent the assembly.
The weather was rainy and bad.
There was much sin to be considered.

Ezr 10:14
“Let our leaders represent the whole assembly and let all those in our cities who have married foreign wives come at appointed times, together with the elders and judges of each city, until the fierce anger of our God on account of this matter is turned away from us.”

Not everyone agreed…

Ezr 10:15
Only Jonathan the son of Asahel and Jahzeiah the son of Tikvah opposed this,
with Meshullam and Shabbethai the Levite supporting them.

Still, the people pressed on.

Ezr 10:16-17
But the exiles did so. And Ezra the priest selected men who were heads of fathers households for each of their father’s households, all of them by name.
So they convened on the first day of the tenth month to investigate the matter.

They finished investigating all the men who had married foreign wives
by the first day of the first month.

There was an investigation.
They were determining who had married foreign wives.

They were serious.
They were dealing with this sin.

We should do the same in dealing with sin in our lives.

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The Word: Episode 0521 Nehemiah 10:11-14

“Let Our Leaders…”

July 14, 2018

“Let Our Leaders…”

Blessings folk!

The people had agreed with the corrective word of Ezra.
They acknowledged it was their duty to confess, repent and obey the commandments of the Lord.

But…there were a couple of issues…

Ezr 10:12-14

Then all the assembly replied with a loud voice,
“That’s right! As you have said, so it is our duty to do.

“But there are many people; it is the rainy season and we are not able to stand in the open. Nor can the task be done in one or two days, for we have transgressed greatly in this matter.

“Let our leaders represent the whole assembly and let all those in our cities who have married foreign wives come at appointed times, together with the elders and judges of each city, until the fierce anger of our God on account of this matter is turned away from us.”

There were many people.
It was the rainy season.
They were unable to stand in the open.
It would take more than a day or two.
They had transgressed greatly in the matter.

So, the people offered an option.

Let their leaders represent the whole assembly.
Let those who had married foreign wives set up appointments.
Let the elders and judges in each city decide.

Let it be done until the fierce anger of God concerning the matter was turned away from them.

A reasonable suggestion and process.
The people were serious and were repentant.

May we be likewise.

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The Word: Episode 0520 Ezra 9:6-10

“That’s Right!”

July 13, 2018

“That’s Right!”

Blessings folk!

Ezra called for the people to repent…

Ezra 10:10-11

Then Ezra the priest stood up and said to them,
“You have been unfaithful and have married foreign wives adding to the guilt of Israel.

“Now therefore, make confession to the LORD God of your fathers and do His will;
and separate yourselves from the peoples of the land and from the foreign wives.”

How did the people respond?

Ezra 10:12-13

Then all the assembly replied with a loud voice,
“That’s right! As you have said, so it is our duty to do.

“But there are many people; it is the rainy season and we are not able to stand in the open. Nor can the task be done in one or two days, for we have transgressed greatly in this matter.

The people agreed.
They had been unfaithful to the Lord.
They had married foreign wives.
They had added to the guilt of Israel.

They agreed it was their duty to confess and repent.

But, there was a problem.

There were many people.
It was the rainy season, and raining at the moment, and they could not remain in the open.
They knew that it would not be a quick task.
Why?
Because they had transgressed greatly in the matter.

Oh that people today would respond in like fashion.
Rather than repentance, we seek to justify our sin.
Rather than confessing, we seek to “explain”.
Rather than submitting to the leading of the Lord, we seek to provide methods to “forgive ourselves”.

May we do as the people did.
Upon hearing the truth may we say…

  • “That’s right!”
  • “It is our duty to do so”
  • “We have transgressed greatly in this matter”

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The Word: Episode 0519 Nehemiah 9:6