Ezra and the people were weeping before the Lord.
Shecaniah brought forth a word.
He told them what to do.
He told Ezra to arise, to lead the people, to be courageous, to act.
Then Ezra rose and made the leading priests, the Levites and all Israel, take oath that they would do according to this proposal; so they took the oath.
Then Ezra rose from before the house of God and went into the chamber of Jehohanan the son of Eliashib. Although he went there, he did not eat bread nor drink water,
for he was mourning over the unfaithfulness of the exiles.
They made a proclamation throughout Judah and Jerusalem to all the exiles,
that they should assemble at Jerusalem,
and that whoever would not come within three days, according to the counsel of the leaders and the elders, all his possessions should be forfeited and he himself excluded from the assembly of the exiles.
Note what he did.
He made the leading priests, the Levites and all Israel take an oath.
The oath was related to the covenant proposal of Shecaniah.
They all agreed.
They took the oath.
The “made” connotes in my mind that there was debate, argument, resistance, etc.
Ezra and the truth prevailed.
Such is needed today, even within the true Body of Christ.
People need to hear the Truth - sadly, a rarity today.
People need to be led to Truth.
We can not “make someone believe”, but we can be conduits of the power and presence of the Most High and vessels of His Truth.
Ezra continued his fasting and mourning.
He knew that the matter was not over.
A proclamation was sent through Judah and Jerusalem to the exiles…those who had return from Babylon.
They were told to assemble at Jerusalem in three days times.
The proclamation was serious.
If one did not come, they would forfeit all possessions and be excluded from the assembly of exiles.
When will be as serious about the matters of truth before us?