“A Peg in His Holy Place”

July 6, 2018

“A Peg in His Holy Place”

Blessings folk!

Ezra had sat appalled all day.
He now arose to his knees, stretched out his hands before the Lord with his face to the ground.
Those who trembled at the Word fo the Lord God were with him.

Ezra then began to pray…

Ezr 9:6-9

and I said, “O my God, I am ashamed and embarrassed to lift up my face to You, my God,
for our iniquities have risen above our heads and our guilt has grown even to the heavens.

“Since the days of our fathers to this day we have been in great guilt, and on account of our iniquities we, our kings and our priests have been given into the hand of the kings of the lands, to the sword, to captivity and to plunder and to open shame, as it is this day.

“But now for a brief moment grace has been shown from the LORD our God,
to leave us an escaped remnant and to give us a peg in His holy place,
that our God may enlighten our eyes and grant us a little reviving in our bondage.

“For we are slaves; yet in our bondage our God has not forsaken us,
but has extended lovingkindness to us in the sight of the kings of Persia,
to give us reviving to raise up the house of our God,
to restore its ruins and to give us a wall in Judah and Jerusalem.

Ezra was ashamed to even come before the Lord.
Because of the iniquities and guilt that he and their forefathers had before the Lord.

The Lord had punished by giving them into the hands of foreign kings.

They had experienced…

  • the sword
  • plunder
  • captivity
  • open shame
All to that very day.

Ezra readily acknowledged that God had blessed them.
The Lord gave them “a peg in His Holy place”…the picture is a nail on the wall to hang a hat.
The Lord had granted them the opportunity to return from exile in Babylon.
They were slaves, yet the Lord did not forsake them.
He extended His lovingkindness through the Kings of Persia. They released the Hebrews.

Now, a small percentage had returned.
Returned to raise up the house of God.
Returned to restore the ruins.
Returned to rebuild the wall of Jerusalem.
Returned to rebuild Judah.

And apparently, returned to/continued the old practices of sin and ignoring the commandment of the Lord.

They had yet to learn.

Thus the prayer of Ezra and the Tremblers…to be continued…