I do want to carry with the theme of praying for a nation.
Yesterday we saw Daniel 9 as a pattern/prayer.
Another is found in Ezra 9.
Ezra 9:1-5 sets the context.
The people of Israel had not been faithful to the commandment of the Lord.
They had intermarried.
They had not kept themselves separate from the peoples of the land.
Watch Ezra’s response.
Watch what he then did.
Now when these things had been completed, the princes approached me, saying, “The people of Israel and the priests and the Levites have not separated themselves from the peoples of the lands, according to their abominations, those of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Jebusites, the Ammonites, the Moabites, the Egyptians and the Amorites.
“For they have taken some of their daughters as wives for themselves and for their sons, so that the holy race has intermingled with the peoples of the lands; indeed, the hands of the princes and the rulers have been foremost in this unfaithfulness.”
When I heard about this matter, I tore my garment and my robe, and pulled some of the hair from my head and my beard, and sat down appalled.
Then everyone who trembled at the words of the God of Israel on account of the unfaithfulness of the exiles gathered to me, and I sat appalled until the evening offering.
But at the evening offering I arose from my humiliation, even with my garment and my robe torn, and I fell on my knees and stretched out my hands to the LORD my God;
- Tore his garment and robe
- Pulled hair from his head and beard
- Sat appalled
The response of the people?
- The people who trembled at the Words of the God of Israel on account of the unfaithfulness of the exiles gathered to Ezra.
The people who trembled at the Word of the Lord…
Where are they today?
They are so few.
There are many who claim/profess to “believe” the Word of the Lord, but few that truly believe and tremble at His Word.
What if the Tremblers gathered together at the feet of the Lord appalled?
- The state of the “church”
- The sin in the midst of the “church”…the nation…the people
- The refusal of even true believers to walk in holiness and righteousness
- What we have become
- The fact that, as in this account, it is the “princes and rulers” who are foremost in unfaithfulness
At the evening offering Ezra arose from his humiliation.
He fell on his knees.
He stretched out his hands to the Lord.
May we do likewise.
…to be continued…