“Shall We Break Your Commandments?”

November 19, 2020

“Shall We Break Your Commandments?”

Blessings folk!

Ezra comes to the point in his prayer.

He tells what the Lord had commanded them to do.
He states that they had not been obedient…even to that day.

Ezr 9:10-14

“Now, our God, what shall we say after this? For we have forsaken Your commandments,

which You have commanded by Your servants the prophets, saying, ‘The land which you are entering to possess is an unclean land with the uncleanness of the peoples of the lands, with their abominations which have filled it from end to end and with their impurity.

‘So now do not give your daughters to their sons nor take their daughters to your sons, and never seek their peace or their prosperity, that you may be strong and eat the good things of the land and leave it as an inheritance to your sons forever.’

“After all that has come upon us for our evil deeds and our great guilt, since You our God have requited us less than our iniquities deserve, and have given us an escaped remnant as this,

shall we again break Your commandments and intermarry with the peoples who commit these abominations? Would You not be angry with us to the point of destruction,
until there is no remnant nor any who escape?

They had forsaken the Lord’s commandments.
They had taken sons/daughters from the peoples of the land.
They had walked in impurity and iniquity.

The Lord had been gracious to them.
He had not given them what they deserved.
He had given them a remnant upon the land.

So, Ezra asks, “Shall we again break Your commandments and intermarry…”

Ezra knows that if they do so, then the Lord will be angry…perhaps to the point of destroying them.

So, what is the principle for us?
The same.
Adhere to the Word of the Lord.
Do not live in sin.

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