When Your People Have Sinned
INTRODUCTION: Ezra gets to Jerusalem. He is ready to reestablish worship in the temple. And then came the bad news. The people have defiled themselves, including the priests and the Levites who were going to work in the temple. The leaders in Israel were chief in this thing. In other words the leaders were more involved in the sin than anybody else. In vs. 1-2 we find that most of the nation had taken wives from among the other nations in direct disobedience to the command of God. They had taken part in their abominations which means they had mingled with them in worship of idols. Here Ezra had all of these great spiritual plans for these people. It is all ruined because they are in no place to worship God, they have turned their backs on God. Their sin makes Ezra’s job impossible. Ezra has exactly the right reaction to this terrible sin around him. You know, this situation reminds me a lot of where we stand in the United States. Churches are seeing decline everywhere because the people in our nation are involved in all kinds of sin and want nothing to do with God or His churches. What should our reaction be? Ezra gives us an example.
- YOU SHOULD BE HEART BROKEN (VS. 3-4)
- YOU SHOULD CONFESS YOUR NATIONS SIN (VS. 5-7)
- YOU SHOULD ACKNOWLEDGE GOD’S BLESSINGS (VS. 8-9)
- YOU SHOULD BEG FOR MERCY (VS. 10-15)
CONCLUSION: The sin of the nation around you and even the Christians around you should break your heart. You should confess the sins of the people and your own sins before God. You should acknowledge the blessings of God that you do not deserve. And you should beg for God’s mercy upon yourself and the nation and people that you live among.