Ezra 9: Get Rid of Sin
This might not be the happiest post that I have ever written, but Ezra 9 is not necessarily a happy chapter.
Ezr 9:1 Now when these things were done, the princes came to me, saying, The people of Israel, and the priests, and the Levites, have not separated themselves from the people of the lands, doing according to their abominations, even of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Jebusites, the Ammonites, the Moabites, the Egyptians, and the Amorites.
Ezr 9:2 For they have taken of their daughters for themselves, and for their sons: so that the holy seed have mingled themselves with the people of those lands: yea, the hand of the princes and rulers hath been chief in this trespass.
Remember, this is something that the Israelites were never supposed to be doing. Even from way back in Joshua, they were not supposed to be taking on cultural practices from the other people around them. They were not supposed to get married to them, and they were not supposed to do what they did.
Nevertheless, here we are in the later time in history, and this was happening again. The people of Israel were giving into sin once again.
Ezra got really upset about that.
Ezr 9:6 And said, O my God, I am ashamed and blush to lift up my face to thee, my God: for our iniquities are increased over our head, and our trespass is grown up unto the heavens.
He even said that he was ashamed of all of these problems. He was morally upset by the sin that he saw around him.
Sometimes I wonder if we are losing that today. Sometimes I wonder if we just kind of sweep sin under the rug. We get comfortable and we figure that is not such a big deal. So what if it was just a little sin? It doesn’t matter that much. It was just a small lie that saved me a lot of trouble. There’s no big deal with that.
Do you see what I’m getting at here? Ezra got visibly upset that the people were living in a sinful lifestyle. He couldn’t tolerate sin because God cannot tolerate sin. I think that we have lost some of that repulsion. I don’t really know why, and I don’t really know how to fix it, but I think that we need to think about problems in our lives. Sin is not acceptable to God, so it should not be acceptable to us.
Obviously, we mess up every now and then and need forgiveness. I don’t want to discount that whatsoever. Jesus died to make that possible for us, but that doesn’t mean that we can just do whatever we want.
Heb 12:1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
We need to lay aside sin rather than embrace it.