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Ezra 8:21-9:15


Ezra so spoke up about His God that he was caught by his words. I don’t think that is a bad thing but a good thing. Saying that our God is all that is a very good thing, but allowing Him to be all that is another matter.

When our words force us to walk in “faith” not only do we show others the power of God but we also show ourselves that God is faithful. God told Joshua to mediate on the “Book of the Law” day and night so that he would have success (Joshua 1:8) The words we speak out loud will either cause us to commit to the words we have spoken or we become hypocrites and are seen as all talk and no action. So that we will speak the Words of God and know the Words of God, we must mediate on the Word He has given us.

To Mediate: H1897 (Strong’s Number)
הגה
hâgâh
haw-gaw'
A primitive root (compare H1901); to murmur (in pleasure or anger); by implication to ponder: - imagine, meditate, mourn, mutter, roar, X sore, speak, study, talk, utter.

In chapter nine we read about the danger of “being unequally yoked together with unbelievers,” again. Solomon had joined himself with strange foreign woman, all those “ites,” and had been led astray to worship and make idols of all the gods of the wives he married. Judah had just returned from exile after falling into sin, yet she fell into the same ‘ole traps.

Yesterday or was it the day before yesterday, Vance mentioned the humility of Paul and today we see the humility of Ezra. The Western cultural, at least in the United States, sees humility as a weakness, it is not considered an admirable trait especially in the business world. Moses was a humble man as measured by God’s standard (Num 12:3) and I’ve wrestled with that and tried to figure out what made him so. Ezra and Moses did two things the samethat may be the common denominator, the prayed for the people.

Maybe humility, biblical humility, is when you identify yourself with the sin of the people even when you personally have not done what you are praying for are repenting of. Ezra used the word “we” instead of them. Is the sign of humility the innate propensity to say us instead of them?


I Corinthians 5:1-13

I’m not sure if this is correct biblical theology but I believe when we allow “sin” to live among us, we protect the sinner from the immediate consequences of his or her behavior thus shielding them from the need to repent, a deadly and dangerous state. . However, the effects of the sin on the entire body begin destroying the group from within and not from without. That is seen in today’s reading of Ezra and in the history of Judah and Israel. Paul states,

A little yeast makes the whole batch of dough rise! (Gal 5:9 NET.)

Psalm 31:1-8

Time and time again our readings from different books written at different times, deal with the same thingsor theme, almost.

In the seventh verse, David says how he hates those who worship worthless idols. When a person makes the choice to walk righteously and not to join in the worship of those who are into idolatry, they will make enemies and those enemies will try to entrap them. The same battles David had, Ezra had and the church at Corinth.

I hate those who serve worthless idols, but I trust in the Lord. I will be happy and rejoice in your faithfulness, because you notice my pain and you are aware of how distressed I am. You do not deliver me over to the power of the enemy; you enable me to stand in a wide open place.
(Psa 31:6-8 NET.)


Proverbs 21:1-2
All of a person's ways seem right in his own opinion, but the Lord evaluates the motivations. (Pro 21:2 NET.)

These exact words are also written in the second verse of Proverbs 16. They must be very important. God is the only one who truly knows our heart and its intent. We don’t even know all the time why we do and say the things we do and say because past hurts and grudges color our thinking and make us self-deceived,

Grace and peace,
Ramona

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