-This chapter demonstrates the importance of separating the clean from the unclean in the sight of God. Ezra is appalled by what he saw in the Promised Land when he heard about the intermarriages between the Jewish covenant people and idolatrous people of the land including the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Jebusites, the Ammonites, the Moabites, the Egyptians, and the Amorites (Ezra 9:2). Ezra’s rage is apparent and palpable as he tears his garment and robe, and pulled some of the hair from his head and beard and just sat there until evening (Ezra 9:3-4). He gathered the God fearing people and gave a strong discourse on how upset God has been and will be with their disobedience and rebellion against Him (Ezra 9:5-15). -*Application* Ezra realized the importance of sanctification for the eternal blessings of God. How much do we intermingle with the world and the uncleanness it offers? Determine to live a separated and sanctified life before the LORD and remove the guilt by faith in His Son, Jesus!
Verse to Memorize: Ezra 9:9