Ezra 9-10  Godly Reaction to Sin and Genuine Repentance.


Tonight we come to the Close of the book of Ezra

A)Quick review – Two returns – 1st Zerubb – Rebuild the temple – took 21 yrs – 15 yr gap


B)At the completion – there is a mini revival that breaks out – Worship again

1)Yrs go by and the pp begin to get comfortable in the land – both Physically and Spiritually


C)We noted there is a 57 year gap between ch. 6-7

1)57 yrs go by – Ezra is in Babylon and hears that things are not right back in Jerusalem


D)PP are growing complacent spiritually – neglecting the Privilege of temple worship

1)Leads a new contingency back to revive the pp


When Ezra arrives in Jerusalem he discovers a major problem.   RD V.1-2

A)This is such a sad commentary – here is Ezra – this man rich in the word – Synagogues


B)He is from the priestly line – He has the this passage to get back to Jerusalem

1)Kings backing – Provision – traveled 900 miles over 3 months – 5000 pp


C)When he arrives he finds that the pp in Israel are already losing their separation.

D)Taken Wives: implication is they took pagan wives and were incorporating pagan ways and worship

1)V.1 with respect to the abominations – Rahab/Ruth


E)They are heading back in the direction of the very thing that was the REASON for their captivity.


And it is not just the pp it is some of the leaders and some of the priest.

A)Not just an issue of compromise:


B)V.2 Phrase Holy seed – implication here is because of this mixture – they were in danger of losing the Messianic line!

                                                    RD v.3


Wow! – Quite a response.

A)Ezra sees this and is grieved. He is shocked


B)Does sin shock you anymore? – Never surprised but I still am Shocked


C)I fear that in our decadent society that many in the Church have grown so used to sin – that it doesn’t shock them anymore 


D)What at one time shocked them becomes commonplace and routine.

1)We minimize it, justify it, or ignore it and go on our way unaffected by it.

                                                            E)Ezra mourns - RD V.5-6

Takes ownership

A)Like Nehemiah / Daniel – Ezra includes himself

Taking ownership not making excuses


B)Ezra’s identification with the people, in spite of his own innocence in this sin, shows that he knew the potential for evil that lurked in his own Heart


C)That is such a good thing to remember – Accept for the grace of God there go I.


D)In His response Ezra doesn’t come across self righteous.

1)Which I believe is a reason the pp respond to Him



V.7 He lays out the results of not having Separation.

“Since the days of our fathers to this day we have been very guilty, and for our iniquities we, our kings, and our priests have been delivered into the hand of the kings of the lands, to the sword, to captivity, to plunder, and to humiliation, as it is this day.”


Delivered into the hands of Kings! – Ruled over by sin


Delivered to the sword – sin cuts, wounds, hurts


Delivered into captivity - results in bondage.


Plunders – You can lose everything that you hold dear to you because of sin.


Brings Humiliation: Leave you scorned, saddened and degraded.


 Satan seeks to kill rob and Destroy 

Mathematics of sin is always the same:

Add to your sorrow / Subtract your Joy

Multiply your problems / Divide your heart


8 And now for a little while grace has been shown from the LORD our God, to leave us a remnant to escape, and to give us a peg in His holy place, that our God may enlighten our eyes and give us a measure of revival in our bondage.

A)A peg in His holy place.


B)Even to this day when the Bedoiums are setting up camp – drive this large wooden tent pegs into the dirt

1)Symbolic of the fact – that they are claiming that land as their place of residence


C)This statement was an indication of the fact that God had given this remnant a holy habitation


D)Same is true for us – God has given us a holy place as a residence – Fellowship

1)We can squander that


He gave us a measure of revival in our bondage

A)Even though they were in bondage in Babylon God was gracious – began to revive them


B)Revival often starts in our times of difficulty

1)We cry out to God – something starts in the heart


Ezra reminds them of God’s mercy V.9

For we were slaves. Yet our God did not forsake us in our bondage; but He extended mercy to us in the sight of the kings of Persia, to revive us, to repair the house of our God, to rebuild its ruins, and to give us a wall in Judah and Jerusalem.


Treated well in Persia – mercy in bondage

Revival in their hearts to come back – rebuild

Stirring in their hearts to return


God had done so much –                  But Rd v.10-12


The Problem with what was happening was it was in direct defiance to what God had said in his word about intermarrying Exodus 34:11-16 / And Deuteronomy 7:1-4  Marrying the women of the land


B)God summarizes the reason for the prohibition in this way: “For they will turn their sons away from following me to serve other gods.”


C)Rather than influencing their mates God knew the tendency of our fallen hearts – would be to gravitate in the other direction toward sin 


This is called Syncretism – the attempted reconciliation or union of different or opposing principles, practices,

And it has always been a major problem for God’s people.

Syncretism is not blatantly denying Christianity, it is rather adding to our faith beliefs and practices of the world, so that in a short time we are virtually indistinguishable from the world in our thinking and in the way that we live.


A)Syncretism starts with little compromises and then rationalizing behavior that goes against God’s word


B)Often when dealing with sin and compromise – pp will respond with thoughts like

1)How can it be wrong when it feels so right? –


C)Yet are feelings and emotions are not the basis for determining right and wrong

1)The word is our basis


D) PP Divorce w/ no biblical basis – saying I prayed and have a peace

1)When in reality the “peace” they feel is really the relief of escaping from a difficult relationship and not the peace of God.


Notice that Phrase V.12 never seek their peace and their prosperity

A)This is the problem that we so often face we think the world has something to offer us.


B)The world  portrays a pseudo peace – beer commercials everyone having a great time –

1)Doesn’t show the next day

C) It Presents a pseudo wealth – if you were just driving this with her by your side 


D)Our problem is we believe the lie – we start pursuing their definition of peace / their def or Prosperity


E)When that doesn’t satisfy – Satan Props up another

1) Dog at the Beach – Chasing birds – suddenly Crash - under water –


We pursue those things thinking they are going to bring peace and prosperity – make us stronger

A)Instead they make us weaker


B)The Lord says don’t seek their peace / their prosperity that you may be strong

1)Eat the good of the land

2) Leave an inheritance


C)Here is the truth of the matter: Separation results in Strength

1)Syncretism results in weakness

Listen we have a peace and a prosperity in Jesus that the world cannot touch –
MC Hammer can’t touch this

A)It doesn’t compare


B)Peace that surpassing understanding –


C)Wealth that sees value in the right things

1)Family / friends / eternity / righteousness


D)Being right with God


E)Riches are not of this world!


That is what we pass on to our kids – The value of living with eternity in view!

A)Store up treasure in heaven


B)Our kids need to see us living passionately for Christ


C)Christianity is more caught than taught

1)Teaching is important but they are going to watches more than anything


D)Gayle Irwin – tried to teach my boys table manners but they eat just like me


When are kids see us pursuing the Lord passionately seeking to be rich in God – not the world  - His peace not the world’s peace – More likely to catch that


If stray – come back ! That is the legacy that we want to leave!

                         RD V.13-15




So Ezra sets forth a very honest confession of their sin?

A)Even admitting – we are on thin ice –


B)We deserve all of your fierce anger for doing this YET AGAIN!


That type of Honesty and realness sets the stage for what happens next     Ch.10:1


Now while Ezra was praying, and while he was confessing, weeping, and bowing down before the house of God, a very large assembly of men, women, and children gathered to him from Israel; for the people wept very bitterly.


People are attracted to honesty and humility.

A)Had Ezra been standing on the street corner – yelling and pointing his finger – pp would have been running from him – not to him


B)Lesson in Humility: Ezra was saying we have sinned – we need forgiveness

1)Lord we need to repent


C) He was broken over the sins of the pp.


When we mourn – when we are broken – over sin

A)Instead of assuming that posture of “can you believe what they did!”


B)Accept for the grace of God there go I

1)Such compassion for our young pp right now – see so many struggling


C)Drifting being enticed – I remember what that was like –

1)You can have Love and compassion without tolerance


D)Understanding of hey I know it is hard – the temptations are great – let me help you

1)Let me stand with you.


E)So the Pp respond to Ezra’s heart here!


RD v.2-4


In v.2-4 we see some marks of genuine repentance:

1.)It recognizes sin as first and foremost against God.


Shecaniah admits, “We have been unfaithful to our God” (10:2). It was with God that they made this covenant because they trembled at His commandment (10:3).


While sin always hurts other people and we need to ask their forgiveness

A)Sin is first and foremost against God Himself.


B)That is why David, after committing adultery with Bathsheba and having her husband murdered, said, “I have sinned against the Lord” (2 Sam. 12:13).

He wrote (Ps. 51:4), “Against You, You only, I have sinned and done what is evil in Your sight.”

Certainly David had sinned against Bathsheba and even more so against her husband, Uriah.

A)But those sins were nothing in comparison with David’s offense against the holy God.


B)When a believer sins – gives an occasion for the enemies of God to Blaspheme

1)Unbelievers mock God – especially when the sin is public


2) Genuine repentance accepts the responsibility for what we have done.

A)No excuse making going on here! – no rationalizing their sin


3) Genuine repentance feels deeply the wrong of our sins.

A)Paul declared 2 Corinthians 7:10 that true godly sorrow produces repentance.


B)Both Ezra and those who gathered around him were weeping over this.




4)Genuine repentance takes prompt action to correct our


A)True repentance requires not only admitting our wrong to God and others, but also taking practical steps of obedience to correct our wrongs.



V.4 Your responsibility!

Ok Ezra we will put away our pagan wives and kids – you just tell us how


RD V 5-11



V.11 3 Steps in coming back to the Lord.

#1 Make confession – Homolego – Say the same as

Be honest – He is faithful to forgive


#2 Do His will – KJV His pleasure

A)You and I were created for His Pleasure / His will


B)You who are married thought getting married for your pleasure – really God’s pleasure


C)You mean that life isn’t all about my personal happiness?

1)The Glory of God – the Pleasure of God.


What is his pleasure? If we understand this – this idea is not offensive to us

A)His pleasure: What is that about – think before the fall.  What was the relationship


B)Man was made – placed in a beautiful garden for what – fellowship with God

1)That is what brought God pleasure – man walking with him in the cool of the day


The whole sacrificial system was created to restore fellowship – The Cross is about restoring fellowship

A)Don’t miss this – we often think that the main reason was – to save you from going to hell.


B)But it is way more than – that { Purpose is fellowship – relationship

1)Eternal life walking with Him – NOW


C) God is not waiting until you die – Now we can have fellowship – no purpose was restore that

1)God takes pleasure in being with you. He enjoys your company –


What else was the purpose of the garden – God wanted man to enjoy it. Eat play enjoy

A)God takes pleasure when we enjoy and appreciate his creation – He takes pleasure in that


B)See you excited over a sunny day/ a beautiful sunset – He takes pleasure in that

1)Smile to His face


What else brings Him pleasure?

A)Seeing you fulfill your purpose


B)His workmanship – created uniquely – purpose

1)Seasons – Eric Liddel – feel his pleasure when I run


C) I feel his pleasure when I preach –

D)I understand this as a dad! –

1)Nothing better seeing my kids use their gifts


E)Aaron Started own business –

1)Graphic design – stoked – excited


F)Helping with Jr. High – stoked – excited

1)Amy / Amanda playing ball


God is the same way:

A)He watches some of you as mom and Dad with your kids and it brings him pleasure.


B)Because you are seeking to honor him in your home


C)He watches some of your shine at work

1)Help pp compassionate – He is blessed


D)He watches some of you serve here in the ministry

1)It brings him pleasure


#1 Confess

#2 Do his will – His pleasure

#3 Separate yourselves


When #2 is my goal – His pleasure / His glory

A)It is then easy and makes all the sense in the world to separate myself from things that will be counter productive to that.

                                 RD V.12-44

Now when you look at this list of names it is only 111 men – many leaders but only 111 men

A)That is only .4% of the entire population of men who returned in the first wave –


B)Is Ezra making a MT out of a Molehill


C)Paul said to the Corinthians Church who were tolerating sin

1)A little leaven leavens the whole lump


D)So true in the Church – A little bit of sin spreads



Now let me just say this that – this OT story doesn’t give us now in the NT the basis to run home and divorce an unbelieving wife or husband


1 Corinthians 7 Unbeliever is content to remain – let them remain –


1 Peter 3 – The saved wife is to affect her husband who isn’t obeying or living in the truth.


App for us!

Deal with sin even when it is hard and uncomfortable


Ezra one man who comes in humility and brokenness restores a nation – lets learn from that example