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The Word: Episode 1482 Mark 12:1-12

“Three Days…”

November 23, 2020

“Three Days…”

Blessings folk!

Ezra made - still amazed by that word - the leading priests, Levites and all Israel take an oath.

Read what he does next…

Ezr 10:5-8

Then Ezra rose and made the leading priests, the Levites and all Israel, take oath that they would do according to this proposal; so they took the oath.

Then Ezra rose from before the house of God and went into the chamber of Jehohanan the son of Eliashib. Although he went there, he did not eat bread nor drink water,
for he was mourning over the unfaithfulness of the exiles.

They made a proclamation throughout Judah and Jerusalem to all the exiles,
that they should assemble at Jerusalem,

and that whoever would not come within three days, according to the counsel of the leaders and the elders, all his possessions should be forfeited and he himself excluded from the assembly of the exiles.

Ezra went to see Jehohanah - the high priest.
Ezra was still fasting and mourning.

They proclaimed together to all the exiles that all should assemble in Jerusalem.

They were serious.

The people were given three days to come.

The leadership had determined that if someone did not come, they would forfeit their possessions and be “excluded”/cast out from the assembly of the exiles.

This was very serious.
They were dealing with the sin.
They were correcting the evil.
They were “putting feet” to their vocal repentance.

Do we?

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The Word: Episode 1481 Mark 12:1-12

“Ezra Arose and Made…”

November 22, 2020

“Ezra Arose and Made…”

Blessings folk!

A brief observation for the day.

Ezra had been praying.
Emotionally.
Humbly.

Some of the people responded by joining with him

At the end of the time of praying, Sheceniah arose and brought a Word of exhortation to Ezra.

Watch what Ezra does…

Ezr 10:4-5
“Arise!
For this matter is your responsibility, but we will be with you;
be courageous and act.”

Then Ezra rose and made the leading priests, the Levites and all Israel,
take oath that they would do according to this proposal; so they took the oath.

Ezra arose.
Ezra acted courageously.
How?

He “made”…

  • The leading priests
  • The Levites
  • All Israel
…take an oath that they would do what Sheceniah said…turn from the wives and children.

They took the oath.

Imagine the “dynamics” of that.
“Making” them do it.

Be courageous!
Be bold!
Be brave in the Lord!

Know the truth!
Make the truth known!

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The Word: Episode 1480 Matthew 25:31-46

“There Is Hope!”

November 21, 2020

“There Is Hope!”

Blessings folk!

What were the people to do?

The Word of the Lord came…

Ezr 10:2-4
Shecaniah the son of Jehiel, one of the sons of Elam, said to Ezra,
“We have been unfaithful to our God and have married foreign women from the peoples of the land; yet now there is hope for Israel in spite of this.

“So now let us make a covenant with our God to put away all the wives and their children, according to the counsel of my lord and of those who tremble at the commandment of our God; and let it be done according to the law.

“Arise!
For this matter is your responsibility, but we will be with you;
be courageous and act.”

The Word came through Shecaniah and was directed to Ezra

Yes.
The people had been unfaithful to God.
“Yet, now there is hope for Israel in spite of this”.

Know this.
There is hope!
Regardless of the sin.
There is hope in the Lord!

The Lord through Shecaniah gives direction - make a covenant with god to put away the wives/children…according to the Law.

The Lord through Shecaniah then gives a strong exhortation to Ezra.
Arise!
This matter is your responsibility.
Be courageous!
Act!

The people would be with him.
They would respond and follow.

The Word for us?
Leaders arise.
Be courageous.
Act.

Leaders/people live in holiness before the Lord.

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The Word: Episode 1479 Matthews 25:31-40

“No One Can Stand Before You”

November 20, 2020

“No One Can Stand Before You”

Blessings folk!

Ezra finishes his prayer….

Ezr 9:15
“O LORD God of Israel,
You are righteous,
for we have been left an escaped remnant,
as it is this day;
behold, we are before You in our guilt,
for no one can stand before You because of this.”

Ezra declares the Lord is righteous.
The Lord had granted them “an escaped remnant”.
Still, they were guilty before they Lord.
They had sinned.
No one could stand before the Lord because of this sin.

What were they to do?

The next verse shows us how the people reacted…

Ezr 10:1
Now while Ezra was praying and making confession, weeping and prostrating himself before the house of God, a very large assembly, men, women and children, gathered to him from Israel;
for the people wept bitterly.

One man praying, making confession, weeping and prostrating himself before the house of God moved the people.

They gathered in a very large assembly.
They came from all over the land.
They wept bitterly.

They all knew they had sinned.
They were repenting, weeping bitterly.

But, what to do now?
Was there something to be done?

The Lord will always show us what to do…as we will see later…

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The Word: Episode 1478 Matthew 25:31-36