Ezra 7:10 – For Ezra had set his heart to study the law of the LORD, and to practice {it,} and to teach {His} statutes and ordinances in Israel.  (NAS)

When we become a mature nation of priests, we will follow the example of Ezra.  Ezra was a priest and a scribe; he represents God’s desire to have an undefiled temple.  Ezra became a law to the people of Israel and he ridded the land from abominations that were occurring.  This is a type of the “Day of Atonement!”

Ezra 9:2-4 – “For they have taken some of their daughters {as wives} for themselves and for their sons, so that the holy race has intermingled with the peoples of the lands; indeed, the hands of the princes and the rulers have been foremost in this unfaithfulness.” And when I heard about this matter, I tore my garment and my robe, and pulled some of the hair from my head and my beard, and sat down appalled.  Then everyone who trembled at the words of the God of Israel on account of the unfaithfulness of the exiles gathered to me, and I sat appalled until the evening offering.  (NAS)

Temple defiling must cease in our midst.  We must become a people that have an extreme hatred for sin; we must be appalled at its appearance.  We must not be intermingled with the peoples of this land; we are a people with a different citizenship.  We must not think as the world does, we must not take in the views of this world.  For instance, the world views politics a certain way and when we have saturated ourselves with their views, we resemble the world instead of the Government of God.  We join with an idea here and an idea there that represents the world system instead of God’s system.

Because we are influenced by the world’s media and entertainment, we have considered that which is important, that which God considers unimportant.  Because we fellowship with that which does not serve Jesus Christ in total abandonment, we consider certain things as unimportant that God says is the most important.  WE HAVE BECOME INTERMINGLED!  In seeing this intermingling in our own life, does it bring a trembling?  Proverbs teaches that the beginning of knowledge and wisdom – “fears God.”  Hate that which is evil those who love God.

Ps 97:10 – Let those who love the LORD hate evil, for he guards the lives of his faithful ones and delivers them from the hand of the wicked.  (NIV)

The book of Ezra ends with the people of God having put away their foreign wives and their children.  Surely, it hurt, it was pain for them, but they chose to love and stay pure before their God.  Make the tough choices in your life.  Surely, it will hurt but afterwards comes God’s good pleasure.  Today is your valley of decision; today is the day of choices – WE MUST CHOOSE LIFE TODAY!

Deut 30:19-20 – “I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live; that you may love the LORD your God, that you may obey His voice, and that you may cling to Him, for He is your life and the length of your days; and that you may dwell in the land which the LORD swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give them.” (NKJ)

John Robert Lucas

Excerpt from Temple Builders: A Higher Wisdom

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