Saturday, March 3, 2018

Ezra 9:8-9a NIV 2011

“But now, for a brief moment, the Lord our God has been gracious in leaving us a remnant and giving us a firm place in his sanctuary; and so our God gives light to our eyes and a little relief in our bondage. Though we are slaves, our God has not forsaken us in our bondage.”

 

Ezra carried the guilt of God’s people and himself to the Lord. Though ashamed and humiliated, he knew that God’s love was greater than all their sins. Once again a remnant is saved just as he saved Joseph. Genesis 45:7, “But God sent me ahead of you to preserve for you a remnant on earth…” As the Lord was gracious to David, He was gracious to those in captivity. God remained faithful. Psalm 106:46, “He caused all who held them captive to show them mercy.” The Lord restores and forgives those who approach Him with humble, contrite hearts.

 

I’m not responsible for the sins of anyone but myself. When I began to study God’s Word in depth, I couldn’t understand why those pesky Israelites didn’t get it. I was on a learning curve. I discovered I was like them. Just when I thought I was doing great, He would remind me of my unconfessed sin. God knows all my sins. Thankfully, daily He restores and forgives me as I approach Him with a humble, contrite heart.

 

Why does God lovingly restore and forgive our sins?

 

The Lord’s saved sinners,

S

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