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Summary: I. EXORDIUM: Are you an evil leader? II. AUDIENCE PROFILE: Believers III. OBJECTIVES: To show that leaders have the responsibility to strengthen themselves in the LORD so they won't fall and bring lots of damage to their members. IV. TE

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I. EXORDIUM:

Are you an evil leader?

II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:

Believers

III. OBJECTIVES:

To show that leaders have the responsibility to strengthen themselves in the LORD so they won't fall and bring lots of damage to their members.

IV. TEXT:

Ezra 9:2 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

For the men of Israel have married women from these people and have taken them as wives for their sons. So the holy race has become polluted by these mixed marriages. Worse yet, the leaders and officials have led the way in this outrage.”

V. THESIS:

Leaders have the responsibility to strengthen themselves in the LORD so they won't fall and bring lots of damage to their members.

VI. TITLE:

Leader's evil associations

VII. EXPLICATION:

A. Author: unknown. Ezra might have been the compiler

B. Date written: 450 B.C.

C. Purpose: To document GOD's faithfulness, keeping His promises, sovereignly protecting His People and returned them to their own land.

D. To whom written: Jerusalem's restored remnant and future generations.

E. Main theme: Return of the Jews from Babylonian captivity

F. Keywords: Word of GOD, Power of the Word of GOD in human life, Word of the LORD

G. Key verses:

Ezra 1:3 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

Any of you who are his people may go to Jerusalem in Judah to rebuild this Temple of the Lord, the God of Israel, who lives in Jerusalem. And may your God be with you!

Ezra 7:10 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

This was because Ezra had determined to study and obey the Law of the Lord and to teach those decrees and regulations to the people of Israel.

VIII. MAIN BODY:

A. Evil associations

"For the men of Israel have married women from these people and have taken them as wives for their sons. So the holy race has become polluted by these mixed marriages."

Numbers 33:55 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

But if you fail to drive out the people who live in the land, those who remain will be like splinters in your eyes and thorns in your sides. They will harass you in the land where you live.

1 Kings 11:2 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

The Lord had clearly instructed the people of Israel, ‘You must not marry them, because they will turn your hearts to their gods.’ Yet Solomon insisted on loving them anyway.

2 Chronicles 19:2 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

Jehu son of Hanani the seer went out to meet him. “Why should you help the wicked and love those who hate the Lord?” he asked the king. “Because of what you have done, the Lord is very angry with you.

Proverbs 28:7 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

Young people who obey the law are wise; those with wild friends bring shame to their parents.

1 Corinthians 15:33 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

Don’t be fooled by those who say such things, for “bad company corrupts good character.”

Evil associations is done by marriages.

Joshua 23:12-13 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

“But if you turn away from him and cling to the customs of the survivors of these nations remaining among you, and if you intermarry with them,


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