Unfailing Love Series
Contributed by Jeffery Anselmi on Nov 19, 2021 (message contributor)
Summary: God's unfailing love comes to us when we fail and repent.
• The Temple was completed on March 15, 515 BC.
• The trek that took around 70 plus years was over.
• Thanks to God's plan with the Persian Empire Temple was completed.
• Now what? Is it over?
• Not be a long shot.
• In 458 BC, Ezra, along with some others still in Babylon, arrived in Jerusalem.
• After Ezra arrives in Jerusalem, the leaders come to him with a problem.
• This issue was a significant issue for the Hebrew people throughout the Old Testament and was one of the reasons for the exile in the first place.
• In their comfort and compromise, the Hebrew people forsook what God had commanded.
• One would think God would be furious and ready to see the Nation carted off into exile once again.
• I think we can relate to God on this one.
• Have you ever had someone sin against you? Of course, you have!
• How did you react?
• When they came to you sorry for what they did, and I am not talking about a "sorry I got caught," but they are really sorry and want to make it right, how did you respond?
• Let's flip it around for a moment.
• Have you ever hurt someone in your life?
• What did you want after you realized your wronged them?
• Did you want to be cast aside like yesterday's garbage?
• Did you want to be reminded every day of your life about your mistake?
• Did you want the person you hurt to write you off and be angry at you for the rest of your life, to the point that nothing you know to do is right?
• How do you think God reacts when we come to Him when we have sinned against Him; which, by the way, all sins are sins against God.
• Today we will conclude our series from the book of Ezra with a lesson that is vital for us to comprehend.
• Failure to grasp the concepts we will examine from the text today will cause us to lose heart when we stumble in our walk with God.
› The BIG IDEA to the message today is this: God's unfailing love comes to us when we fail and repent.
• Let's begin our examination together today by turning to Ezra 9:1-3
Ezra 9:1–5 (CSB)
1 After these things had been done, the leaders approached me and said, "The people of Israel, the priests, and the Levites have not separated themselves from the surrounding peoples whose detestable practices are like those of the Canaanites, Hethites (HETH ITES), Perizzites (PER I ZITES), Jebusites, Ammonites, Moabites, Egyptians, and Amorites.
2 Indeed, the Israelite men have taken some of their daughters as wives for themselves and their sons, so that the holy seed has become mixed with the surrounding peoples. The leaders and officials have taken the lead in this unfaithfulness!"
3 When I heard this report, I tore my tunic and robe, pulled out some of the hair from my head and beard, and sat down devastated.
4 Everyone who trembled at the words of the God of Israel gathered around me, because of the unfaithfulness of the exiles, while I sat devastated until the evening offering.
5 At the evening offering, I got up from my time of humiliation, with my tunic and robe torn. Then I fell on my knees and spread out my hands to the LORD my God.
I. The sin.
• The Temple was a place of worship and sacrifices.
• One thing that tends to happen when our heart is right and when we worship the Lord; we begin to examine ourselves a bit.
• This principle is similar to what Isaiah did when he stood before God; Isaiah felt so unworthy; yet he wanted to answer God's call to service.
• WOE AM I, A MAN OF UNCLEAN LIPS.
• See, Isaiah did not all of a sudden become a man of unclean lips at the moment, but it was at the moment he stood before God that he realized it.
• It is amazing what happens when we stand before a Holy and Perfect God!
• The Temple had been back in operation for about 57 years, yet the people's sin was still present.
• How do you react to sin, and more importantly, sin in your life?
• Apparently, since the time that the Temple was operational again, the people did nothing!
• When you see sin in a blatant form, it is easy to react.
• We can become sad, angry, confused, and display a variety of emotions.
• Deep down, we know that sin is wrong.
• Whether it's injustice, another crime on the news, or our own vices, we are grieved by sin and evil.