Chapter nine can be divided into two sections. In v.1-4 Ezra cries out for the sins of the Jews. In v.5-14 he confesses their sins against the most Holy God. This brings us to our text for today v.15, Ezra’s final plea is amazing in its simplicity and truth. It is also so appropriate for today.
I know some of you are thinking, how can the rebuilding of Jerusalem and the sinful remnant there applicable to those in the world (especially the U.S.) today. What was Israel’s great sin? It was their continual rebellion against God (to be expected in natural man) and the failure of the chosen to act.
Yesterday I had the privilege of praying outside a Waffle House in Peral, MS with my good friend Gary “Shepard” Burd. We played God Bless America, read 2 Chronicles 7:13-14, Prayed for America, and sang Amazing Grace there in the parking lot.
It was our way of acknowledging (as Ezra) the sins of America, and as Ezra, our way of declaring the remnant is here Lord, we understand we are so unworthy because of the sins of our nation, but please hear our prayers.
We chose to act. How about you?
Lord God, Sovereign ruler of all the heavens and earth, we declare that we have sinned so greatly against you that we are completely without excuse and undeserving of any mercy. Your remnant is here to serve you, Lord, to Act, on your behalf, send your Spirit to guide our path that we do what you have called us to do and may honor and glorify you in our duties. – Amen
Hawker’s Poor Man’s Commentary – Ezra 9:15