For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans
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While Ezra prayed and made confession, weeping and casting himself down before the house of God, a very great assembly of men, women, and children, gathered to him out of Israel, for the people wept bitterly. And Shecaniah the son of Jehiel, of the sons of Elam, addressed Ezra: “We have broken faith with our God and have married foreign women from the peoples of the land, but even now there is hope for Israel in spite of this. Therefore let us make a covenant with our God to put away all these wives and their children, according to the counsel of my lord and of those who tremble at the commandment of our God, and let it be done according to the Law. Arise, for it is your task, and we are with you; be strong and do it.” Then Ezra arose and made the leading priests and Levites and all Israel take an oath that they would do as had been said. So they took the oath.
Be sure the consequences of sin, of turning aside from the commands of God to follow our own way, will be hard to bear. We can rejoice that what Christ did for us is done. We can rejoice that we have forgiveness and redemption. But be sure we too, will suffer consequences of sin as surely as we would suffer consequences of pain were we to defy the law of gravity! However, our God is faithful to take us through the pain to new life as all who have traveled that road can testify!
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