Astonished at Sin

To read the Bible in a year, read Ezra 9 and 10.
Israel and Judah mingled with the pagan peoples of the Land of Canaan and the surrounding nations, learning the idolatrous ways of the pagans, which brought the wrath of God and He sent them as captives to various nations. After Judah returned from Babylonian captivity, the Jews started back into the nation’s old sins of mingling with the idolatrous peoples (Ezra 9:1, 2). Ezra did not take that lightly, for he understood the nature of sin and God’s utter hatred of it, “So when I heard this thing, I tore my garment and my robe, and plucked out some of the hair of my head and beard, and sat down astonished. Then everyone who trembled at the words of the God of Israel assembled to me, because of the transgression of those who had been carried away captive, and I sat astonished until the evening sacrifice” (Ezra 9:3, 4).
How do you react to sin, your sin or that of other people’s?

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