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In Ezra chapter Nine they had weighed out the silver and gold and utensils for the house of God as they were intending on rebuilding the broken down Temple of Solomon.  This was in Ezra 8:33-36.

But having set everything up and Ezra being very pleased with it all hears tell of a horrific sin in which the princes of the people were foremost.  The sin?  They had taken for themselves wives of the foreign women around them and many had pout away their own wives to do this as we later find out.  This was the Babylonian Diaspora or in the years following Nebuchadnezzar’s sacking of Israel both Judah and Israel.  There were others who were either planted by the Babylonian government or who came in to take advantage of lands that were now fallow, as the occupants had gone abroad.  These might be squatters.  Either way why there were other non-Israelis among the people is irrelevant to this text, the fact remained that they were there and the Law of Moses had made a provision for this situation.  Don’t mix don’t mingle don’t marry don’t form pacts with any of these other people!  Why?  The answer is found in Genesis and this explains Ezra’s reaction and his prayer.  Genesis 6:1-8

    Now it came about, when men began to multiply on the face of the land, and daughters were born to them, [2] that the sons of God saw that the daughters of men were beautiful; and they took wives for themselves, whomever they chose. [3] Then the Lord said, "My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, because he also is flesh; nevertheless his days shall be one hundred and twenty years." [4] The Nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men, and they bore children to them. Those were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown.     [5] Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. [6] And the Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart. [7] And the Lord said, "I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, from man to animals to creeping things and to birds of the sky; for I am sorry that I have made them." [8] But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.

Two things were going on here first the intermingling of two kinds of races and the intent of the hearts of the men of the world was constantly evil.  Now you must understand what God sees as evil.  For that you need to look at the fall of man in Genesis 3:1-12

    Now the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, "Indeed, has God said, 'You shall not eat from any tree of the garden'?" [2] And the woman said to the serpent, "From the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat; [3] but from the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said, 'You shall not eat from it or touch it, lest you die.' " [4] And the serpent said to the woman, "You surely shall not die! [5] "For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil." [6] When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate. [7] Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loin coverings.    [8] And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. [9] Then the Lord God called to the man, and said to him, "Where are you?" [10] And he said, "I heard the sound of Thee in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid myself." [11] And He said, "Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?" [12] And the man said, "The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me from the tree, and I ate."

What happened here that so ticked God off or was it that, if possible, God was frightened about?  Now we all know that nothing ever occurred to God after creation was done or that God never left something out or forgot to do something but have you ever watched someone get into something you knew was a horrendous mistake and you were frightened for them?  This is the better understanding of how God may have felt as He watched them “take the dive”.  Yet what happened here?  In man’s beginnings God was the center of his world he took his cues from God and was endowed with an intellect that no longer exists today yet at every turn he looked to and listened to God for he was innocent.  The woman perhaps took her cues from the man or she had a relationship with God too, but when faced with a tempting situation she didn’t tell the snake “listen I agree with you but let me ask the man or let us wait till God comes in the evening and ask Him permission” No instead she listened and decided for herself.  This is the first act of rebellion, which IS the sin of witchcraft as it manipulates out side of God’s covering a person or situation.  She saw it was something to be tasted and it would make hr like God.  She had one of those enquiring minds and it got her in trouble.  Paul tells us she was QUITE deceived.  Now the man’s rebellion came in that he doubtless saw what the bite did to the woman but when she gave it to him he made a choice and chose to be as she was by eating instead of telling her “Honey you know I love you but this isn’t right, you listened to that thing and did this and now I ought to wait to speak to God and see what to do about it” But he chose to act independently of God and take the “plunge”.

Now that we established sin as separating form God from His counsel and covering we discover that men were not just wanton murderers or mongers of some kind or other but that they were living their little lives by their own wit and thought and not even giving their Creator a backward glance.  God was effectively “out of sight out of mind”.  The second thing that happed was that another type of being was having relations with the women and giving birth to Nepilim.  Big bad boys who could kick it better than any man alive! 

What does have to do with Ezra?  Everything!  Moses Law took into account that God through Noah had set himself up one race from among all the rest of humanity to be His particular Bloodline for the Messiah.  Remember that God had spoken of having a body prepared for Himself to come and do the Father’s will?  That was physical blood lineage body.  So the race God had set aside was to be pure.  The physical blood of the Messiah once spilled was to be pure blood of the “holy race”.  But here in Ezra as In genesis the men had relations with women who were not of the covenant whose hearts were not toward God and who were defiled in any manner of ritual practices unto their gods from whenever time to then.  Some cults are rather strict in that they mark out and prepare young girls and boys for their deity.  These could be them or not, yet the fact remained that mixture had been brought into the pure and holy.

Today we have a new mixture and new move.  There are those in this third day move who having gone on from what they call elemental teaching s of repentance from dead works washing or baptisms etc, have sought for the hidden wisdom and the deep things of God prophetically.  There are a lot of ministries and church groups here in this place.  They speak of maturity and so it is because at some point we need to move on from elemental things but keep in touch with those grounding elementals every now and again.  Yes we do need to look into all that God has to say both in the LOGOS of scripture and RHEMA of prophecy, but therein lies the danger; not all that is God’s is a good thing to try to know.  Moreover other voices tend to try to horn in on that act and you get “mixed Bag” messages and words and teaching that become doctrinal upon which whole assemblies attach their faith and build their work for Jesus upon.  This is intolerable to God now as it was then.  Therefore brethren let us be wise in His eyes and not in our own estimation and be certain that at every new revelation Scripture untwisted and un-retouched supports easily and openly the glories that are God

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