While Ezra was praying and confessing, weeping and throwing himself down before the house of God, a large crowd of Israelites–men, women and children–gathered around him. They too wept bitterly.
True confession is not a flippant, “I’m sorry.” Neither is it a regretful, “I’m sorry I got caught.” It begins with an understanding that our sin is in direct opposition to our heavenly Father, who loves us so much that He sent His Son to die for us on the cross. It includes deep remorse for knowing what God said to do and refusing to obey or knowing what He said not to do and doing it anyway.
Notice the emotion of today’s passage. Ezra was praying, confessing, weeping and throwing himself on the ground prostrate before God. His sorrow for the sins of the people was deep, heartfelt, and visible. Israel’s sins had led to their captivity. Now many had returned to rebuild the temple and Ezra wanted the people to start with a clean slate.
What about you? Anything you need to bring before God in true confession? God is waiting with open arms for you to come with a heart of repentance.
Father, thank You for not only providing the remedy for our sin but also a way of confessing our sins before You and keeping a clean slate. Thank You for the promise that if we confess our sins to You, You will forgive us and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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