Ezra 9:13 Less Than We Deserve

Ezra 9:13 (KJV)
And after all that is come upon us for our evil deeds, and for our great trespass, seeing that thou our God hast punished us less than our iniquities deserve, and hast given us such deliverance as this;

It seems to me that the repentant heart, the one God is most likely to revive, is that which is described right here. 

Ezra confessed that their evil deeds and trespasses were such that God had punished them less than they deserved. 

  • He was thankful for the blessings of God. 
  • He was grateful for the mercies bestowed and 
  • He was certainly not bitter for the punishment they received

One of Satan’s most successful tactics today is the “Go ahead, you deserve it.” mantra. By that the world means that we deserve all the good things; even those we have not worked for, even those we cannot afford. This flies in the face of Biblical truth. According to the Word of God, and I am certain our hearts confirm it as true,

  • We deserve judgment
  • We deserve rebuke 
  • We deserve correction 
  • We deserve ultimately hell 

Rather than being upset at correction and judgment, even harsh ones, the repentant heart realizes that they received less than they deserved. The repentant heart, thanks God for mercy, learns from the correction and seeks restoration and blessings from God. 

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Ezra 9:13 Less Than We Deserve

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Marvin McKenzie was born in the Pacific Northwest and became a Christian at the age of eighteen. He has been in the Baptist ministry for thirty years and has planted and pastored churches in Washington and Oregon. Besides his pastoral ministry, Marvin has been actively involved in training men for the Baptist ministry. He has conducted local church Bible Institutes in those churches he has pastored, from which a number of men have entered the ministry. Marvin also served as: Vice President of the Western States Baptist Bible Fellowship, The Board of Directors of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA, Dean of men at Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, Executive Vice President of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA and Executive Vice President of Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City, OK. Marvin is married to Anita. They have two sons, Bohannan and Caleb. Both are Baptist pastors in Washington State. Marvin enjoys camping, fishing and horses.

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