Ezra 9:15 (KJV)
O LORD God of Israel, thou art righteous: for we remain yet escaped, as it is this day: behold, we are before thee in our trespasses: for we cannot stand before thee because of this.
This is perhaps one of the best descriptions of the predicament of mankind I think we can find in the Bible. These are people who have been judged, sent into captivity, and been graciously, divinely released. They were provided for, protected, and repopulated in the Promised Land.
Despite all the grace of God and the fresh experience of the justice of God, the preacher discovers the people of God to be once again guilty of trespass against God.
God would be just and righteous to judge them yet again.
This is the case with every one of us. The wisest of us will confess it is so. We cannot stand before God.
Ezra 10:2 (KJV)
And Shechaniah the son of Jehiel, one of the sons of Elam, answered and said unto Ezra, We have trespassed against our God, and have taken strange wives of the people of the land: yet now there is hope in Israel concerning this thing.
Yet now there is hope.
Thank God for Jesus Christ. We do not stand before God today, because we cannot stand before God today, in our own strength. We stand in the grace, power, and strength of Jesus Christ. He is righteous, and He purchased us.
There is hope because there is Jesus.
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