ReadGHL_Historical BooksClearly Ezra saw what has happened to the nation and God obviouslybrought guilt over his heart. Caused by their socially and politicalgatherings with foreigners, the nation was busy with false worship.Meaning God, Yahweh, weren’t important or worthy of their Godly fear anymore. Also by ignoring the commandments of God is directly ignoringGod, not caring anymore about His plan. The nation was unfaithful to Godand the opened a door to false worship and idolatry in the land. Being agodly man and leading the people, Ezra had to stop these detestablepractices. I think and also experience that some Christians are totally againstintermarriages today. Some Christians will read the book of Ezra anddecide for themselves, it is wrong because God brought restoration onlyafter the separated the foreigners and the people of Israel. OtherChristians will be against this act because they have been brought up thatway, Mom or Dad telling them ‘’ It is wrong to marry a person from anotherculture or country, and if you do we won’t accept it.’’ Personally I don’t think intermarriages is a sin, God rebuked the people ofIsrael because they sinned... they worshiped other gods instead ofYahweh. They ignored His commandments of not marrying into otherpagan cultures.God wanted His people to be reverent before Him. In 1 Corinthians 7:13-16, Paul speaks about marriage with unbelievers /pagans, yet Paul does not say separate yourself from them. Paul actuallysays to stay with that person, but let him or her leave if they want to.Further more, Paul also speaks about the pagan that has been made holyby the believer, as for their children. I have Christian friends andacquaintances in church who has intermarriages and is happily marriedand serving the Lord with everything. - 6 -
ReadGHL_Historical BooksAssignment9:“Nehemiah: A Leader who Overcame Adversities”Nehemiah’s situation was very challenging; as he was a cupbearer /servant to Artaxerxes. Nehemiah’s brother, Hanani, with others come fromJudah and report that the Judeans are in great trouble, because the wall ofJerusalem was broken in many places. Nehemiah had full authority to repair the walls, and set up the gates ofJerusalem; and to fortify it again in that manner as it was before it wasdismantled and destroyed by the Babylonians. This was a burden, and therefore the fasted and prayed for couple ofmonths to get an answer from God. We can conclude that it was importantthat the servant don’t share his feelings in such a high position, for it wouldcause him to be thrown out of the banquet. We read that he did give in and told the king why he is sad and asked toleave to the city in Judah. The king asked how long the servant will beaway for and Nehemiah sets a time.
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