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Saturday, September 13 2014
Ezra 10: What Kind Of Children Does The Devil Have?
"Unto all the children of the captivity"
The Satanic influence of idolatry has infected humanity right from the time of the first sin (see The History Of Idolatry). Satan has used idol worship as the means to create a kingdom of his own "children" (see the Fact Finder question below).
Ezra recognized the necessity, not of separating people, but of separating behavior (see Why Did Ezra Ban Marriage To Idol Worshipers?) - in the same way that a plumber understands the necessity of separating fresh water from water that is polluted. Mixing fresh water with polluted water will not make the polluted water clean - it will make the fresh water polluted. Purification must take place before the two are made one.
"10:1 Now when Ezra had prayed, and when he had confessed, weeping and casting himself down before the house of God, there assembled unto him out of Israel a very great congregation of men and women and children: for the people wept very sore. 10:2 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. 10:3 Now therefore let us make a covenant with our God to put away all the wives, and such as are born of them, according to the counsel of my lord, and of those that tremble at the commandment of our God; and let it be done according to the law. 10:4 Arise; for this matter belongeth unto thee: we also will be with thee: be of good courage, and do it." (Ezra 10:1-4 KJV)
The people of Judah then began the process of separating their behavior from those who as-yet refused to repent and become one with them.
"10:5 Then arose Ezra, and made the chief priests, the Levites, and all Israel, to swear that they should do according to this word. And they sware. 10:6 Then Ezra rose up from before the house of God, and went into the chamber of Johanan the son of Eliashib: and when he came thither, he did eat no bread, nor drink water: for he mourned because of the transgression of them that had been carried away.
The threat was not the marriage of people to the nations from which they originated, but the corrupting influence of the behavior that would surely cause Judah's ruin all over again.
"10:18 And among the sons of the priests there were found that had taken strange wives: namely, of the sons of Jeshua the son of Jozadak, and his brethren; Maaseiah, and Eliezer, and Jarib, and Gedaliah. 10:19 And they gave their hands that they would put away their wives; and being guilty, they offered a ram of the flock for their trespass. 10:20 And of the sons of Immer; Hanani, and Zebadiah. 10:21 And of the sons of Harim; Maaseiah, and Elijah, and Shemaiah, and Jehiel, and Uzziah. 10:22 And of the sons of Pashur; Elioenai, Maaseiah, Ishmael, Nethaneel, Jozabad, and Elasah.
This Day In History, September 13
585 BC: Lucius Tarquinius Priscus, the king of Rome, defeated the Sabines.
509 BC: The pagan temple of Jupiter ("enlightened" scientists of the modern world named a planet after that pagan god) on Rome's Capitoline Hill (see also Israel In History and Prophecy: Aelia Capitolina) was dedicated on the ides of September (the term ides was used for the 15th day of the Roman months of March, May, July and October, and the 13th day of the other months).
81: The Roman Emperor Titus (reigned 79-81) died at age 42. As a military commander before succeeding his father Vespasian, it was Titus who conducted the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple in 70 A.D. (see A History Of Jerusalem: Titus And The Zealots and What Did Jesus Christ Say About Those Stones?).
122: Construction began of Hadrian's Wall in Britain during the time the island was under Roman occupation. Named after the emperor Hadrian (reigned 117-138), parts of the 120 kilometer (75 mile) wall remain visible today. Roman legions were occupying Britain at the same time that they occupied the land of Israel when Christ was crucified (see A History Of Jerusalem: Hadrian and Simon bar Kokhba and Legions Of Men And Angels).
335: The Roman Emperor Constantine consecrated Rome's "Church of the Holy Sepulchre" in Jerusalem. Constantine was the creator of the Papacy and numerous of the Church of Rome's doctrines, most of which are also perpetuated by the "Protestant" churches (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy and A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad).
533: The Battle of Ad Decimium, near Carthage in North Africa. General Belisarius of the Byzantine Empire defeated Gelimer and the Vandals (the term "vandalism" originated from the ancient Vandals who looted cities that they conquered).
1321: Italian playwright Dante Alighieri died. His farce Divine Comedy was the inspiration for much of the Vatican's development of the false doctrine of an ever-burning hell fire (see The Lake Of Fire Into An Ocean Of Fire - When?) and the non-existent Purgatory.
1515: King Francis of France battled the Swiss army under Cardinal Matthias Schiner at Marignano in northern Italy.
1549: Pope Paul III ended the first session of the Council of Bologna.
1609: Henry Hudson entered what would later be named New York harbor and claimed the area for Holland (Hudson was working for the Dutch at the time).
1759: The Battle of The Plains of Abraham, fought at the western edge of Quebec City, overlooking the St. Lawrence River. The English under James Wolfe, 32, defeated the French under the Marquis de Montcalm, 47, ending French and Indian Wars and settling the political future of Canada. Both leaders were killed. The place is named for Abraham Martin, a ship's pilot who owned part of the land.
1788: New York City (both the city and the state were originally named after England's 17th century Duke of York, James Stuart, who became King James II of England in 1685) was declared the first federal capital of the U.S.
1922: The highest recorded shade temperature, 58 degrees Celsius / 136 degrees Fahrenheit, was recorded at Al Aziziyah, Libya.
1941: Elias Disney, the Canadian father of Walt Disney (his mother was a German immigrant), died at age 82.
1942: During the Second World War (listen to our Sermon The European World Wars), the German army began its all-out attack on Stalingrad against stiff Soviet resistance.
1961: NASA launched into orbit, and later recovered, an unmanned Project Mercury capsule in preparation for the first U.S. manned orbital flight (the Russians were the first to launch a man into space - Yuri Gagarin, earlier that year, on April 12 1961), which took place the next February by John Glenn (Glenn was the third human to orbit the earth).
1991: Russia and the U.S. agreed to cut off arms supplies to the warring tribes in Afghanistan (both took their turn at invading and attempting to install puppet regimes Afghanistan - Russia in 1979, the U.S. in 2001).