You Have Punished Us Less Than Our Sins Deserve
Questions for Study 6
Memory Verse: 5
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I. Judah's New Sin (9:1-4)
1. What command did those who returned break? (1-2; Deut. 7:3-4) How did Ezra receive the news? Who else reacted this way? How does this apply to us? (2 Cor. 6:14-16)
II. Ezra Confesses Judah's New Sin (9:5-15)
2. Who did Ezra turn his attention to? (5) What did Ezra confess? (6-7) When we sin why is confession important? (1 John 1:8-10)
3. What had the Lord done for those who had returned? (8) How could they be slaves even though they were able to return to Jerusalem? (9) Are those who believe in Jesus slaves or freed from slavery? (John 8:34-36)
4. Consider Ezra's confession in verses 10-12. What can be learned? Why is it so hard to be honest about our sins? (John 3:19-21)
5. How did the Lord show grace to those who returned and committed this sin? (13) Is sin able to stand before the holy God? How does God's grace and holiness work together?
III. The People Repent (10:1-17)
6. What did the people continually do? Was their hope for Israel? How?
7. When the Israelites agreed to the proposal how did Ezra respond? (5-6) How were they compelled to show up at the assembly? (7-8) What was the decree stated at the assembly? (9-11)
8. How did everyone respond? (12) What did they propose? Who opposed this and why?
9. Did the exiles keep to the contract? Why is it important to follow through with plans we have made with and before the Lord?
10. What must have it been like to be one of the priests who participated in this?