Ezra led the second group of Israelites back from captivity to the land of Israel. God wanted Israel to be a holy nation, separate from the pagan nations of the world. But when Ezra returned, he found that many of those who had remained in Jerusalem had married foreign wives.
Ezra was horrified, fasted and then humbled himself in prayer and repented. God judged Israel for their sins, but He always showed them grace, saving a remnant.
At the evening sacrifice I arose from my fasting; and having torn my garment and my robe, I fell on my knees and spread out my hands to the Lord my God. And I said: “O my God, I am too ashamed and humiliated to lift up my face to You, my God; for our iniquities have risen higher than our heads, and our guilt has grown up to the heavens. Since the days of our fathers to this day we have been very guilty, and for our iniquities we, our kings, and our priests have been delivered into the hand of the kings of the lands, to the sword, to captivity, to plunder, and to humiliation, as it is this day. And now for a little while grace has been shown from the Lord our God, to leave us a remnant to escape, and to give us a peg in His holy place, that our God may enlighten our eyes and give us a measure of revival in our bondage.
PRAY ISRAEL WILL HUMBLE AND REPENT AND HONOR GOD’S UNIQUE RELATIONSHIP