A Nail in His Holy Place
Ezra 9:5-15 (v. 8 )
1. Verses 5-15 is a prayer of Ezra for the people who have been in captivity, having disobeyed God in the matter of holiness, and sanctity (9:1-2).
2. Ezra was grieved by the disobedience of Israel, and even at this time in Jerusalem there were things which needed to be corrected (v. 3).
3. Those who were trembling because of the disobedience joined Ezra in the mourning, and prayer to GOD of Israel (v. 4).
4. It was at the time of the evening sacrifice, and Ezra fell on his knees, and spread out his hands to GOD (v. 5).
I. THERE IS SHAME FOR THE BEHAVIOR, AND DISOBEDIENCE OF GOD’S PEOPLE (vv. 6-7; 2 Cor. 6:17-18).
II. GRACE AND SECURITY ARE GIVEN TO THE REMNANT OF GOD’S PEOPLE – THE NAIL [PEG[ IN HIS HOLY PLACE (v. 8).
III. GOD’S PEOPLE GRIEVE OVER FORSAKING THE COMMANDMENTS OF GOD (vv. 9-14).
IV. BECAUSE OF SIN NO ONE CAN STAND BEFORE THE RIGHTEOUS GOD (v. 15)
i. Christians of our day need to be ashamed of our own sin;
ii. We rest assured in the security of the Nail of Jesus Christ who holds us in His hand from which no one can snatch us out of the Father’s hand;
iii. The reason for the lack of holiness, sanctification in the church is not related to the sins of a lost world;
iv. It is related, and the sole responsibility of the Christian who refuses to grieve over their own sin.
v. Remember it is the Nail of His holy place which keeps us in grace – and the Nail has a name; His name is JESUS (Isaiah 22:21-25)
This message was preached at Carr Lane Baptist Church Sunday July 17, 2011 – Morning sermon.