Today’s passage is Ezra 9:1-15. Let’s go!
Ezra 9:1-2 (NIV)
1 After these things had been done, the leaders came to me and said, “The people of Israel, including the priests and the Levites, have not kept themselves separate from the neighboring peoples with their detestable practices, like those of the Canaanites, Hittites, Perizzites, Jebusites, Ammonites, Moabites, Egyptians and Amorites.
2 They have taken some of their daughters as wives for themselves and their sons, and have mingled the holy race with the peoples around them. And the leaders and officials have led the way in this unfaithfulness.”
On verses 1-2: Ezra learns that his fellow Israelite men, including priests, Levites, leaders and officials, have sinned by marrying foreign women who do not believe in the Lord. In doing so, they disobeyed God’s command not to marry an unbeliever. What is so bad, harmful and dangerous about marrying someone who does not believe in the Lord?