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Ezra 10:1-10Ezra 10:1-10
English: King James Version (1611) - KJV

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. wept...: Heb. wept a great weeping 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. 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. to put...: Heb. to bring forth 4 Arise; for this matter belongeth unto thee: we also will be with thee: be of good courage, and do it. 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. 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. 7 And they made proclamation throughout Judah and Jerusalem unto all the children of the captivity, that they should gather themselves together unto Jerusalem; 8 And that whosoever would not come within three days, according to the counsel of the princes and the elders, all his substance should be forfeited, and himself separated from the congregation of those that had been carried away. forfeited: Heb. devoted 9 Then all the men of Judah and Benjamin gathered themselves together unto Jerusalem within three days. It was the ninth month, on the twentieth day of the month; and all the people sat in the street of the house of God, trembling because of this matter, and for the great rain. the great...: Heb. the showers 10 And Ezra the priest stood up, and said unto them, Ye have transgressed, and have taken strange wives, to increase the trespass of Israel. have taken: Heb. have caused to dwell, or, have brought back  

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Pernahkah kamu menangis? Mengapa kamu sampai menangis? Mungkin karena hukuman dari orang tuamu, mungkin karena kehilangan salah satu anggota keluargamu, mungkin orang yang kamu kasihi akan pindah ke tempat jauh, atau mungkin karena suatu kesalahpahaman. Tetapi, pernahkah kamu mencucurkan air mata pertobatan?

Ezra pernah. Setelah ia selesai berdoa, ia menangis, bersujud di hadapan Tuhan. Di sekelilingnya ada banyak kumpulan orang dan mereka juga ikut menangis. Salah satu pemimpin mengakui dosa mereka, yaitu telah menikahi perempuan asing yang akan membuat mereka jauh dari Tuhan. Kemudian umat Israel pun setuju untuk menceraikan istri mereka yang bukan orang Israel beserta anak-anak yang lahir dari perempuan-perempuan itu. Melihat pertobatan yang sungguh-sungguh ini, Ezra kembali semangat. Dengan penuh semangat, Ezra berdiri dan membuat para imam, orang Lewi, dan semua orang Israel untuk teguh dengan janji mereka menceraikan istri-istri asing mereka. Untuk itu, maka disebarkanlah pengumuman untuk semua orang Israel berkumpul di Yerusalem dalam tiga hari. Di hari itu hujan turun, orang Israel pun mengakui semua dosa mereka dan memenuhi janji mereka untuk menceraikan istri-istri asing mereka.

Salah satu pertobatan sejati ada di kitab Yunus 1-3:

1. Bagaimana Yunus memberontak terhadap Tuhan (Yunus 1:1-3)?

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2. Bagaimana Tuhan menghukumnya (Yunus 1:15-17)?

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3. Bagaimana kita tahu Yunus bertobat (Yunus 3:3:1-3)?

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RENUNGKAN: Roh Tuhanlah yang bekerja dalam hati manusia untuk membuat manusia bertobat.

DOAKAN: Tuhan Yesus, terima kasih untuk Roh Kudus yang selalu melembutkan hati saya terhadap-Mu dan mudah diajar, dan selalu siap mengakui dosa-dosa saya.

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