(Ezra 9:9) For we are slaves [Bondmen]. Yet our God has not forsaken us in our slavery, but extended to us His steadfast love before the kings of Persia, to grant us some reviving to set up the house of our God, to repair it’s ruins, and to give us protection in Judea snd Jerusalem
God’s grace extended. God issues a decree to Cyrus king of Persia to allow exiles return (to Jerusalem) to rebuild temple, and wall. They would settle among all the other tribes who also lived in the surrounding areas.
Do not be un-equally yoked! (2 Corinthians 6:14) Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? KJV The Israelites were God’s chosen people, A people with an unsullied (undiluted) blood-line -Set apart for Himself.
The fruit of disobedience. (9:2) For they have taken some of their daughters as wives for themselves and for their sons, so that the holy race has intermingled with the peoples of the lands; indeed, the hands of the princes and the rulers have been foremost in this unfaithfulness.
Bad seed begets Bad fruit. Of course, Their atrocities against God led to more atrocities. “The wild ass” (Jeremiah 2:24) a wild donkey used to the wilderness, in her heat sniffing the wind! Who can restrain her lust? None who seek her need not weary themselves; In her month the will find her. * Even more disgusting is. Those charged with leading the people (priests, Levites) were the ones most guilty.
They were warned. (9:10-11) “And now, our God, what shall we say after this? For we have forsaken your commandments.” which you commanded by Your servants the prophets, saying, 11 The land that that you are entering to possess is a land unclean with pollutions of the peoples of the lands, with their abominations. They have filled it from end to end with their uncleanliness.
Does God show favor to His own? (9:13) After all that has come upon us for our evil deeds and for our great guilt, seeing that you, our God, have punished us less than our i iniquities deserved and has given us such a remnant as this. *Favor doesn’t mean “Without” consequence.
With remorse and repentant hearts 9:15, 10:1) 15 O Lord, God of Israel, you are just but we have escaped as a remnant, as in now the case. Here we are before you in our guilt, though no one can face you because of this. [10:1] While Ezra prayed and made his confession, weeping and throwing himself down before the house of God, a very great assembly of men, women and children gathered to him out of Israel; the people also wept bitterly.
They must be Purified and Re-consecrated. Foreign wives and their children rejected. (10:10-12) Then Ezra the priest stood up and said to them, ‘You have trespassed and married foreign women, and increased the guilt of Israel. 11 Now make a confession to the Lord the God of your ancestors, and do his will; separate yourselves from the peoples of the land and from the foreign wives. 12 Then all the assembly answered with a loud voice, ‘It is so; we must do as you have said.
The path to reconciliation was cut. Our Perseverance will bring it to pass. (Dan 9:24) “Seventy weeks have been determined concerning your people and your holy city to put an end to rebellion, to bring sin to completion, to atone for iniquity, bring perpetual vision, and anoint a most holy place.