Ezra: From the earliest days (i.e., Abraham, Isaac) marriage to foreign women was discourage and under the Lawgiver, Moses, it was condemned. The reason: the foreign wives will lead Israel astray; prove a snare to them. Ezra is one of these leaders (captives) from Babylon returning to Jerusalem. The whole reason for the captivity was because of the abundance of idol worship. Ezra seeks to enforce Moses’ ordinance against marrying “foreign” women.
Gospel: Luke 14:12-24
New Testament: Acts 24:10-21
Old Testament: Ezra 10:1-17
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