Take action, for it is your duty, and we are with you; be strong, and do it.”Then Ezra stood up and made the leading priests, the Levites, and all Israel swear that they would do as had been said. Then Ezra withdrew from before the house of God, and went to the chamber of Jehohanan son of Eliashib, where he spent the night.
He did not eat bread or drink water, for he was mourning over the faithlessness of the exiles.
Clobber-texters always wind up on Team Jonah, which is why, like Jonah himself, they always seem so perturbed. I don’t ignore the parts of the Bible that make the case for Team Jonah, I them. Given that the diversity of the Bible is a fact, this is the only honest approach.You come to see how the hunt-and-peck concordance word-study approach of the proof-texters is a lousy way to determine “What does the Bible say about X?”Apply that approach to the question of interracial marriage and you’ll come across passages like the one above from the book of Ezra, which is something of a manifesto of Team Jonah.Or then there's the wrongheaded idea that black women are less physically attractive ...While Ezra prayed and made 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.