The Book of Ezra, after reading the entire book I asked the Lord a question and here is the response. “Lord give me understanding of why the Exiled Jews had to “put away their foreign wives and children”, before the rebuilding of the Temple?”
My voice and command was clear, they chose to disobey. My Holiness must be preserved in my people even at the expense and comfort of people. I am a jealous God for my Holy people even today I’m jealous for their affection.
Not long from now, I will seek out my remnant and they will be consecrated to me, putting away all foreign gods and detestable things. Separating themselves to me for my return.
Drawing near to me is required for all who are faithful. My consuming fire will burn away all the drowse from their lives. I will make them Holy once again. This is required for all who want to see my face.
This is a special call for my Chosen People. My heart still burns for their allegiance, and worship. Their fragrance to me is a sweet smelling aroma unlike the Gentiles. I long for it!