What would cause the Israelite leaders to take such a radical position?
A proclamation was circulated throughout Judah and Jerusalem that all the exiles were to be assembled in Jerusalem. Everyone who did not come within three days would thereby forfeit all his property, in keeping with the counsel of the officials and the elders. Furthermore, he himself would be excluded from the assembly of the exiles.
Ezra 10.7-8 NET
Many of the people, recently returned from exile, had married foreign women. It was against God’s law, v. 3. It constituted “infidelity,” v. 6. Continue reading