While Ezra prayed and made this confession, weeping and lying face down on the ground in front of the Temple of God, a very large crowd of people from Israel-men, women, and children- gathered and wept bitterly with him. -Ezra 10:1
If we rewind back to chapter 9, Ezra is told that the people of God are marrying unbelievers. Ezra immediately expresses his sorrow for the sin committed by tearing his cloak, shirt and pulling his hair from his head and beard! Moving on to chapter 10, Ezra takes a few important actions while praying and confessing to sin. In front of a crowd of people, he humbles himself before God, laying face down, weeping out before men, women and children. He even confessed to a sin that he didn’t commit, taking ownership and committing to the people.
Usually, when we recognize others’ sins, we do the complete opposite, ostracizing and condemning people. The crowd of people were watching Ezra, they saw his reaction towards their sin, so much so, that they all started crying out, confessing and repenting of their sins.
Just like Ezra, people are watching us – our actions and responses… how we live! Remember we are set apart people of God! The way we treat one another, how we speak to each other and about one another, and our actions, should all come together and be a reflection of God!