God told Ezra to set the people apart from the filthiness of the inhabitants of the land they were returning to. Don't intermarry or enter into business with them. Set yourself apart and build up your people. It got us talking about lost traditions and what that means to a people. Does it result in mongrelization or a lessoning of values? Does it mean a loss of faith? Or does loss of tradition for the old ways just mean a new tradition that could be better than the old one. Is it better to have homosexuality public or premarital sex an expected happening? Does it mean we have no principles or does it mean we have new better principles? Pastor Mark said that after this, there is virtually no record of the people until John the Baptist.