No One to Stand in the Gap


NIV EZEKIEL 22:17-31

17:Then the word of the Lord came to me:
18:“Son of man, the people of Israel have become dross to me; all of them are the copper, tin, iron and lead left inside a furnace. They are but the dross of silver.
19:Therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord says: ‘Because you have all become dross, I will gather you into Jerusalem.
20:As silver, copper, iron, lead and tin are gathered into a furnace to be melted with a fiery blast, so will I gather you in my anger and my wrath and put you inside the city and melt you.
21:I will gather you and I will blow on you with my fiery wrath, and you will be melted inside her.
22:As silver is melted in a furnace, so you will be melted inside her, and you will know that I the Lord have poured out my wrath on you.’”
23:Again the word of the Lord came to me:
24:“Son of man, say to the land, ‘You are a land that has not been cleansed or rained on in the day of wrath.’
25:There is a conspiracy of her princes within her like a roaring lion tearing its prey; they devour people, take treasures and precious things and make many widows within her.
26:Her priests do violence to my law and profane my holy things; they do not distinguish between the holy and the common; they teach that there is no difference between the unclean and the clean; and they shut their eyes to the keeping of my Sabbaths, so that I am profaned among them.
27:Her officials within her are like wolves tearing their prey; they shed blood and kill people to make unjust gain.
28:Her prophets whitewash these deeds for them by false visions and lying divinations. They say, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says’—when the Lord has not spoken.
29:The people of the land practice extortion and commit robbery; they oppress the poor and needy and mistreat the foreigner, denying them justice.
30:“I looked for someone among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found no one.
31:So I will pour out my wrath on them and consume them with my fiery anger, bringing down on their own heads all they have done, declares the Sovereign God.

Questions to consider

Question 5: Is there any warning for me to heed?

Question 7: What truth is God revealing to me in this passage?

SUNDAY, September 26th

Topic: No one to stand in the gap!

God's judgement on his people would be like a fiery blast upon melted iron. When precious metals are passed through intense fire to remove their impurities the dross (the impurities) which comes to the top of the molten metal is skimmed off and thrown away. 
The purpose of invasion of Jerusalem was to refine the people, but the refining process showed that the people shall be skimmed away like that worthless part of the melted metal (vs.17-22).

Sadly though, God could find no one who made the difference to prevent this process. Jerusalem's wickedness extended to people in all sectors of society (vs 23-29). Even the prophets were no exception. They were very deceptive, claiming to have a word from God when they had not heard from Him.

Vs.30-31 should be giving a thought. God, being so gracious, wanted at least one representative who would 'stand in the gap' and intercede to ward off His fiery anger. But oh dear he found none. So they had to suffer the consequences of their wickedness. What a tragedy!

So: Would you enlist afresh to intercede on behalf of your country and continent today so God's judgement upon her may be averted? Start doing that right away.

The state of our country is terrible, we could almost see the picture of Jerusalem here in our society today. We must not act negligently but stand up to intercede and seek God's face and beseech His mercy. 
May God not look in our communities and yet not find anyone standing in the gap.

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