Ezekiel 21-22 — Standing in the gap

So many times, we complain about the evil that we see in this world.  But do we really care?  Do we care enough to do something about it?

God in this passage tells Ezekiel to warn the people of the judgment that was coming through Babylon.  That their leaders, the priests (the turban), and the kings (the crown) would be judged, and removed from their positions of power  (21:25-26).

He told Ezekiel to groan with broken heart and bitter grief before the people because of this.  He told Ezekiel that in the same way, all the people would groan when the day of judgment came.

Why was it coming?  Because of all the evil in the land.  There was idolatry, murder, sexual immorality, and corruption.

In short, the people had forgotten the Lord and were simply living their own way (22:1-12).

But at the end of chapter 22, God says something interesting.  He says,

I looked for a man 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 none.  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 Lord.  (30-31)

To build up the wall.  To stand in the gap.  What does this mean?

Israel’s spiritual walls had been torn down.  There were gaping holes in them, and as a result, the people had fallen into immorality.  And God said, “Isn’t there anyone who can rebuild these walls?  To repair the breaches that were meant to protect my people?”wall

More, he asked, “Isn’t there anyone to stand in the gap between us?  I’m about to destroy my people because of their sin. Where is the person who will intercede for them as Moses did many times before?”

But there was no one to do these things.  And so God was going to have to pour his judgment on these people.

How about you?  When you see the evil around you, do you simply complain, or moan in misery?  Or do you do something?  Do you, like Ezekiel, fight for what’s right?  Do you warn people of the judgment to come if they don’t turn from their sin?

More than that, do you pray for them?  Do you pray that the Holy Spirit would work in their hearts, to repair the breaches there?  Do you pray that Jesus himself, would stand in the gap and bring salvation to them?

It’s not enough for us to just stand and weep.  We need to stand in the gap.  Do you?


About bkshiroma

I'm from Hawaii, but have been in Japan as a missionary/English teacher since 1995. I'm currently going to a church called Crossroad Nishinomiya, an international church in Nishinomiya, a city right between Kobe and Osaka. Check out their website: crossroad-web.com 私がハワイから来ましたけど1995年に宣教師と英会話の教師として日本に引っ越しました。 今西宮にあるクロスロード西宮という国際の教会に行っています。どうぞ、そのホムページを見てください: crossroad-web.com
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