Today you should read: Ezekiel 22
Similar to the last couple chapters, this chapter describes the holy wrath of God that is about to come to people who claimed to be of God but were practicing sin & idolatry instead. However before God’s wrath was to come, the prophet Isaiah says this…
30 And I sought for a man among them who should build up the wall and stand in the breach (or gap) before me for the land, that I should not destroy it, but I found none. –Ezekiel 22:30
The definition of a “gap” according to this passage is the space between what is and what God says ought to be. What kind of gap is the prophet referring to? In biblical times, almost every city had a wall around it for protection. A gap refers to a hole, or a breach in that wall that is due either to:
• human neglect
• continual battering assault from the enemy
• or both
Those kinds of gaps never self-heal.Time never makes them better, go away, or disappear. God see this gap, and was looking for somebody to stand in it. Sadly no one stepped into the gap when God was looking for someone to step up and help protect God people and city. Instead His wrath ended up coming. There are other times in Scripture where God mentions a gap in which he asked someone to step up in.
23 Therefore he said he would destroy them— had not Moses, his chosen one, stood in the breach before him, to turn away his wrath from destroying them. –Ps. 106:23
Unlike our passage in Ezekiel 22:30, we see Moses stepping into that gap to mediate between the sinful people and God. I bring this up because I do believe that there are certain gaps in our cities, in our schools, in our neighborhoods & in our church that God asks us to step up in as well. There are detain needs, weaknesses and hurts that God will ask us to intervene in and we can be like Moses who steps in those gaps or stand back like everyone did as God sought for someone in Ezekiel. Ultimately we know that we can’t fully intercede for others because that job is reserved for Jesus.
5 For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus – 1 Timothy 2:5
Jesus stood in the gap that was created between us and God because of our sin through His work on the cross & what He accomplished in the resurrection. As we do stand in the gap for others, we realize that we’re really just stepping in to stow others Jesus. So where are there gaps at your workplace or at your school?
Where are there gaps in your life or in our church? How can you step up and step in to help fill that gap?
Posted by: Erik Koliser