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Standing in the Gap
By Pastor John

Ezekiel 22:30-31
30 "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. 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 LORD."

This is a sad passage because the people were exceedingly sinful.

Ezekiel 22:24-29
24 "Son of man, say to the land, 'You are a land that has had no rain or showers 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 alien, denying them justice.

It is sad because the people were judged and destroyed.
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 LORD."

It is really sad because all the Lord wanted to spare the people was one intercessor.
30 "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.

One godly man who would "build up the wall."  Who would offer some resistance to the surging tide of sin. 

One man who would "Stand before the Lord" in the gap on behalf of the land. A prayer warrior who would plead for mercy and grace.

How sad that not one such man was found. 
Earlier Moses had pleaded for the people.
Psalm 106:21-23
21 They forgot the God who saved them, who had done great things in Egypt, miracles in the land of Ham and awesome deeds by the Red Sea. 23 So he said he would destroy them -- had not Moses, his chosen one, stood in the breach before him to keep his wrath from destroying them.

The situation today is much the same. Sin is just as prevalent and deadly today. 
a. Shedding of blood and idolatry (verse 22:3-6)
b. Unjust treatment of the mothers, fathers, alien, orphans, widows (verse 7)
c. Desecration of the Sabbath (verse 8)
d. Adultery and fornication (verse 9-10)
e. Bribery, usury, extortion (verse 12)
f. Her priests teach no difference between the clean and the unclean (verse 26)
g. Her prophets give false visions and divinations (verse 27-28)

Jesus Christ has become the ultimate man standing the gap. 
Hebrews 7:25
25 Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.

God is still looking for people who will stand in the gap.  It still only requires one.
1 Timothy 2:1-4
1 I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone -- 2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 3 This is good, and pleases God our Savior, 4 who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.

Why is it that so many Christians do not stand in the gap and pray for the lost as we should?

So many of us were saved because one or more prayed fervently for us.

    My wife prayed for me for five years before I became a Christian.

How exceedingly sad if God looks for a way to spare a man or woman, but finds no one 'Standing the in the Gap."


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