By Roy Burner - Minister of the Gospel
Stand in the gap reveals the quest for a man who would make up the hedge, and stand in the gap for the land, that God would not destroy it.
The people had exceeded all bounds of law and justice; having forsaken the Word of God. The wrath of God could have been prevented by a man of God, setting a godly example, and proclaiming God's Unadulterated Word, but Scripture records that God found no such individual (Ezekiel 22:30). (Comment)
In reference to setting a godly example; for others to emulate, scripture asks: You which teach another, teach not yourself? You that preach a man should not commit adultery, do you commit adultery? You that make your boast of the law, through breaking the law, dishonor not God (Romans 2:21-23)?
How many today could afford having their lives put under strict scrutiny as we see in many cases today? Would God still have a difficult time in finding a man of a godly nature to stand in the gap for the land today?
We are living in an environment as that of Lot in Sodom; who scripture reveals was oppressed with the filthy conversation (or conduct) of the wicked: For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, tormented his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds (2 Peter 2:7-8).
There is increasing dramatization of sinful living that can take one captive; if allowed. Many have been caught up in its grip; trapped, and then cucumber to its influence (James 1:14-15).
The term "Stand in the Gap" comes during a time in biblical history that the nation's sins were listed, with each guilty party being singled out for judgment (Ezekiel 22:31): The false prophets who had devoured souls, the priests who had violated God's law, the leaders of the land who like wolves used oppression and robbery towards the people.
Then came the statement: I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land: but I found none (Ezekiel 22:30). God was looking for a man that could close the gap that had been made through violation of His Word!
In another time frame God would have destroyed His people, had not Moses stood before him in the breach, to turn away His wrath, lest He should destroy them (Psalm 106:23). Through Moses, God found His man to stand in the gap for the land during that particular period of time.
We are seeing debauchery in the land; those who would seduce, and corrupt, through misleading the people towards ungodliness of man; as existed in the days of Sodom and Gomorrah of old.
Scripture records that God turned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes, condemned them to destruction, making them an example of those that afterward should live ungodly (2 Peter 2:6). A lesson that remains unlearned.
We have seen many great evangelists; who have been used by God, to stand in the gap for the land, but what about replacements? There are many, who are filling in for the saints of old, but are we seeing them utilized in like manner?
Are we seeing the great moves of God as previously witnessed? Are those who are ministering of the same mentality as those they replaced? If so; why is it that we are not seeing the same move of God as previously witnessed?
Is there a falling away, as noted in God's Word, because of iniquity abounding, with the love of many growing cold (Matthew 24:12)? Are lives of those professing the name of Christ measuring up to sanctification (being set apart unto God), righteousness, and holiness?
Is the world becoming an influence to the church in that it is becoming as the Laodicean church, spoken of in the Book of Revelation: Neither cold nor hot; but lukewarm (Revelations 3:16). Laodicea means "People Ruling" that represents the materialistic church vastly influenced by a secular society.
Thank God for churches which have not deviated from God's Word; nor been misled by the world and its ungodly standards, that there are those who breath and live holiness before the Lord, without which no man shall see the Lord (Hebrews 12:14).
There is the mentality of Sodom and Gomorrah; of the Babylon setting spoken of in God's Word (Revelation 18:2), that exists today. Such needs to be dealt with by those willing to stand in the gap for the land!
Unless a spiritual renewal takes place; with a change of heart and lifestyle, many once godly nations, will continue on the slippery slope of unrighteousness. Unless there are those who will "stand in the gap" for the land, and sound the alarm, many will continue to fall into the clutches of filth and degradation.
Let us pray that God will raise up godly individuals; who will not be swayed by the ungodly, who will rise to the occasion of their calling, to promulgate the Unadulterated Word of God without fail or falter. For without such individuals sounding the alarm; little hope is in the offering, as man continues to be swayed into consuming the ungodliness that surrounds him.
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