Standing in the gap…

Re-blogging.  Seems it continues to apply to this day and time.  Are we praying?  Are we standing in the gap with Christ?

Ekekiel 22:17-31

The word of the LORD came to me, saying, 18 “Son of man, the house of Israel has become dross to Me; they are all bronze, tin, iron, and lead, in the midst of a furnace; they have become dross from silver. 19 Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: ‘Because you have all become dross, therefore behold, I will gather you into the midst of Jerusalem. 20 As men gather silver, bronze, iron, lead, and tin into the midst of a furnace, to blow fire on it, to melt it; so I will gather you in My anger and in My fury, and I will leave you there and melt you. 21 Yes, I will gather you and blow on you with the fire of My wrath, and you shall be melted in its midst. 22 As silver is melted in the midst of a furnace, so shall you be melted in its midst; then you shall know that I, the LORD, have poured out My fury on you.’ ”
23 And the word of the LORD came to me, saying, 24 “Son of man, say to her: ‘You are a land that is not cleansed [fn1] or rained on in the day of indignation.’ 25 The conspiracy of her prophets [fn2] in her midst is like a roaring lion tearing the prey; they have devoured people; they have taken treasure and precious things; they have made many widows in her midst. 26 Her priests have violated My law and profaned My holy things; they have not distinguished between the holy and unholy, nor have they made known the difference between the unclean and the clean; and they have hidden their eyes from My Sabbaths, so that I am profaned among them. 27 Her princes in her midst are like wolves tearing the prey, to shed blood, to destroy people, and to get dishonest gain. 28 Her prophets plastered them with untempered mortar, seeing false visions, and divining lies for them, saying, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD,’ when the LORD had not spoken. 29 The people of the land have used oppressions, committed robbery, and mistreated the poor and needy; and they wrongfully oppress the stranger. 30 So I sought for a man among them who would make a wall, and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found no one. 31 Therefore I have poured out My indignation on them; I have consumed them with the fire of My wrath; and I have recompensed their deeds on their own heads,” says the Lord GOD.

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Is there anyone who can stand in the gap?  The list of offenses continues levied against Israel for which the wrath of God will fall.  The offenses include making all things being the same; there is no distinction between that which is holy and that which is common;

“…they have not distinguished between the holy and unholy, nor have they made known the difference between the unclean and the clean;…”

there is robbery and the destruction of individual’s lives and livelihood; there is the oppression of the poor and needy; there is the cover up of the sins of the religious leaders; there is the cover up of the sins of the leadership of the people; there is the killing of people for personal gain.

“… to destroy people, and to get dishonest gain…”

Sounds like today’s headline news!! Extortion, robbery, mistreating the alien in the land, oppression of poor and weak all show up in today’s news.  How shall our land escape a similar event?  The Lord looked for someone to stand in the gap. Gap is defined in BLB as a breach in the wall, a broken wall, bursting forth.  The imagery that creates is something was contained behind the wall and now it is escaping, and now there is no denying that it exists.  Like a broken pot with a candle inside and now one can see the light pouring forth.  What now pours out for all to see is the evil in the land.  It is so pervasive there is no denying it. Can there be one who like the little boy, put their finger in the dyke to hold back the flood that threatens to engulf all of mankind?  There is evil in the land, will it engulf all in the land?  Who can stand in the gap and hold back the forces of evil?  That one individual who would build a wall between the sins so obvious and a righteous God.  We have that one in our Lord Jesus Christ. He stood in the gap between our sins and our Creator so that we would not be destroyed.  What of our nation, our planet, our world, time, space and place?  Is there someone to stand in the gap, someone who will pray for the oppressed, the unborn slaughter, the starving of people for gain, the mistreatment of the aliens in our land; someone who will work to right the wrongs the general population wreaks upon each other? Who will spread the word of Christ and his salvation from the consequences of that sin?  Who will fight for justice?

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A cry for justice and safety…

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

Comments, thoughts and reflections welcome.

Isaiah 16:1-5

  Send the lamb to the ruler of the land, from Sela, by way of the desert, to the mount of the daughter of Zion.

  Like fleeing birds,

like a scattered nest,

so are the daughters of Moab

at the fords of the Arnon.

  “Give counsel;

 grant justice;

 make your shade like night

 at the height of noon;

shelter the outcasts;

do not reveal the fugitive;

  let the outcasts of Moab

sojourn among you;

be a shelter to them

 from the destroyer.

 When the oppressor is no more,

 and destruction has ceased,

 and he who tramples underfoot

 has vanished from the land,

  then a throne will be established in steadfast love,

and on it will sit in faithfulness

in the tent of David

 one who judges

 and seeks justice

and is swift to do righteousness.”

What does humanity cry for?  It cries for justice, peace and safety from the oppressor.  It cries for righteousness, a way of living that demonstrates love for one another.  And where will this be found?  Is there any place upon this earth that is free of oppression, free of destruction?  Only in Christ is this found.  There is a place in the spirit that transcends the physical and outlasts the temporal. Only in Christ, sent by God to establish a kingdom ruled by love, faithfulness and right living.  A place of justice where there is no oppression and no destruction.  This is a promise we can hold onto.  In Christ we are found in that safe place with a promise of good not evil, of eternity with God that starts now.

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Words of gold…

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

Comments, thoughts and reflections welcome.

Psalm 119 Ayin vs 121-128

I have done what is just and right;

do not leave me to my oppressors.

Give your servant a pledge of good;

let not the insolent oppress me.

My eyes long for your salvation

and for the fulfillment of your righteous promise.

Deal with your servant according to your steadfast love,

and teach me your statutes.

I am your servant; give me understanding,

that I may know your testimonies!

It is time for the LORD to act,

for your law has been broken.

Therefore I love your commandments above gold,

above fine gold.

Therefore I consider all your precepts to be right;

I hate every false way.

Do thoughts come, unbidden, to oppress us?  The question is what to do when that happens?  Is it enough to deny the thoughts?  Wouldn’t it be good to not only turn it away but also to replace it with the words of God?

“…My eyes long for your salvation

and for the fulfillment of your righteous promise.

Deal with your servant according to your steadfast love,

and teach me your statutes. …”

gold

“…Therefore I love your commandments above gold,

above fine gold….”

Do we long to hear the voice of God?  Let us be still; let His Word sink into our consciousness.

“…I am your servant; give me understanding,

that I may know your testimonies! …”

Let it become such a part of us that it seems to have  always been there.  In that place we can begin to know who speaks in our minds and in our hearing.  We begin to know what is the perfect will of God.  We can identify the false ways because we know with His understanding the truth.

“…Therefore I consider all your precepts to be right;

I hate every false way. …

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In the Lord I put my trust…

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

Comments, thoughts and reflections welcome.

Psalm 11

In the LORD I put my trust;

​​How can you say to my soul,

​​“Flee as a bird to your mountain”?

For look! The wicked bend their bow,

​​They make ready their arrow on the string,

​​That they may shoot secretly at the upright in heart.

 ​​If the foundations are destroyed,

​​What can the righteous do?

​​The LORD is in His holy temple,

​​The LORD’s throne is in heaven;

​​His eyes behold,

​​His eyelids test the sons of men.

​​The LORD tests the righteous,

​​But the wicked and the one who loves violence His soul hates.

 ​​Upon the wicked He will rain coals;

​​Fire and brimstone and a burning wind

​​Shall be the portion of their cup.

 ​​For the LORD is righteous,

​​He loves righteousness;

​​His countenance beholds the upright.

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This morning’s reflections were in harmony and unity with today’s reading.  The question why say to the mountains to fall on us if we are his children came?  What have we to fear?  Those with lack of faith will seek, not his face, but a way out.  The believer runs to the Lord, not the mountains.  They will see his face; they will see justice; they will see righteousness.  They are charged only with seeking Him.  We don’t ‘fix-it’; he does.

How long, O Lord…

Revelation 6:9-10

Revelations 6:9-10   How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?

Ezekiel 22:1-16

1 Moreover the word of the LORD came to me, saying, 2 “Now, son of man, will you judge, will you judge the bloody city? Yes, show her all her abominations! 3 Then say, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: “The city sheds blood in her own midst, that her time may come; and she makes idols within herself to defile herself. 4 You have become guilty by the blood which you have shed, and have defiled yourself with the idols which you have made. You have caused your days to draw near, and have come to the end of your years; therefore I have made you a reproach to the nations, and a mockery to all countries. 5 Those near and those far from you will mock you as infamous and full of tumult.
6 “Look, the princes of Israel: each one has used his power to shed blood in you. 7 In you they have made light of father and mother; in your midst they have oppressed the stranger; in you they have mistreated the fatherless and the widow. 8 You have despised My holy things and profaned My Sabbaths. 9 In you are men who slander to cause bloodshed; in you are those who eat on the mountains; in your midst they commit lewdness. 10 In you men uncover their fathers’ nakedness; in you they violate women who are set apart during their impurity. 11 One commits abomination with his neighbor’s wife; another lewdly defiles his daughter-in-law; and another in you violates his sister, his father’s daughter. 12 In you they take bribes to shed blood; you take usury and increase; you have made profit from your neighbors by extortion, and have forgotten Me,” says the Lord GOD.
13 “Behold, therefore, I beat My fists at the dishonest profit which you have made, and at the bloodshed which has been in your midst. 14 Can your heart endure, or can your hands remain strong, in the days when I shall deal with you? I, the LORD, have spoken, and will do it. 15 I will scatter you among the nations, disperse you throughout the countries, and remove your filthiness completely from you. 16 You shall defile yourself in the sight of the nations; then you shall know that I am the LORD.” ’ ”
Near half-way through Ezekiel and so much of this is the heart of God showing his people in detail what they do that is displeasing and detestable to him.  It shows how it hurts the Creator to witness the rebellion and disrespect in his creation, those who were created lovingly to love, not harm, to build, not destroy.
What can be gleaned from this for today?  Not much has changed!! The same offenses listed here are read about daily in our papers, on Internet news and social media, heard on radio broadcasts and TV news headlines.  We react as if it is surprising, yet mankind without a relationship with God will go this pathway.  Mankind without God will live with hatred, not love; destruction, not growth; harm, not care.  All that is good is of God and when mankind disrespect and dishonors their Creator; calling themselves creator, no good can come of it.  We pay the consequences for the bloodshed we allow.  The multitude of unborn lives scream out for justice.  The multitude of abused and neglected children and adults call out for justice.  The oppressed of all nations who seek asylum and life, cry out for justice.  Who will answer with justice if not God’s people?  Think on it…
Micah 6:8   He has shown you, O man, what [is] good; And what does the LORD require of you But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God?
DO JUSTLY…