In Christ alone….

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

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Isaiah 30:1-7

  “Ah, stubborn children,” declares the LORD, “who carry out a plan, but not mine, and who make an alliance, but not of my Spirit, that they may add sin to sin; who set out to go down to Egypt, without asking for my direction, to take refuge in the protection of Pharaoh and to seek shelter in the shadow of Egypt!   Therefore shall the protection of Pharaoh turn to your shame, and the shelter in the shadow of Egypt to your humiliation.  For though his officials are at Zoan and his envoys reach Hanes, everyone comes to shame through a people that cannot profit them, that brings neither help nor profit, but shame and disgrace.” An oracle on the beasts of the Negeb. Through a land of trouble and anguish, from where come the lioness and the lion, the adder and the flying fiery serpent, they carry their riches on the backs of donkeys, and their treasures on the humps of camels, to a people that cannot profit them.  Egypt’s help is worthless and empty; therefore I have called her “Rahab who sits still.”

Politics are rampant with people fighting to be free of oppressive systems and others moving to return to them!  Individuals set free of abuse return to the same.  Let our prayers be that we are aware of this in our own lives and refuse to return to that which Christ has set us free of.  Let us keep our hope in Him alone.

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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?