Summary: Challenge to Christians to establish Christ as Master.
GOD’S MAN FOR THE WHITE HOUSE
"And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none."
"Therefore have I poured out mine indignation upon them; I have consumed them with the fire of my wrath: their own way have I recompensed upon their heads, saith the Lord GOD."
INTRODUCTION: This last four years has been a time of a semblance of a move back to the way America was founded. We have seen the challenge by our President to move away from immorality, and efforts to make the home and family strong. In the last 30 years we have seen more than 40 million babies aborted. We have seen the advancement of homosexuality. We have seen a rapid increase of drug use. Much of this must be attributed to a past break down at the White House.
Let me define what I mean by White House. I am not referring to the actual “White House” that all of us know is where the President of the United States lives and conducts global business, rather I am defining it as the place where policy, agendas, and leadership direction develops for this nation. It is the place where our future as a nation is harbored.
In our text for today we see God searching for a man. A man to stand for Him, and for the land. A man to represent God to the land. One man would have been enough. He needed a man to stand in the gap. Notice it says, “I found none.” Everywhere He looked all He found was corruption and degradation.
God is not looking for a man for His, or God’s benefit. He needs no man to make His existence complete nor His surroundings complete. God is complete in Himself. The man God is searching for is for the benefit of the land or the nation of Israel. “For the land”, or “For the benefit of the land.”
I have three thoughts I want to present to you today. I believe this will help you to see the condition of our country. Although I doubt if you need any additional information about our nation and its condition.
I. THE PREDICAMENT HE SPEAKS OF Vs. 26-29.
I am going to tell you why we are in the pickle we are in.
A. He Sought For A Man Among The Priests, But Found None. Vs. 26. (Ezek 22:26) "Her priests have violated my law, and have profaned mine holy things: they have put no difference between the holy and profane, neither have they showed difference between the unclean and the clean, and have hid their eyes from my sabbaths, and I am profaned among them."
1. They had violated His law. (Psa 119:126) "It is time for thee, LORD, to work: for they have made void thy law."
The priests were the religious leaders of the nation. Religious but lost. They followed after their own ways.
Humanism has swept our land.
a. Humanism has no thought for God or His law. Man makes his own laws religiously. Man says, “I will be my own god.”
b. Humanism honors only the man and never God.
2. They have profaned my holy things.
a. They profaned the Lord’s Day.
b. They profaned the Bible. Swearing by the Bible when the Bible means nothing to them. Why is it that the Bible can be read and even preached in prisons but not in our schools? Why can there be opening prayers in the Congressional Houses, but none is allowed in the public schools.
c. They profaned the Church. The local churches have little sanctity among the community anymore.
d. They profaned His Name. People use His holy name loosely.
3. No difference in the holy things and the profane. “Profane” means “to pollute or make common.”
a. They have tried to pollute the Bible and make it common. It has been removed from everything concerning people. They have tried to change its message and meaning. Oh, but listen, they can’t change it. (Psa 119:89) "LAMED. For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven."
How can it be settled in heaven forever? God made a back-up copy before He ever gave us our copy. He has a copy in heaven that is the right version. Man can never change that. It is eternally settled in heaven.
b. They have tried to pollute the church. “The gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”
(1) The Universal crowd has tried to change the meaning and purpose of the local N.T. Church.
(2) The ecumenical crowd has tried to weaken it with a mixture of everything.