Summary: What does it mean to stand in the gap?
In Chapter 22, we learn why judgment would come to Jerusalem (22:2-16), how it would be approach (22:17-22), and who would be affected by it (22:23-31). Those actions and sins that occurred back then seem very similar to what is happening in society today (James 3:1). We are living in a period of extraordinary assaults by Satan. It is critical that we maintain in prayers for our leaders, and it is fundamental for the leaders to take accountability to assist them with keeping their spiritual and moral integrity.
Valuable metals are refined with extreme heat to expel the impurities. When heated, the impurities (dross) ascends to the top of the liquid metal and is skimmed off and discarded. The reason for the attack of Jerusalem was to refine the individuals, however the refining procedure indicated that the individuals, as useless dross, had no good thing in them.
The leaders (priests), those whom God chose, were to keep God’s worship pure and to teach right living. Unfortunately, they had ignored the Sabbath and caused God to become commonplace in everyone’s life. They discontinued performing their duties (Leviticus 10:10-11; Ezekiel 44:23). While we are accomplishing God's work, and it turns into not any more significant than any commonplace assignment, that is showing that we have discontinued giving God the worship He merits. Rather than bringing God down to our level, we should be lifting our hearts and our lives up to His level.
The ‘hedge’ was not a physical wall, but rather faithful people united to resist evil. The hedge had become broken and crumbling because there wasn’t anyone who could guide the people back to God. Feeble attempts to repair through religious rituals and opinionated messages not based on God’s Word, were worthless, which is basically like using a band-aid or whitewash to cover the problem instead of getting to the cause of the problem. The people needed spiritual rebuilding.
At the point when we give the presence of adoring God without living by His direction, we are concealing sins which could in the long run harm our lives farther than can be repaired. We should not utilize religion as a band-aid or whitewash; we need to fix our lives by living by the standards of God's Word. It is then that we can unite with others to ‘stand in the gap' and have any kind of effect for God in the world.
So, what does it mean to stand in the gap?
? To mediate between two groups
? To forge a connection
? To fill a void
? To step up
? To take the initiative
Who in the Bible filled a gap?
• Moses – for the people
• David – against a giant
• Nehemiah – work to be done
• Esther – for a nation
• Jesus – saved the world
How can we fill the gap?