Summary: 3 of 5. YaHWeH(the LORD) sought for a man who would be willing to stand for Him in the midst of apostasy. Who will stand for the Lord or stem the tide of sin? A person who stems the tide of sin, Addresses spiritual...
STEMMING THE TIDE-III—Ezekiel 22:23-31
Standing in the Gap
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To be individual & thereby corporate world changers.
YaHWeH sought for a man who would be willing to stand for Him in the midst of overwhelming sin.
YaHWeH is looking for a person to stem the tide of sin.
YaHWeH is looking for a person to stem/thwart/impede/obstruct the rampant onslaught of sin.
Who will stem the tide of sin?
Who will stand for the Lord against sin?
People who stem the tide of sin.
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A person who stems the tide of sin, Addresses spiritual...
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:27—“Her princes in her midst are like wolves tearing the prey, to shed blood, to destroy people, & to get dishonest gain.”
Instead of the “princes” acting as heads who serve to meet the spiritual needs(& thereby the physical secondary needs) of the people, these would do the opposite. They were in it for themselves & would gang up on the populace as do a pack of “wolves.” Each would take their own piece from the populace, eventually resulting in the death of the nation.
Again there is no concern for God’s reality & truth. There is no recognition of or retraction from personal sin or selfishly driven action.
“Destruction” of the “people” on the part of the “princes” seems to be their goal, whether it is ultimately intentional or not. Their laws of the land play to selfish ends. Regardless, these “princes” are “shedding blood” of innocent citizenry in order to profit thru the possessions of others.
Both capitalism & socialism are destroyed in this description, since both can(when given to the power of the flesh) greedily &/or forcibly take from others what is not theirs.
“Princes”—rs sar—Noun Masc.—1) Prince, ruler, leader, chief, chieftain, official, captain—1a) Chieftain, leader, 1b) Vassal, noble, official(under king), 1c) Captain, general, commander(military), 1d) Chief, head, overseer(of other official classes), 1e) Heads, princes(of religious office), 1f) Elders(of representative leaders of people), 1g) Merchant-princes(of rank & dignity), 1h) Patron-angel, 1i) Ruler of rulers(of God), 1j) Warden. Strong—from rrs saw-rar’[To have dominion]; A head person(of any rank or class).
“Midst”2X(See :25; :26—“Among them”)—Kwt taw'-vek—Noun Masc.—1) Midst, middle—1a) Midst, middle, 1b) Into, through(after verbs of motion), 1c) Among(of a number of persons), 1d) Between(of things arranged by twos), 1e) From among(as to take or separate etc). Strong—from an unused root meaning to sever; A bisection, i.e. by implication--The center.