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Summary: 1 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...

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STEMMING THE TIDE-I—Ezekiel 22:23-31

Intervention/Confrontation/Stand against

Standing in the Gap

Attention:

(Memorial Day)Soldiers who have given their all—even their lives— for the sake of their country. Those soldiers of the WWII era we consider(per news anchor, journalist, & author Tom Brokaw) as ‘The Greatest Generation.’ Not because they were any better than anyone else of any generation, but because their generation recognized the prevailing trend of evil & the entire American nation(& others) was polarized & unified in seeking to stop that evil...Many giving their lives in the pursuit!(21 to 25 million[military dead], including deaths in captivity of about 5 million prisoners of war.”—Wikipedia) Why did they do it?...Because it was the right thing to do.

Together they stemmed the tide of sin.

Need:

To be individual & thereby corporate world changers.

YaHWeH(the LORD) sought for a man who would be willing to stand for Him in the midst of apostasy.

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.

1—A person who stems the tide of sin, Addresses spiritual...

CLEANSING-CLEANLINESS(:23-24)

Explanation:(:23-24)

:23—“And the word of the LORD came to me, saying,

Ezekiel prophesied from 593(?) BC, after(604BC(?)) the southern kingdom of Judah began to be deported into Babylonian exile.—NICOT 1997

The word of YaHWeH came to Ezekiel. We do not know the manner in which Ezekiel heard YaHWeH’s “word.” Regardless it was undeniably God’s word.

Knowing/Recognizing God’s word could possibly have been like John’s being in the Spirit & hearing a loud voice as a trumpet(Rev. 1:10), or a mere absolute conviction as in the Spirit’s direct communication to the heart(Mk. 13:11; Lk. 1:67; Jn. 5:28-29).

Rev. 1:10—“I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s Day, & I heard behind me a loud voice, as of a trumpet,”

Mk. 13:11—“But when they arrest you & deliver you up, do not worry beforehand, or premeditate what you will speak. But whatever is given you in that hour, speak that; for it is not you who speak, but the Holy Spirit.”

Lk. 1:67—“Now his father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Spirit, & prophesied, saying:”

Jn. 5:28-29—“Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice[Jesus’] & come forth--those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, & those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation.”

“Word”—rbd daw-baw'—Noun Masc.—1) Speech, word, speaking, thing—1a) Speech, 1b) Saying, utterance, 1c) Word, words, 1d) Business, occupation, acts, matter, case, something, manner--by extension. Strong—from rbd[To arrange, speak, subdue]; A word; by implication--A matter(as spoken of) or thing; adverbially--A cause.


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