Thursday, October 29, 2015

But I Found None Part 8

"And I sought for a man among them who should build up the wall and stand in the breach before me for the land, that I should not destroy it, but I found none. Therefore I have poured out my indignation upon them. I have consumed them with the fire of my wrath. I have returned their way upon their heads, declares the Lord God.”

So why was God seeking a man who could rebuild the wall:::: let's look at Ezekiel 22 and see if we draw comparisons to the US today....

22 The word of the Lord came to me:  2 “Son of man, will you judge her? Will you judge this city of bloodshed? Then confront her with all her detestable practices 3 and say: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: You city that brings on herself doom by shedding blood in her midst ( abortion and  haresting body parts)and defiles herself by making idols,( greed, power, self seeking,  so many) 4 you have become guilty because of the blood you have shed and have become defiled by the idols you have made. You have brought your days to a close, and the end of your years has come. Therefore I will make you an object of scorn to the nations and a laughingstock to all the countries. 5 Those who are near and those who are far away will mock you, you infamous city, full of turmoil.

6 “‘See how each of the princes of Israel who are in you uses his power to shed blood. (our  government's agenda to support  abortion) 7 In you they have treated father and mother with contempt;  )This   item   has  huge implications in Malachi...  will discuss  in future)  for now let us   remember the  chaos in schools and communities where  youths  are   fighting   all forms of  authority,   police,   teachers,  principals, community   gang  activities)  in you they have oppressed the foreigner and mistreated the fatherless and the widow.8 You have despised my holy things and desecrated my Sabbaths.( God's holy covenant has been desecrated  with the  marriage amendment) 9 In you are slanderers who are bent on shedding blood; in you are those who eat at the mountain shrines and commit lewd acts. 10 In you are those who dishonor their father’s bed; in you are those who violate women during their period, when they are ceremonially unclean. 11 In you one man commits a detestable offense with his neighbor’s wife, another shamefully defiles his daughter-in-law, and another violates his sister, his own father’s daughter. Immorality is rampant  and  good is evil and evil good   if you watch   the television which  brings  filth into our homes and  pornography is prolific 12 In you are people who accept bribes to shed blood; you take interest and make a profit from the poor. You extort unjust gain from your neighbors. And you have forgotten me, declares the Sovereign Lord.  (We have not only forgotten Him  but  He is pushed out!)

Verses 13-29  continue  to explain  how God's wrath with    come on the people....   He sent  Ezekiel to  warn the people and then God looked to  see if there was  one   righteous who  would  rebuild the wall before him and come before  the people in intercession....   But there was none!  Verse  31 continues 
31 "So I will pour out my wrath on them and consume them with my fiery anger, bringing down on their own heads all they have done, declares the Sovereign Lord.”

One of my favorite Bible Scholars is Derek Prince (1915-2003) You  can find much of his teaching on youtube and  he authored  hundreds of  books....  I  gleaned much of the  next information from his book,  Will You Intercede? He  shows us that  there were  at least  4 great  interceders  in the  Old Testament and  he points out  several  main features  that  an   necessary for an  intercessor  as  witnessed  through these  great  heroes who plead  for  God  to relent  and turn His wrath from the people:
  • intimacy with God~ men like  Abraham and Moses who walked with and talked with God
  • boldness~  Abraham and Moses  both  actually challenged God
  • conviction of God's absolute justice~ Abraham  and Daniel both  were completely convinced that the  God's judgment was just   due to the sin of the people
  • desire for  God's glory to be manifest  and not for personal  gain~ here we can think of  Moses  how  God wanted to make of him a great nation and  Moses  didn't want the  glory  but  for God to be lifted  higher
  • Conviction of the cause even  at the risk of  personal life~ Daniel and Esther
  • Identifying with  those for whom they were interceding~  Daniel and Esther  
 Then  we  look again  Isaiah 59:15  the people were so wicked and backsliddened ,  there was  so much corruption and violence,  "  Truth cannot be found anywhere. And people who refuse to do evil are attacked. The Lord looked and could not find any justice. And he was displeased."
Some  versions  say God was  appalled!    When not one  faithful, and true  believer couldt not be  found you might say  the case was hopeless..

In Ezekiel, God  said ,"Again a message came to me from the LORD: 24“Son of man, give the people of Israel this message: In the day of my indignation, you will be like a polluted land, a land without rain"  Scholars  look at   the word  " rain "  and it can be  construed as  the lack of  rain of the Holy Spirit  on the people... 

Princes Book   asks us to continue with Ezekiel  22 to  find out  who  is guilty of  bringing  the land under God's just judgment:

Princes:  government and it's    rulers
Prophets and priests:  spiritual leaders 
People:   us
what  was their  aim  in every case....  personal interests...   they failed the nation through their  self seeking and corrupt, wayward  ways,,,,  they were a crooked people  who  had forgotten  God....

So the "walls of the city"  had crumbled  God's protective hand....  God sought even one  person who would rebuild the line of communication with Him but  there was  not one...

Let's get more personal now....shall we?
What about our community... city... nation??My husband and I attend  our local Intercessors for America group  in our fair town....  only one  such group  in a city  and county of nearly 200,000. people  and an area of  dozens of churches.  We meet in a living room  of a home  every first  Friday of the month to intercede for  the nation,  society, the church , and Israel.  On any given  meeting night   I have never seen  over a dozen .. and always the same dedicated ones....  I suppose there is but a  remnant of  folks in  our  city  who care enough to  think about  pleading for  the nation.... I  don't  mean to sound judgmental,  but  I do  think it very sad  knowing  how very far our nation has fallen  away from God,   and so few who are  willing to give up  a couple of hours a month to seek  God's  face! Knowing the  deep darkness that  is spreading over our  own community... drugs, human trafficking,  violence,  even  known witchcraft  in our area.  Our city needs transformation.  We  need the cleansing rains of the Holy Spirit to wash us anew...  but again.. it  can not happen until   floods of God';s people  decide to remove the basket from their light and  become God's salt in the earth...Where are the intercessors,  the image bearers, the  ones through  their  daily living  attract  the  world to the Lover of  our souls  to the dying world...


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