Lead Small, 2 of 7

Ezekiel 22:30 “I looked for someone who might rebuild the wall of righteousness that guards the land. I searched for someone to stand in the gap in the wall so I wouldn’t have to destroy the land, but I found no one.”  (NLT)

I ended my intro to this 7 week study with this Scripture.

When we look at what was going on in this section of Ezekiel, God was looking for a few good leaders.  You see, Israel at this time had terrible leadership and the entire Nation needed to be refined.  The whole nation was wicked.  First, all leaders had been indicted for their terrible sins:  prophets, priests, and princes.  Second, the people in general were also accused.

Ezekiel and Jeremiah (prophets) were faithful servants of God.  Apart from them, though, God was seeking a person capable of advocacy for Israel when its sin had gone way too far.  In other words, God needed someone to speak on behalf of the people and be their advocate before God.  But God found no one.  This person needed to be able to lead the people of Israel to repentance.  We know the rest of the story:  only God Himself could do this.  This is why God found no one fit enough for this.  We know Jesus, God in the flesh (John 1:14), is the only one who can be The Advocate for the people of Israel and gentiles as well.  Only the Messiah has the character and credentials sufficient to do what no mortal man can do, which is to intercede for the world.

But, we know that people need to hear this message and decide for themselves that Jesus is what they need.  We need people who are fit to teach, to rebuild the walls of righteousness, to work hard and lead the children to an understanding of Jesus Christ.  We need people to stand in the gap for the young souls.  Then, may they find Jesus to be the one to lead them to repentance and find salvation through Him!

You have decided to stand in the gap!  May God prepare you this quarter and for the next.  May you grow in your faith in Jesus as you lead the kids!  May you have the privilege this quarter to help these kids decide for themselves who Jesus is and to follow Him with all of who they are!