Standing in the Gap

Ezekiel is a pretty crazy book of the Bible y’all.  I am pretty sure I have never sat down and read through Ezekiel until this month.  Just a little back story…I have committed to “study” through the Bible, and it’s taken me a while, it’s been 2 years and I am only on Ezekiel, but did you know that’s 1/2 way through the Bible.  (Yeah!!)  I have my whole life to get to the end, and I like to savor scripture… I am not a quick reader, and when I study something it takes time for me to mull it over.  At the ripe old age of 30 I have accepted this fact and if others read through the Bible in a year… yeah for them… my poor little mommy-of-three-brain just can’t take in that much.

So.  Ezekiel.

Did you know that Jewish tradition would not allow a person to read Ezekiel until they were 30 years of age?  Me neither.  (At least that’s what my Matthew Henry Commentary told me.)  It’s probably because the first half of the book is a mash-up of Revelation and “Its a Wonderful Life”.  Visions of God, his throne, his four-headed-six-winged-creature-beings (plus) God picking up Ezekiel by the HAIR, flying him through the air and showing him the inner sins of the priests, elders and people of Jerusalem…  Read it, then tell me if you don’t think I am a genius.  Revelation/Its a Wonderful Life mash-up…you’re welcome.
Have I lost you?  I have to admit my mind is a little scattered this morning, but I just have to tell you what I have learned this week in Ezekiel.  I just have to.
So… God basically is allowing Judah to be taken captive because of rampant idolatry.  He has chosen Ezekiel to be the prophet to captive Israel.

In chapter 22:30 God says…
30 “I looked for someone among them who would build up the wallA)’> them—
    had not Moses, his chosen one,
stood in the breach

Heather Duncan is an Oklahoma native who recently moved with her husband and three kids to the middle of D.C. Raising her kids in the urban core of the nations capital came as an unexpected surprise. Trading a sprawling 4 bedroom house for a tight 2 bedroom Rowe home isn't everyone's idea of the American dream, but for her family, the Lord has used it to open their eyes and hearts to HIS divine plan. Follow her story on her blog or find her on Facebook or Instagram @hdunc.

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  • Reply Meredith @ The Laundry Can Wait

    I’ve been amping up my prayer list for others as well, but I never looked at it as standing in the gap until now. I never knew that because of Moses’ gap-standing (if you will), that God changed His mind. This blows my mind! Thank you for this post, Heather. You’ve given me some insight here that I will begin to use on a daily basis.


    April 19, 2013 at 3:37 am
    • Reply Heather D.

      Meredith, I know what you mean… it is amazing to see God change his mind because of one man’s plea.

      April 19, 2013 at 3:53 pm
  • Reply chandra

    Um….pretty sure God just told me the same thing this week!

    April 18, 2013 at 7:06 pm
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