In Ezekiel 22:23-31, God gives His evaluation of the sins of Israel’s leaders. He targets their positions and lists their sins.
He says there is a conspiracy of the prophets that have devoured lives, taken treasure and precious things and made widows of many.
The priests have violated His instructions (the Law) and defiled His holy things. They do not teach the people the difference between holy and unholy, clean and unclean.
The leaders are compared to wolves who tear their victims apart and destroy people’s lives for money. The prophets are called out specifically for covering up for the leaders by announcing false visions and making lying predictions. Even the common people are oppressing the poor, robbing the needy and depriving foreigners of justice.
Israel Summed up
After listing the sins of the leaders, God makes a sad and telling statement that sums up the condition of Israel. “I looked for s
omeone who might rebuild the wall of righteousness that guards the land,” He says. “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.”
Even though God is addressing Israel in this passage, we can certainly relate to some of the leadership we see in our country today. God’s word is timeless and if the shoe fits it can be applied to future generations. God’s list starts at the top but goes all the way down to the common people. Here He is speaking to all people.
A Wall Of Righteousness
The wall of righteousness in our country needs to be rebuilt too. God indicates the only way to do that is to have
someone “stand in the gap.” Prayer is one of the ways we
can stand in that gap. The Church has violated God’s instructions and defiled His holy things. The teaching of holy and unholy has been neglected and we are seeing the consequences of that in our nation today. Israel had gone too far.
God had no choice but to pour out His wrath on her people. Fortunately, those of us in America still have time to stand in the gap so that God will relent from destroying our nation. We do not want God to say that when He looked for someone, He found no one. Jesus is our wall of righteousness and our Interceder. He will help us stand and pray as never before!