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  • Joe Norton

Mind the Gap (8/28/2022)

So I sought for a man among them who would make a wall, and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land that I should not destroy it, but I found no one.

Therefore I have poured out My indignation on them; I have consumed them with the fire of My wrath; and I have recompensed their deed on their own heads,” says the Lord God (Ezekiel 22:30-31).

Mind the Gap is an expression quite familiar to those who have traveled in Great Britain and have had an opportunity to ride London subways (they call them the ‘tube’ or the ‘underground’). The ‘gap’ is a small but potentially dangerous gap between the platform and the subway car.

In this passage, God expects someone to come forward to “stand in the gap”—that is, to intercede—for these rebellious people of Judah and Jerusalem—they are in a dangerous position spiritually, and they desperately need an effective defender.

Finding no one from among them, God here entrusts the prophet Ezekiel with this dire message of frustration and anger over their persistent sins—He has the prophet tell them they all will, therefore, suffer His indignation.

The beautiful message of Christianity is that we—mankind—have someone to Mind the Gap for us. Rather than standing a guilty distance from God because of our sins, we have a Savior—Jesus Christ—who sits at God’s right hand, ever interceding on behalf of His obedient children. May we ever show our deep, abiding gratitude by living a life devoted to Him and His Great Cause.


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