The list of sins among God’s people is shocking: idolatry, bloodshed, adultery, incest, extortion, and bribery in the courts, robbery, the rich oppressing the poor, and citizens denying foreigners of their rights. Enough is enough. God will act, no doubt about it, and those who now seem so brave will collapse. As the metal worker casts impure metal into the purifying furnace, so God will gather the people into Jerusalem and blow fire over it and they will melt. Then they will know what His displeasure is like. The rot starts from the top down. Prince, priest, and prophet alike are violently corrupt. How can they escape?
Yet, is not Jerusalem Yahweh’s own city? Did God not put its walls in place, to keep the enemy out? Yes, but don’t be fooled. Those walls look good, for now, but they have already been torn down.
Hurry and find someone to build the walls up again and hopefully in time. And if the walls are not complete before they are needed, someone may stand in the gap, placing himself in the breach and thus stopping God’s displeasure before it is poured out.
What, is there no one to stand there? Nobody to plead the case of Israel? That’s right. There is no one qualified. What then can there be, but doom?
Yet there is one who is qualified and does stand in the gap. One whose form the prophets saw in the visionary future. He is both Son of God and Son of Man, the only one qualified. He steps into the breach, putting an end to God’s displeasure and saving Israel.
He took our place, yet also I am called to stand with Him in the breach, praying for my community, my nation, the world. “Shall not then the judge of all the earth do right?” (Gen 18:25).
Avondale College, Australia