“Do you think that I like to see wicked people die says the Sovereign Lord. Of course not! I want them to turn from their wicked ways and live. 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.”
He said to his disciples, “The harvest is great, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.”
Would you like it if God told you that your job was to be the watchman for a city, and to warn everyone of a coming destruction, or their blood would be on your hands? Before Jerusalem fell the people thought they were invincible. They had God’s promises, His Temple, and all the trappings of a vibrant faith. Looks were deceiving. Although, they looked alive, really they were a valley full of dry bones, with no life.
God sent Ezekiel when he was only 25 years old to warn God’s people before time ran out. He told the prophet to act out the destruction of the city. Ezekiel measured out a tiny amount of grain to make bread and used cow’s dung as the fuel for the fire, to represent future food shortages. He shaved his head and beard to symbolize their disgrace (a common practice) when foreign invaders sacked a city. He even dug a hole in the city’s wall to demonstrate people trying to escape at night.
God came down to earth to rescue us from the evil in this world, but also the evil that is within us. Since the beginning of time, God has always searched for people who were willing to stand in the gap (to serve as intercessors between God and humans). Today, pray that God would raise up a new set of workers willing to do the hard work of harvesting, at our church, in our community, our city, nation and around the world.
To learn more about Biblical fasting, check out our Fasting Guide.
If you aren’t currently a part of a home group, but would like to dive deeper into our study on Courage, join us on Tuesday nights from 6:30-8:30pm in the worship center for a large group study on the book of Nehemiah led by Pastor Mark.
In this seven week course, we will dig deeper into the heart of courage and how God uses ordinary people to do extraordinary things.
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