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 +==Wednesday night service 3.19. 2008(Faith Baptist Church of Iksan, South Korea)==
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 +======Being the Part of the Wall======
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 +Text verse: Ezek 22:30 And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found none.
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 +
 +=====I. Historical Background=====
 +
 +Before we know the meaning of tonight'​s message we need to know the historical background when God gave prophecy to Ezekiel. the vision was started in the fifth year of king Jehoiachin'​s captivity. (v.2)
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 +Look at 2 Kings chapter 24.
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 +Due to Judah'​s sin God began to allow the king of Babylon attack Jerusalem.
 +Jehoiakim became the servant of him (2king 24:1)
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 +After that Jehoiachin became a king he still did evil in the sight of the Lord(v. 8,9)
 +In his days the king of Babylon besieged the city and so Jerusalem surrendered.
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 +This was the first invasion of Babylon to take all out of Jerusalem to Babylon. by this time Daniel and his friends and Ezekiel and other men save the poor besides king Jehoiachin were carried away to Babylon.
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 +while Jeremiah in Palestine was prophesying the destruction of Jerusaleml, Ezekiel, his younger contemporary in Babylon, was declaring the same fate for the apostate city.
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 +Unlike Jeremiah, however, Ezekiel, ministrering principally to the exiles, had a large note of consolation in his messages. He showed his suffering colleagues that the Lord was justified in sending His people into captivity. (Unger)
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 +After Jehoiachin and a group of people were carried away to Babylon, the king of Babylon made Mattaniah king in his stead and changed his name to Zedekiah(2 King. 24:17)
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 +But Zedekiah did evil in the sight of the Lord and rebelled against the king of Babylon. So the second invasion of Babylon took place to carry all the remained men to Babylon and this time the house of the Lord and all the houses of the people and all the walls of Jerusalem were burnt and broken down. (2king. 25:8-10)
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 +Let's go back to tonight'​s Bible verse.
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 +=====II. Make up the Hedge and Stand in the Gap=====
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 +First there are several things that we have to consider what the meaning of this verse.
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 +make up the hedge. What is the biblical meaning of "​hedge"?​
 +Ecc 10:8b ... whoso breakth an hedge, a serpent shall bite him.
 +Job 1:10a Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side?
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 +It means the protection, the protection of God. Like the hedge around the house protects it from outer invasion.
 +When the people of God sinned against the Lord, violating the law of God, they stripped themselves of the hedges of God's protection and they are exposed to their enemy.
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 +Remember all the men were carried away to Babylon, and that's because of their sin and rebellion against the Lord. they lost God's protection. Look at Psalm 80:8-12 and Isa. 5:5.
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 +But in this particular verse it shows the more important aspects of God's people'​s walk.
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 +God said, "I sought for a man among them(servants of the king or priests or prophets or rulers or people of Jerusalem) that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the Land..."​
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 +God sought for a man, and he could not find.
 +
 +=====III. Whom the Lord seeks for=====
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 +Whom He sought for?
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 +  A. make up the hedge
 +  B. stand in the gap
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 +what is the meaning? You know, the hedge means protection so if we want to regain God's protection what should we do? we should repent our sins and do the right things.
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 +Then what about "stand in the gap"? Just pretend that you are "​standing in the gap of a wall". You become a part of the wall! you make an intercession for the people so that you protect people!
 +
 +====1. Examples in the Bible====
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 +Once the walls were broken apart what should be done? We have to repair and stand in the gap for the protection. Look at Psalm 106:23.
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 +Psalm 106:23 Therefore he said that he would destroy them, had not Moses his chosen stood before him in the breach to turn away his wrath, lest he should destroy them.
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 +Have you thought about what might have happened if Moses had not made intercession for the people of Israel? I don't know but they might be destroyed. One man's intercession,​ one man's stading before God prevented God from destroying Israel.
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 +God really want to find that kind of person.
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 +the story of Abraham who cared for Lot. Genesis chapter 18 and see Gen. 19:29.
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 +====2. Men whom God wants to seek for====
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 +Before the destruction of Jerusalem the prophets were much like the foxes in the deserts. Look at Ezek. 13:4-5. Do you know what foxes do? Let's turn to Song. 2:15. it says, "Take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines: for our vines have tender grapes."​
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 +Was there no good person in Jerusalem? Surely there were. For example, if we list Daniel and his friends and Ezekiel. Then what was the problem?
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 +Let's consider Moses. Was he a perfect man who did not commit any single sin? No. The bible has the record of several sins that he committed.
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 +How about Abraham? Was he a man who made no sin at all? No! he made sins from small to great. There were cases God had to intervene the situation for Abraham.
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 +If God does not seek for a perfect man then what character God really seek in man?
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 +Let me give you an example situation. when there is a problem in the church, what kind of person you become?
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 +Are you a person who makes all kinds of complaints? ​ or are you a person like foxes who tries to destroy the vine? are you good at making complaints when it is needed you go before God through your knee?
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 +Let me give you a principle of complaint: Your complaint makes your heart bitter, and the more bitter your heart becomes, the more you make complaints. Complaints and bitter heart goes together!
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 +Or you might be a good person who does not make any complaints but also you are not a man who moves God's heart.
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 +====3. Remember Daniel.====
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 +As we see he was carried away to Babylon. Where was he before? He was in Jerusalem. At that time he was just a young man or a child. Surely he was a man of faith and a man of God!
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 +But what lacked in him at that time? He was not good enough that he could move God's heart so that God postpone or cancel his plan to destroy Jerusalem.
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 +But later when he was old, he was the man whom God really wanted him to be. Let's turn to Daniel chapter 9 and see his prayer. this prayer was made at the first year of Darius who was a king of Medes not Babylon! Look at his prayer. his prayer was a intercession for his people and Jerusalem. ​
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 +Look especially verses 13 and 14. Now Daniel knew what should have be done before the destruction of Jerusalem. He mensioned the name of Moses because Moses was a man who made intercession for the people of Israel.
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 +=====Conclusion=====
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 +What kind of person you are when the trouble comes? Will you be a person who makes intercession for people? Let's be a Moses or a Daniel who were humble and seeked God's mercies.
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 +If a problem happen in this church, are you willing to make up the hedge and stand in the gap before the Lord for the church? or are you going to be a person who complains?
  
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