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Stand in the Breach

Today, I'd like us to take a look at an event in history and a special man who was there. Moses went up the mount to 'see' God and receive the ten commandments. He was gone so long the Israelites fell into idolatry. God was furious and desired to wipe Israel out and start over with Moses and his family.

Therefore he (God) said that he would destroy them (Israel), had not Moses his chosen stood before him in the breach, to turn away his wrath, lest he should destroy them. Ps. 106:23 KJV

It takes a special kind of person to stand in the breach, and after reading this, I realized I might not have done the same. Why?

I grew up in a society of separation, and I'm not saying that's bad. 1 Thessalonians tells us to abstain from all appearance of evil, but have I taken it too far? Would I have stood in the breach and begged God to spare the people, or would I have been so busy putting distance between me and the very real evil of idolatry? Would my own preoccupation with my self-image have let an entire generation--nay, even all the generations to follow!--be wiped out?

Have you let separation go too far?

We are to be separate from the world. We are to be God's unique people, but don't be so zealous in your separation that you neglect to stand in the breach. This world needs people to pray for it, fight for it, and love the people in it.

Will you be the sort of person who stands in the breach?

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