Ezekiel 22:30 says that we are to be that person “… that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap …” In Isaiah 58:12 “… [they that shall be] of thee shall build the old waste places: thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in.”
When the enemy attacked a walled town in ancient times, people made up a hedge at the “breach” or the “gap” in the wall. The battle would then be fought right there at the gap. God is looking for a people to stand in the gap, to repair the breach. He wants an army to stand as a “hedge” so the enemy does not break through. Are you prepared to stand and defend God’s law?
God calls for you and me to restore His commandments that have been downtrodden. We restore them by holding them in high regard and obeying them.
Those who hedge that breach, not allowing the enemy to break through are described in Revelation 14:12: “Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.” These saints have patience—that is, they exercise endurance and are steadfast; they respond to the work of the Holy Spirit who sanctifies them and makes them holy; they keep all ten of God’s commandments and they have the faith of Jesus. They are repairers of the breach in the wall.
“Where do we find the people who are thus addressed? Who is it that shall build the old waste places, and raise up the foundation of many generations? Where are the people who have had light from heaven to see that a breach has been made in the law of God?” “Ellen G. White Comments,” The Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary, vol. 4, 1152.
Not all Christians have faith in Christ. Jesus said in Luke 6:46, “Why call ye Me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?” Faith and obedience can never be separated.
“The Lord has sent us messages for this time to establish Christianity upon an eternal basis, and all who believe present truth must stand, not in their own wisdom, but in God; and raise up the foundation of many generations. These will be registered in the books of heaven as repairers of the breach, the restorers of paths to dwell in. We are to maintain the truth because it is truth, in the face of the bitterest opposition.” “Ellen G. White Comments,” The Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary, vol. 4, 1152.
Decide today to be one who is “registered in the books of heaven as repairers of the breach, the restorers of paths to dwell in.”
Heavenly Father: I choose to stop tearing down Your law, Your character, and stand with those who are repairing the breach, and restore the paths that lead to Jesus. Help me to be steadfast and earnest in my faith while maintaining the truth in the face of the bitterest opposition. Grant me of Your grace to strengthen me as I join those who are making up the hedge and standing in the gap by maintaining the truth. Amen.