As we read the Scriptures, it is evident that God has faithful servants whose faith and courage turn the tide of events from that of destruction and judgment to blessing.   Sometimes it is to spare a people, or an individual or even the entire human race.  At times, the breach is plugged, but Scripture does reveal that God’s judgment is not always stayed.  For example, Noah preached for one hundred twenty years the message of deliverance giving opportunity for repentance from evil.  It was a message of grace before judgment.  “And God looked on the earth, and behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted their way upon the earth. Then God said to Noah, "the end of all flesh has come before Me; for the earth is filled with violence because of them; and behold, I am about to destroy them with the earth” (Gen 6:12-13).  “Then the LORD said to Noah, "Enter the ark, you and all your house” (Gen 7:1).  God’s grace offer of deliverance through Noah was rejected, and history records the Flood.  Another Old Testament saint stood in the breach as God dealt with the rebellious Exodus generation in the wilderness.  Though all those that left Egypt were believers in the coming Messiah, they were quick to complain and return to the old ways of Egypt.  Even judgment against the worshippers of idols did not turn the thinking of the people back toward Jehovah God.  Would God destroy His people after having rescued them from the slavery of the Egyptians and give the surrounding nations opportunity to ridicule and mock the name of Jehovah God?  Moses stood in the gap and pleaded for God’s mercy and grace to avert certain destruction.  “So he [God] said he [God] would destroy them — had not Moses, his chosen one, stood in the breach before him to keep his wrath from destroying them.  In another instance of rebellion, it was Phinehas who interceded on behalf of the Israelites.  “They yoked themselves to the Baal of Peor and ate sacrifices offered to lifeless gods; they provoked the LORD to anger by their wicked deeds, and a plague broke out among them. But Phinehas stood up and intervened, and the plague was checked. This was credited to him as righteousness for endless generations to come” (Ps 106:28-31).  These were servants of God who stood in breach.  Abraham pleaded for the deliverance of Lot and his family.  God would have spared Sodom and Gomorrah for just ten righteous souls, but Lot had failed to present Messiah to the people and only his family was spared.  But the greatest of all Persons to avert the judgment of God was the One who came to this earth to accomplish redemption for mankind.  The incarnate God, Jesus Christ, born in accordance with prophecy, became the once for all sacrifice for sin so that man could be reconciled to God.  Paul, in his epistle to the churches in Rome, declared that all mankind is deserving of condemnation, for a righteous God can have no relationship with unrighteous man … “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”. Furthermore, Scripture states … “Now then let the fear of the LORD be upon you; be very careful what you do, for the LORD our God will have no part in unrighteousness or partiality, or the taking of a bribe." (2 Chron 19:7).  Who would stand in the breach on behalf of humanity so that man could be reconciled to God and be removed from condemnation?  The good news is that God Himself provided the solution.  “For God so loved the world, that He gave His uniquely born One, that whoever believes in Him, should not perish, but have eternal life” (John 3:16).  Paul affirms to those who accept this offer of reconciliation and forgiveness … “there is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Rom 8:1). 

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