Standing in the Breach

From Lynda Lindsey 

Psalm 106 details Israel’s sinfulness beginning with the exodus from Egypt:

So He (God) said He would destroy them—-had not Moses, His chosen one, stood in the breach before Him to keep His wrath from destroying them. Then they despised the pleasant land; they did not believe His promise. They grumbled in their tents and did not obey the Lord. Psalm 106:23-24

Moses stood in the breach averting God’s destruction. Yet the people despised the pleasant land God gave them. They disbelieved God’s promises. They grumbled in their tents. They disobeyed the Lord. Despised. Disbelieved. Grumbled. Disobeyed. Strong words and serious charges against God’s people. To despise the good, pleasant gifts the Lord gives is to look with contempt, even repugnance at both the gift and the Giver.

To disbelieve God’s promises is to be skeptical that God can, or will, keep His word and casts aspersion on God’s character, reputation and integrity. To grumble against God is to voice one’s discontent by murmuring, complaining, and criticizing as if the created one is superior to the Creator. To disobey the Lord God is to openly and defiantly ignore, and even flout, God’s commands. Disobedience carries with it a sense of mocking the holy. Serious then; and serious now.

In military terms a breach is a hole or gap created when enemies break through your front line of defense, leaving your position open to attack. To stand in the breach was to courageously throw oneself into that gap in heroic defense against the enemy. Israel’s defiant sin breached the security and safety that God graciously provided. Moses bravely stood in Israel’s defense before holy and righteous God, standing in the gap, saving the people from certain death.

Moses’ action of standing in the gap for the Israelites parallels exactly what God did for us. God sent His only Son Jesus to stand in the breech for us, saving us from certain death. Let us then stand in the breech for those who have yet to accept Jesus as Lord. Let us commit to intercessory prayer. Let us commit to a lifestyle that draws others to the Lord. Be faithful. Be obedient. Stand in the breach. It’s worth it!