You have not gone up to the breaches in the wall to repair it for the people of Israel so that it will stand firm in the battle on the day of the Lord. Ezekiel 13:5
This passage is looking talking about the fate of false prophets in Israel. The entirety of the passage goes into more detail about the fate of these people claiming to be prophets, and how they are disobeying God.
After looking at a few commentaries, here is what they conclude: (courtesy of bible study tools)
- There is no literal wall- instead this wall is referring to God’s protection as a wall.
- These “breaches in the wall” are the theocracy through the nation’s sin- by going against God they left themselves open to temptation (vulnerable to the enemy)
- Unless this breach is restored they will suffer God’s vengeance
- The only way to restore the breach is to repent of sin- however the false prophets we not leading people to repentance, instead they were leading them astray
- The battle of the day of the Lord is the day that God unleashes what Israel has coming.
So where does stand firm fit into this context?
The people of Israel have not repented of their sins (restored the breeches) so they will not be ready for battle. It is not only the responsibility of the people of Israel to repent of their sins, but it is the responsibility of the prophets to help turn them back towards the law.
Consider the following analogy:
The people of Israel were yielding buckets with holes in them. As they would carry them, the water would leak out of the buckets until there was none left.
The bucket is well-being of the people. The holes are the sin of the nation, and the water is God’s protection.
Don’t try to ignore the holes in your bucket, because after time all the water will leak out. Instead, fix the holes from the inside out.
Notice your sin and repent of your sin to restore your right relationship with God.
Standing firm isn’t only about remaining steadfast, but also about seeking to repair and restore.
Expose sin as sin. Expose lies as lies. Preserve and protect what is given by God.
How is your “bucket” doing? Are there any holes that you need to confess to God so he can fix your bucket? We want to stand firm with a solid foundation, and not one with holes exposed!