“He heard the sound of the trumpet, but did not take warning; his blood shall be upon himself. But he who takes warning will save his life.”
Ezekiel 33:5 NKJV
““So you, son of man: I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; therefore you shall hear a word from My mouth and warn them for Me. When I say to the wicked, ‘O wicked man, you shall surely die!’ and you do not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at your hand. Nevertheless if you warn the wicked to turn from his way, and he does not turn from his way, he shall die in his iniquity; but you have delivered your soul.”
Ezekiel 33:7-9 NKJV
In the time of Ezekiel, the watchmen kept lookout over the territory to be on guard for the enemy. It was his job to alert the others if danger appeared. If he did not, his life was forfeit. In these politically charged times, I have seen many professing believers using the Ezekiel 33 as a reason to post political memes, conspiracies and false information.
The old testament is for our benefit, by way of application, as it offers types and shadows of spiritual things for the New Testament follower of Christ. For the Christian, the enemy is not the opposing party, but rather sin, and the machinations of the evil one.
Rather than a call to be an alert patriot, it is a call to be alert and tell of the dangers of sin, and, within the confines of the household of faith, hold others accountable. We are called to be soldiers of the Lord, ambassadors bringing the message of the Gospel to those who do not believe. Humanity is at its core, wicked and sinful, and deserving of death.
““The heart is deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked; Who can know it?”
Jeremiah 17:9 NKJV
When we go out and witness of the salvation found in Jesus, we tell of the sinfulness of people by confronting them with what it says in the bible. We are going out and sending the alarm, that sin leads to spiritual death, and spiritual death leads to hell. We are commissioned to do so, and when do not, we hold some responsibility for souls nearest hell falling into the abyss.
We also tell of the judgement to come, when everyone will stand before the Lord, either at the Great White Throne, or at the Bema Seat. We also remind people Jesus is coming again to judge the world.
In these perilous times, it is becoming more and more difficult to be a watchmen, as the evil one has so infected the world, that the values have been corrupted at the core. As go and blow the trumpet, there is little heeding, and some go so far as to attack the messenger. Still the trumpet must be blown.
The time is short.
Eyes are blinded to the coming destruction, though signs of it are all around us. It is easy to stop, to refrain from trying, as the world falls to pieces. But we cannot. When I think of my own journey, all the times I rejected the presentation of the Good News from my mother and so many others, I am so thankful that no one stopped.
There will be moments of strife as a watchman, there will be those times when one wishes to hit the pass button and rest. But we must press on. God will work in our efforts, as we do not down we are called to do in vain. As we work for the Lord, we will see increased strength, and a greater sense of the power of God in our lives, keeping us unspotted by the world.
“But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
II Peter 1:5-8 NKJV
In the confines of the church, we hold each other accountable, intervening with love and grace. We are to be watchmen, looking for the encroachment of the enemy, as he prowls about looking for people to devour.
Often the greatest resistance to the watchmen comes within the body of Christ, as people seek to hold on to their favorite sins and resist the draw of the Holy Spirit, pulling them toward holiness and the will of God.
“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.”
I Peter 5:8 NKJV
The world is pressing in, and many churches and denominations have yielded to the pressure. In those churches, the watchmen are silent, and the enemy has swept in.
Brothers and sisters, let us be ever watchful, keeping a wary eye on the flock. Let us do so with gentleness, as we watch out for each other, because we are of each other. The body of Christ is one, and when one part is struggling, all struggle.
If sin is found, leave room for repentance. All too often, we in the church shootout wounded, and cast out people who have fallen. There needs to be room for repentance, for restoration if the wicked many has changed his ways.
“Again, when I say to the wicked, ‘You shall surely die,’ if he turns from his sin and does what is lawful and right, if the wicked restores the pledge, gives back what he has stolen, and walks in the statutes of life without committing iniquity, he shall surely live; he shall not die. None of his sins which he has committed shall be remembered against him; he has done what is lawful and right; he shall surely live.”
Ezekiel 33:14-16 NKJV
We have been given the ministry of reconciliation, bringing sinners to Jesus, and restoring the backslider to fellowship. Let us be watchmen on mission, faithful to our calling.
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