What a responsible job Ezekiel had! He not only had to listen carefully to what the Lord told him, but then was also responsible to tell the people what he had heard. Most of the time, it was not the things the people wanted to hear. It could have been so easy for him just not to say anything! But God told Ezekiel that he had to tell them what he heard, or he would be the one who would be punished.
There may be times that we are called to be watchmen for God. And then we would have the same responsibility as Ezekiel. If it is good news, it can be an easy assignment, but it is not always good news we are asked to share.
Father, thank You that You have assigned watchmen to watch for what is happening today, and then tell us how and when we should respond. You are so faithful, and I thank You! AMEN
Lord, You are my hope. I have trusted and depended on You since I was young. So now that I am older, do not leave me. Psalm 71
1 The LORD spoke his word to me, saying: 2 “Human, speak to your people and say to them: ‘Suppose I bring a war against a land. The people of the land may choose one of their men and make him their watchman. 3 When he sees the enemy coming to attack the land, he will blow the trumpet and warn the people. 4 If they hear the sound of the trumpet but do nothing, the enemy will come and kill them. They will be responsible for their own deaths. 5 They heard the sound of the trumpet but didn’t do anything. So they are to blame for their own deaths. If they had done something, they would have saved their own lives. 6 But if the watchman sees the enemy coming to attack and does not blow the trumpet, the people will not be warned. Then if the enemy comes and kills any of them, they have died because of their own sin. But I will punish the watchman for their deaths.’ 7 “You, human, are the one I have made a watchman for Israel. If you hear a word from my mouth, you must warn them for me. 8 Suppose I say to the wicked: ‘Wicked people, you will surely die,’ but you don’t speak to warn the wicked to stop doing evil. Then they will die because they were sinners, but I will punish you for their deaths. 9 But if you warn the wicked to stop doing evil and they do not stop, they will die because they were sinners. But you have saved your life. (Ezekiel 33:1-9 NCV)
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