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Ezekiel 33-36: Ezekiel the Watchman
Up until now, we’ve seen Ezekiel the Prophet.
Today, we see Ezekiel the Watchman—Israel's Watchman.
“The Word of the Lord came to me: ‘Son of man, speak to your people and say to them, If I bring the sword upon a land, and the people of the land take a man from among them, and make him their watchman, and if he sees the sword coming upon the land and blows the trumpet and warns the people, then if anyone who hears the sound of the trumpet does not take warning, and the sword comes and takes him away, his blood shall be upon his own head. He heard the sound of the trumpet and did not take warning; his blood shall be upon himself. But if he had taken warning, he would have saved his life. But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet, so that the people are not warned, and the sword comes and takes any one of them, that person is taken away in his iniquity, but his blood I will require at the watchman's hand.
The first thing I notice in this passage is that the Lord calls Israel “your people” instead of My people. “The Word of the Lord came to me: ‘Son of man, speak to your people…’” (33:1). When the Lord speaks to Ezekiel and calls Israel “your people,” this gives Ezekiel a sense of responsibility for these people. The responsibility he has for them, we will also read, is to be their watchman.
The duty of a watchman is to blow the trumpet and warn the people. If the watchman warns the people and the people hear but do not take warning, their blood will be on their own head—"He heard the sound of the trumpet and did not take warning… if he had taken warning, he would have saved his life” (33:5). However, if the watchman does not warn the people, “…and the sword comes and takes any one of them, that person is taken away in his iniquity, but his blood I will require at the watchman's hand” (33:6).
Being a watchman for the house of Israel was a pretty serious business!
But aren’t we also watchmen today? Aren’t we watchmen for the people God brings across our paths every day? We are, and the business is just as serious! We are armed with the Gospel, the Good News of Jesus Christ. We know the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Let’s be the watchmen, or watchwomen, that God has called us to be in our time just as Ezekiel was to the house of Israel in his.
Being a watchman (or watchwomen) is serious business! How are you going about that business in your everyday life today?
About Sweeter Than Honey
When I read God’s Word each morning, I find inspiration and insight that keeps my day on track. Join me on this journey. Let’s settle in with His Word—it’s His Love Letter to us. Did you know that? Let’s read it like a love letter, expecting to glean something for our walk with Him every day. Let’s look for peace in the chaos and strength for our weaknesses. Even on our busiest days we can carve out a few minutes to refocus on the important—the eternal. Can’t we? We may have to get up a little earlier, when the house is still and quiet, or stay up a few minutes after the others are all tucked in for the night, but we can do this! I know we can.
Let's be intentional about focusing on God’s Word and the truths found there. Let's let it inspire us to live out our faith each day in a way that causes those we come in contact with to want what we have found. God sees you. He knows you by name, He knows the number of hairs on your head, and He cares about every detail of your daily existence. He wrote you a Love Letter. Let’s dive in!
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