“So you, son of man, I have made a watchman for the house of Israel. Whenever you hear a word from my mouth, you shall give them warning from me. If I say to the wicked, O wicked one, you shall surely die, and you do not speak to warn the wicked to turn from his way, that wicked person shall die in his iniquity, but his blood I will require at your hand. But if you warn the wicked to turn from his way, and he does not turn from his way, that person shall die in his iniquity, but you will have delivered your soul. (Ezekiel 33:7-9 ESV)
Ezekiel was a prophet that lived during the time of Judah’s fall to the Babylonians. He was taken captive when the Babylonians first captured the city and was called by God to be a prophet while in captivity in Babylonia. This passage above describes his calling. He will be given words to speak and he must be faithful to tell them to the people. His words, up to this point in his book, are largely of the judgment of God coming upon Jerusalem and the nations around Jerusalem. God uses the picture of a watchman on the wall of a castle who sees an enemy marching in the distance. His job is to blow the trumpet and warn te people. It is not a sound any want to hear. But if they listen and heed the warning they might escape. If they don’t, they will die. But if he watchman sees the approaching army and does not blow the trumpet, they will all die but their blood will be on the watchman’s head. He will be held accountable for not sounding the warning.
The Scriptures are that trumpet sound for us. It warns us of God’s judgment. It is very real and will come upon all people. The only way to be saved from it is to seek refuge in the King, that is, to believe in Jesus. It is also a message that we have been given to tell others. You, who have believed in Jesus and know that judgment is coming, are called to tell others.
Have you ever told anyone about Jesus? What was that conversation like? Was it hard or easy? Were you glad that you did or sad that you did?
Ask the Lord to give you boldness to tell others about Jesus and wisdom to tell others about Jesus in a winsome way.
McCheyne’s Bible Reading Plan: 1 Kings 2, Gal 6, Ez 33, Ps 20-21