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Ezekiel 33:1-6 1 (NKJV)
Again the word of the LORD came to me, saying, “Son of man, speak to the children of your people, and say to them: ‘When I bring the sword upon a land, and the people of the land take a man from their territory and make him their watchman, when he sees the sword coming upon the land, if he blows the trumpet and warns the people, then whoever hears the sound of the trumpet and does not take warning, if the sword comes and takes him away, his blood shall be on his own head. 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. But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet, and the people are not warned, and the sword comes and takes any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at the watchman’s hand.”
Commentary from the Study Guide DIGGING DEEP INTO THE REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST pg 65:
In Ezekiel 33 God is naming Ezekiel as the watchman and, if he doesn’t warn the others, God is holding him responsible for Israel’s destruction. Quoting William MacDonald, “The question arises for every believer: For whom will God hold us responsible? To whom shall we witness? Whom shall we warn? Our relatives, fellow workers, neighbors, friends? It is a solemn responsibility, and we do harm to our own soul if we do not fulfill it faithfully.”
Are you a watchman for the Lord? Is Ezekiel 33:1-6 still relevant to the believer who confesses the Lord Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior?
It’s not always easy to be the watchman with all the rejection we get for being a Christian and how we are often silenced by even friends, family and neighbors! And it’s not everyone’s gift to evangelize. However, even when we don’t have the gift of evangelizing we can still support the ministry and spread of God’s word with our own gift. For example the gift of hospitality is a great support to the Christian community and also at times to strangers; God might often open doors we didn’t see.
Are you using the SPIRITUAL GIFT given to you by the Holy Spirit?
What is your gift?
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