A Faithful Watchman

Posted: May 31, 2016 in Journals

“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.” (Ezekiel 33:7)

Ezekiel was set as Israel’s watchman in a time of war and pestilence, in a time of impending danger. A watchman has the job of looking over the entire city by gaining a view of great distance, waiting for any sign of danger. The prophet was tasked to shout to the people the Lord’s coming judgment. He was tasked to cry out danger whenever he sees it.

We too, have been told to proclaim the truth as witnesses. We are told to shout to the world the gospel of God, which inevitably begins with “For the wrath of God is being poured out on all flesh.” This is doom we are commanded to tell people. This is “Danger! Danger!” we are told to cry out. Such is our task, like Ezekiel’s was. Before we can proclaim the better half of the Gospel, this proclamation must come first. This is our task. Shall the blood of the people we see every day be required upon our hands? They have to know the danger they are in. That because of sin they fall short of God’s glory, and such predicament calls for eternal punishment. They couldn’t be saved if they didn’t know they needed saving.

So pray help me, Lord. I have news to bear–the message of your holiness and justice, but also of your saving grace. Give me the courage, Lord, to speak it–and speak it courageously. Let no blood be required of me. Let everyone who chooses to jump to their deaths instead of life not do so without me fervently clinging to their feet, warning them of what is to become of them. Let everyone who refuses to forsake their sins to do not without me telling them the impending consequences. Let me be a faithful watchman, Lord.

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