“7 So thou, O son of man, I have set thee a watchman unto the house of Israel; therefore thou shalt hear the word at My mouth, and warn them from Me. 32 And, lo, thou art unto them as a very lovely song of one that hath a pleasant voice, and can play well on an instrument: for they hear thy words, but they do them not.” Ezekiel 33:7&32
To be a watchman is a very serious task to the Lord. It is explained in this chapter just what the Lord expects from us as His representatives here on Earth through His Word given to Ezekiel. Prior to telling Ezekiel that he is set by God Himself as a watchman, God explains that the watchman’s responsibility is to stand on the wall and if he sees the sword approaching, he is to blow a trumpet to warn the people, and whosoever follows the warning, his soul will be spared. Whosoever does not heed the warning, his soul will not be spared, but his blood is on his own head. If, however, the watchman sees the sword and does not blow the trumpet to warn the people, and any of the people are taken in their sin, their blood will be on the watchman’s hands. Then, God makes sure He is clearly understood by telling Ezekiel that he will be responsible for speaking what the Lord tells him to speak at the risk of his own soul. (vs 1-6,8&9)
God tells Ezekiel to tell Israel how sinful she is, and that He will not spare them, lest they repent from their own doings. God says that they refuse to seek Him and understand Him, following their own paths, committing idolatry and not understanding the Lord at all because they say He is unfair in His dealings with them. In this, God will take them in snares where they stand, and those who are not immediately dealt with will come to Ezekiel to hear from the Lord. They will put on an outward show of obedience, and niceties, but inwardly they will continue to do what they have been doing, rebelling against Him. (vs 10-31)
God had dealt with this at the very beginning. Adam and Eve had two sons, Cain and Abel. Cain was the firstborn, and being the oldest sibling myself, I know that he was somewhat responsible for his younger brother. It comes to pass that Cain, in anger against Abel for having found respect in God’s eyes for his sacrifice versus Cain’s, slays Abel. After doing this, God finds Cain, and God asks him, “Where is Abel thy brother?” even though He knows full well everything that has transpired. Abel does not answer this question, instead he says, “I know not; am I my brother’s keeper?” (Gen 4:9) God, in turn, does not answer but proceeds to ask Cain, “What have you done?” knowing, but trying to get Cain to understand the gravity of what he did. God tells him, “the voice of thy brother’s blood crieth unto Me from the ground.” (Gen 4:10) God then informs Cain that he will have to suffer the consequences of his actions, and the consequences are detailed thereafter, but the question was never directly answered about being his brother’s keeper. Of course, we can see that as the older brother, Cain was indeed Abel’s keeper, and for that matter, since Abel had such an understanding of what God expected from him, he also was Cain’s keeper.
As children of God, adopted into His family through faith, and co-heirs with Jesus to the Kingdom, we are found righteous with Him, in Him, because of Him and His Atonement for us. Now, that being true, God looks at us and sees the only righteous Man, that being His Only Begotten Son. Jesus was the firstborn child of Mary and Joseph, therefore, he sees us as the firstborn. We receive the double portion with Him, but we are also our brothers’ keepers. And so, we are as Ezekiel, watchmen. But what we are to say is not what Ezekiel had to say of the Lord. His message through us is the message of Peace.
“And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto Me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” Matthew 28:18-20
What Jesus teaches us is faith and grace. It is the message of the Cross, and how what we could not do, through God coming to be among us, and living this life perfectly, fulfilling the requirements of the Law, He was able then to become the sacrifice that would take away our sins. Jesus did so. We are to believe it, and speak it through our testimony, through the study of the Word, through preaching and teaching. We are to proclaim what He has done for us from the rooftops, bearing any shame or ridicule for His righteousness’ sake, but more than just that, for the sake of those who do not know Him. We are to proclaim, as Ezekiel did, the world is in dire need, deep in sin. They need God to save them, and Jesus is the only Way that can happen. The church, too, needs to be corrected. The church is on a wrong course, drifting further and further from Truth. The Body is sick, and is in need of healing. We need to hear the Truth as given to anointed men and women who are used by the Lord to speak it, like Ezekiel was.
Stand on the wall, in the strong and mighty Tower of the Lord, and warn with the trumpet He has placed in hand. Do not hesitate. Be ready in season and out of season. Study His Word, know it, speak it in love, compassion for others, and concern for the souls of all. Jesus is coming back very soon. He is the Word, the Sword, and He told Ezekiel to warn them if the sword comes. The Sword is coming. He’s coming back.