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watchmanHave you ever watched a ship sink? It doesn’t happen right away. Depending on the size, it may take HOURS or days for it to go completely under the waves. Imagine yourself, standing on the edge of a pier. From your vantage point, you see a ship out to sea that is about to encounter a storm that you know will capsize that ship and sink it. You have a phone in your hand and it is the ONLY lifeline to that ship. What do you do? Do you call in the warning and give the people that are on that ship enough time to escape the impending storm? Or do you sit idly by and watch it all unfold and see the people perish because you didn’t want to hurt their feelings? I was speaking to someone the other day about the beautiful burden of responsibility for not only myself, but for others in their walk with the Lord. So many times we DON’T tell people the truth out of fear of hurting someone’s feelings, and then we get our panties all in a wad when someone tells US the truth about our very own disaster coming in waves from the horizon. Does that make sense to you? Why would I be ok with NOT sounding the warning when someone’s ship is sinking but also not be willing to heed that very same warning when I am already under the water?

watchman2Ezekiel 33:1-11 – The word of the Lord came to me: 2 “Son of man, speak to your people and say to them: ‘When I bring the sword against a land, and the people of the land choose one of their men and make him their watchman, 3 and he sees the sword coming against the land and blows the trumpet to warn the people, 4 then if anyone hears the trumpet but does not heed the warning and the sword comes and takes their life, their blood will be on their own head. 5 Since they heard the sound of the trumpet but did not heed the warning, their blood will be on their own head. If they had heeded the warning, they would have saved themselves. 6 But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet to warn the people and the sword comes and takes someone’s life, that person’s life will be taken because of their sin, but I will hold the watchman accountable for their blood.’

7 “Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the people of Israel; so hear the word I speak and give them warning from me. 8 When I say to the wicked, ‘You wicked person, you will surely die,’ and you do not speak out to dissuade them from their ways, that wicked person will die for their sin, and I will hold you accountable for their blood. 9 But if you do warn the wicked person to turn from their ways and they do not do so, they will die for their sin, though you yourself will be saved.

10 “Son of man, say to the Israelites, ‘This is what you are saying: “Our offenses and sins weigh us down, and we are wasting away because of them. How then can we live?”’ 11 Say to them, ‘As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign Lord, I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn from their ways and live. Turn! Turn from your evil ways! Why will you die, people of Israel?’

warning8Why would you die? I used to think I was just strong-minded in not listening to spiritual authority, but that is not the case at all. As long as I am rebelling, I am going against all that God has planned for me. If my heart isn’t in it, then I am just being hollow and empty. Without true obedience there is no proper respect for the people around me and in turn for the Lord. I NEED the watchmen in my life to show me the way when I am and stop reacting so negatively or ignoring the warnings altogether. I also need to be bold enough to sound the horn when things are going awry. When someone is under my care, it is ABSOLUTELY my responsibility to show them the right way to go. If I don’t, I will be held accountable to the Lord for their misconduct. I don’t want anyone’s blood on MY head.

With covenant comes knowledge and with knowledge, responsibility.

You can read Ezekiel 29-33 about Ezekiel’s call to prophecy and the vision of sin and judgment at www.biblegateway.com. What a testimony to God’s favor and mercy upon us all! Join in the discussion by posting comments or questions below and let’s do this together!! #ReadtheBible #bgbg2 #BibleGateway #newbeginnings #Ezekiel

To further your reading, consider this from:

Romans 13:1-5 – Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. 2 Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. 3 For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended. 4 For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. 5 Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience.

My decisions and my rebellion and my bad attitude affects EVERYONE around me. Jesus was obedient, and now I can trade my sin for His righteousness and stop being such a nuisance to those in authority over me. Joyce Meyer says, “Obedience closes the gates of hell and opens the windows of heaven.” AMEN!

I thank God every day for sending people my way who help me walk away from the plank and back onto to the majestic ship of the Lord!

Related Scriptures: 1 Samuel 15:22-23; Romans 5:19; Hebrews 13:17