When a city is going to be attacked, the people of that city choose a watchman to sound the alarm. If those who hear the alarm choose to ignore it, it’s their own fault if they die.
But if the watchman sees the enemy coming and doesn’t sound the alarm, he is responsible for their captivity. They will die and God tells us in Ezekiel 33, that he will hold the watchman responsible for their deaths.
Then God makes Ezekiel the watchman for the people of Israel. God tells Ezekiel that he must warn the Israelites to repent and to turn from their wicked ways or they will die in their sins. They are their own worst enemy. They aren’t listening to God. God says that, if Ezekiel doesn’t warn them, he will be responsible for their deaths.
Why? Because Ezekiel knew the truth. God had told him the truth and had given him the responsibility to tell others.
Did we receive this same responsibility when Jesus gave us the great commission of going into all the world to make disciples and teach them everything that we have been taught? Are we the watchmen for our generation because God has spoken to us and we know the truth?
If so, how are we sounding the alarm?