On my trip to Israel earlier this year, we visited a Nazareth village which is set up to show us what Nazareth looked like when Jesus lived there.
Ezekiel explains the watchman’s duties in his 33rd chapter. He says the watchman needs to blow the trumpet to warn the people when he sees danger coming. If he blows the trumpet and the people don’t heed the warning, they are responsible for their own deaths.
BUT, if the watchman sees the danger coming and doesn’t blow the trumpet, the watchman is responsible for their deaths.
What does this mean for us today?
We don’t have watchmen……or, do we?
We definitely have danger all around us.
When I read this, God reminds me that I am a watchman for the people around me. I know the truth. And I know what danger looks like. So I need to sound the alarm when I see danger coming.
I wish it was as easy as sounding the trumpet. It’s much harder today to warn others of danger coming their way. Our culture is more independent than that of the Israelites and many people don’t understand that God still holds us accountable for each other.
So how do we make sure we’re doing our job as watchmen? We have a great role model in Jesus who used equal measures of grace and truth. He didn’t judge people (except for the religious leaders who should have known better). He didn’t condemn people who were in danger. He communicated truth with love. So people could listen. And understand. And avoid the danger.
Thank you, dear Jesus. Please help us do the same.