Ezekiel 33:6 But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman’s hand.
Once again, and for emphasis, the Lord gives the illustration of the watchman. This morning, I am reminded that I, too, am to be a watchman. Comparing chapters 3 and 33, we see two groups to whom we’re to be watchmen, and whom we are to watch and give warning.
The first group is God’s people. As teachers and preachers, we cannot but warn and preach with fervor and passion. We cannot but speak the warnings and admonishments found in the word of God. we must be watchmen. We must be willing to speak up at times. The second group is to the lost (ie, “the wicked”). This is self-explanatory. There are people lost and on their way to hell. There are people that I come into contact with. And if I don’t warn them, someone else may not. I’d hate to stand before God and have someone’s blood on my hands because I didn’t warn them. Might these reminders stick with me today, as well as through my life and ministry.