You are God’s watchman – Ezekiel 33:1-20, Part 3

What do you watch?

TV?

Since getting a dog, I’ve spent more time throughout the day outside waiting for the dog to do his business. Out there waiting on my deck, I especially like watching the night sky. Over the last five years, I’ve seen shooting stars, including one particularly bright, slow-moving meteor that crawled across the early morning sky. Twice I’ve seen the Starlink Train.

Some people are bird-watchers, some are people-watchers. In a college class, we were given an assignment to people watch. Many students in the class would go to the mall, sit at busy intersection and observe people. It is a wonderfully fascinating habit.

In the previous post, we learned that God told Ezekiel about the watchman. But who is the watchman, and what do they do? In Ezekiel 33, verses 7-9, God continues, “Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; so hear the word I speak and give them a warning from me.  When I say to the wicked man, ‘O wicked man, you will surely die,’ and you do not speak out to dissuade him from his ways, that wicked man will die for his sin, and I will hold you accountable for his blood.  But if you do warn the wicked man to turn from his ways and he does not do so, he will die for his sin, but you will have saved yourself.”

Ezekiel was the watchman.

We learned this previously in chapter 3 starting here and 18 here.

As the watchman prophet, Ezekiel’s job was to tell the people living with him Babylon to return to the Lord.

We Christians are also watchmen. 

Jesus said that we, his disciples, are to be his witnesses, making disciples of all, teaching them to follow Jesus. That is our job as Jesus’ watchmen. We’ll talk about that further in the next post.

For now, think about who ho has God placed you in proximity to?

Think of your neighbors.

Think of your family.

Think of your co-workers.

Think of your friends.

You are Jesus’ watchman for them.

Take a moment, write their names. What does it mean to be Jesus’ watchman for them? In the previous post, we talked about three words that watchmen use: prayer, care and share.

Start with that first word. Pray for the people on your list. Pray that God’s Spirit will work in their lives, and give you the opportunity to share his love with them.

Place the list in a place where you will be reminded to pray for those people daily.

Photo by nine koepfer on Unsplash

Published by joelkime

I love my wife, Michelle, and our four kids and two daughters-in-law. I serve at Faith Church and love our church family. I teach a course online from time to time, and in my free time I love to read and exercise, especially running,

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