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014: Watchman

Ezekiel 33:1-9
"The word of the LORD came to me: “Son of man, speak to your people and say to them, If I bring the sword upon a land, and the people of the land take a man from among them, and make him their watchman, and if he sees the sword coming upon the land and blows the trumpet and warns the people, then if anyone who hears the sound of the trumpet does not take warning, and the sword comes and takes him away, his blood shall be upon his own head. He heard the sound of the trumpet and did not take warning; his blood shall be upon himself. But if he had taken warning, he would have saved his life. But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet, so that the people are not warned, and the sword comes and takes any one of them, that person is taken away in his iniquity, but his blood I will require at the watchman's hand. “So you, son of man, I have made a watchman for the house of Israel. Whenever you hear a word from my mouth, you shall give them warning from me. If I say to the wicked, O wicked one, you shall surely die, and you do not speak to warn the wicked to turn from his way, that wicked person shall die in his iniquity, but his blood I will require at your hand. But if you warn the wicked to turn from his way, and he does not turn from his way, that person shall die in his iniquity, but you will have delivered your soul."

As Christians we know the truth of God, his Law, his coming judgment, and his gracious salvation. In this way, the Lord has made us Christians watchmen to warn others of their offenses against God and tell them the Good News of salvation in Christ. We are not held responsible for how people respond to the gospel we proclaim. But if we are negligent to testify to the gospel we are guilty of sin. James 4:17 "So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin." If we love others we will warn them and share the Good News with them.