Studies in Ezekiel – Ezekiel 33:1-9
Ezekiel was God’s watchman
W – A – T – C – H
See also: Rms. 1:14; I Cor. 9:16; Exodus 4:11-12; Jonah 1:1-2; Heb. 13:17
Warning of God – v. 1 – God wants us to know God’s will. God will not leave us unprepared if we listen.
Anointed appointment – vs. 2, 7 – The prophet had an anointed appointment to deliver God’s word. A woman stepped forward one Sunday to address one of my former students. She said, “I have a prophesy. The blood is not on your hands.” She was telling the minister he had done his duty. Do we not all have a duty in our own circle of family and friends?
Trumpet – v. 5 — Make it clear. A wise instructor said that when she believed she had over-taught a lesson the students received the message. The trumpet must sound clear and it must sound in love. We need to be sure God’s word is heard.
Coming sword – v. 6 – We cannot allow complacency to make us become ho-hum about the life of faith. We must realize there is a judgment to come.
Head – vs. 4, 8, 9 – On whose head will the blame rest? Each must get right with God.
Exemplary story: In days past security personnel were known as the night watchmen. The went on their rounds at night testing every door and lock. They were checking to see that all property and persons were secure. God often calls upon us to go on watch for the souls of others. Are they secure in our care?