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Ezekiel as God's Watchman

“But when I speak with thee, I will open thy mouth, and thou shalt say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; he that heareth, let him hear; and he that forbeareth, let him forbear: for they are a rebellious house.” (Ezekiel 3:27)

Ezekiel is a great literary Old Testament book. It connects the Bible’s prophecies that deal with the history of Israel. But for many Christians, the book is an endless maze of strange visions. This keeps some from even cracking open its pages.

Who is this man, Ezekiel? He began his ministry as a priest (Ezekiel 1:3). At 30 years old (v. 1), Ezekiel was called by God to the tough challenge of being His spokesman. During this time, Judah was under Babylonian control and the iron rule of Nebuchadnezzar. Ezekiel lived with other Jewish captives close to the Euphrates and Kebar Rivers (3:15).

Ezekiel was Israel’s spiritual watchman (v. 17). Watchmen were stationed on city walls to alert people of approaching dangers so they could run and seek protection. Similarly, Ezekiel sounded warnings of impending judgment, both to the unsaved to turn from evil (vv. 8-19) and to the righteous to remain faithful (vv. 20-21). His recorded plea in today’s verse—“Thus saith the Lord GOD; he that heareth, let him hear”—is similar to our Lord Jesus Christ’s directive hundreds of years later: “He that hath ears to hear, let him hear” (Matthew 11:15; 13:9, 43).

The times have definitely changed, but the lessons are still the same. How tuned in are we as our Lord’s watchmen telling and admonishing others about the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, regardless of the cost? How ready are we to apply, in humility, the Word of God? James urges believers to “receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls” (James 1:21). CM

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