July 14

Ezekiel 31-33, Psalm 40

In our nation we have no shortage of those willing to sound the alarm against those they perceive to be in the wrong. We have the PC police who will passionately destroy anyone who commits even the most minor perceived infraction against a particular race, gender, sexual preference, etc. Despite having men and women who bravely serve in law enforcement there are no shortage of people armed with their cell phones, ready to take pictures whenever any police officer is interacting with a criminal to let the world know that they must be doing something wrong and must be punished. The accusations shouted against political opponents are deafening. The world as we know it will passionately take many stands except those that matter to God.

We read in Ezekiel 33, that God again commissions Ezekiel to be the watchman for the nation (similar passage in Ezekiel 3). The job of the watchman was to stand on the wall of the city and remain alert and vigilant ready to warn the city of attack by sounding his trumpet. The watchman's job was only to warn of impending disaster, not to coerce them or convince them to respond. So, we read in Ez 33:6-7, "But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet, and the people are not warned...his blood I will require at the watchman's hand. ...I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; therefore you shall hear a word from My mouth and warn them for Me." He then says in Ez 33:9, "Nevertheless if you warn the wicked to turn from his way, and he does not turn from his way, he shall die in his iniquity; but you have delivered your soul." Despite not being listened to, Ezekiel was faithful to his commission.

All of us have also been given a commission, called the Great Commission in Matthew 28:18-20. We are told, "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you...". Paul took this commission seriously and said to the Ephesians elders in Acts 20:26-27, "Therefore I testify to you this day that I am innocent of the blood of all men. For I have not shunned to declare to you the whole counsel of God." We have to all ask ourselves if we can say the same thing Paul did. We must beware of the desire to want to be liked. If a building was on fire and you knew the only door out, would you politely ask people or would you sound the alarm with passion. The world is going into the lake of fire and those of us who accept the gospel message know the only way out. We have our commission, but why are we so silent and timid when the other side who is totally lost screams with passion. May we all take Jesus' commission to heart and lead people on the true path.

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