(33 verses, 5:55 to read)
What I am about to READ
- The Lord places Ezekiel as the watchman of Israel, the preacher of death and life.
MARK & LEARN
- Chapter 33 marks the beginning of the third major section of Ezekiel. The Lord turns His attention from the nations back to the house of Israel.
- Ezekiel’s office is, again, given in the picture of the watchman, the soldier who stands on the ramparts and blows the trumpet when he sees the enemy attack. In this picture the enemy is sin, and the prophet, as he preaches the Law, is calling the people to repentance.
- The preaching of the law is always aimed at life. Ezekiel is to preach the law so that the people will repent and turn from their sins.
- If they to repent, they will live. If they do not, they will die in their sins.
- In 33:21-33 Ezekiel begins anew his “watchman” work, the Lord restores his voice, and he thunders and preaches against the people’s pride.
- A fugitive reaches Babylon from destroyed Jerusalem. The exiles take it as a sign of strength(!), but Ezekiel puts them in their place, and warns of the Lord’s anger.
- In the final verses of the chapter the Lord reminds Ezekiel that the people don’t follow his preaching because they follow their own lusts, but when his promises come true they will know they have been listening to a prophet.
- The “Watchman” is a profound image that runs through Ezekiel, reminding the prophet and the church of the importance of preaching. Jesus warns us all to be on guard, watching and being ready for false teachers that come to steal away the Lord’s truth and comfort. The watchman sees the danger of false teaching and sinful living and cries out against it. Lord grant us such watchmen. Amen.
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