The Watchman’s Responsibility

Him who watches God and God watches him
Is an appointed watchman in the land.
With vigilant eyes and a ready tongue,
He surveillances the land through intercession.
A watchman on his post
Sings of warnings and corrections.

Take heed! Take heed!

Early in the morning he arises,
Taking stand at his watch-post
He stations himself on the tower
He looks out to see what God will say to him.
In the heat of the sun during noonday
He writes the vision; making it plain on the tablets of his heart.
He awaits the appointed time to release the revelation.
Though it seems delayed, wait for it.
And when it comes,

Take heed! Take heed!

In the cool of day, at the start of sunset
The watchman prophesies against the shepherds:
“Oh, you greedy shepherd who feeds himself! Should not you feed the sheep?
Why have you not strengthened the weak, why are the sicks not healed and the injured not bound up? My sheep have strayed and are lost, yet you have not pursue them to bring them back.
Because of you they have become food for the beasts in the wild.”

Take heed! Take heed!

In the nighttime when terror and pestilence roam the land,
The watchman blows the trumpet and warns the people:
“As the sword descends upon a land, do not cause your blood to be on your own hands”
But take the warning, so your life may be
saved.”
A watchman’s responsibility is burdensome.
But once his role is done and the sword has come,
Those who do not take heed, take heed
Will be left undone.

Scripture Support: Ezekiel 33:3-6 When the watchman sees the enemy coming, he sounds the alarm to warn the people. Then if those who hear the alarm refuse to take action, it is their own fault if they die. They heard the alarm but ignored it, so the responsibility is theirs. If they had listened to the warning, they could have saved their lives. But if the watchman sees the enemy coming and doesn’t sound the alarm to warn the people, he is responsible for their captivity. They will die in their sins, but I will hold the watchman responsible for their deaths.’

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