The Sword is Coming!

If the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet, and the people are not warned, and the sword comes and takes any person … his blood I will require at the watchman’s hand.  So you, son of man: I have made a watchman for the house of Israel; … hear a word from My mouth and warn them … if you warn the wicked … and he does not turn … you have delivered your soul.  Eze 33:6-9

The Lord made Ezekiel a watchman. God told him to warn that nation. If he did not, their blood would be on his hands. We attempt to put such passages away. They seem so out-of-place in these days of easy belief systems and seeker-friendly churches. How can such a responsibility be ours? After all, we pay missionaries. So, like Lady Macbeth, we wash our hands, but the spots are still there. Like Pilot, we absolve ourselves of responsibility (Mt 27:24). But is it that easy to dismiss? Can we really pardon ourselves so easily?

In moments of prayerful honesty, with a dying nation in clear view, we are overwhelmed. We shrink back. We don’t know where to begin, so we rationalize. With an unsaved neighbor living next door, we are intimidated by the challenge to even reach out to him. We can wait no longer.

  • Father, show us the one, the handful, perhaps even a dozen or so for whom we can pray. We are told by sociologists that each of us knows some 100 people, casual acquaintances in our world – those with whom we carpool, those in our soccer league, the lady at the dry-cleaners, the auto mechanic, a bank-teller. Who among them are you making me responsible – to pray for (the Great Commitment), to care about (the Great Commandment), or to share with (the Great Commission)?

Rev. P. Douglas Small, Project Pray, Awakening America

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