Lessons from Ezekiel Chapter 33

Ezekiel chapter 33:

“1 Again the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, 2 Son of man, speak to the children of thy people, and say unto them, When I bring the sword upon a land, if the people of the land take a man of their coasts, and set him for their watchman; 3 If when he seeth the sword come upon the land, he blow the trumpet, and warn the people; 4 Then whosoever heareth the sound of the trumpet, and taketh not warning; if the sword come, and take him away, his blood shall be upon his own head. 5 He heard the sound of the trumpet, and took not warning; his blood shall be upon him. But he that taketh warning shall deliver his soul. 6 But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman’s hand. 7 So thou, O son of man, I have set thee a watchman unto the house of Israel; therefore thou shalt hear the word at my mouth, and warn them from me. 8 When I say unto the wicked, O wicked man, thou shalt surely die; if thou dost not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand. 9 Nevertheless, if thou warn the wicked of his way to turn from it; if he do not turn from his way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul. 10 Therefore O thou son of man, speak unto the house of Israel; Thus ye speak, saying, If our transgressions and our sins be upon us, and we pine away in them, how should we then live? 11 Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live; turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel?”

God is looking for someone to stand in the gap before Him, to be watchmen, and warns of the consequences if no one will.

Ezekiel 22:

“30 ‘And I sought for a man among them that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before Me for the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found none. 31 Therefore have I poured out mine indignation upon them; I have consumed them with the fire of My wrath; their own way have I recompensed upon their heads,’ saith the Lord God.”

We are now the watchmen, instructed to watch and warn unbelievers of the imminent return of the Lord.

2 Timothy:

“3:16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works. 4:1 I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; 2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. 3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; 4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. 5 But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.”

The time is at hand. Let us be watchmen.

© Drusilla Mott and https://drusillamott.wordpress.com, 2017

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SU FEVER

I live in Central New York, approximately 30 minutes from Syracuse.

Being this close, I have had a good view of the Orange Fever that has captivated Syracuse University fans these past few weeks as SU moved it’s way into the Final Four of the NCAA Championship.

I have never been a big fan of basketball or football or the other team sports. I was into tennis back when my son played in high school and Andre Agassi was in the spotlight; and I enjoy watching the NHL on occasion.

However, even though I cannot stir up much interest even for the Super Bowl or the World Series, I can understand the fervor of all of these Orange fans. I have been a huge fan of NASCAR the last ten years or so, once upon a time eating, sleeping and drinking everything NASCAR for a few years as I tried to learn everything there was to learn.

Over the past year or so, my NASCAR obsession has waned, and now I watch practice and qualifying at triple speed, only pausing to see how Jeff Gordon was doing, then fast forwarding through to the end of the coverage. I watch the races in much the same way, finding myself getting bored after a few laps and turning to an Inspirational movie or a favorite episode of NCIS instead.

But as I traveled through the surrounding area this past week or so, I noticed the extensive amount of SU paraphernalia that decorated homes and yards. Facebook posts about the team far outweighed any other topics, everyone excited about the team’s advancement.

Now, while I am in no way condemning these thoughts and the encouragement and support shown to the team — I was there a few years ago with my support of Jeff Gordon — I can’t help but wonder what this country would be like if we all put that much fervor and passion into spreading the Gospel and living our lives for Jesus.

© Drusilla Mott and https://drusillamott.wordpress.com, 2013