Ezekiel 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. (KJV)
There is not a lot said in scripture concerning the watchman chosen for a land which God intends to judge for their Iniquity. But his duty is clear. This is a most interesting passage. Normally we forget when thinking about this passage that the responsibility to choose, and to choose well, is on us the people of God. That’s right, God in this passage is telling us that we need to choose watchmen when His anger is coming on our land. But what is this anger about? This His advise to the watchman is pretty clear. Warn the people or their blood is upon you, but what is this saying to the people themselves?
In America today we see grievous sin on the part of our nation and its direction concerning God’s word for us His people. There is therefore iniquity in the land and in the people. And we see an almost nonchalant attitude when perhaps we should be heeding the instruction of this passage.
In scripture there are two classes of the watchman. One the Lord Himself has chosen, and the people more often than not, do not heed this one chosen by Him. This one is seen in scripture as a true prophet of God. But in Israel they killed the prophets sent from God, or imprisoned them, not heeding their warnings. Has this watchman from God been heeded by us today? He came unto His own and His own received Him not. Is this word again true of His own in this land?
But the watchman in this passage is to be chosen by the people. He is chosen to guard the soul of the people (vs 5). This verse makes clear that the warning for the souls of the people is in the hands of the watchman, who is to give this warning when there is danger sent by God Himself on the land.
The prophet is sent by God to warn of coming calamities for the land, and for the soul. The watchmen interestingly, are chosen by the people, as the people heed the warnings of God through His Own prophet.
Under the new covenant, God the Son (The Prophet) has sent His message through God The Holy Spirit — to choose well watchmen to guard our soul.
These watchmen giving warnings elsewhere in scripture are called shepherds. Today’s Shepherds are all over the place with their messaging to the people. The signs of coming judgment for this nation, and a world that it leads are everywhere. The warnings of God’s wrath upon a people who reject Him are everywhere in His word, but are the watchmen whom the people have chosen to guard their souls sending the warning? Is the Trumpet even near the lips of most watchmen today? And is this passage not true of what will happen to both the watchman and the people?
preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires,
2 Timothy 4:2-3 NASB
Are we in that day, and what could it mean for us the people? Are the scriptures being heeded? For they are the word of the prophet to us. Jesus is His Word. And true doctrine proclaims His warning to us. Our chosen watchmen are responsible for the warning, otherwise the outcome of the souls of the people will be upon them.