The word of the Lord came to me: “Son of man, speak to your people and tell them: Suppose I bring the sword against a land, and the people of that land select a man from among them, appointing him as their watchman, and he sees the sword coming against the land and blows his trumpet to warn the people. (Ezekiel 33:1-3 HCSB)
Yeh, great… “and the people of that land select a man”, but what if you know you see, but you are not selected by the people!
Watchmen and Prophets, functions that are so essential as I meet them all over, living that function without understanding their identity. I notice the pain of carrying the function but not recognized by ‘the people of that land’! Man and woman who have got used to the look and the reaction, every time “the word” or “the watch” violates there life and need to be spoken.
Son of man, speak
So, over time you learned it is better to speak, reading the rest of this chapter where God sharpens the issue! The responsibility of the function, even not recognized and mostly heavily rejected, is beyond “the people of the land” since “the word of the Lord” came to you.
The little but very important word here is suppose! Defining the importance of the function, a matter of life and death, the suppose is just a underlining of the fact that God appoints, that the fact that you are part of “the people of the land’, that being a citizen you are reponsible, being a neighbor, a father or mother, a husband or wife, a brother or sister, a coworker in the company… Don’t leave it to the ‘hirred’ people.
When you see, you blow! It is not about wining about the “they don’t acknowledge me” issue!
Community thinking, covenant understanding, that is the ‘selecting’ part. Life comes with the function and the function demands the ‘warning’! I use to life in a community where my neighbor was the same voice as my mother , so if her eyes was not ‘everywhere’, he saw (and corrected)! Not nice always, but definitely safe!
Them and us
Too easily we (christians) made society into ‘the wicked them’, the darkness that need our light but we are not a part of it. We lack the “people of this nation” understanding that we belong and with it we are part. We are like the little children who always answer my question: Who did this?, with: Not me! We have to understand that we are the nation too and the generations to follow need our voice, our function and our ‘warning’ in order to live safe!
There is so much more in this chapter but I needed to process the function that seems so neglected but yet so vital.
And… Warning is not Judging!