But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet, so that the people are not warned, and the sword comes and takes any one of them, that person is taken away in his iniquity, but his blood I will require at the watchman’s hand.
Ezekiel 33:6 ESV
“Watching Daily At Wisdom’s Gates”, the title of these devotionals, may be from Proverbs, but it fits with Ezekiel’s imagery here. We might think of a city watchman as a trader who supervises imports of “wisdom”. But here we see that “Watching Daily At Wisdom’s Gates” isn’t just about getting wise for oneself, but to call the city to get wise too.
What good would a watchman be if he didn’t warn his city of incoming danger? It’s all very well overseeing the import of “wisdom”, but when trouble comes, the people need to be warned. It’s not enough to only insist on being positive when negativity comes knocking.
The imagery in context is actually of divinely ordained judgement. God was going to send the Babylonian sword upon Judah, and Ezekiel’s job was to warn them. The ultimate Watchman is the Lord Jesus Christ, who warns us of impending worldwide judgement, but whose advent 2000 years ago means we can escape the condemnation we deserve.
As Jesus’ people in the world today, we Christians are the “watchpeople” to warn others of the day of judgement to come. We need to urge people to make their peace with God through Jesus, before its too late. Whether they accept or not isn’t our responsibility; but whether we tell or not is our responsibility!
“Lord our God, may we watch daily at wisdom’s gates, not just to get wise individually, but to call others to get wise to Your coming judgement and the salvation that is found in Your Son. I’m His name, amen”