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Day 29 | Ezekiel

Read Ezekiel 3:16-27

Ezekiel was a prophet who came from a priestly family. He was acquainted with the laws and customs of the Tribe of Levi. God called him to warn the people exiled in Babylon of the coming destruction of the city of Jerusalem. It was because Israel fell into corruption and idolatry that they ended up in captivity. Though they were hundreds of miles away from the Promised Land, God sent Ezekiel to minister to the exiles and let them know that they were not forgotten.

When God spoke to Ezekiel, He told him that he was a watchman for the house of Israel. The purpose of a watchman is to stand at the gate or wall of a city and warn the inhabitants of impending danger. If he failed to do so, the blood of the people he was tasked with guarding would be on his hands. God explained the consequences of one that refused to give warning to those who were wicked. God would destroy them, and
whoever knew to warn the wicked of the coming destruction and didn’t say anything would be found guilty with blood on their hands. The same principle applies to those who were righteous and turned to sin. One would be found guilty if they did not warn the righteous man and he dies in his sin.

Many of us are taught from a young age to stay away from the wrong crowd. We are taught not to be at the wrong place at the wrong time. We know that we should strive to stay out of trouble, but what about those around us? If we see others headed down a path of destruction, do we say anything? What if our communities,
families, neighborhoods, and workplaces are affected by our silence? We all share the responsibility as watchmen to sound the alarm to those around us.

Pray for 10 minutes