Ezekiel 33:6 – 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.
Some verses of the Bible are fun ones to read. Others are piercing and a touch frightening. This morning, as I read through Ezekiel 33, I find one of those verses that should shake any of us to our very bones.
Look at the logic. You and I are called, like Ezekiel, to be watchmen. We can see destruction coming upon people we know, people who do not have God’s forgiveness in Christ. If we warn them of the danger, their response is entirely up to them. Warning them honestly is what frees us from obligation regarding their future. But, if we do not warn them about the danger to come, their response is still up to them. However, we too bear the guilt of seeing the coming wrath of God and not calling the lost to repentance. This is perfectly logical, and it should be perfectly terrifying to us.
God has made it plain to his children what is our responsibility. We can not, by our own power or charisma, persuade any person to come to know Jesus Christ. That work is the work of God’s Holy Spirit alone. We must, however, take an active roll in communicating the good news of Jesus Christ to all the peoples of the world. If we fail to tell them about God’s offer of grace in Jesus, God’s wrath toward our sin, and God’s command of repentance, we are guilty of not warning the people as God commands us to.
I do not fully understand what it will mean that God will require their blood of us. IF we are in Christ, all the guilt for all of our sin is covered by the blood of Jesus. However, I know that I do not want to be in any way held responsible for another’s damnation. Again, the one damned is ultimately responsible for his or her rejection of Jesus Christ. At the same time, I must share. Let us never be guilty of holding back the truth from a world destined for the wrath of Almighty God.