The Watchman on the Wall – 7/29/18 PM

The Watchman On The Wall

Ezekiel 33

Intro:

A. His Recruitment – it was during a time of judgment

B. His Relationship – vs.2 – a man of their coasts;

He had to be a MAN; not a woman, not a wimp, not a wannabe, but a warrior!

He had to be familiar with the

  • Boundaries; he had to know the country
  • Brethren; had to be able to tell them apart
  • Battle; he had to be able to recognize the sword coming upon the land
  • Backroads; he knew where the enemy would come in; not down Main Street

C. His Responsibility – vs. 3 to sound the alarm; to warn the people

NOTE: Too many watchmen on the wall today that won’t sound the alarm.

Isaiah 56:9-12

  • 9 All ye beasts of the field, come to devour, yea, all ye beasts in the forest.
  • 10 His watchmen are blind: they are all ignorant, they are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark; sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber.
  • 11 Yea, they are greedy dogs which can never have enough, and they are shepherds that cannot understand: they all look to their own way, every one for his gain, from his quarter.
  • 12 Come ye, say they, I will fetch wine, and we will fill ourselves with strong drink; and to morrow shall be as this day, and much more abundant.

I. His Warning was Delivered – vs. 3-9

A. The Commission of the Watchman – to blow the trumpet

SEE EZEKIEL 3:4-9 – I will make your head as hard as theirs; do not fear them!!

GOD GIVE US MORE HARDHEADED PREACHERS!!!

  • Ezekiel 3:17I have made thee a watchman; give them warning from me!

B. The Choice of the Warned – vs. 4, 5

  • You can listen to the warning or not; the choice is yours.
  • The watchman cannot make that choice for you.

C. The Consequences of Waiting

  • Your blood will be required.
  • The consequences are deadly.

 

II. His Woes were Detailed – vs. 23-29

22He came to me in the morning, and my mouth was opened, I was no more dumb.

vs. 25 – Wherefore say unto them, “Thus saith the Lord God…”

  • 25 Ye eat with the blood – God’s people were eating what the heathen were eating
  • 25 Ye lift up your eyes toward your idols – they were looking at what the heathen were looking at
  • 25 Ye shed blood – they were guilty of ending life; they weren’t giving life; they were taking it
  • 26 Ye stand upon your sword – they were not fighting
  • 26 Ye work abomination – feminine gender; influenced by temple prostitutes
  • 26 Ye defile every one his neighbor’s wife – wife swapping; immorality; adultery; sexual immorality; no commitment; not dedication; drinking water from every cistern

 

III. His Words were Disregarded – vs. 31-33

A. The Deceitfulness of the People – vs. 30 – still talking against thee by the walls

31 With their mouth they shew much love, but their heart goeth after covetousness

B. The Desires of the People – vs. 30, 31 – a pleasant voice, and can play well on an instrument

  • preaching becomes a source of entertainment
  • $632 billion on entertainment in 2017;
  • Man! You gotta come hear our preacher!! (vs. 30)
  • Entertainment has entered the church; charging admission; concerts; etc.

C. The Disregard of the People – vs. 31-33 – they hear thy words, but they do them not

  • Ezekiel 3:7 They will not hearken unto thee, for they will not hearken unto me…

Conclusion: vs. 33 And when this cometh to pass, (lo, it will come) then shall they know that a prophet hath been among them.

God takes it serious that the people have a watchman.

They may not take it serious, but He does.

At the Judgment Seat, He will mete out judgment, knowing they had been warned.