The word of the Lord came to me: “Son of man, speak to your people and say to them, If I bring the sword upon a land, and the people of the land take a man from among them, and make him their watchman, and if he sees the sword coming upon the land and blows the trumpet and warns the people, then if anyone who hears the sound of the trumpet does not take warning, and the sword comes and takes him away, his blood shall be upon his own head. He heard the sound of the trumpet and did not take warning; his blood shall be upon himself. But if he had taken warning, he would have saved his life. 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.
God is telling Ezekiel he is the watchman for Israel and if he follows through by warning them of their impending doom then he will have no blood on his hands. But if he fails to warn them he is just as guilty as those that God is going to destroy.
To me this also speaks about our personal responsibilities.
God is saying that when you’ve been warned and don’t listen and do not change your ways, your fate is your own doing.
There is no guilt or blame to be laid on those who saw your destructive behavior and tried to tell you of the consequences of your actions. There is no blame because they did not try hard enough or tell you often enough, but you were too thick headed, too busy or too self indulgent to pay attention.
God says “blows the trumpet and warns the people” not continually blows it and then spend hours explaining what is going to happen. God knows you can recognize the warning and know what it means.
God also talks about when we know that someone is going down the wrong path, making the wrong moves and we choose stand back and do nothing. Then there is blood on our hands. God has given us the knowledge to warn about impending doom and for whatever selfish reason we choose not to get involved.
The person who is not warned is not absolved of the sins they are committing. Sin is sin and as humans we know it’s sin. We have an innate sense of right and wrong.
We also have an innate sense to attempt to help our fellow man. To stand by and do nothing is loaded with as much guilt as the sinner (which we all are).
What God is saying is you are not a victim; you live and die by your actions and decisions. You choose whether or not to sin and you choose whether or not to use the gifts and knowledge God gave you.
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