Ezekiel 33-36 (The Daily Walk Bible).

The image of Ezekiel as a watchman should remind us of all the “watchmen” God puts in our lives: His Word, His Spirit, the church, other Christians, etc. When we aren’t following God the way we’re supposed to, His “watchmen” try to bring us back to Him. If we don’t listen, then we have no-one to blame but ourselves!

But it should also remind us that we have a responsibility as watchmen as well. We should be kind, we should be loving, but we should do our best to help others to understand when they are not living for God. As Hebrews 10:24 says, “let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works.”

And Ezekiel 36:22-26 is a remarkable reminder of God’s sovereignty and grace: “Therefore say to the house of Israel, Thus says the Lord GOD: It is not for your sake, O house of Israel, that I am about to act, but for the sake of my holy name, which you have profaned among the nations to which you came. And I will vindicate the holiness of my great name, which has been profaned among the nations, and which you have profaned among them. And the nations will know that I am the LORD, declares the Lord GOD, when through you I vindicate my holiness before their eyes. I will take you from the nations and gather you from all the countries and bring you into your own land. I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean from all your uncleannesses, and from all your idols I will cleanse you. And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.”

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