Ezekiel 3:17 Son of man, I have made thee a watchman unto the house of Israel: therefore hear the word at my mouth, and give them warning from me.
The question rings out loud and clear from the Genesis 4:9,“…Am I My Brothers Keeper?” Cain had just murdered Abel, and God was asking him where his brother was. Cain is sort of saying, am I responsible for the welfare of my brother? On one hand the answer would have to be no. No one can secure the complete safety or security of another person. However, we also must answer the question, “yes.” Everyone is somewhat responsible for doing the best they can to keep one another from harm.
In today’s verse Ezekiel is given the position of watchman. You could sort of call him the assigned, “Brothers Keeper.” God explains to Ezekiel what the job entails. He said, I’ve given you a warning for the people. If you don’t share the warning and they die, it’s just as if you killed them. You will be responsible for their death. However, if you do the best that you can to warn them, and they don’t listen, your hands are clean, you did the best you could. In Mark 16:15-16 Jesus gave us the same charge; “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.” We can’t save the world. God knows that. Still, we can do our part. God knows that too. “Am I my Brothers Keeper?” “Yes,” you are a watchman, called for this day. You are called to unveil the way.
God knows what you can’t do, and doesn’t expect that of you. However, you and God both know what you can do. He does expect that of you. Are you doing your part? Are you visiting the lost, witnessing, sending and handing out tracks?
Are you unveiling the way of salvation?
Living In His Word Ministries
“Getting people into the Word of God…
… and the Word of God into people.”
Dr. Franklin J. Senters Th.D.
Founder and Executive Director