Ezekiel 3:18-21 – Listen, and You Shall Hear

Ezekiel 3:18-21
 When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand.
19 Yet if thou warn the wicked, and he turn not from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul.
20 Again, When a righteous man doth turn from his righteousness, and commit iniquity, and I lay a stumbling-block before him, he shall die: because thou hast not given him warning, he shall die in his sin, and his righteousness which he hath done shall not be remembered; but his blood will I require at thine hand.
21 Nevertheless if thou warn the righteous man, that the righteous sin not, and he doth not sin, he shall surely live, because he is warned; also thou hast delivered thy soul.

-“Listen, my children, and you shall hear, Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere…”  Are you familiar with these words from the Henry Longfellow poem romanticizing Paul Revere’s ride?   I find it curious that in a time when American legends were forged in the fires of battle that Paul Revere found fame for simply alerting the Colonial militia to the approach of British forces.  What is it about sounding a warning call that resonates with generation after generation?  Perhaps it is the fact that the Lord has seen fit to send human beings forth into the world to “sound the warning” against Satan and his forces.  For although we wrestle “against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places” (Ephesians 6:12), our victories aren’t marked by the number of foes vanquished, but rather by the number of souls who have heard.  Remember the great commission from the Lord Jesus Christ Himself:  “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.” (Mark 16:15-16)

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