Ezekiel - Chapter 32-33

Ezekiel 32:2 - At first it doesnt sound like much to merit all the destruction told in the following verses. But thinking about it, it sounds like Egypt's downfall is pride. It considers itself great and goes about meddling in things as a result, making a mess.

Ezekiel 32:18-32 - There seems to be genuine sadness in God's words as he recounts all these uncircumcised nations brought down. It's comforting to see God mourn over those who missed the mark and paid for it.

Ezekiel 33:1-6 - It is the calling of some to be a watchman and to sound the trumpet when the sword is coming. The people cannot escape danger if they are not warned. I think in some ways we are all called to be watchmen. We all are to keep our eyes and ears open to see if there is danger on the path that the church is taking and to speak up - sound the trumpet - when and if we see it. While we all must be aware, very few are called to be full time watchmen. It's easy to think that that is our role, to keep watch. But rather than watchmen we become policemen, making sure everyone is kept in line.

We will see things in our church and in people that require the response and warning of the watchman. It takes discernment to know when to speak and when to keep quiet.

Ezekiel 33:1-9 - Didn't God already give Ezekiel this speech once? I wonder why He repeated it. Do you suppose that he was slipping in his duties, that he needed a little reminder? I'd like to think so.

Ezekiel 33:10-16 - Here God lays out repentance and falling. He warns both the righteous to not feel content in their position and the wicked to not feel trapped by their sin. The wicked can rise from it, but so can the righteous fall. Neither position is permanent.

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