Ezekiel 33:1-6 – “Again the word of the LORD came to me, saying, 2 “Son of man, speak to the children of your people, and say to them: ‘When I bring the sword upon a land, and the people of the land take a man from their territory and make him their watchman, 3 when he sees the sword coming upon the land, if he blows the trumpet and warns the people, 4 then whoever hears the sound of the trumpet and does not take warning, if the sword comes and takes him away, his blood shall be on his own head. 5 He heard the sound of the trumpet, but did not take warning; his blood shall be upon himself. But he who takes warning will save his life. 6 But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet, and the people are not warned, and the sword comes and takes any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at the watchman’s hand.'” NKJV
In today’s world of heightened danger from terrorism, hate, and crime, there is the encouragement for the public, “See something say something.” That is something that is practiced in Israel and other parts of the world and has proven to be instrumental and valuable in protecting against an attack. Yet, I have been told many times from a spiritual standpoint, “Well, it is none of my business” or “I don’t want to meddle.”
How valid are those arguments when it comes to DANGER? Would you consider it meddling to warn a parent or a child if the child was in danger of running into a busy street? Would you consider it none of your business or meddling to warn residents if their house was on fire? Would you consider it meddling to inform your neighbor if you saw someone break into their house and cart off their goods? I suggest that we are quite selective in what we deem “meddling” or “none of our business” and tragically consider it good citizenship to sound a warning in the natural on many fronts but unacceptable in spiritual matters.
This passage suggests multiple responsibilities in times of danger. If we see “danger” or the “sword” coming and sound the alarm of warning and it is heeded people are saved or better prepared to deal with the present danger. However, if we sound the alarm and it is ignored then their blood is on their heads not our hands. It is a grave matter, biblically, to ‘see danger’ and not ‘sound the alarm’. That would be knowingly and deliberately allowing harm to come to others when we could have, at least, warned them of the impending danger. God does not take that lightly nor should we.
Although we often declare that our system or code of laws have their roots in the Bible, we might not realize just how true that is. In Deuteronomy 22:8, if someone falls from your roof, and you failed to install a safety fence around the edge, you would be held liable for the death of that individual. It may have been gross negligence on their part, but you had an obligation to ‘warn’ or take steps to prevent the danger.
In Exodus 21:29-31, if a man owns an ox that is prone to harming people, the owner is held liable if he fails to ‘confine’ the ox and it harms or kills someone. If the ox ‘harms’ someone the owner is fined, but if it ‘kills’ someone, the negligent owner was to be put to death. You might say, “That is awfully severe,” and I agree it is, but it speaks to the seriousness God has with regard to “warning of danger” whether that danger is “eternal hell” or “physical danger”. God holds us accountable for Sounding the Alarm!
I believe that one of the assignments I have from God is to be a “Watchman on the Wall” and to sound the alarm of impending danger that I see. Therefore, if I remain silent when I see danger, I have violated a commandment of God and could never justify or argue that I was not guilty of “he that knows to do good and does it not to him it is sin.” If I See It and do not Say Something, sounding the alarm I become accountable before God for the harm that comes.
However, if I do sound the alarm, then the responsibility shifts from me to those being warned. In keeping with this reality, we must also understand that the messenger, as well as the message, may be rejected and we should always seek God for ways to make the message palatable, so it is understood, received, and heeded.
God bless you as you go through this wonderful day in Him!