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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Blood Warning

Last Saturday I spoke to a pastor in another country via Skype – that is mind blowing to me, we are meeting for the next few weeks talking about how to handle the Word of God.  This morning I got an email from another pastor in a different country about the same thing.  This ability to meet with people in other countries several time zones away is amazing…  The pastor and I were talking about his sermon for the next day.  He was speaking on Ezekiel 33:1 – 10.  The main thrust of the passage is the role of Ezekiel as a watchman.  He is to warn the people to turn to God, if he does not the Lord will require their blood on Ezekiel’s hands.  This is a direct quote of Ezekiel 3:18 – 21.  I have mentioned before that when something is repeated in Scripture it is a strong highlight.
As believers we are tasked to warn, beg others to be reconciled to God.
Paul reflects Ezekiel’s mission and heart in 2 Corinthians 5:14 – 21.  Paul’s passion leaks through in verse 20.  He begs all men to be reconciled to God.  It would be easy to categorize Paul and Ezekiel as special cases; after all one was a prophet and the other an apostle handpicked by Christ.  But Christ give us the same assignment and has the same expectation on all believers when He prays John 17:20 and Matthew 28:18 – 20.

Those around us need to be warned.