Listen To The Trumpet
Read Ezekiel Chapter 33
Eze 33:1 The word of the LORD came to me: 2 “Son of man, speak to your countrymen and say to them: ‘When I bring the sword against a land, and the people of the land choose one of their men and make him their watchman, 3and he sees the sword coming against the land and blows the trumpet to warn the people, 4 then if anyone hears the trumpet but does not take warning and the sword comes and takes his life, his blood will be on his own head. 5Since he heard the sound of the trumpet but did not take warning, his blood will be on his own head. If he had taken warning, he would have saved himself.
We don’t hear many trumpets sounding a warning in our current days. The instruments are all around us, gathering dust on coffee tables and shelves, but few men and women pick up the trumpet to blow a warning to mankind. The trumpet is the word of God, just as the word of God given to Ezekiel to speak to the people of Israel. The bible is overflowing with warnings against the coming disaster which awaits all who ignore God and His word.
Ro 10:11 As the Scripture says, “Anyone who trusts in Him will never be put to shame.” 12 For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on Him, 13 for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” 14 How, then, can they call on the One they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the One of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? 15 And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”
A few are blowing the trumpet of warning against continuing living a gay lifestyle, but many are laying down the trumpet. Many, like Rob Bell, no longer believe the warning which is clearly stated in God’s word. As a result, they are like the messenger mentioned later in verse 6.
Eze 33:6 But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet to warn the people and the sword comes and takes the life of one of them, that man will be taken away because of his sin, but I will hold the watchman accountable for his blood.’
May our Lord have mercy on all “Christian” leaders today who have laid down their trumpets! The words from verse 6 indicate that there will be no mercy on those who are now telling their congregations that willful homosexual acts are not offensive to our God. The watchmen have a grave responsibility to warn all men of the dangers of willful sinfulness. To lead others down a wrong pathway is worse than being one of those who are misled. The watchman will not only be held accountable for his own sinfulness, he will also bear part of the responsibility of the one who did not hear the trumpet.
Eze 33:11 Say to them, ‘As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign LORD, I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn from their ways and live. Turn! Turn from your evil ways! Why will you die, O house of Israel?’
Two things we must remember. First, we must hold firmly to the truth of God’s word, which does not change. Whether we hear the trumpet or not, we know the notes exist, even though they may remain silent in the hands of the watchmen. Second, we must pick up the trumpet and blow it as loudly as we can. If we do not, we will be like the watchmen who failed to sound the warning. There perhaps will be a few who hear our music. Then those who blow the trumpet will be like those mentioned in the passage from Romans. “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”
Prayer: Lord, sometimes the burden of seeing our brothers and sisters on the wrong pathway is just too much to bear. Give us the strength to continue to sound the warning. And give those we love a heart open to hear and heed Your warning. We also plead for Your Spirit to open the hearts of all the watchmen who have quit sounding the trumpet. Lord, have mercy on all who have deserted Your truth, including Rob Bell, and all of the Exodus leaders who have laid down their trumpets.