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Memory Verse: “7Now w as for you, son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; so you shall hear a message from My mouth and give them a warning from Me. 8  house of Israel; so you shall hear a message from My mouth and give them a warning from Me.of man, set your face toward Pharaoh king of Egypt, and prophesy against him and against all Egypt” Ezekiel 33:7-8 AMP

Song of The Day

Watch and listen to “Watch and Pray” by Helen Wright.

Bible Basis

SeptemberBookRead FromRead ToDevotional
10thEzekielChapter 33Chapter 36The Watchman

Key People

Here is a list of key people – the who’s who of overcomers, found in today’s reading (in order of appearance) with bios from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Ezekiel. Acknowledged as a Hebrew prophet. In Judaism and Christianity, he is also viewed as the 6th-century BCE author of the Book of Ezekiel, which reveals prophecies regarding the destruction of Jerusalem, the restoration to the land of Israel, and what some call the Millennial Temple (or Third Temple) visions.

Today’s Devotional Reading: Ezekiel 33 – 36

Ezekiel 33 Amplified Version (AMP)
Ezekiel 34 Amplified Version (AMP)
Ezekiel 35 Amplified Version (AMP)
Ezekiel 36 Amplified Version (AMP)

Reflection

The Watchman for the house of Israel was to keep watch by day and by night. If the watchman saw danger approaching, he was to warn the people. If the Watchman sent out a warning by blowing a trumpet and the people did not adhere to it, the Watchman would have yet done his duty.

However, if the watchman saw danger and failed to blow the trumpet to warn the people, and if the people died, their blood would be required at the hands of the Watchman and God would not hold him blameless.

He heard the sound of the trumpet but did not take warning; his blood shall be on himself. But if he had taken warning, he would have saved his life. Ezekiel 33:5 AMP

About twenty years ago, I heard an audible voice say, “I have set thee as a watchman.” I don’t know how, but I instantly knew what that meant. Now, I can’t say that over two decades I have always been prayerful every single day. But, I know that I am called to stand in the gap for my fellow man. I once went to a church were people gathered every morning for “Fourth Watch” prayer.

Biblically, there is a time of day called “The Fourth watch.” Actually, the New Testament day included twelve hours, the first being six to seven am. Nine o’clock was the third hour. The sixth hour was noon, and the eleventh hour was just five o’clock in the evening, though we would usually call the eleventh hour the time just before midnight. That was the New Testament day.

The New Testament night was divided into four watches:

  • The first watch was from six o’ clock in the evening until nine o’ clock at night.
  • The second watch was from nine o’ clock at night until midnight.
  • The third watch was from midnight until three o’ clock in the morning.
  • The fourth watch was from three o’clock in the morning until six o’ clock, (which was about the time of sunrise).

The watchman of the people has a difficult job of trying to publish God’s laws and desires for man (and woman). This message to the watchman is going to improve my prayer life.


References

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