Ezekiel 3:16-21 – The Prophet as a Watchman

BIBLE TEXT

Ezekiel 3:16-21

SUMMARY

The prophetic role of Ezekiel is compared to a lookout on the city walls during a battle.

ANALYSIS

Ezekiel’s role is compared to that of a watchman or lookout on the city walls. As the enemy approaches, the watchman must give the warning trumpet call. For a military lookout, failure of duty could result in execution. Ezekiel must prophesy God’s word of judgment, even if the wicked do not listen or repent. The prophet must warn the righteous and the wicked alike in order to fulfill his obligation to his Lord; otherwise “their blood I will require at your hand” (3:18b), that is, God will hold Ezekiel responsible for their deaths. See also 33:1-9.

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