The Rebellious House

 During the time when Israel was losing its nation because of its wickedness, God sent a man named Ezekiel to warn them of their sin. God told Ezekiel that if he didn’t warn Israel, the blood of the wicked would be on his hands even though they would perish. God told Ezekiel to warn even the righteous people, who had let their love of God grow cold and indifferent, of their attitudes and their sinfulness.

The entire story can be found in Ezekiel 3:17-27. It is in verse 19 that we read, “Yet if you warn the wicked and he does not turn from his wickedness nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity.”

 For the righteous man who has backslidden or is struggling with sin, verse 21 says, “Nevertheless if you warn the righteous man that he should not sin and he does not sin, he shall surely live because he took the warning,” and in verse 27 God finally tells Ezekiel, “Thus says the Lord God, He who hears let him hear, and he who refuses let him refuse, for they are a rebellious house.”

Today, God is sending out all types of warnings to the people of the world. He has prepared people just like Ezekiel to be watchmen who are to speak to and warn the people that sin has ran its course and judgment looms. 

Whether it be the watchman or the warned, it is important that the reactions are positive. Some will be called to warn those close to them but won’t obey; others will try to warn people and be mocked.

Remember that we are an example for the people around us, be it positive or negative. It is important to remember that the influence we have may impact a person’s life, and we may be held responsible for the outcome.