“Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; so hear the word I speak and give them warning from me. When I say to the wicked, ‘O wicked man, you will surely die,’ and you do not speak out to dissuade him from his ways, that wicked man will die for his sin, and I will hold you accountable for his blood” (Ezekiel 33:7-8).
The lessons we learn from Ezekiel are:
- We are accountable for ourselves.
- We are accountable for others.
- We are accountable for the present and NOT the past.
Hear and respond to the words proclaimed by Ezekiel for new life and the conditions necessary for sustaining it.
Don’t Look Back!
QUESTIONS FOR DISCUSSION for You and Your Family
1. For what three things are we accountable?
2. Read Daniel 7:9-10 and Revelation 20:12-15. What would people’s lives look like if they took these verses seriously?
3. The people were complaining that God did not care about their plight. What is God’s response in 33:11?
4. Ezekiel’s preaching did not seem to have any effect on the people. Did that affect his responsibility to speak out in any way?
5. Read Ezekiel 33:12-16. What is the warning here? What is the encouragement?
6. Read Romans 2:4. What is it that leads us to repentance? How does this work?
7. Read Titus 3:3-7. What hope does this give you? What hope does it give you for others?
8. Read 1 Peter 5:5. What qualifies us for experiencing God’s grace according to this passage?
9. Read James 5:5-10 and discuss its meaning.
10. Read 1 Peter 3:15-16. When we witness to others, how are we to do it?