Watchmen (Part 2)
We need great watchmen today in the church because the devil continues seeking to devour and because false teachers continue to abound. Furthermore, we also need to understand and appreciate the work of watchmen.

Many resent being told that they are wrong or in danger. When Jesus accurately described the dangers of the scribes and Pharisees, they planned how they could kill Him. When Paul preached Jesus of Nazareth as the Christ, the Gentiles were glad, but the Jews were often jealous and persecuted him (cf. Acts). Today, when a preacher proclaims God's word and condemns false doctrine or worldliness, it is often unpopular and the preacher may be rejected.

Although it is a difficult and potentially alienating task, watchmen must still look for dangers and be willing to warn people about them. Much of the teaching of Jesus and other inspired men focused on warning of dangers. For example:

Warnings like these (and others) were appreciated by the godly but resented by the guilty--and so it is today! Spiritual watchmen must cry aloud and not be silent, regardless of the consequences. Isaiah 58:1 instructs - "Lift up your voice like a trumpet; tell My people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins." But often, the wicked do not want to be warned. Isaiah 30:9-11 states - "That this is a rebellious people, lying children, children who will not hear the law of the LORD; Who say to the seers, 'Do not see,' and to the prophets, 'Do not prophesy to us right things; speak to us smooth things, prophesy deceits. Get out of the way, turn aside from the path, cause the Holy One of Israel to cease from before us.'"

The watchman had to warn the people in order to deliver his own soul. Consider several passages that establish this truth:

The spiritual work of watchmen is so vitally important. We will conclude this study in our next lesson.