the trumpet in our hands

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the trumpet in our hands

Ezekiel 33:1-6 (JDV)

Ezekiel 33:1 The word of Yahveh happened to me. This is what it said:
Ezekiel 33:2 “Son of Adam, speak to the sons among your people and tell them, ‘Suppose I bring the sword against a land, and the people of that land select a man from among them, appointing him as their guard.
Ezekiel 33:3 And suppose he sees the sword coming against the land and blows his trumpet to warn the people.
Ezekiel 33:4 Then, if anyone hears the sound of the trumpet but ignores the warning, and the sword comes and takes him away, his death will be his own fault.
Ezekiel 33:5 Since he heard the sound of the trumpet but ignored the warning, his death is his own fault. If he had taken warning, he would have saved his throat.
Ezekiel 33:6 However, suppose the guard sees the sword coming but doesn’t blow the trumpet, so that the people aren’t warned, and the sword comes and takes away one of their throats. Then he has been taken away because of his violation, but I will hold the guard accountable for his blood.’

the trumpet in our hands

John Elliot cited this text and commented “Christ’s ministers are stationed on Zion’s heights with the trumpet of the gospel in their hands, to sound the alarm of approaching danger to a perishing world, and point them to the city of refuge provided by infinite mercy. They are totally inexcusable if they neglect to do all in their power to save men. Nothing must be omitted which could contribute to this end. The least omission contracts guilt.” 1

Just like the prophet, given the trumpet to sound, we who are possessors of the word of God today are commanded to sound the alarm. If we refuse to do so, we will be held accountable for all those who die unprepared for judgment day.


1 Elliott, John. A Sermon, …Hartford: George Goodwin & Sons, printers, 1818. p. 7.

About Jefferson Vann

Jefferson Vann is pastor of Piney Grove Advent Christian Church in Delco, North Carolina. You can contact him at marmsky@gmail.com -- !
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