What does a watchman do today? He does not have a trumpet to blow. He does not stand at the high watchtower of a city and warn the residents of approaching danger if any. Today there is no necessity for such a job. Technological advancement has made such a task redundant. Of course we do have professionals who sit in the control rooms of nations and monitor the sky or sea or land by watching digital signals. Watchmen for physical threats to a city or a nation are unseen technicians today. But what does a spiritual watchman do?
Similarly, his or her physical activities have changed. He or she will do a lot of writing if given a space. His calling is exactly the same as those of old. The word of God has not changed. His target audience will be the same, those who need warning. He will obey the order of the supreme King, God. His source of signals is the Lord through the Holy Spirit who communicates to him in his spirit and in the word of God. Like the olden times watchman, his has to blow a trumpet. In this case he writes to his audience. The Holy Spirit opens a space in communication and his job is to write to the right people at the right time in the right word.
A watchman today does more writing than talking (blowing a trumpet). Writing is the way that God speaks to human being, as He does through the Bible. The writer (of a psalm) below states in words clearly why he has to write, for who he is writing and the contents of what he writes. He actually writes about events and testimonies concerning of human beings. Yet, the focus is on three themes: the praises of the Lord,
And His strength and His wonderful works that He has done. he is writing for the children and the children’s children yet to be born. The purpose is that they can in turn teach their children about God. God wants His people not to forget Him and His wonderful works in their lives, “That they may set their hope in God,
And not forget the works of God, But keep His commandments;” becomes a generation that sets its heart aright and is faithful to God.A watchman asked the Lord, “How shall I ensure that your audience read my writing?” The answer, “I ensure. You just see, listen and write.” He obeyed and stepped out in faith. Indeed, Doors have opened and he can not stop writing.
Here are the Bible verse received by a called watchman at midnight, Ezekiel 33 and Psalm 78. Please read the whole chapters.
~~~~~~~~~~~Ezekiel 33:1-6 Again the word of the Lord came to me, saying, 2 “Son of man, speak to the children of your people, and say to them: ‘When I bring the sword upon a land, and the people of the land take a man from their territory and make him their watchman, 3 when he sees the sword coming upon the land, if he blows the trumpet and warns the people, 4 then whoever hears the sound of the trumpet and does not take warning, if the sword comes and takes him away, his blood shall be on his own head. 5 He heard the sound of the trumpet, but did not take warning; his blood shall be upon himself. But he who takes warning will save his life. 6 But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet, and the people are not warned, and the sword comes and takes any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at the watchman’s hand.’
~~~~~~~~~~~~~Psalm 78:1-8 Give ear, O my people, to my law;
Incline your ears to the words of my mouth.
2 I will open my mouth in a parable;
I will utter dark sayings of old,
3 Which we have heard and known,
And our fathers have told us.
4 We will not hide them from their children,
Telling to the generation to come the praises of the Lord,
And His strength and His wonderful works that He has done.
5 For He established a testimony in Jacob,
And appointed a law in Israel,
Which He commanded our fathers,
That they should make them known to their children;
6 That the generation to come might know them,
The children who would be born,
That they may arise and declare them to their children,
7 That they may set their hope in God,
And not forget the works of God,
But keep His commandments;
8 And may not be like their fathers,
A stubborn and rebellious generation,
A generation that did not set its heart aright,
And whose spirit was not faithful to God.