7 “Likewise you, human being — I have appointed you as watchman for the house of Isra’el. Therefore, when you hear the word from my mouth, warn them for me. 8 When I tell the wicked person, ‘Wicked person, you will certainly die’; and you fail to speak and warn the wicked person to leave his way; then that wicked person will die guilty; and I will hold you responsible for his death. 9 On the other hand, if you warn the wicked to turn from his way, and he doesn’t turn from his way; then he will still die guilty, but you will have saved your own life. (Ezekiel 33:7-9 / Complete Jewish Bible)
In the course of my life I have had several dogs but my last dog was my most loyal and protective friend. His name was Beeper. I would notice from time to time that Beeper would bark and growl at certain individuals whom I thought were my friends when in fact they were my lying, thieving, backstabbing, unfaithful, slanderous enemies. My dog Beeper sensed their insincerity, unfaithfulness and dangerous intentions and sounded the alarm persistently and feverishly while I ignorantly and foolishly walked right into an unfriendly and ultimately hellish relationship. The dog had more sense than I had.
I am reminded of a quote from an old Twilight Television show where a man and his hunting dog died and a demon was lying to them about where they were and trying to get the old man to come into his gates which were the gates of hell but hell would not take his dog, and since hell wouldn’t allow the man’s dog (Duke) to enter, the man refused to enter into hell’s gates. He was faithful to his dog and indicated that any place his dog Duke wasn’t good enough to enter into was too good for him. He continued down the road of eternity where he met a messenger who told him the truth and who escorted him and his dog into Heaven. And the messenger told the man that the reason hell didn’t allow dogs into its gates is because the dog would have smelled the brimstone and warned him that he was entering Hell.
“A man will walk right into hell with both eyes open. But even the devil can’t fool a dog.” (The Twilight Zone)
May I always hear and speak the Words from the mouth of God. May I be as sensitive, faithful, persistent and passionate about sounding the alarm against the dangers of sin and wickedness as a dog. And may The LORD have mercy on my soul. (Ezekiel 33:7-9)
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