1 Corinthians 16:13 Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong.
In Bible times, cities would often build towers to watch the gates to avoid dangers looming from without (Isaiah 21:8). Watchmen would take turns watching the gate. These watchmen were responsible for sounding a trumpet should any danger appear (Ezekiel 33:6). The apostle Paul in his writings applied a spiritual application to this literal act of being a watchman. Just as cities needed men willingly staying awake and alert while others slept or were busy in their daily routines, churches need believers sober and watchful while others might be cumbered about with the cares of this world. Today’s watchmen must use their voices like a trumpet to sound the alarm when danger nears.
- (For children): You would warn others not paying attention if they were about to fall over an object they did not see. God’s people can spiritually trip and fall by not paying attention to God’s word or by not obeying God. We should be willing to warn them by using God’s word to instruct them.
- (For everyone): God incorporated specific pronouns to convey His truths. For example, ye conveys the plural. When Paul said, “Watch ye,” to whom was he speaking? Why is it important that we realize Paul was speaking to a group of believers rather than only to an individual?
- Why does your church, family, and community need you to be a watchman? Are there some people in each group who are sleeping during these times of danger? What should you do?
- Ask the Lord to make you a faithful watchman.
- Ask the Lord to give you a better understanding of watching.