4-14-2019 The Watchman and the Intercessor
In the Old Testament, the watchman stands watch over the people to sound the alarm for when the enemy approaches, or as with Jonah His impending judgment on Nineveh. The intercessor stands the gap for others with prayer before God. Take note that the term “watchman” is used only in the Old Testament while watch or intercede is used in the New Testament.
Let’s look at the Hebrew and Greek words used for ‘watchman’ and ‘intercessor’.
6822 tsaphah (tsawfaw) lean forward, look into the distance, behold, wait for, espy, watch
2 Sam. 18:24-27 David sent a watchman up the tower who saw two men running separately
2 Kings 9:17-20 The watchman watched from the wall of Jezreel and saw the company of Jehu coming
Isaiah 56:10 The watchman needs to be diligent
Jer. 6:17 People need to listen for the sound of the watchman’s trumpet
Ezek. 3:17 The watchman warns the people on God’s behalf
Ezek. 33:2-7 Set a watchman upon your coasts to watch for trouble. When he sees trouble coming, he sounds the trumpet. If the people hear the warning and don’t heed it, they die, their blood is on their own head. He who heeds the warning shall be delivered. Should the watchman not sound the alarm and those will still die but their blood is required at the hand of the watchman. The watchmen should warn the people.
Hosea 9:8 The watchmen should be with God (have a solid relationship)
8104 shamar (shawmar) hedge with thorns, behold, be circumspect, heed, mark, look narrowly, observe, regard, preserve, lay in wait for, watch
Jer. 51:12 Set watchmen in time of trouble
5341 natsar (nawtsar) Guard or protect, or hid or conceal, monument, observe, preserve, be subtle, watcher of man
Jer. 31:6 The watchman of Zion call the people to God
6293 paga (pawga) cause, fall upon, entreat, intercede, intercession, entreat, pray, meet (together), run
Isaiah 59:16 (noun) There was no intercessor
Jer. 27:18 Make intercession to God
Jer. 36:25 Make intercession for those in authority
1783 enteuxis (entyooksis) intercession, prayer
1 Tim. 2:1 Make intercession for all men (saved & unsaved)
1793 entugehano (root 1722 en –give self wholly to, intermediate, from 5177 tugchano – make ready, bring to pass) deal with, make intercession
Rom. 8:26-27, 34 Makes intercession according to the will of God, Christ intercedes for us (wouldn’t hurt us to do the same)
Rom. 11:2 Isaiah interceded for Israel
Heb. 7:22-25 Jesus continually intercedes for us
5241 huperentugchano (hooperentoongkhano) make intercession
1127 gregoreuo (graygoryoo-o) watch, be vigilant
Matt. 25:13 Watch, for we don’t know the hour nor the day of the Son of man
Rev. 3:2 Be watchful and strengthen the things which remain, our works are not yet perfect before God
69 agrupneo (agroopneoh) be awake, be sleepless, watch
Matt. 26:41 Watch so we don’t enter into temptation
Heb. 13:17 Obey those who rule over us for they watch for our souls
So just what does a watchman do?
Stands watch for danger (or God’s judgment)
Sounds the alarm of that impending danger (or judgement)
Warning heeded, people saved (prepared for battle or repent)
Warning not heeded, danger ignored (people will be conquered, die in their sins, any good works perish with them, blood is on their head)
Warning NOT sounded, no chance to defend (people die in their sin, blood on watchman’s head
He is selected from within “ranks”
Be obedient to God’s Law
Be always ready (operating, living, in God’s love)
Be filled with the Holy Ghost (Holy Ghost knows how to pray even if we don’t – Rom. 8:26)
What does the intercessor do?
Stands watch for danger (or God’s judgment)
Prays for the people that they might open their eyes to evil
And turn back to God
Is selected from within “ranks”
Is obedient to God’s Law
Is always ready (operating, living, in God’s love via the Holy Ghost)
Jesus is the ultimate watchman.
Father sent Jesus down from the throne room to issue the warning to His people to shape up or suffer the consequences. So Jesus not only came to set us right, but also provides the way.
For 3 ½ years He preached God’s kingdom in love showing souls how to turn from their evil ways and come into or back into our Father’s kingdom.
But Father has set his servants (us - believers) as watchmen over the people as well. If nothing else, we can always serve as a watchman for someone else. Keep our noses clean though (Matt. 7:3-5).
Though not a Ninevite, Jonah acted as a watchman on their behalf. Begrudgingly he entered the city proclaiming that God’s judgement was coming upon the people because of their evil ways (Jonah 3:1-10). The people repented.
When the watchman issues the warning of God’s judgment and the people repent and turn – all will be well. Nineveh bought @200 hundred more years with their repentance. Then, with no watchman, they finally fulfilled God’s prophecy of their demise, and died in their own wickedness - anyway.
*Jonah visited Nineveh @780-790BC
*Nineveh falls to the Assyrians @ 612BC
Jesus is the ultimate intercessor
Jesus intercedes before the Father in heaven on our behalf (1 John 2:1).
While the Holy Ghost intercedes for us on earth (He dwells within our hearts)(Rom. 8:27).
Yet, we are to remember our brothers and sisters in prayer always (Eph. 6:18).
Comparison between the intercessor and the watchman
Intercessor prays for people
He prays that God may not bring judgement upon His people. That their eyes be opened that they might be turned from their evil ways
Watchman puts those prayers into action
Goes out, in love, to warn the people to turn from their evil ways so that evil or God’s judgment, does not befall them.
Yet both must:
Stand watch on behalf of the people
Be in tune with God
Be knowledgeable of God’s word (bible) and will
Have a compassion for the people
Be aware of the enemy’s activities
The intercessor speaks to God on behalf of the people
The watchman speaks to the people on behalf of God
So why bother with this today? Not only the world, but the church is also in turmoil. Open sin is widespread with clergy and parishioners. Father is preparing to move to open eyes. The impending Spiritual explosion will ignite hearts for the Father through Jesus Christ once again.