Out in the open wisdom calls aloud, she raises her voice in the public square; on top of the wall she cries out, at the city gate she makes her speech: “How long will you who are simple love your simple ways? How long will mockers delight in mockery and fools hate knowledge? Repent at my rebuke! Then I will pour out my thoughts to you, I will make known to you my teachings.” Proverbs 1:20-23 NIV
When people do evil deeds–behind the scenes–and think they will never be discovered, their hidden agenda is exposed and known to all. But Wisdom calls aloud–openly for all to hear so there is no mistake about what she says and when wisdom is ignored, chaos and confusion usually abound.
The walled cities of old were built with space for those who were watching over the city to alert of any dangers to walk around the entire city–on top of the walls. The elevation of course was a means for sound to carry far and for the watchmen to see danger coming from a distance. This is one of the reasons why we are told about the watchman through Ezekiel–and God holding the watchman responsible for not alerting the people to danger when they saw danger coming. Basically the way it reads is this: If we are warned of danger and ignore the warning, then our calamity (bloodshed) is on our hands. If we are not warned of impending danger, then the calamity (bloodshed) is on the watchman’s hands.
Have we been warned of calamity by those given watch over us who know The Word and see the impending danger? Are we heeding the warnings or are we ignoring them? Do we even know who the watchman is in our lives?
The watchmen–all who give warnings about impending dangers based upon The Word–are those who spread The Word and the warnings about living in opposition to The Word. Most people look to their pastors or church leaders to be their watchman, but unfortunately, too many church leaders are ignoring the danger and actually succumbing to popular opinion and political correctness–in lieu of obeying The Word. The calamity that falls upon all who listen to them will be on their hands.
But all is not lost! There are many watchmen–in cyberspace and other physical places who are not afraid to speak God’s Truth and will warn and have warned of the dangers of succumbing to popular opinion and political correctness that does not align with God’s Word. When people ignore those telling the truth, the calamity they are bound to experience is on them, not those who sounded the alarm.
And this is why wisdom speaks openly from the top of the wall–to be heard–not ignored, not ashamed of speaking truth–sounding the alarm when impending danger is sighted. But fools and mockers ignore wisdom in order to enjoy their folly and they are caught in their own snares, they call for help, but no help is near.
When we choose to ignore warnings of impending danger and do what we want to do instead of obeying God, He will not hear us–unless we repent of our wayward behavior. Wisdom is on the wall, speaking openly, not hiding like those who plan evil. Listen and obey!