Rise Up, My Love (72): Blind Watchmen

Sun setting over Israel copySong of Solomon 3:3 “The watchmen that go about the city found me: to whom I said, Saw ye him whom my soul loveth?” Who were these watchmen that were traveling around the city?  They were the guards who were hired to keep the city safe by night, probably the city of Jerusalem. However, they had not seen the king and had no knowledge of his whereabouts; they were of no help to the young queen. I used to marvel that they did not respond to her.  There was no effort to help her in her search, nor was there any offer to escort her safely home.  What kind of watchmen were they, anyway, to find a young woman apparently delirious with distress without any attempt to come to her aid?

I will tell you what the Scriptures say of the watchmen.  “His watchmen are blind: they are all ignorant, they are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark; sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber.  Yea, they are greedy dogs which can never have enough, and they are shepherds that cannot understand: they all look to their own way, every one for his gain, from his quarter” (Isaiah 56:10-11).night-watchmanNo wonder they did not help her! They were the blind hired to help the blind, but unwilling and uncaring. Isn’t this the picture of a large number of the religious leaders of this world? (Luke 6:39). Even those who are hired by the world to keep it safe are corrupt!  They do not know the King of Kings, and they have no knowledge of his whereabouts. When asked if they have seen him, they are silent… “they are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark!”  They know nothing and can say nothing.

How many times a poor lost soul, delirious with suffering, has approached the religious leaders of this world seeking relief, only to find that they are false teachers, ignorant of the truth.  Instead of bringing the water of life to the thirsty lips of the dying soul, these apostate churchmen are “wells without water, clouds that are carried with a tempest; to whom the mist of darkness is reserved for ever” (2 Peter 2:17).

Dear, hungering soul, if you have impulsively strayed into the spiritual darkness of this world’s religious ways and broad roads in pursuit of the One your spirit longs to find, do not ask help from the world’s watchmen! They cannot help you! They are “shepherds that cannot understand: they all look to their own way, every one for his gain…” (Isaiah 56:11). They will not come to your aid.  They will not help you look, nor will they protect you from harm. What does Jesus say of the watchmen, the false religious shepherds, the hirelings of this world? “All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers…he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep.  The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep” (John 10:8,12-13).

If you are longing for more of Jesus, there is only one way to find him, and that is to be found by him.  We think we are pursuing him, but truly He is drawing us. “Sir, we would see Jesus” (John 12:21), was the cry of the Greeks who came to Jerusalem to worship at the feast.  But, though they sought him, truly it was He who made himself known to them, as it was recorded just a few verses later: “And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me” (John 12:32).

“Saw ye him whom my soul loveth?”  No, the world has not seen or known him who has washed us in his own blood and loves us with everlasting love.  Do not ask the watchmen of this world.  They are blind and mute.  Go your way, blinded by your own tears, but knowing that “They that sow in tears shall reap in joy” (Psalm 126:5).  “And you shall seek me, and find me, when you shall search for me with all your heart” (Jeremiah 29:13). Wiki Cole_Thomas_The_Return_1837

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