The tagline is from Jeremiah 6:17
… ‘Listen to the sound of the trumpet!’ But they said, ‘We will not listen.’
It is meant to draw attention and encourage readers to listen – unlike the stubborn people refered to.
Consider, also, that that verse may have both historical and present day relevance. It’s one of the topics I hope to cover in this blog; that many prophecies of the bible have dual fulfillment as a matter of course. Since the ancient prophets were to believed only if they could demonstrate 100% accuracy under the penalty of death, their prophecies had to have fulfillment during their lifetime, or because they were already proven prophets, some of their prophecies could be indisputably considered for later times. This means that at least some prophecies of some prophets had to have dual fulfillment.
I am not a prophet, mind you, but I think of myself as a “watchman” of sorts. This may seem pretentious, but I hope you’ll let me explain – as it’s more of a servant-hood attitude.
First, it comes from the larger passage of Jeremiah 6:16-17
(16) Thus says the LORD: “Stand in the ways and see, And ask for the old paths, where the good way is, And walk in it; Then you will find rest for your souls. But they said, ‘We will not walk in it.’ (17) Also, I set watchmen over you, saying, ‘Listen to the sound of the trumpet!’ But they said, ‘We will not listen.’
Second, it comes from Ezekiel 33:2-6
(2) ”Son of man, speak to the children of your people, and say to them: ‘When I bring the sword upon a land, and the people of the land take a man from their territory and make him their watchman, (3) when he sees the sword coming upon the land, if he blows the trumpet and warns the people, (4) then whoever hears the sound of the trumpet and does not take warning, if the sword comes and takes him away, his blood shall be on his own head. (5) He heard the sound of the trumpet, but did not take warning; his blood shall be upon himself. But he who takes warning will save his life. (6) But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet, and the people are not warned, and the sword comes and takes any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at the watchman’s hand.’
So how can I think of myself as a sort of “watchman”? I don’t think it’s an appointed thing, necessarily, although for some more important than me I believe that it is. In general I think that anyone with a passion for the bible that pays attention to historical and current events and that has concern for others, is compelled to be a watchman to some extent. Jesus also instructed his disciples on many occasions to watch, and sums it up simply and well in Mark 13:37
And what I say to you, I say to all: Watch!”
In addition to having a livelong passion for bible, I also have a livelong passion for playing the trumpet so the decision for what to call my blog was simple for me. The images on the blog are all of my personal trumpet on my personal property. Scripture references are all from the New King James Version (NKJV), unless otherwise noted.