February 25 God’s unique relationship with Israel

Israel’s need for watchmen

Before the world had instant communication, there was a crucial need for “watchmen,”  who would watch and warn the people of coming danger. The prophets were God’s watchmen.  They saw Israel’s spiritual decline and the decay of their culture so they knew that God would soon bring judgement. 

Ezekiel 33:1-6

Again the word of the Lord came to me, saying,  “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, when he sees the sword coming upon the land, if he blows the trumpet and warns the people, 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. 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. 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.’

Today Israel needs watchmen who will warn and help her to prepare.


Born near Nowy Sacz, Maria Kotarba had worked as a courier with the Polish resistance before being caught and transported to Auschwitz on 6 January 1943. As a political prisoner, Maria was put to work in the camp in the Rajsko gardening Kommando. One day, Maria clandestinely joined the group of sick prisoners in order to smuggle contraband medicines from the local resistance to prisoner-doctors in the infirmary. She befriended and helped Lena Lakomy, Lena’s sister Guta and other Jewish prisoners – despite the personal risk, as well as protests from fellow Polish prisoners that she was helping Jews rather than Polish Christians.


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