March 1: Righteousness

The Watchman’s Message

God has given the watchmen a very simple and clear message to bring to the people of Israel.  The hard part is not the message but its declaration.  Confronting people of their sin is not easy, for either the one who speaks or the one who hears. 

Israel did not want to hear about her sin and God’s judgment.  Even today Israel, like many people, do not want to change and are happy with their lives.

Most would admit that they want to be and to do good, but want to live according to their own standards.  But God’s standards are so much higher than ours.  He will reject a life-time of good works for one sin!

            Ezekiel 33:12

“Therefore you, O son of man, say to the children of your people: ‘The righteousness of the righteous man shall not deliver him in the day of his transgression; as for the wickedness of the wicked, he shall not fall because of it in the day that he turns from his wickedness; nor shall the righteous be able to live because of his righteousness in the day that he sins.’ 


Aracy Carvalho de Guimaraes Rosa
Aracy Carvalho was responsible for the visa section in the Brazilian Consulate in Hamburg, Germany, where she worked as a secretary in 1938. In that capacity she helped a group of Jews to obtain visas to Brazil, as well as assisting them to overcome financial difficulties before leaving Germany for Brazil. During the Kristallnacht pogrom of November 9-10, 1938, Aracy Carvalho sheltered Margarethe Bertel-Levy and her husband in her home. She then helped her and other Jews with all the arrangements for a safe departure from Germany, Aracy Carvalho married the Brazilian consul and writer João Guimarães Rosa in 1940 and they worked together in the Brazilian Hamburg consulate till the disruption of diplomatic relations between Brazil and Germany in mid-1942.

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