11. "(The Oracle Concerning Dumah.
A voice crieth to me from Seir:)
Watchman, what from the night?
Watchman, what from the night?
12. The watchman replieth: -
The morning cometh, and also the night.
If ye will inquire, inquire ye: come again."
There are many beautiful passages in God's word. Written in the Old Testament this passage is still a beacon for today. A watchman was a person stationed on the top of the city walls in order to 'watch' for the enemy. Today's watchmen are God's servants.
Why does God allow evil/bad things to happen? God's original world was created without spot or wrinkle. It didn't have evil, no sorrow, nor sin. That changed when humans chose to disobey God. Most of us understand that we are free to choose between doing right or doing wrong, and both of those choices have consequences for our selves--and sometimes for innocent others. Many in the world and this nation have chosen to turn their back on Jehovah. They choose to go their own way, and decide for themselves what is right or wrong.
Romans 1:21 "because that, knowing God, they glorified him not as God, neither gave thanks; but became vain in their reasonings, and their senseless heart was darkened. 22) Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,"
Giving this people time for repentance, Jehovah has been long-suffering towards us:
Psalms 106:14 "But (Israel) lusted exceedingly in the wilderness, And tempted God in the desert. 15) And he gave them their request, But sent leanness into their soul."
This nation has been blessed exceedingly above and beyond other nations, yet we can see evil growing in our days. As long as we allow evil to grow—it will grow.
"Don't judge me, don't judge me, Judge that person behind the tree..."
No one wants to be told the truth. Therefore they don't call on the watchman to warn them, or they don't listen when the watchman does call them. They allow evil, and they practice evil. As people before us have said, self rule will only work for those who have Christ and self discipline. That is one reason why we haven't been successful in exporting democracy. Laws don't control human behavior, or human feelings. Only self-discipline.
The watchman replieth—the morning cometh: The morning comes when there is a time to turn from evil and to choose good and right. There is a morning for repentance and salvation.
"Wherefore he saith, Awake, thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall shine upon thee." (Ephesians 5:14 ASV)
1Thessalonians 5:1 "But concerning the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that aught be written unto you. 2) For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. 3) When they are saying, Peace and safety, then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall in no wise escape. 4) But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief: 5) for ye are all sons of light, and sons of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness; 6) so then let us not sleep, as do the rest, but let us watch and be sober. 7) For they that sleep sleep in the night: and they that are drunken are drunken in the night. 8) But let us, since we are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for a helmet, the hope of salvation."
"...and also the night." When the grace of God will have ended, and the judgement of God has begun.
1Thessalonians 5:9 "For God appointed us not into wrath, but unto the obtaining of salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 10) who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him."
Ezekiel 3:17 "Son of man, I have made thee a watchman unto the house of Israel: therefore hear the word at my mouth, and give them warning from me.
Hallelujah! What a Savior!