Monday, May 13, 2019

Matthew 25-26~ Day 13~ One with warning, one without.

I have been accused of never giving a short answer.  Well,.....I ain't got nothin' on Jesus!

Remember the question the disciples asked him back in 24:3?, "Tell us, when will these things happen?"  Jesus proceeds to give a lengthy answer that goes all the way to 26:1, "When Jesus had finished saying all these things.."

Jesus used 4 parables and a lot of prophesying to answer their two fold question.  Remember yesterday, I pointed out that the disciples thought the two events were one.  But Jesus makes it clear that they are two seperate events.  Matthew 24:4-35, he tells of the obvious predictable signs that will lead up to the destruction of the temple. Then, starting at 24:36 and going all the way through to 25:46,  he switches to the not so obvious day when he will return.

What a contrast!  The prediction of the temple was very obvious- "So when you see the abomination of desolation...then those in Judea must flee to the mountains." (24:16)  It's like he is saying, "Run!! Get out of town!  It's happening!"
Yet, the prediction of when Jesus returns will be quite the opposite to that.  Jesus makes that clear with the parable of the 10 virgins and the talents we read about today- there will be no warning!

Did you notice that Jesus repeats himself in a matter of words? "This is why you are also to be ready, because the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect." (24:44) and  "Therefore be alert, because you don't know either the day or the hour." (Matt. 25:13)
That was my take away from yesterday's reading and today's! ~Be ready~stay ready!

I love this reading plan! The consistency in the reading helps see the continuity in the writing.  Jesus is very clear on his answer to their question.  I think I would have missed it if I broke it up and only read certain verses.  I'm having fun with these new insights!  What about you?  What are you getting out of the reading?

2 comments:

Rapster J said...

Yes, I got the same about being ready- and Paul echoing that to always being ready to give an answer for my faith- helps me not to feel so free to "zone out", as I tend to do!

Walking with The Way said...

I have been guilty of zoning out as well! Thank goodness we are reading and getting these reminders to stay ready!!