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"Keep awake therefore, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming"
(Matthew 24:42)

First Sunday of Advent

No One Knows the Day or Hour

Mat 24:36 "No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.
Mat 24:37 As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.
Mat 24:38 For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark;
Mat 24:39 and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.
Mat 24:40 Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left.
Mat 24:41 Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left.
Mat 24:42 "Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come.
Mat 24:43 But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into.
Mat 24:44 So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.

[Matthew 24:36] The exact time of Christ's coming is not to be the concern of God's people (cf. also Jesus' parting words in Acts 1:6-8). That Christ, in His humiliation (incarnation), was not aware of the time is not a denial of His deity, but an evidence of His functional subordination and temporary surrender of the use of certain attributes while living a life of faith and dependence upon the Father.

[Luke 23:38] (vv. 37,38) Noah's day was characterized by preoccupation with trivial matters and neglect of spiritual concerns. Oblivious to the judgment of God, the inhabitants of the earth were caught unprepared by the Flood. Such a state of unpreparedness will exist when Jesus returns.

[Luke 23:43] (vv. 39-42) The context of the passage would seem to indicate that the judgment of Christ's return and not the rapture of the church is in view. The "one taken" (vv. 40, 41) is taken in judgment; the one remaining is blessed to enter with the Lord into kingdom blessings. Indeed, the rapture of believers (1 Thess. 4:13-18), it would seem, is not discussed in Matt. 24; 25.

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Readings for the week of December 3rd
Second Sunday of Advent
First: Isaiah 11: 1-10
Psalm: 72: 1-7, 18-19
Second: Romans 15: 4-13
Gospel: Matthew 3: 1-12

 

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