Tuesday, March 29, 2022
36 “But the exact day and hour? No one knows that, not even heaven’s angels, not even the Son. Only the Father knows.
37-39 “The Arrival of the Son of Man will take place in times like Noah’s. Before the great flood everyone was carrying on as usual, having a good time right up to the day Noah boarded the ark. They knew nothing—until the flood hit and swept everything away.
39-44 “The Son of Man’s Arrival will be like that: Two men will be working in the field—one will be taken, one left behind; two women will be grinding at the mill—one will be taken, one left behind. So stay awake, alert. You have no idea what day your Master will show up. But you do know this: You know that if the homeowner had known what time of night the burglar would arrive, he would have been there with his dogs to prevent the break-in. Be vigilant just like that. You have no idea when the Son of Man is going to show up.
-Matthew 24:36-44 The Message
Verse 36: “But about that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone.
Verse 36 study: This verse is good for us to not know when Jesus will come. If we knew, we might become complacent with our work, or we could sin right up to the end and then turn to God. Instead, we should continue to do the work of the Lord because Heaven is not our only goal. We have to stay working until the day comes for our unmistakable Savior’s return.
Verse 37: For the coming of the Son of Man will be just like the days of Noah.
Verse 38: For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark,
Verse 39: and they did not understand until the flood came and took them all away; so will the coming of the Son of Man be.
Verse 40: At that time there will be two men in the field; one will be taken and one will be left.
Verse 41: Two women will be grinding at the mill; one will be taken and one will be left.
Be Ready for His Coming
Verse 42: “Therefore be on the alert, for you do not know which day your Lord is coming.
Verses 40-42 studies: Christ’s second coming will be quick. At that point, there are no second thoughts or bargaining, or last-minute repentance. The choice we make will be our eternal destiny.
Verse 43: But be sure of this, that if the head of the house had known at what time of the night the thief was coming, he would have been on the alert and would not have allowed his house to be broken into.
Verse 44: For this reason you must be ready as well; for the Son of Man is coming at an hour when you do not think He will.
Verse 44 study: The purpose of Jesus telling about his return is not about predictions. It is about preparedness. That is his warning to us. Will you be ready? The safest choice is to obey him today.