Day 68 (Tues, Oct 21, 2014)

Be Alert

44 total verses: Matthew 24:34-51; 25:1-13; Mark 13:30-37; Luke 21:32-36

Brief description of action taking place or point being made

267. Warnings to be alert in Matthew 24:34-51; Mark 13:30-37; Luke 21:32-36
268. Parable of the 10 virgins in Matthew 25:1-13

General questions

1. What is your favorite verse or set of verses? Why?
2. Did you learn anything from the reading or find anything particularly cool? What?
3. Was there anything unclear in the passage that you have questions about? What are they?

Specific questions on this passage

After Completing the Bible Reading

Broader outline of each section of passage

Matthew 24:34-51; Mark 13:30-37; Luke 21:32-36. This is about being alert for the Lord’s return. Both Matthew and Mark share the story about a master going on a journey and leaving his servants in charge, and how they should persevere to do their duty until he returns.

Matthew has an extra section that only appears in Matthew, from 37 to 41. This includes comments about the flood coming in the days of Noah, and about some being taken and some being left behind. Also Luke has a bit of a different angle on things in verses 34 to 36. It says this will come upon all who dwell on the face of the earth.

Matthew 25:1-13. This is a parable with 5 virgins who were prepared and took oil for their lamps, and 5 who only took their lamps. When the bridegroom came later than expected, the latter 5 did not have oil, so when they went to buy some, the bridegroom came, and the ones that were ready went in, but the ones that weren’t never got in.

My favorite passage and other random thoughts

I chose Luke 21:34 as my favorite verse here. It represents Jesus giving us a warning about our attitudes and object of our focus in this life so that we would be prepared for when he comes again. He says, “‘Watch out! Don’t let me find you living in carousing and drunkenness, and filled with the worries of this life. Don’t let that day catch you unaware'” (NLT2007). I think this is a very sobering (no pun intended) warning, because apart from the drunkenness, I think a lot of very sincere Christians who are in church every Sunday in America get caught up in their leisure activities and in their responsibilities at work and home, and they get distracted from a single-hearted devotion to Jesus. They stop looking for him and building their lives around him, and instead build their lives around so many other things that demand time and attention. I have to heed this warning very carefully myself. It is not wrong to care about work or family or anything, it is just that these things can get us off-center, and then faith become an appendage or secondary rather than our focus.

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