What Did Jesus Know?
“Keep Watch, Faithful and Wise Servants” (God’s Timing)
Week 6: Matthew 24:36-51 ~ 7/05/2020
Dr. Scott T. Arnold ~ First Baptist Church of Los Angeles, CA
Introduction: The Sacred Service and Watch of Freedom
I. No one knows the day or hour (v.36) 36 “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.
II. Comparison to the days of Noah (v. 37-39)
- Similar situation and severity (37) 37 As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.
- Similar lack of listening (38) 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;
- Similar surprise (39) 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.
III. Rapture of God’s elect (v.40-41)
- Two men in a field (v.40) 40 Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left.
- Two women grinding at the mill (v.41) 41 Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left.
IV. Preparation is made through faithful service (42-47)
- Keep watchful and vigilant (42) . 42 “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come.
- Analogy of the thief in the night (43-44) 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. 44 So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.
- Analogy of food preparation (45-46) 45 “Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom the master has put in charge of the servants in his household to give them their food at the proper time? 46 It will be good for that servant whose master finds him doing so when he returns.
- Reward to the faithful (47) 47 Truly I tell you, he will put him in charge of all his possessions.
V. Judgment will come to the wicked and irresponsible (48-51)
- God sees injustice and abuse (48-49) 48 But suppose that servant is wicked and says to himself, ‘My master is staying away a long time,’ 49 and he then begins to beat his fellow servants and to eat and drink with drunkards.
- Jesus the master will come and judge humanity (50) 50 The master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he is not aware of.
- Judgment of the wicked (cut off from God) (51) 51 He will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
Conclusion: God is watching. Are we mindful and serving?
Questions for Discussion:
- How are the days we live in similar, or different from, the days of Noah before the flood?
- Jesus will come on a day and hour that nobody but God the Heavenly Father knows. Why is this essential?
- When Jesus comes, all people will know it, but most people will be caught by surprise. Can you describe the various feelings and thoughts that would run through your mind in that moment? What practical concerns would you need to let go of?
- How is the second coming, the rapture of the elect, a bitter-sweet event?
- How is the second coming, a glorious and wonderful event?
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