In Matthew 24 – Part 8 we look at Jesus’ final words of
instruction to His disciples:
We cannot know the day or the hour.
The angels do not know when they will be called for the harvest.
The Son (Jesus) does not even know that appointed time.
But God’s people are suppose to be studying God’s Word,
(like Matthew 24, Mark 13, Luke 21 and Revelation)
so we can know the signs and discern the season.
37As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.
What were the days of Noah like?
The LORD saw how great the wickedness
of the human race had become on the earth,
and that every inclination of the thoughts
of the human heart was only evil all the time.
The LORD regretted that he had made human beings
on the earth, and his heart was deeply troubled.
Now the earth was corrupt in God’s sight and was full of violence.
God saw how corrupt the earth had become, for all the people on earth
had corrupted their ways.
Genesis 6:9 described Noah like this:
This is the account of Noah and his family. Noah was a righteous
man, blameless among the people of his time,
and he walked faithfully with God.
He walked faithfully with God.
What is faith?
Hebrews 11:1 describes faith like this;
Faith assures us of things we expect and convinces us
of the existence of things we cannot see. (GWT)
Noah believed things he could not yet see.
Noah built a very large boat NO WHERE near a body of water.
Noah prepared for a flood when he and his peers
had no idea what rain was yet.
Noah prepared to house and feed many animals on his boat
(at least 2 of every kind)
and those animals did not currently even live on his property,
much less in his own town or country.
Noah built an ark because he believed his God.
Do you believe your God?
How much faith do you really place in God’s Word?
Do you believe what He has written?
Genesis 6:22 also says,
“Noah did everything just as God commanded him.”
Noah did everything God commanded him…
Regardless of his neighbors heckling him.
Regardless of the fact he may have looked foolish to men.
Regardless of the fact Noah saw no rain.
Regardless of the fact Noah saw no animals (yet).
Noah did everything just as God commanded him.
Hebrew 11:7 says this about Noah:
By faith Noah, being warned by God about things not yet seen, in reverence prepared an ark for the salvation of his household, by which he condemned the world, and became an heir of the righteousness which is according to faith.
Noah was warned about things not yet seen.
In reverence to God, Noah prepared.
Noah prepared because he had faith in God’s words.
Because of Noah’s faith,
he became an heir of righteousness.
Because of Noah’s faith in God,
his family survived.
The earth healed.
Noah’s remnant repopulated the earth.
38For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; 39and 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.
It was a normal day.
Life was happening.
People were eating, drinking and marrying.
Because Noah listened, walked in faith and saw the signs
he was prepared to enter the boat at the first rain drop.
The rain came and took the others away.
Which will you be?
42“Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. 43But 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. 44So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.
Jesus is telling us to keep watch.
We will not know the exact day.
But, understand this…you must be ready.
(So after all the things happen that we have discussed in
Matthew 24 blogs 1 through 8,
keep watch and be ready because the time is near)
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? 46It will be good for that servant whose master finds him doing so when he returns. 47Truly I tell you, he will put him in charge of all his possessions.
The faithful and wise servant found completing their tasks
and in good standing when the master returns will become
in charge of all the masters possessions.
Would you call yourself a “faithful and wise servant”?
Will the Master return finding you doing what
He has placed you here to do?
48But suppose that servant is wicked and says to himself, ‘My master is staying away a long time,’ 49and he then begins to beat his fellow servants and to eat and drink with drunkards. 50The master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he is not aware of. 51He will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
What about the wicked, unaware servant with the
“while the cat is away, the mice will play” attitude?
The one not expecting the Master’s return?
Not too good.
They will be assigned a place with the hypocrites,
where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
(That is a another post for another time)