Summary of passage: Jesus explains that the coming of the Son of Man will be just like it was before the flood: no one knew it was about to happen and everyone was just leading a normal life. Believers will be saved. So keep watch for the Son of Man. Stay faithful and wise and care for Jesus’ flock and do not fall away because you think Jesus won’t come. Jesus will come and send those who have fallen away to hell.
10a) Eating, drinking, marrying, giving
b) People today think that Jesus will not come in their lifetime so they perpetuate sin and aren’t as strict. In Noah’s time, God says man is corrupt, wicked and evil. They lived for themselves. Same mentality. Even though we know Jesus is coming and in Noah’s time God was closer to His people, man turned his back.
11a) A man of integrity, faithful and wise, who was put in charge to care for the servants while the master was away. He was doing this when the master returned and was rewarded by being put in charge of all of the master’s possessions.
b) As soon as the master is gone, the wicked servant begins to beat his fellow servants and to eat and drink with drunkards. His actions are one of someone who believes he will never be found out.
c) Those who obey God and His commandments faithfully will be rewarded. Those who do not obey Him and His commandments will be thrown into Hell on the Day of Judgment.
d) Personal Question. My answer: Jesus says if you love him, then feed his sheep. I interpret this as spiritually mostly. Feed those Jesus has given you to care for by feeding them His word and caring for their needs. There is also the physical need of actual eating as well, which is important, and the intellectual need of knowledge of Christ and who he is.
For me, this would be my children. It is my responsibility and calling to raise my children and teach them about God and Jesus. “At the proper time” is important as well for kids learn in stages and feeding them what they need to know at the proper time is important or it will be fruitless. Basically, keep raising my kids in the Word and God will take care of the rest.
12a) Keep watch for Jesus’ return and be ready for it. Stay faithful to the master, stand firm to the end and you will be saved. Care for those you are put in charge of faithfully so that they are ready as well.
b) Watch out you are not deceived by false prophets. Keep watch for the signs of his coming such as the abomination, the sun, moon, and stars, and the signs from heaven and the angels. Do not fall away or you shall perish.
c) As the elect, you will be saved and rewarded for your work on earth. Jesus will return to establish his kingdom here on Earth!
Conclusions: Please read the rest of John 21. Talk about mind-opening! If you love, then take care of Jesus’ sheep. It just hit me hard that we love and take care of others because we love Jesus and Jesus loves us. It’s Jesus at his best when he’s trying to get something through to us dunderheads! Love it! I love how John ends his book how there is just not enough pages to record all Jesus did. I love that!
Question 12 was great in bringing the whole chapter together because piece-meal is great for study but hard to get the overriding message: Stay faithful and Jesus will return!
End Notes: Here we have another dilemma: Jesus had previously said in the End Times the heavenly bodies will be out of whack and there will be wars, famines, and earthquakes. Here, Jesus says the world will be a”as it was in the days of Noah” so life going on as normal until it started to rain. How can you have normal in a world with major catastrophes and earth-moving signs?
Scholars resolve these “two comings” by saying one is for the church (believers who recognize the signs) and the other is for non-believers who don’t.
Note Jesus’ emphasis on constant readiness. As Christians, we need to be about His work NOW and not LATER. Don’t put off God for tomorrow for tomorrow may never come and your plans won’t materialize–only God’s will. Respond now, Jesus says, and you will be rewarded.
Matthew Chapters 24-25, Mark 13, and Luke 21 is known as the Olivet Discourse, which is where Jesus discusses eschatology (the doctrine of the “last things” in Greek). It was given to the disciples on the Mount of Olives (see fascinating history and pictures HERE). Who knew it was a necropolis? I didn’t!
Breakdown of the Olivet Discourse with side-by-side passages from all 3 Gospels HERE
This is the last of Jesus’ Five Discourses Matthew records before the cross. Breakdown and summary of Matthew’s Five Discourses HERE.