Monday, May 07, 2018

This week's lesson (May 12-18): Matthew 24 & 25

You may not be going through a "Time of Trouble" just now.

But somebody else might be.

In Matthew 24, remember, Jesus discusses two events: the Fall of Jerusalem (i.e. "these things"), and the Judgment (i.e. "that day").
  • The first took place in AD 70, the second will take place at a time known only to God.
  • The first can be predicted by carefully watching "the signs"; the second cannot -- it will be completely unexpected.
  • The first can be survived only through immediate flight; the second requires us to always be ready, watchful, and prepared.
Having said we need to be ready, Jesus tells us how to do this in Matthew 25.
  • In the Parable of the Talents, he tells us to use the gifts God gave us.
  • And in the Parable of the Sheep and the Goats, he tells us to use these gifts for the good of others.
In short, these chapters are a kind of User's Guide to the Apocalypse. They do so by telling us how to make it through tough times in the future . . . 

And they do so by reminding us to help others through their tough times today. 

As Ellen White said in The Ministry of Healing: "The faithful discharge of today's duties is the best preparation for tomorrow's trials."

Go, and do likewise.

-- adapted from my February 20, 2008 
commentary on the Sabbath School lesson 

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