February 8 – The Biggest Surprise of All

I planned to have this done yesterday and been caught up. Then, we had a family emergency, wife fell and broke her wrist. Barring any more emergencies, I should be caught up today.

Leviticus 4-5 Matthew 24:29-51

“In those days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving their children to be married, until the day Noah entered the boat. They knew nothing about what was happening until the flood came and destroyed them. It will be the same when the Son of Man comes.” (Matthew 24:38-39 NCV)

As Jesus focused on the cross, He taught a lot about His eventual return. Christians talk about the Second Coming of Christ. Jews talk about the Day of the Lord or just “The Day.” In this passage Jesus tells the disciples two important truths: 1) no one knows when that day will be, and 2) there will be nothing remarkable about the days leading up to that time. Later, He compared His return to the issue of a thief breaking into a house. If you had known the day the thief was coming, you’d have done something to prevent the burglary. No thief sends a message letting you know the day he’s coming.

I’ve always been amused by people talking breathlessly about how our days are like the days of Noah and we’d better be ready. While they’re right that we should always be ready for Christ’s return, the description of the “days of Noah” is that people were eating and drinking, marrying and arranging marriages: in short, they were living normal, everyday lives. What should cause us to take notice about the days of Noah, and prepare for the return of the Lord, is that there is nothing special about those days. They’re normal. We have no more warning about the future. Preparation began yesterday.

Lord, thank You that because of my relationship with Jesus, I’m prepared for His return. Help me to show others Your grace and mercy so they can be prepared also.

Scripture taken from the New Century Version®. Copyright © 2005 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


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I am a retired Middle School Teacher. I share each day what God is teaching me from reading His word hoping that people can benefit from reading what God has taught me.
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