Luke 17:20-37 … THE DAYS OF NOAH WILL BE REPEATED BEFORE CHRIST RETURNS.
Q.1. What kingdom were the Pharisees expecting? Why did Jesus give more details to His disciples? How do you gain entrance into God’s kingdom? – (Lk.17:20-27) =
Q.2. Why did Jesus use the examples of Noah and Lot? How should Christ’s teaching impact us regarding His coming again? – (Lk.17:24-33) =
Q.3. Will Christ’s return be good news to everyone? Where do vultures usually gather? – (Lk.17:34-37) =
The Coming of the Kingdom
20 Being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, he answered them, “The kingdom of God is not coming in ways that can be observed, 21 nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or ‘There!’ for behold, the kingdom of God is in the midst of you.”[a]
22 And he said to the disciples, “The days are coming when you will desire to see one of the days of the Son of Man, and you will not see it. 23 And they will say to you, ‘Look, there!’ or ‘Look, here!’ Do not go out or follow them. 24 For as the lightning flashes and lights up the sky from one side to the other, so will the Son of Man be in his day.[b] 25 But first he must suffer many things and be rejected by this generation. 26 Just as it was in the days of Noah, so will it be in the days of the Son of Man. 27 They were eating and drinking and marrying and being given in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all. 28 Likewise, just as it was in the days of Lot—they were eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building, 29 but on the day when Lot went out from Sodom, fire and sulfur rained from heaven and destroyed them all— 30 so will it be on the day when the Son of Man is revealed. 31 On that day, let the one who is on the housetop, with his goods in the house, not come down to take them away, and likewise let the one who is in the field not turn back. 32 Remember Lot’s wife. 33 Whoever seeks to preserve his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life will keep it. 34 I tell you, in that night there will be two in one bed. One will be taken and the other left. 35 There will be two women grinding together. One will be taken and the other left.”[c] 37 And they said to him, “Where, Lord?” He said to them, “Where the corpse[d] is, there the vultures[e] will gather.”
Q.1. What kingdom were the Pharisees expecting? Why did Jesus give more details to His disciples? How do you gain entrance into God’s kingdom? – (Lk.17:20-27) = The Pharisees asked Jesus about the promises relating to the coming of God’s kingdom. He sought to focus their attention, not on the signs, but on the necessity of receiving the King of that kingdom – The kingdom of God is not coming with signs to be observed … For behold, the kingdom of God is in your midst (Lk.17:20-21). Privately He told His disciples that His coming would be with signs and wonders (Lk.17:24 c.f. Lk.21:27). However – … first He must suffer many things and be rejected by this generation. Just as it happened in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man (Lk.17:25-26). The implication is clear. We must accept Jesus, the Messiah, as our sin-bearer and substitute for our sins. We must humbly take Him as our own Saviour and invite Him to be King over our hearts.
Q.2. Why did Jesus use the examples of Noah and Lot? How should Christ’s teaching impact us regarding His coming again? – (Lk.17:24-33) = Today we get graphic pictures of the destruction caused by tsunamis, volcanos, and earthquakes. Somehow it seems unreal, as long as we are not directly impacted by these tragedies. However, one day, just as in the time of the worldwide Flood, and the annihilation of Sodom and Gomorrah, calamity will visit all humanity. Few heeded the warnings (Lk.17:26-29). With these historical examples, Jesus reminded us that such destruction will recur in the Endtimes (Lk.17:26 & 30). It will happen suddenly, and unexpectedly (Lk.17:31-36). There will be no escape, apart from entering into the kingdom of God through faith in the Son of God.
Q.3. Will Christ’s return be good news to everyone? Where do vultures usually gather? – (Lk.17:34-37) = Christ’s return will mark the great divide in human history. There will be no time to change the direction of our souls. There will be only one significant question from the Father: What did you do with My Son? Jesus alluded to a terrible judgment upon the God haters, whom the apostle John saw after the coming of King Jesus – And on His robe and on His thigh, He has a name written, “KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.” Then I saw an angel standing in the sun, and he cried out with a loud voice, saying to all the birds which fly in midheaven, “Come, assemble for the great supper of God (Rev.19:16-17). Here the vultures will be gathered (Lk.17:37). This is only good news for those who have heeded the Gospel of Jesus Christ in this life.
(Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.)
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