Interpretation Project 1: Matthew 24:42-44
BIBLE 110: NEW TESTAMENT SURVEY
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This paper was prepared for Bible 110-B06
Taught by: Prof. Murphy
As one reads Matthew 24, there are many parables and lessons to adhere too. Matthew 24:42-44 says, “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of the night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him” (Lucado, New Kings James Version). Jesus shares insight for humanity prior to His return, in efforts that mankind may be prepared to receive the Lord and not be deceived. If people use consideration when interpreting God’s meaning and not personal interpretations, the true message can be revealed. According to Journey into God’s Word, “We believe that the way to approach the Bible (i.e., the way we listen to God) should match how God gives us the Bible (i.e., chose to speak)” (Duvall & Hayes, 2008, p. 50). This short story may be viewed as Jesus being like a thief and coming at an unexpected time; however, if Matthew 24 is read in its entirety, a much more specific meaning is discovered.
Jesus provides all humanity with the necessary preparations for the end times. Jesus reveals His love and concern for humanity by revealing signs of the tribulation. “Nation will rise against nation…there will be famines and earthquakes…” (Matt. 24:7). These are given in efforts to bring awareness that until these pass, the end is not here. Jesus will be returning at an unknown day, hour, and season. His return is not even known to “…angels, nor the Son, only the Father” (Matt. 24:36). He includes warnings and precautions.
Jesus warns against false...
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