The Day and Hour Unknown – Watchfulness

 

Matthew 24:36–51 (NIV)

The Day and Hour Unknown

36 “But about that day or
hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the
Father.
37 As it was in the days of
Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.
38 For in the days before
the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage,
up to the day Noah entered the ark;
39 and they knew nothing about what would happen
until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the
coming of the Son of Man.
40 Two men will be in the field; one will be taken
and the other left.
41 Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and
the other left.

42 “Therefore keep watch,
because you do not know on what day your Lord will come.
43 But understand this: If
the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming,
he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into.
44 So you also must be
ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect
him.

45 “Who then is the faithful
and wise servant, whom the master has put in charge of the servants in his
household to give them their food at the proper time?
46 It will be good for that
servant whose master finds him doing so when he returns.
47 Truly I tell you, he will
put him in charge of all his possessions.
48 But suppose that servant is wicked and says to
himself, ‘My master is staying away a long time,’
49 and he then begins to
beat his fellow servants and to eat and drink with drunkards.
50 The master of that
servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he is
not aware of.
51 He will cut him to pieces
and assign him a place with the hypocrites, where there will be weeping and
gnashing of teeth.

Luke 12:35–48 (NIV)

Watchfulness

35 “Be dressed ready for
service and keep your lamps burning,
36 like servants waiting for their master to return
from a wedding banquet, so that when he comes and knocks they can immediately
open the door for him.
37 It will be good for those servants whose master finds them
watching when he comes. Truly I tell you, he will dress himself to serve,
will have them recline at the table and will come and wait on them.
38 It will be good for those
servants whose master finds them ready, even if he comes in the middle of the
night or toward daybreak.
39 But understand this: If the owner of the house
had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have let his house
be broken into.
40 You also must be ready,
because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.”

41 Peter asked, “Lord, are you telling
this parable to us, or to everyone?”

42 The Lord answered, “Who then is the faithful and wise manager, whom the master
puts in charge of his servants to give them their food allowance at the
proper time?
43 It will be
good for that servant whom the master finds doing so when he returns.
44 Truly I tell you, he will put him in charge of all his
possessions.
45 But suppose
the servant says to himself, ‘My master is taking a long time in coming,’ and
he then begins to beat the other servants, both men and women, and to eat and
drink and get drunk.
46 The
master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at
an hour he is not aware of. He will cut him to pieces and assign him a place
with the unbelievers.

47 “The servant who knows
the master’s will and does not get ready or does not do what the master wants
will be beaten with many blows.
48 But the one who does not know and does things
deserving punishment will be beaten with few blows. From everyone who has
been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been
entrusted with much, much more will be asked.

 

 

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The Parable of the Tenants

 

Matthew 21:33–22:1 (NIV)

The Parable of the Tenants

21:33–46pp—Mk 12:1–12; Lk 20:9–19

33 “Listen to another parable: There was a landowner who planted a vineyard. He put a wall around it, dug a winepress in it and built a watchtower. Then he rented the vineyard to some farmers and moved to another place. 34 When the harvest time approached, he sent his servants to the tenants to collect his fruit.

35 “The tenants seized his servants; they beat one, killed another, and stoned a third. 36 Then he sent other servants to them, more than the first time, and the tenants treated them the same way. 37 Last of all, he sent his son to them. ‘They will respect my son,’ he said.

38 “But when the tenants saw the son, they said to each other, ‘This is the heir. Come, let’s kill him and take his inheritance.’ 39 So they took him and threw him out of the vineyard and killed him.

40 “Therefore, when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?”

41 “He will bring those wretches to a wretched end,” they replied, “and he will rent the vineyard to other tenants, who will give him his share of the crop at harvest time.”

42 Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the Scriptures:

“ ‘The stone the builders rejected

has become the cornerstone;

the Lord has done this,

and it is marvelous in our eyes’?

43 “Therefore I tell you that the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people who will produce its fruit. 44 Anyone who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces; anyone on whom it falls will be crushed.” 

45 When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard Jesus’ parables, they knew he was talking about them. 46 They looked for a way to arrest him, but they were afraid of the crowd because the people held that he was a prophet.

 

Mark 12:1–12 (NIV)

The Parable of the Tenants

12:1–12pp—Mt 21:33–46; Lk 20:9–19

12 Jesus then began to speak to them in parables: “A man planted a vineyard. He put a wall around it, dug a pit for the winepress and built a watchtower. Then he rented the vineyard to some farmers and moved to another place. At harvest time he sent a servant to the tenants to collect from them some of the fruit of the vineyard. But they seized him, beat him and sent him away empty-handed. Then he sent another servant to them; they struck this man on the head and treated him shamefully. He sent still another, and that one they killed. He sent many others; some of them they beat, others they killed.

“He had one left to send, a son, whom he loved. He sent him last of all, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’

“But the tenants said to one another, ‘This is the heir. Come, let’s kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.’ So they took him and killed him, and threw him out of the vineyard.

“What then will the owner of the vineyard do? He will come and kill those tenants and give the vineyard to others. 10 Haven’t you read this passage of Scripture:

“ ‘The stone the builders rejected

has become the cornerstone;

11 the Lord has done this,

and it is marvelous in our eyes’?”

12 Then the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders looked for a way to arrest him because they knew he had spoken the parable against them. But they were afraid of the crowd; so they left him and went away.

 

Luke 20:9–19 (NIV)

The Parable of the Tenants

20:9–19pp—Mt 21:33–46; Mk 12:1–12

He went on to tell the people this parable: “A man planted a vineyard, rented it to some farmers and went away for a long time. 10 At harvest time he sent a servant to the tenants so they would give him some of the fruit of the vineyard. But the tenants beat him and sent him away empty-handed. 11 He sent another servant, but that one also they beat and treated shamefully and sent away empty-handed. 12 He sent still a third, and they wounded him and threw him out.

13 “Then the owner of the vineyard said, ‘What shall I do? I will send my son, whom I love; perhaps they will respect him.’

14 “But when the tenants saw him, they talked the matter over. ‘This is the heir,’ they said. ‘Let’s kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.’ 15 So they threw him out of the vineyard and killed him.

“What then will the owner of the vineyard do to them? 16 He will come and kill those tenants and give the vineyard to others.”

When the people heard this, they said, “God forbid!”

17 Jesus looked directly at them and asked, “Then what is the meaning of that which is written:

“ ‘The stone the builders rejected

has become the cornerstone’?

18 Everyone who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces; anyone on whom it falls will be crushed.”

19 The teachers of the law and the chief priests looked for a way to arrest him immediately, because they knew he had spoken this parable against them. But they were afraid of the people.

 

 

Demon Possessed Man Healed

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Matthew 8:28–34 (NIV)

Jesus Restores Two
Demon-Possessed Men

8:28–34pp—Mk
5:1–17; Lk 8:26–37

28 When he arrived at the other side
in the region of the Gadarenes, two
demon-possessed men
coming from the tombs met him. They were so
violent that no one could pass that way. 29 “What do you want
with us, Son of God?” they shouted. “Have you come here to torture us before
the appointed time?”

30 Some distance from them a large
herd of pigs was feeding. 31 The demons begged Jesus, “If you
drive us out, send us into the herd of pigs.”

32 He said to them, “Go!” So they came out and went into the pigs, and
the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and died in the
water. 33 Those tending the pigs ran off, went into the town
and reported all this, including what had happened to the demon-possessed
men. 34 Then the whole town went out to meet Jesus. And when
they saw him, they pleaded with him to leave their region.

Mark 5:1–20 (NIV)

Jesus Restores a
Demon-Possessed Man

5:1–17pp—Mt
8:28–34; Lk 8:26–37

5:18–20pp—Lk 8:38,39

5 They went across the lake to the
region of the Gerasenes. When Jesus got out of the boat, a man with an impure spirit came from the
tombs to meet him. This man lived in the tombs, and no one
could bind him anymore, not even with a chain. For he had
often been chained hand and foot, but he tore the chains apart and broke the
irons on his feet. No one was strong enough to subdue him. Night
and day among the tombs and in the hills he would cry out and cut himself
with stones.

When he saw Jesus from a distance,
he ran and fell on his knees in front of him. He shouted at
the top of his voice, “What do you want with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High
God? In God’s name don’t torture me!” For Jesus had said to
him, “Come out of this man, you impure spirit!”

Then Jesus asked him, “What is your name?”

“My name is Legion,”
he replied, “for we are many.” 10 And he begged Jesus again
and again not to send them out of the area.

11 A large herd of pigs was feeding on
the nearby hillside. 12 The demons begged Jesus, “Send us
among the pigs; allow us to go into them.” 13 He gave them
permission, and the impure spirits came out and went into the pigs. The herd,
about two thousand in number, rushed down the steep bank into the lake and
were drowned.

14 Those tending the pigs ran off and
reported this in the town and countryside, and the people went out to see
what had happened. 15 When they came to Jesus, they saw the
man who had been possessed by the legion of demons, sitting there, dressed
and in his right mind; and they were afraid. 16 Those who had
seen it told the people what had happened to the demon-possessed man—and told
about the pigs as well. 17 Then the people began to plead
with Jesus to leave their region.

18 As Jesus was getting into the boat,
the man who had been demon-possessed begged to go with him. 19 Jesus
did not let him, but said, “Go home to your own
people and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had
mercy on you.”
20 So the man went away and began to
tell in the Decapolis  how much Jesus had done for him. And all the
people were amazed.

Luke 8:26–39 (NIV)

Jesus Restores a
Demon-Possessed Man

8:26–37pp—Mt
8:28–34

8:26–39pp—Mk 5:1–20

26 They sailed to the region of the
Gerasenes, which is across the lake from Galilee. 27 When
Jesus stepped ashore, he was met by a demon-possessed man from the town. For
a long time this man had not worn clothes or lived in a house, but had lived
in the tombs. 28 When he saw Jesus, he cried out and fell at
his feet, shouting at the top of his voice, “What do you want with me, Jesus,
Son of the Most High God? I beg you, don’t torture me!” 29 For
Jesus had commanded the impure spirit to come out of the man. Many times it
had seized him, and though he was chained hand and foot and kept under guard,
he had broken his chains and had been driven by the demon into solitary
places.

30 Jesus asked him, “What is your name?”

“Legion,” he replied,
because many demons had gone into him. 31 And they begged
Jesus repeatedly not to order them to go into the Abyss.

32 A large herd of pigs was feeding
there on the hillside. The demons begged Jesus to let them go into the pigs,
and he gave them permission. 33 When the demons came out of
the man, they went into the pigs, and the herd rushed down the steep bank into
the lake and was drowned.

34 When those tending the pigs saw
what had happened, they ran off and reported this in the town and
countryside, 35 and the people went out to see what had
happened. When they came to Jesus, they found the man from whom the demons
had gone out, sitting at Jesus’ feet, dressed and in his right mind; and they
were afraid. 36 Those who had seen it told the people how the
demon-possessed man had been cured. 37 Then all the people of
the region of the Gerasenes asked Jesus to leave them, because they were
overcome with fear. So he got into the boat and left.

38 The man from whom the demons had
gone out begged to go with him, but Jesus sent him away, saying, 39 “Return home and tell how much God has done for you.”
So the man went away and told all over town how much Jesus had done for him.

 

When Doubters Doubt – Miracles Happen

 

Isaiah 40:3–5 (NIV)

A voice of one calling:

“In the wilderness prepare

the way for the Lord;

make straight in the desert

a highway for our God. 

Every
valley shall be raised up,

every mountain and hill made low;

the rough ground shall become level,

the rugged places a plain.

And
the glory of the Lord
will be revealed,

and all people will see it together.

For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”

Malachi 3:1 NIV

“I will send my messenger, who will prepare
the way before me. Then suddenly the Lord you are seeking will come to his
temple; the messenger of the covenant, whom you desire, will come,” says the
Lord Almighty.

 

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Luke 1:13-15…But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias:
for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and
thou shalt call his name John. And thou shalt have joy and gladness; and many
shall rejoice at his birth. For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord,
and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with
the Holy Ghost, even from his mother’s womb.

Matt 3:1-3…In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the
wilderness of Judaea, And saying, “Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at
hand”. For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The
voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make
his paths straight.

John 1:6…There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.

 

John 1:33…And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize
with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit
descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the
Holy Ghost

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