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April 18, 2019

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Reading along with us in Matthew? Here’s today’s reading:

Matthew 25 (ESV)

“Then the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. For when the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them, but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps......Continue Reading

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  1. Minister to all with love & kindness. There will be a judgement for our deeds on earth. Live life & treat others with humility, generosity & God-like grace.

  2. 34Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world

  3. Matthew 24:3 (ESV)
     As he sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?”

    There is always a natural curiosity of the ‘end of the age’. Even the disciples are curious about this.
    Christ gives a very colorful description of things to come in verses 4-25. In verse 34 he mentions that ‘this generation will not pass away’ until all these things are fulfilled. I am not 100% settled on what Christ means but for now I think he is talking all of these things will take place and be completed within the course of a single generation from start to finish.

    Jesus gives four parables in chapter 24 and 25 that all point to the believer remaining alert for the fulfillment of these things. Whenever I think about end times things, I think of 2 Peter 3:11-18 which instructs us how we should live in light of these things.

  4. All these parables have a common message, to be ready when Jesus returns. The parable of the ten virgins could be pointing to whether we have the right provisions for His return. Will Jesus find us fueled up in HIs power and His truth. It is interesting when it comes to those things, we really can’t share with someone else. If we have a level of maturity in Christ, someone else can’t borrow that or it can’t be transferred much like the parable describes. We all have to find our own way to the provisions that enable and sustain our Christian lives.

    The parable of the talents points to what we are doing with the abilities God has given us. Are we growing in and multiplying the things that God has equipped us with? Are we bearing fruit in our lives and multiplying our lives into the lives of others. There could be a point here about the extent that we are willing to take risks for the sake of growing God’s kingdom as well. Investing and growing money certainly takes risks and the one talent guy was unwilling to take any risk. In the same way, there are risks that God would have us take in our Christian lives as well.

    An finally the sheep and the goats speak of the kind of works Jesus would like to see us doing . We should be taking care of the vulnerable and marginal members of God’s specifically and of the world more generally. Jesus does talk about doing it to the least of these brothers of mine which would focus our efforts on believers. The connection He makes to them is neat as well…when you have done it to them, you have done it to me. Which makes our service to people another area where we take our eyes off of people and put it on Jesus.

  5. Matthew 25:13 (ESV)
     Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.

    The Boy Scout motto is ‘be prepared’. When I read this chapter, I cannot help but think of this motto because of these three parables emphasizes that we should be prepared for Christ’s return. We should not waste time but be about our Father’s business.
    I confess that I do not fully understand the balance of work and faith. I know that our salvation is not contingent on our work (Ephesians 2:8-10). But this chapter does emphasize his servants, his sheep, will want to invest time and resources wisely and be prepared to meet Him.
    I know Lydia, who read with us this morning, said that the teaching of the servant with one talent made her feel uncomfortable.

  6. When I was reading the parable of the wedding feast, I did some research. In Jewish tradition, the bride and groom are betrothed, basically married, but then separated until the ceremony. The groom goes away to prepare a place for his bride, and when he is ready, he comes for her unannounced or on short notice, to have the ceremony and bring her home. The bride and all the guests (the virgins) must be ready to attend the feast whenever he comes.

    It is a great parable to contemplate as believers. We are already “married” to Christ. We, as the church and individuals are already His. When He comes, He can and will take us in any condition we are in, but what condition are we in? Are we going to be caught by our groom in a state of infidelity? Are we unprepared or immature? As believers, I don’t think it’s a matter of whether we have done the good works required on some check list, but how have we been spending our time and what does that say about our heart. I do think that there are indicators in a persons life that would suggest that they are not believers at all….but just a goat hanging out with the sheep.

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