Today’s readings .. (1 Chronicles 11), (Ezekiel 24), (Luke 21)

Today we read and were challenged by the words of Jesus about the future, some of his words clearly include our days.  How familiar is Luke ch. 21 to you?   Jesus first predicted the destruction of Jerusalem, telling them, “when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then you know its desolation has come near. Then let those who are in Judea flee …” [v.23,24]  And so his words were fulfilled 37-40 years later.

But note what he then added “… in those days … there will be great distress … and wrath against this people.  They will fall by the edge of the sword and be led captive among all nations, and Jerusalem will be trampled underfoot by the Gentiles, until the time of the Gentiles are fulfilled.” [v.23,24]

Jerusalem is no longer trampled underfoot by non-Jews, excepting that they do not have access to the Temple mount.  Now we note Jesus’ challenge, “Now when these things begin to take place straighten up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.” [v.28]

How are we to understand these words, “Truly I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all has taken place.” [v.32]  This is the generation that sees Jerusalem being no longer trampled!  How long is a generation?

Psalm 90 v.10 tells us the average life span in God’s view –  “The years of our life are seventy …”   Is that a generation?   Jesus adds more challenging words, “Heaven and earth will pass away but my words will not pass away” [v.33] This phraseology makes us immediately think of Peter’s words, about the heavens and the earth in Noah’s day being destroyed and that “the heavens and the earth which now exist  are stored up for fire, being kept until the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly.  But do not overlook this one fact … with the Lord one day is as a thousand years … “ [2Peter 3 v.8,9] So “heavens and the earth” we conclude means the order of things, the rulers and those ruled – this is all going to be changed to bring “the kingdom of God” into existence.

The final words of Jesus teaching is “stay awake at all times, praying that you may have the strength to escape all these things that are going to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.” [v.36]    Truly – the words of Jesus have not passed away – but how many are seriously listening?  Are you?

A small group of young Christadelphian brothers have taken the time to produce this valuable resource for the brotherhood and beyond, they are using the Bible reading planner developed by Brother Robert Roberts called The Bible Companion. The Bible Companion (or Bible Reading Planner) is a guide developed by the Christadelphians to aid reading the Bible. It was first produced by Robert Roberts when he was just 14 years of age, in about 1853, and revised by him over a number of years into its current format. Most Christadelphians use this plan each day and it was designed to help you read the old testament once and the new testament twice each year. These readings which we feature are recorded using the KJV or the NKJV of the Bible and we hope will be helpful to those who may struggle with time or who have poor eyesight.

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