Matthew Lesson 24 Day 5

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Matthew Lesson 24 Day 5

Matthew 24:32–51

Jesus continues to answer the questions his disciples asked in Matthew 24:3 in response to one statement Jesus made in Matthew 24: 2—

“You see all these, do you not? Truly, I say to you, there will not be left here one stone upon another that will not be thrown down.”

Jesus spoke of one event—the destruction of the temple.

  • When will these things be?
  • What will the sign of your coming?
  • And of the end of the age?

10. The fig tree

Many modern scholars believe the fig tree refers to the sign of Israel becoming a nation again. But this verse sounds like what Luke said the parable of the fig tree was about.

Luke also said, “and all the trees.” Perhaps Jesus meant the trees budding and sprouting leaves is a sign of spring. The devastation of Jerusalem began in April.

11. a. Coming of the Son of Man (see previous lesson)

Jesus said that when judgment came, the unbelievers would be unsuspecting just as in Noah and Lot’s time. He warned them in great detail so they would recognize the time because the exact date was unknown. (Matthew 24:36) However, it would occur during that generation. (Matthew 24:34)

  • getting married
  • having babies
  • thinking evil thoughts continually
  • corrupt
  • violent
  • wicked

During the many years Noah built the ark, people were going about their lives—oblivious to the coming destruction of all mankind. In 2 Peter 2:5, Noah is called “a preacher of righteousness” so he tried to warn the people.

Likewise, the Jewish leaders (hypocrites) in Jerusalem and those who weren’t followers of Jesus went on with their lives as usual. They didn’t know about the signs or expect judgment to come.

12. The thief Matthew 24:42-44

Thieves don’t make an appointment or announce their plan. They purposely conceal their plan.

Likewise, the Romans didn’t announce their plan to set a siege against the city.

13. Illustration of the first servant—Matthew 24:45-47


  • faithful
  • wise
  • sensible
  • responsible
  • dependable


  • In charge of his master’s household
  • Hard at work when the master returned home
  • Served the family food at the proper time


The master put him in charge of all his possessions.

The wicked servant said in his heart, “My master is delayed” Matthew 24:48 Rather than acting out of respect and honor for his master, he used the time to his own advantage. He proved unfaithful, unethical, violent, and a lover of pleasure.

The Jewish leaders Jesus called hypocrites faced the judgment of God for their unfaithfulness. They chose their reward in this life.

Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness…
Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. Matthew 22:37

Love our neighbor as we love ourselves. Matthew 22:39

Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who doesn’t need to be ashamed, correctly teaching the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:15

14. Remain faithful and watchful.

Remember, Jesus may have physically left the earth for a season, but He sent the Holy Spirit as our comforter, teacher, helper, advocate, and one who remains with us.

Jesus’ main command:  Remain faithful and watchful. That still applies today.

  • Be ready.
  • Pray.
  • Don’t be deceived.

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