Matthew Lesson 24 Day 4

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Matthew Lesson 24 Day 4

Matthew 24:27–31

8. a. What will happen at Son of Man’s coming.

The sun will be darkened.
The moon will not give its light.
The stars will fall from the sky.
The heavenly bodies will be shaken.

To the first centruy Jewish listeners, this was a figure of speech from the Old Testament. This apocalyptic language meant the destruction of a govenment or a city. Consider how Joseph dreamed of government as a sun, moon, and the stars (see Gen. 37:9). There are multiple times in the Old Testament where cities received prophecies of their destruction that were described in the same terms such as, Egypt (Ezekiel 32:7-8), Edom (Isaiah 34:4-5), Babylon (Isaiah 13:10; Nahum1:3; Amos 8:9; Habakkuk 3). Jonathan Welton

Sounds like Revelation 16:15 which John wrote before the devastation of Jerusalem.

b. Son of Man’s coming

Zechariah 12:10 — “The Jews will mourn”

Matthew 24:30 — This verse says all the tribes of the land, will mourn when they see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven.

Where it says “earth,” the root word is ge, which means “land,” as in “the land of Israel.” This passage does not use the word kosmos, which would refer to the whole planet earth. That is why many translations use the phriase “tribes of the land” (inserted above) or, at the very least, include it in the footnotes.

. . . the phrase “coming on the clouds of heaven” would have triggered in the first century jewish listener the Old Testament “cloud-comings” of God in judgment upon ancient historical people and nations (see Psalm 18:7-15; 104:3; Isaiah 19:1; Joel 2:1-2; Zepheniah 1:4, 15). . . .when Jesus talks about the coming of the Son of Man, He is referring to a coming of judgment, not to His Final Return. Jonathan Welton

1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 I don’t believe this refers to the discussion Jesus had with his disciples in Matthew 24.

9. Encouragement

Jesus carefully prepared and warned the believers about when the temple and Jerusalem would be destroyed. They must have understood (“let the reader understand”) because according to historians, there is reason to believe not one believer remained in Jerusalem when the final siege with the famine, bloodshed, and inferno took place.

As Jesus said, those who don’t take note of the signs will be “put in with the hypocrites.” (Matthew 24:51) Jesus had just left the temple where he strongly condemned the Jewish leaders calling them hypocrites. Anyone who did not know or recognize the sign to get out of Jerusalem would die with the hypocrites.

Historians record that many in the city ran into the temple believing it was the safest place and that they would be protected there. They literally died with the hypocrites.

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