“Listening to God” Bible Reading & Devotion: Jul 7, 2022 – Matthew 024

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MATTHEW 24 (ESV)

 

Jesus left the temple and was going away, when his disciples came to point out to him the buildings of the temple. But he answered them, “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.”

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?” And Jesus answered them, “See that no one leads you astray. For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and they will lead many astray. And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not alarmed, for this must take place, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are but the beginning of the birth pains.

“Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and put you to death, and you will be hated by all nations for my name’s sake. 10 And then many will fall away and betray one another and hate one another. 11 And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray. 12 And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold. 13 But the one who endures to the end will be saved. 14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.

 

REFLECTION

  • Jesus did make specific predictions about the future. But He emphasized what His servants are to do until the future arrives. Jesus answered His disciples’ questions about the end of the age, the signs of His coming, and when these things will happen. He went on to emphasize the importance of being ready.
  • Think about the fact that Jesus Christ will return to this earth. Does this promise make you happy? Or is it like a danger to you? Make a list of what you might lose on that great day. Then make a list of what you will gain. Why is it hard for some Christians to believe that Jesus will return?
  • Imagine that Jesus will return in a month’s time. What would be different in your church? What would you do?
  • Let this question linger in your heart for a while. Wait for God to show you how you may get ready for Jesus’ coming.

 

PRAYER:

Lord, heaven and earth will pass away, but Your Word will not pass away. We are in the end times, country against country, people against people, there are natural disasters everywhere, people’s morals are lost, and they are chasing fame and fortune. Lord, I will guard my heart. Concentrate on waiting for Your return, and try to seize the time to preach Your gospel and work for You. I look forward to a beautiful and eternal home in that day. Lord, I want You to come again! Amen!

 

HYMN:

Turn Your Eyes – youtu.be/ZJDELcuYX3g

 

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