Scripture Readings for March 10, 2006 – The Cure For End-Times Madness


Walk in Wisdom – Gleanings from Scripture
Today’s Readings Mar. 10/06 : Matt. 24:15-35; Romans 7:1-12; Psalm 57; Numb. 23-25
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Walk in Wisdom – Gleanings from Scripture

Matthew 24 is a difficult chapter as much as it is a frightening and a hopeful
one. The images of judgment and destruction can cause the heart to sink, as
much as the promise of Christ’s return can make it sing. But how to unpack all
that is spoken has been the source of debate throughout the ages. Some of it,
as all prophetic utterance is – is shrouded in mystery when we try to pin point
exactly how it all will come to pass. The safest course I know, I borrow from
the ancient expositor John Chrysostom – preacher and doctor of the Church in
the 4th century. In his famous set of sermons through Matthew’s Gospel, he
notes that chapter 24 has to be understood as dealing with 2 separate events:
The destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem in 70 AD by Titus, the Roman
general; and then the reality of Christ’s return. The 1st, (roughly verses 5-35)
is attended with signs that they can keep their eyes on to see when the terrible
tribulation draws near – and how and when to flee. The 2nd event, (roughly 36
-51) He shows will have no outward signs, but life will just be going on its merry
way when Jesus returns and FINAL judgment (versus the type of that judgment
which they’ll witness in 70 AD) will rush upon all without warning. And from
these both we see the meticulous and precious provision and protection of
Christ for His saints under all circumstances. For though judgment is to be
meted out finally on ALL men, even as it was on Israel so horribly in its fall, yet
He has not appointed His saints unto wrath, but to the safety of His bosom.
Though we live through the darkest, saddest and most violent of upheavals in
the world, our God is God to His children still and always. We need never fear,
though we see the frightening hand of His divine wrath outpoured in the most
amazing of ways – He is our Savior and Lord and He will not let us go. He
endured the wrath of the Father at Calvary, so that all those who trust in Him,
need never fear it again.
“Safe in the arms of Jesus,
“Safe on His gentle breast;
“There by His love o’ershaded,
“Sweetly my soul shall rest.

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