21 June 2020 (am) – Mark 13:28-37

PodcastAndy Bruins preaching from Mark on Sunday 21st June 2020.

Mark 13:28-37 The end of the Temple and the end of the Age – Part 2
Jesus finishes His prophecy about the destruction of the temple and the end of the age with 2 illustrations.
First of all, the fig tree which changes with the seasons. You can easily tell that summer is about to start because tender branches appear and new leaves sprout. The tree gives a sure and certain sign. This is like the sign in v14 by which they will clearly be able to discern the imminent destruction of the temple. The sign will give them enough warning so that they can flee the wrath to come.
The second illustration is of a master who goes away on a journey and does not know when he will return. He leaves his servants in charge and they are to keep the house in order, do their assigned task and keep watch, waiting for his return at any moment. This illustrates the way that we are to live even today, because we do not know the day or the hour of Christ’s return.

Summary: Unlike the calamity that befell Jerusalem, we do not know when Jesus will come back and so we should live our lives each day expecting His return.

Q Jesus finishes teaching His disciples by giving them 2 illustrations at the end of chapter 13, what are they?

Q Each illustration relates to an event, what are they? What is the contrast being made between these 2 pictures?

Q How are Jesus words in v30-31 a great encouragement to His disciples?

Q In Matthew 7:24-27 what lesson does Jesus teach about His words? How can we apply the lesson of this parable in our lives today?

Q Why is it foolish to speculate about the date that Jesus is coming back? According to the illustration in v34-37 how should we be living in these last days? (What should we be doing? How should we be living?)

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