I OFTEN GOOF-OFF ON TUESDAY WITH MY TUESDAY TWO-BITS OR TUESDAY TWO-SOMES but today I have two serious bits relating to the coming of Jesus. The first is Jesus speaking, the second are words in the book of Timothy.
1. “….as it was in the days of Noah…” Matthew 24: 36-37 No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 37 As it was in the days of Noah, so will it be at the coming of the Son of Man. 38 For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark.
This selection doesn’t give much detail about anything very significant. I have always heard it taught in what we might call “just regular living.” So how is that much of a sign? That’s just normal day by day behavior. But, look back and see what was normal in that day.
God said about their “normal” – And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And in verse 11 he adds the word “violence” to the charge. Just before this selection, there is a passage relating to what I call “distortion and disturbance” in sexual and family matters. And it certainly brings the subject of demons into the matter. What and how? I don’t know.
So how is the “normal” of pre-flood days any different than our day. Do we have wickedness? There can be no denying of that charge.
A bit more detail. 1. Check “imagination of the thoughts of his heart.” We see headlines daily that chill us and we say “how can a human do that?” First we can be sure he thought it out in his mind, and he accepts it in his heart before he puts his evil into action. 2. Violence? Daily. Did you see the store clerk this week who followed every demand of a robber, still the robber hopped over the counter, put his gun to the clerk’s head, and shot him. 3. Upset in sexual and family matters? With minimum research, I conclude about fifty to sixty percent of children live with two biological parents. How many of those are happy, well adjusted families? How many are ravaged by abuse? What about the work of demons in breaking up homes? I believe it is a lot. The forces of evil are rampant in the “entertainment” industry, leaving their “watcher” feeling unfulfilled and floundering in sexual perversion trying to find the sexual “utopia.” It is common to believe men are on the look for adultery or other forms of immoral sex. It is even becoming commonplace for women to leave their homes because they “just don’t want to be married” any longer. I want to be me! I want to be free!
I have filled my page and mostly just left questions. But, however we interpret all these things, when Jesus said “as in the days of Noah…eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage…included all the sinful ways in which the people were doing “normal” things.
I didn’t get to the Timothy scripture. But this is a large kernel to consider for one blog. Back with Timothy later.