Rev. Dr. Adam Koontz, assistant professor of exegetical theology at Concordia Theological Seminary in Ft. Wayne, IN, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Mark 13:32-37.
As Jesus concludes His discourse on the destruction of the temple and His second coming, He knows that His disciples will be tempted toward speculation. He knows that what they need is vigilance, and so He clearly states that only the Father knows the time of the Son’s second coming. The disciples do not need to calculate times and seasons; they need to stay awake. Jesus repeats this command several times at the end of His teaching, making explicit the emphasis that is present throughout. He pictures the lives of His people during the time between His ascension and His return as watchmen. Whatever their work, His people are to stay awake. Whether life is full of earthly blessing or earthly trouble, His people are to stay awake. The temptation is always to fall asleep, to be lulled into security in anything or anyone other than Jesus. Only Jesus brings eternal life. Therefore, Jesus commands His disciples then and His people now: Stay awake!
“The Gospel in Action” is a mini-series on Sharper Iron that goes through the Gospel according to St. Mark. The Evangelist hits the ground running with the very first verse of his Gospel account, and he never lets up the pace. As one deed of Jesus comes right after another, always paired with His authoritative Word, St. Mark proclaims the good news that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, revealed conclusively by His death on the cross.
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No One Knows That Day or Hour
32 “But concerning that day or that hour, no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 33 Be on guard, keep awake.[a] For you do not know when the time will come. 34 It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his servants[b] in charge, each with his work, and commands the doorkeeper to stay awake. 35 Therefore stay awake—for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows,[c] or in the morning— 36 lest he come suddenly and find you asleep. 37 And what I say to you I say to all: Stay awake.”
- Mark 13:33 Some manuscripts add and pray
- Mark 13:34 Or bondservants
- Mark 13:35 That is, the third watch of the night, between midnight and 3 a.m.
English Standard Version (ESV)
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