19: Watchfulness and Times of Crisis (Lk 12:35-59)
After teaching the disciples about
having the right concept about what is most important in life, the Lord now
went further to instruct them about preparing for His return. References to the
end time abound in this passage, and the teachings carry a sense of urgency.
Reward and judgment are both clearly laid out before the hearers. Everyone must
decide for himself which course of action to take.
“Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man
is coming at an hour you do not expect” (12:40).
Did You Know…?
Second or third watch (12:38): Night was divided
into four watches by the Romans (Mk 13:35) and three by the Jews (Jdg 7:19);
see note on Mt 14:25. These were probably the last two of the Jewish watches.
The banquet would have begun in the first watch.
1. What does it mean to be
2. Why must we be ready at all
3. What blessings will the
watchful servants receive?
4. What does verse 38 imply about
the master’s return?
5. According to the Lord’s reply
to Peter’s question, to whom was the parable given?
6. What is the responsibility of
the steward? How does this apply to us?
7a. What led the wicked servant
to do evil?
7b. In our lives, how do we
sometimes also make the same mistaken assumption like the wicked servant?
8. How do 47-48 serve as a
warning for us?
9. If the Lord Jesus comes today,
will He find you ready? What areas in your life do you still need more
10a. What kind of fire did the
Lord Jesus come to send on the earth (cf. Lk 3:16-17)?
10b. Why did He wish it were
11a. What baptism was He
referring to? (cf. Mk 10:38)
11b. Why was He distressed?
12a. What kind of division has
Jesus brought to this world?
12b. Have you experienced such
division in your relationships?
13. What was it that the people
could not discern?
14. What does the analogy in
58-59 refer to?
15. How should you discern the
times in your life?