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19: Watchfulness and Times of Crisis (Lk 12:35-59)
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19: Watchfulness and Times of Crisis (Lk 12:35-59)

I.       The Basics

A.     Setting

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.

B.     Key Verse

            “Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect” (12:40).

C.     Did You Know…?

1.      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.

II.    Observation

A.     Outline




B.     Key Words/Phrases

III. Segment Analysis

A.     12:35-48

1. What does it mean to be watchful?

2. Why must we be ready at all times?

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 preparation?

B.     12:49-53

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 already kindled?

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?

C.     12:54-59

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?

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