The Widow’s Two Mites (21:1-4)
The Signs of the End Time
Prediction of desolation (5-6)
Be aware of deception (7-9)
Calamities and persecution
Destruction of Jerusalem (20-24)
Coming of the Son of Man (25-28)
Parable of the fig tree (29-33)
Necessity of watchfulness (34-36)
Teaching in the Temple (21:37-38)
All the livelihood, when, sign,
take heed, the end, persecute, for My names’ sake, occasion for testimony,
patience, days of vengeance, great distress, trampled, perplexity, failing,
shaken, Son of Man coming, “your redemption draws near,” fig tree, kingdom of
God is near, “My words will by no means pass away,” weighed down, unexpectedly,
watch, pray always.
1. The desolation of Jerusalem
and the coming of the Son of Man.
2. God does not just look at the
amount we give, but more importantly, how willing we are to surrender to Him
that which is most valuable to us. How much we are willing to give God our best
is an indication of what place He has in our hearts.
4a. They took pride in the
splendor of the temple, the symbol of their religion.
5. The end would not come
immediately, despite the claims of deceivers or wars and commotions.
6a. 1. Understand that we are
suffering for Christ’s sake and that it affords an opportunity to testify for
Him (12-13). 2. Trust that the Lord will give us the right words for His
defense (14-15). 3. Endure to the end, even unto death, in order to gain life
6b. The Lord will give them words
of wisdom during trial (15). He will also watch over them (18).
8. The people will be killed and
they will be scattered in all nations until the times of the Gentiles are
fulfilled. The times of the Gentiles probably refers to the period when
Gentiles will trample Jerusalem (cf. Dan 8:13-14; 12:11).
9. The depiction of Christ’s
coming in a cloud with power and great glory alludes to His return as the
glorified King (cf. Dan 7:13-14; Mt 16:27-28; Lk 9:26).
10a. We should rejoice knowing
that the day of salvation is near. The day when the Lord comes will be the day
redemption will be fully realized and when we will receive the promised
resurrection (Rom 8:22-23; 1Thess 4:16-17).
11. Just as the budding of the
fig tree is a sign that summer is near, the events predicted by the Lord tells
us that the kingdom of God is near. The kingdom of God here refers to the new
heaven and new earth where God reigns forever (cf. 2Pet 3:10-12).
13a. It means letting our hearts
be preoccupied with the pleasures and worries of this life (cf. 8:14).
13c. Indulgence in pleasure and
the anxieties of life distract us from our Christian duties and impede our
spiritual growth. If we do not focus our hearts on the things of God, we will
not be ready for our Master’s return, but will be caught by surprise and be
rejected as wicked servants (34; cf. 12:42-46).
15a. They came to the Lord Jesus
early in the morning to hear Him (38).