Posted by: Pauline | November 22, 2016

Scriptures for Sunday November 27

Matthew 24:36-44

The word Jesus uses to talk about his (second) “coming” in this passage is one that was used to announce the coming of a king. Normally, people make careful and often elaborate preparations for a ruler’s coming. To fail to make preparations indicates either ignorance of the ruler’s coming or disregard for the ruler’s exalted position.

Jesus does not specify in this passage what kind of preparations his followers should be making, but he makes it clear that he expects them to be ready. All the rest of his teachings guide us in the path of discipleship, and following these will show our desire and our readiness for our King’s return.

Isaiah 2:1-5

The image of turning swords into plowshares has great appeal to many people, and can be found in songs, speeches, and even a sculpture at the United Nations Headquarters. People long for a world where nations will focus on peace rather than on war as the best means to promote their people’s well-being.

This passage in Isaiah, however, does not depict this peaceful ideal as something that can be achieved by human efforts apart from God. Rather, it is the result of the nations turning to God, learning His ways, and accepting His judgments.

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