Daily Bible Reading — Sustained by God’s Word of Joy

Devotional

  

December 1

Introduction

Today’s reading begins what is considered the fifth and final major teaching section in Matthew’s Gospel. It comprises an eschatological discourse about signs of Jesus’s return that concludes with 25:46. In today’s passage, Jesus describes the destruction of the Temple and says that the present time will be one of trouble and persecution for the disciples.

Today’s Scripture: Matthew 24:27

For the Son of Man will come like the lightning which flashes across the whole sky from the east to the west.

Today’s Reading

Matthew 24:1-28 

Reflect

What warnings did Jesus give his disciples? The “Awful Horror” mentioned by Jesus (verse 15) refers to Daniel’s prophecy about an altar to the Greek god Zeus that was set up in the Temple in 168 B.C. by a Syrian ruler named Antiochus IV Epiphanes (see Daniel 9:27; 11:31; 12:11). Why did Jesus speak about this? Are there instances of sacrilege taking place today?

Pray

Lord Jesus, draw me close to you and strengthen my faith day by day. Help me not to be led astray by false teachings and teach me to be obedient to your will. Amen.

Prayer Concern

Churches undergoing repair and restoration

Tomorrow’s Reading

Matthew 24:29-51: Jesus describes the coming of the Son of Man.

 

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