February 5, Reading 3 – Matthew 25:1-30

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SAA Notes

These two parables again make the point: don’t fixate on eschatology (end times theories) or waste your time living unto yourself. Keep watch. Be ready. Use what you have and who you are for the Lord in His higher purposes for your life.

SJA Notes

* Lord God, thank You for planting Your word with us, Your people. Please grow it in us today, that we might be good soil and bear much fruit.

“In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

A number of times in the previous readings we have heard Jesus speak of this place, the destination for any who are not in God’s kingdom.

What does it mean to have a heart for the lost?

One thing it means is that we grasp the great severity of this destination.

This is the outer darkness.

There is weeping and gnashing of teeth (anguish and pain, turmoil).

It is the opposite to our future hope in glory, the new heavens and new earth.

The place of true light (because God is our light, and in this place there is no need for the sun).

There is no more weeping or sorrow, no more pain or anguish.

What does it mean to have a heart for the lost?

Let us want for those in unbelief around us to be in the kingdom of light having moved out from the kingdom of darkness!

One is a future with no hope. This earth is as good as it will be.

The other is a great inheritance, a hope set and founded in the Almighty God, His promises to us, His work done for us, life after this life (and what a life!).

Do our hearts long for the lost to be saved?

* Father God,

Please help us see Jesus today. To understand Him/You better.

And please help us to point others to Him.

Please save the lost around us Lord God, our friends and family, please save them in Your grace and mercy!

Amen.

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