Mark 13c Notes

Mark13c (vs28-37)                           Notes



28   From the fig tree learn its lesson:


Common   fruit tree imparts wisdom. Many on Olivet. Perhaps one nearby. (As Lk13.6,7)


as   soon as its branch becomes tender and puts out its leaves, you know that   summer is near.


Late   to bud & blossom, she suddenly sets fruit and matures in the summer heat.


29   So also, when you see these things taking place,


These   precursors of Jerusalem's   fall may seem slow in coming, but are certain and ...


you   know that He is near, at the very gates.


the   end will follow quickly. The Lord in His vengeance is right at the door! His   ruling power descends upon them (Lk21.31).


30   Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these   things take place.


Those   then living still on stage as these events unfold & this fall of the   temple completed. This is the 'key time text' for the entire discourse. See   also Mt23.36 & 38.


31   Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.


The   material universe will certainly have an end. Divine message of truth stands   eternal.




32   But concerning that day or that hour, no one knows, not even the angels in   heaven,


Preparing   disciples for that coming distress, yet not announcing a date certain.


nor   the Son, but only the Father.


As   ambassador privy to state secrets which He is yet not authorized to tell. A   divine secret.


33   Be on guard, keep awake. For you do not know when the time will come.


"Look!   Stay aware in sleepless watching!" Uncertain date requires constant   readiness.


34   It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home, and puts his   servants in charge,


The   Lord goes abroad and leaves slaves in charge of His house, appointed power to   serve.


each   with his work, and commands the doorkeeper to say awake.


None   w/o ministry. Every disciple has a task to perform. Gateman enjoined to be on   guard.


35   Therefore stay awake -- for you do not know when the master of the house will   come,


Be   as the Gateman: Watch for the Lord's coming. For judgment & reward -- He   comes.


in   the evening, or at midnight, or when the cock crows, or in the morning -


Our   time-keeping NOT His. See 2Pet3.8. He does not have an inconvenient time.


36   lest he come suddenly and find you asleep.


"Like   a thief." Depends on servants' state of readiness. See 1Thess5.2&4 &   Rev3.3. Is the guard responsible who sleeps on his watch?


37   And what I say to you I say to all: "Stay awake."


Warning   for apostles & all disciples. Stay constantly aware and vigilant, always   ready.




Note: The entirety of this discourse is about AD70. Though conditions leading up to this great judgment were highlighted, none of this gave the precise date for the Roman invasion and the destruction of the temple. The Jewish Believers in Jerusalem would have to be on their toes, to benefit from the Lord's warning, so as to be spared being caught up in the Roman holocaust.


Any application we might make of this chapter to the end of the natural world at the Lord's final Advent must be made by extension, transferring principles of previous divine judgments to the final one. Paul and Peter do this in their letters.


notes by David Teel Saturday, October 11, 2014