Today’s post is about one of those passages of Scripture that I just don’t understand. Maybe I’m just over thinking it, or maybe we’ve been misunderstanding it. Either way, it’s one of those passages that bothers me, and the best way to deal with those passages is to share them and let it bother you too.
Matthew 24:36-42 is the passage. It reads:
But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left. “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come.”
The passage is clearly talking about the second coming of Christ. That’s not the part that bothers me. It’s the part about the days of Noah. Not the eating and drinking and giving in marriage part. It’s the part where we read the rapture into it. You see in the days of Noah, when the flood came, it was Noah and his family who were left and everyone else was taken away. And Scripture says that is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. Two people will be in the field and one will be taken and one left. And I’ve been taught that we want to be ready, that we don’t want to be left behind. After reading the story of Noah, I think I want to be the one left. I want to be the one here, the one ready for the New Heaven and New Earth.
Like I said, this passage is one that has bothered me for years. And I decided that the best thing to do was share it with you. You’re welcome.
Does this passage bother anyone else? How do you read it?