“When you see the disgusting and destructive thing that Daniel talked about standing in the holy place (the reader should understand this), then those in Judea must escape to the mountains. Those on the roof shouldn’t come down to grab things from their houses. Those in the field shouldn’t come back to grab their clothes. How terrible it will be at that time for women who are pregnant and for women who are nursing their children. Pray that it doesn’t happen in winter or on the Sabbath day. There will be great suffering such as the world has never before seen and will never again see. If that time weren’t shortened, nobody would be rescued. But for the sake of the ones whom God chose, that time will be cut short. “Then if somebody says to you, ‘Look, here’s the Christ,’ or ‘He’s over here,’ don’t believe it. False christs and false prophets will appear, and they will offer great signs and wonders in order to deceive, if possible, even those whom God has chosen. Look, I’ve told you ahead of time. So if they say to you, ‘Look, he’s in the desert,’ don’t go out. And if they say, ‘Look, he’s in the rooms deep inside the house,’ don’t believe it. Just as the lightning flashes from the east to the west, so it will be with the coming of the Human One. (Matthew 24:15-27, CEB)
I love that parenthetical part, the reader should understand this.
Should being the key word there. The reference is to scripture, and if the person reading this has knowledge of Daniel they will have an understanding of what the writer of Matthew means. But isn’t that really the case in all of scripture? If you have an understanding of the Hebrew Scripture, the New Testament is easier to understand. But we also need an understanding of the context of the day to really understand the scriptures. So much is wrapped up in the passages we just read and quote and use to keep people in check.
The Bible was written to help us understand how much God loves us and how we should love the world God created. Does the reader understand this?
Loving People. Loving God.