Sunday, November 27, 2016

Sunday 11/27/16

So will it be also at the coming of the Son of Man.
Two men will be out in the field;
one will be taken, and one will be left.
Two women will be grinding at the mill;
one will be taken, and one will be left.
Therefore, stay awake!

This week's gospel recalls Noah's Flood and compares it to the end of the world. It has some famous elements. The Son of Man reference is an idiomatic Hebrew phrase meaning, generally, "Man," but appears in Daniel as a mystical reference to the Messiah. The "taken" line is the stimulus for the "Taken" book franchise. The discussion ends with the peculiar duality that fills the bible: The coming of the end of the world is compared to the coming of a thief. 

There is a story with a similar idea. The Devil is sending representatives to Earth to undermine Mankind and his agents are discussion their best approach. They decide on encouraging the story that there is no God. After hearing the debate the Devil disagrees. "Don't bother telling them there is no God," he says. "Instead, just tell them there is no urgency in coming to Him."

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