Summary: The "Day of The Lord" is and always has been a hot topic. In these few verses Jesus gives a clear explaination of the outlook of society in that great day. He gives 2 specific examples and those examples seem very familar!
As It Was, So Shall It Be!
That for which I would give anything and accept nothing in exchange is the most important thing in my life. Whatever that is, is my god - unknown
In your mind what is the worst possible sin? …Adultery... Murder…Theft? In our text Jesus paints a vivid picture of the sin and resulting judgment on two separate occasions:
1)In Noah's day when God destroyed the earth with a flood: v27 In those days, the people enjoyed banquets and parties and weddings
2)In Lot's day when God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, they were: v28 "Eating… drinking… buying… selling… planting… (and) building."
Notice that Jesus doesn’t refer to murder, adultery, fornication, malice, envy or thievery. I find that rather interesting. We know that all of these things and many more took place, but Jesus identifies something else in this discourse.
Background - Luke 17:20-25
The Pharisees, as usual began to challenge Jesus. They asked Him “When will the Kingdom of God come?” Jesus makes it clear that the Kingdom will not be detected by visible signs. Jesus takes this challenge from the Pharisees and uses it to teach His disciples. He says “The time is coming when you will long to see the day when the Son of Man returns, but you won’t see it. He warns them that people will say ‘Look, there is the Son of Man,’ or ‘Here he is,’ but don’t follow them! Jesus is referring to days of catastrophe when people will look for a deliverer and many deceivers will come! He goes on to reveal that He must suffer terribly and be rejected by this generation.
The question of the establishment of God’s Kingdom was not specific to the Pharisees. Shortly after the resurrection His disciples asked Him - ¶When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel? And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power. Acts 1:6-7
Throughout history many have attempted to predict the “Day of The Lord” many have attempted to portray themselves as Christ. Jesus predicted that this would happen and warned against following these deceivers! Jesus doesn’t ignore the question from the Pharisees, in fact He goes in depth with an illustration of that coming day.
Join me as we see Jesus make an important contrast and let’s examine the subject “As It Was, So It Shall Be!
I. Example #1: The Days Of Noah
◊ There came a time when God repented that had ever made mankind…. He looked at the earth and saw wickedness and evil. He proclaimed that He would destroy them from the face of the earth but Noah found grace in His eyes. Noah was a man who was righteous and at the time the only one on earth! God went to Noah and instructed Him to build an ark… HE gave him specific instructions concerning this ark. God told Noah that He would destroy everything on the earth with a flood. But Noah, his family and 2 of each type of animal would survive. Noah obeyed and when things were ready God told Noah to get his family and board the boat. Through all of this Noah was obedient. All that was on the earth was destroyed, people, animals & all that had been built was wiped away... Save Noah, his family and all that were on the boat.
o Noah was more than a boat builder he is described as a preacher of righteousness - 2 Peter 2:5 And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly;
o For 120 years Noah built this ark and warned of the coming judgment of God in the form of a flood. These people no doubt thought Noah was crazy! Many probably asked what is a flood? I am sure that during this 120 years Noah had plenty of opportunity for leisure but he denied those opportunities.
• Perhaps one came by and said Noah, we are having a feast at our place tonight and we would love for you to come” No would have said “Sorry, gotta finish this boat for the Lord is sending judgment on the earth!”
• Maybe someone came by and said “Noah, my daughter is going to be married next month, we would like to extend a personal invitation to you and your family to attend the wedding” Noah, would have replied “Sorry, gotta finish this boat for the Lord is soon to send judgment on the earth!”
Many opportunities may have came Noah’s way during this time but he had to decline them all. God had given him a specific task to accomplish and Noah was a man who believed God. Someone said that “every swing of the hammer by Noah was an act of faith”