THE STORY OF JESUS: Luke 17:26-37
“Two women will be grinding grain together; one will be taken and the other left.” (Luke 17:35)
Jesus is warning about the day when God’s judgment is unleashed.
He has been holding back the floodwaters of judgment, but they will be released.
Not because God wants us to perish, but because we chose to unleash it.
It is our sin, not God’s anger, that leads to the final judgment.
As in the days of Noah, only the righteous will remain.
As in the days of Lot, only the righteous will survive.
Some people see these verses as about a rapture (see 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17).
But who are the ones that are taken away – not the righteous.
These verses describe how God cleanses the world of unrighteousness.
Those who refuse to let go of selfishness, greed, lust, hate, violence arrogance.
For now we live side by side, and our world is filled with sin and misery.
But the time is coming when He will “take away” the bad, and restore the good.
Jesus saves us from sin and misery, and invites us to join Him in grace and goodness.
These words urge us to choose wisely: God’s goodness, or sin that ruins everything.
What do you sense the Lord saying to you?
Lord, I hate sin, but my heart goes out to sinners. Purge this world from sin, but pour out Your grace on sinners, that they may see their need for You.