Jan 21, 2020
In yesterday’s reading in Genesis, Jacob's daughter Dinah was raped, and the perpetrator Shechem was killed together with all the males in his town. God then told Jacob to return to Bethel. At the end of yesterday’s reading, Rachel and Grampa Isaak died.
In Zophar's angry speech yesterday in Job chapter 20, he did not directly say that Job was wicked, but he clearly implied it.
Mark chapter 12— which gives an overview of the interactions with the enemies and critics of Jesus, marks the end of Jesus' public ministry as related by Mark.
Today’s chapter represents the center of Jesus’ prophetic teaching. It includes the difficult part about ‘the abomination of desolation standing where it should not be’ (in other words, in God’s temple). This is a reference to verses found in Daniel. This is a prime example of a prophecy that is fulfilled multiple times. The first fulfillment happened some 167 years before Jesus was born, in the time of Antiochus IV. However in this chapter Jesus seems to be pointing to what happened in 70 AD when Rome desecrated the temple. But later this year we will see that this prophecy will be fulfilled again in the end times. God shows us repeated pictures of things that are important. And the important point of the whole chapter is ‘Be ready’!