- God will bring trials (even extreme trials) to test and determine our trust and loyalty to Him above all others (1-12).
- God’s testing/trials can (and often does) relate to our children (2)
- The proper response to God’s tests/trials sb quick obedience and never questioning (3).
- Possessing the proper response to trials/testing is key to receiving God’s mercy or deliverance from such trials/testing as well as future blessings – especially those related to our children (13-19).
- If we care about God blessing our children then we should be super careful in the way we respond to God’s trials/testing in relation to our children (3 w/16-18).
- God gave His Son to us in the same way Abe gave his son to God (2 w/Joh 3:16).
- God can use the blessings given to other family members to produce blessings in our children’s lives (when we are faithful) (20-24 w/24:15).
- Never take – as free, favors from others – including friends/family, for things/services you need, when you have the money to pay for them (1-16; Pro 3:27).
- Always get in writing important promises/agreements – even among friends/family (17-20).
- Never are God’s people to take as a spouse someone who is not part of our family (1-4).
- We can be confident that God will provide a spouse from our people for those who are faithful among His people (5-61, 31 – “Come in, O blessed of the LORD”, 50-51 – “LORD” = Laban and his family respected Abe’s God and were willing to let Rebekah become one of His followers as the wife of Isaac).
- Our commitment to the covenant of marriage is why we should be faithful in loving our spouses, not circumstances or their looks (62-67a).
- The familial love/loyalty once shared w/a person’s parents is to be replaced w/the love/loyalty gained thru their marriage to their spouse (Gen 2:24 w/67b – “comforted” = Made complete in love thru his wife as the replacement for that once experienced as a child w/his parents).
- Jesus proves He was no normal human-being by predicting the destruction of Jerusalem: 1) including specific details regarding the Temple (1-2), 2) including a specific timeframe (34 – “this generation will not pass away”; spoken 33/34 A.D., took place, 70 A.D.), 3) in confirmation and fulfillment of prior prophecy (15 w/Dan 9:27, 11:31, 12:11).
- Jesus prophesies in regard to two returns: one for the destruction of Jerusalem (15-34 – “this generation”), the other for the destruction of the whole world (4-14, 35 – “heaven and earth will pass away”).
- Jesus’ place on the Mount of Olives serves as a sign of Israel’s rejection of Him as their Messiah (or Davidic King) (3a w/2Sa 15:30).
- Jesus’ first return to Jerusalem (as Davidic King versus as suffering servant) would signal its destruction and the “close of the (Old Covenant) age” (or dispensation) (3b w/Heb 9:8-9, 14 w/Rev 14:6-7; 15-33 w/Rev 5-19).
- Many false Christs, teachers, terrible disasters, wars, persecutions and lots of people following lawless forms of Christianity must come before Jesus’ final return (4-14).
- Jesus’ final return wb unmistakable (26-28).
- Without the law, love cannot/will not exist (12 = W/O the Law, love grows cold).
- Only those Christians who remain lawful and loving (according to the Law) until the end wb saved (12-13).
- The day of Jesus’ final return wb an ordinary/happy (day) and as a result surprise and condemn many Christians whose faithfulness was only associated – or activated, during times of fear (36-41 – “eating and drinking [and] marrying”).
- Being ready (or “awake”) for Jesus’ final return means maintaining through faithful obedience the salvation (or saving covenant relationship) you gained by faith (42-51).
- Maintaining through faithful obedience the salvation we gained by faith requires making decisions in the present that will not affect our ability to be faithful in the future (1-13).
- Maintaining through faithful obedience the salvation we gained by faith requires that we invest the gifts and abilities He has given us in the advancement of His kingdom (14-30).
- Maintaining through faithful obedience the salvation we gained by faith requires being committed to and caring for those in the covenant community – especially those less fortunate (31-46).