Emanna for 08/04/2020

Properly Caring for Our Daily Duties as We Watch for the Lord (1)

Bible Verses

Matt 24:40 At that time two men will be in the field; one is taken and one is left. (41) Two women will be grinding at the mill; one is taken and one is left. (42) Watch therefore, for you do not know on what day your Lord comes.

Words of Ministry

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To be taken means to be raptured before the great tribulation. This rapture is a sign of the Lord's coming and a sign to the Jews. It is very interesting to see that the two men are working in the field and that the two women are grinding at the mill. Both working in the field and grinding are for eating. There is a difference between our eating and the eating of the worldly people. The worldly people study and work, and we also study and work. The worldly people, however, have been drugged. But we have not been drugged. Rather, we are simply fulfilling our duty to make a living. We are not for eating, drinking, and marriage; on the contrary, we maintain our existence in order to take the way of the cross to fulfill God's purpose. Our concern is not for our education, employment, or business. When some of the young people hear this, they may say, "How glad we are to hear this word! Let's not care any more for study or for work. Let us spend all our time praying and having fellowship with one another." Such an attitude is wrong. Remember, according to verse 40 the brothers were farming, and according to verse 41 the sisters were grinding. Grinding grain is very hard work. We need to work hard in order to make a living. The eating and drinking in verse 38 is worldly, but the farming and grinding in verses 40 and 41 are holy. If the ones taken were not doing something holy, they could not have been raptured.
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Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry, from Witness Lee, Life-study of Matthew, pp. 738. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA. (Repeat 9/29/99) Please visit us at www.emanna.com Comments to: comment@emanna.com.