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The Household and
The Thief



     PART VIII: THE MISCELLANEOUS PARABLES

                               CHAPTER 36
 

                         Introduction

  The Parable of the Householder and the Thief is found in  Luke 12:39-40
        and in Matthew 24:42-44.
 

The Story
"But understand this: If the owner of the
                   house  had  known  at what hour the thief
                   was coming, he would  not  have  let  his
                   house  be  broken into.  You also must be
                   ready, because the Son of Man  will  come
                   at an hour when you do  not  expect  him.
                   (Luke    12:39-40,    New   International
                   Version).

                       "Therefore keep watch, because you do
                   not know on what day your Lord will come.
                   But  understand this: If the owner of the
                   house had known at what time of night the
                   thief  was  coming,  he  would  have kept
                   watch and would not  have let  his  house
                   be  broken  into.    So  you also must be
                   ready, because the Son of Man  will  come
                   at  an  hour  when you do not expect him.
                   (Matthew  24:42-44,   New   International
                   Version).

                   If  the  owner  had been watching for the thief, he would not
                   have allowed the thief to break into his house and steal his
                   goods.

           

                    The Interpretation
The owner of the house represents the  Christian.    The
            thief represents Jesus--by contrast in nature and by likeness
            in the element of surprise.   The  appearance  of  the  thief
            represents Jesus' Second Coming.

            Earle comments on this "brief parabolic statement":

            To be ready at  every  moment  for  the  return  of
            Christ   is   the  first  responsibility  of  every
            Christian."  (BEACON  BIBLE  COMMENTARY,  By  Ralph
            Earle,  pp. 222-223).

                            Central Truth

   WE MUST EXPECT THE LORD TO 
                RETURN AT ANY TIME.

                                    Conclusion

  Wisdom  demands  that  we  get  right  with  God  and be
                 prepared for Jesus' Second Coming.  Whether we die  first
                 or  we are alive when he returns, we must be ready at
                 all times!   END.