122 A good servant works without supervision.

Matthew 24:43–51

Why are people sometimes unprepared (Matthew 24:43)?

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What should we be doing in preparation for the Lord’s return (Matthew 24:43–44)?

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What should we be doing in preparation for the Lord’s return (Matthew 24:43–44)?

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What are the qualities of a “faithful and wise” servant (Matthew 24:45–47)?

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Some have said, “When the cat is away, the mice will play.” Why can that kind of attitude be fatal for the mice (Matthew 24:48–51)?

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If a homeowner knew when a burglar would come, he would be prepared and would not allow him to break in. Because you do not know when the Son of Man will arrive, you must always be ready.

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Matthew 24:43–44 “If a homeowner knew when a burglar would come, he would be prepared and would not allow him to break in. Because you do not know when the Son of Man will arrive, you must always be ready.
King James

Matthew 24:43–44 But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up. Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.

“How does the faithful and wise servant behave, the one whom the owner would want to put in charge of his business of meeting the needs of others? The good manager always focuses on business the same as if the owner were there, so he is found doing a good job when the owner arrives. Truly, such a man will be put in charge of everything.

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Matthew 24:45–47 “How does the faithful and wise servant behave, the one whom the owner would want to put in charge of his business of meeting the needs of others? The good manager always focuses on business the same as if the owner were there, so he is found doing a good job when the owner arrives. Truly, such a man will be put in charge of everything.
King James

Matthew 24:45–47 Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season? Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing. Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods.

“But if that servant is evil, he says to himself, ‘The owner will not be back for a while.’ He takes advantage of others and spends his time partying. The owner arrives when he is least expected, sees his hypocrisy, and terminates the servant without pay. The servant will be cast into the darkness, where there will be bitterness and weeping.”

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Matthew 24:48–51 “But if that servant is evil, he says to himself, ‘The owner will not be back for a while.’ He takes advantage of others and spends his time partying. The owner arrives when he is least expected, sees his hypocrisy, and terminates the servant without pay. The servant will be cast into the darkness, where there will be bitterness and weeping.”
King James

Matthew 24:48–51 But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; And shall begin to smite his fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken; The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of, And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.