Temptations and Trespasses
(Matthew 18:6–9; Mark 9:42–48)
1 Jesus said to His disciples,
3 Watch yourselves. If your brother sins, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him. 4 Even if he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times returns to say, ‘I repent,’ you must forgive him.”
The Power of Faith
5 The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!”
6 And the Lord answered,
7 Which of you whose servant comes in from plowing or shepherding in the field will say to him, ‘Come at once and sit down to eat’? 8 Instead, won’t he tell him, ‘Prepare my meal and dress yourself to serve me while I eat and drink; and afterward you may eat and drink’? 9 Does he thank the servant because he did what he was told? 10 So you also, when you have done everything commanded of you, should say, ‘We are unworthy servants; we have only done our duty.’ ”
The Ten Lepers
(2 Kings 5:1–14)
11 While Jesus was on His way to Jerusalem, He was passing between Samaria and Galilee. 12 As He entered one of the villages, He was met by ten lepers. a They stood at a distance 13 and raised their voices, shouting, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!”
The Coming of the Kingdom
20 When asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, Jesus replied,
22 Then He said to the disciples,
26 Just as it was in the days of Noah, so also will it be in the days of the Son of Man: 27 People were eating and drinking, marrying and being given in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark. Then the flood came and destroyed them all.
28 It was the same in the days of Lot:People were eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building. 29 But on the day Lot left Sodom, fire and sulfur rained down from heaven and destroyed them all.
30 It will be just like that on the day the Son of Man is revealed. 31 On that day, let no one on the housetop come down to retrieve his possessions. Likewise, let no one in the field return for anything he has left behind. 32 Remember Lot’s wife! 33 Whoever tries to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life will preserve it. 34 I tell you, on that night two people will be in one bed: One will be taken and the other left. 35 Two women will be grinding grain together: One will be taken and the other left.” e
37 “Where, Lord?” they asked.
12 a A leper was one afflicted with a skin disease. See Leviticus 13.
14 b See Leviticus 14:1–32.
19 c Or has saved you
21 d Or within you or within your grasp
35 e TR includes 36Two men will be in the field. One will be taken and the other left ; see Matthew 24:40.