Days of the Son of Man

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In Jesus' saying, the Son of Man does not function as the agent of destruction, any more than Noah did in the time of the flood or Lot did in the last days of Sodom and Gomorrah.

(Matt. 24:37-39; Luke 17:26-30)

(Huck 184, 224; Aland 235, 296; Crook 285, 335)[1]

וּכְשֵׁם שֶׁהָיָה בִּימֵי נֹחַ כָּךְ יִהְיֶה בִּימֵי בַּר אֱנָשׁ הָיוּ אוֹכְלִים וְשׁוֹתִים נוֹשְׂאִים נָשִׁים וּמַשִּׂיאִים אֶת בְּנוֹתֵיהֶם עַד הַיּוֹם שֶׁנִּכְנַס נֹחַ לַתֵּבָה וּבָא הַמַּבּוּל וְאִבַּד אֶת כֻּלָם וּכְשֵׁם שֶׁהָיָה בִּימֵי לוֹט הָיוּ אוֹכְלִים וְשׁוֹתִים לוֹקְחִים וּמוֹכְרִים נוֹטְעִים וּבוֹנִים עַד הַיּוֹם שֶׁיָּצָא לוֹט מִסְּדוֹם וְהִמְטִיר אֵשׁ וְגָפְרִית מִן הַשָּׁמַיִם וְאִבַּד אֶת כֻּלָם כָּךְ יִהְיֶה בִּימֵי בַּר אֱנָשׁ

“The way it happened in the days of Noah will be how it happens in the days of the Son of Man: they carried on eating and drinking, contracting and arranging marriages until the day Noah embarked on the ark and the flood came and killed them all.

“And the way it happened in the days of Lot—when they carried on eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building until the day Lot departed from Sodom and God rained down fire and sulfur from the sky and killed them all—that’s how it will happen in the days of the Son of Man.[2]

A reproduction of our reconstruction in an ancient Hebrew script. Font, based on the Isaiah Scroll from Qumran (1QIsaa), created by Kris Udd.

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Conclusion

In Days of the Son of Man Jesus expressed his deep pessimism that his serving as a sign of doom to his generation would succeed in convincing them to repent. Jesus realized that instead of repenting of dangerous religious and political ideologies and embracing the redemption Jesus offered to them, the majority of his contemporaries would ignore his message and carry on with business as usual. Communicating his message in apocalyptic images, Jesus warned his contemporaries that ignoring the dangerous trends in first-century Jewish society would only allow those trends to gain momentum, until finally the clash with the Roman Empire—and the dire consequences that confrontation would bring—could no longer be averted.


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    Joshua N. Tilton studied at Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts, where he earned a B.A. in Biblical and Theological Studies (2002). Joshua continued his studies at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, Massachusetts, where he obtained a Master of Divinity degree in 2005. After seminary…
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