Indiscriminate Catastrophe

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The consequences of persisting in violent struggle with the Roman Empire would be suffered by the innocent and the guilty alike.

Matt. 24:40-41; Luke 17:34-35

(Huck 184, 224; Aland 235, 296; Crook 288, 336)[1]

אָמֵן אֲנִי אוֹמֵר לָכֶם [בַּיּוֹם הַהוּא] יִהְיוּ שְׁנַיִם עַל הַמִּטָּה אֶחָד נָטוּל וְאֶחָד מוּנָּח יִהְיוּ שְׁנַיִם בַּשָּׂדֶה אֶחָד נָטוּל וְאֶחָד מוּנָּח יִהְיוּ שְׁתַּיִם טוֹחֲנוֹת בָּרֵחַיִם אַחַת נְטוּלָה וְאַחַת מוּנַּחַת

“Yes! And I’ll tell you what: [On the day calamity strikes] two people will be lying on a bed: one of them will be removed, and one of them will be left unharmed. Two people will be in a field: one of them will be removed, and one of them will be left unharmed. Two women will be grinding flour with a mill: one of them will be removed, and one of them will be left unharmed.[2]

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In Indiscriminate Catastrophe Jesus underscored the reason why it would be prudent to take flight without concern for one’s possessions when the war with Rome finally erupts: when the legions come sweeping through the land of Israel, the soldiers will not stop to ask whether individual Jews are “good” or “bad”; they will reconquer the land with swift and merciless expediency.

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