"And Knew Not" -- What did they not know?

JeffLogan's picture

The scripture reads --

Matthew 24 (cf. Genesis 6:1-7; Mark 13:32-37; Luke 12:35-48)

36 But of that day and hour knoweth no [man], no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.
37 But as the days of Noe [were], so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,
39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

I am most interested in verse 39 which read, "And knew not until the flood came..." What was it that the antediluvians knew not?

I think with a few Biblical parallels this can be answered fairly. But I'd like to hear your thoughts before I influence them with my thoughts. You may have a better answer.

ElderDad's picture

And Jesus said . . .

Matthew 24:1 And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple.

2 And Jesus said unto them . . .

From that introduction follows the teaching of Jesus to his disciples. It is with Him, not the recorder, Matthew, that "John228" takes issue. Since I believe Jesus is the God whom we wish to tell people about, I tend to believe His approach is probably the most glorifying to God. That is to say, within the framework of the Trinity, the Son speaks what the Father wants Him to say, in order that God may be glorified. John 2:28 says: "And now, little children (i.e., believers/disciples), abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming." (King James Bible} The only confidence I can imagine is in being able to say, "Lord, I tried to teach what you taught."

But, more in line with Jeff's original question regarding what the people "knew not" in the time of Noah, they knew not that judgment was coming, because they didn't care about the things of God or about His will. Sound familiar in 2013?

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Dave S.
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