Matt.24:36-39 – For the coming of the Son of Man will be just like the days of Noah. For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and they did not understand until the flood came and took them all away……
Jesus made a very interesting and piercing assessment of the condition of the world at His return. He obviously believed Noah was a real man, built a real ship, and delivered his family and the animal population of the world from a real flood. He was stating the world would be just like it was in Noah’s day at His return to the earth. What was the point Jesus was making? Preparation. Obviously Noah was the only one who had an opportunity to prepare for the flood, today we are all without excuse. The Lord is clearly and passionately calling everyone everywhere to repent and prepare for the coming kingdom of God. Here is how Matthew Henry describes this moment.
“They were worldly: they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage. All of them except Noah were fully engrossed in the world, paying no attention to the word of God, and this was their destruction. Universal neglect of religious faith is a more dangerous symptom in any people than particular instances here and there of daring irreligious acts. Eating and drinking are necessary to preserve human life; marrying and giving in marriage are necessary to preserve the human race. Yet those people were unreasonable in their actions, excessive and completely absorbed in pursuing worldly pleasures. They were in their element in these things, as if the sole reason for their existence was to eat and drink. They were also unreasonable in their actions; they were wholeheartedly set on the world and the flesh. They were eating and drinking when they should have been repenting and praying.”
I think the point Jesus is making is that if we believe He is coming then we must prepare ourselves for His imminent return. He continued this discourse with two parables telling us how to prepare. First was the parable of the ten virgins. What was the lesson? We must have oil (the Holy Spirit) in our lamps to be ready for His return. The second parable was about the distribution of talents, We must be faithful stewards of all He has given us. There is not much time, The Lord will come like a thief in the night.