Etching by Jan Luyken illustrating the parable, from the Bowyer Bible. Jesus found in Matthew 24:42-51, Mark 13:34-37, and Luke 12:35-48 about how it is important for the faithful to keep watch. In Matthew, it immediately precedes the Parable of the Ten Virgins, things to come j dwight pentecost pdf has a similar eschatological theme of being prepared for the day of reckoning. Let your waist be dressed and your lamps burning.
Blessed are those servants, whom the lord will find watching when he comes. Most certainly I tell you, that he will dress himself, and make them recline, and will come and serve them.
They will be blessed if he comes in the second or third watch, and finds them so. But know this, that if the master of the house had known in what hour the thief was coming, he would have watched, and not allowed his house to be broken into. Therefore be ready also, for the Son of Man is coming in an hour that you don’t expect him. Peter said to him, “Lord, are you telling this parable to us, or to everybody?