Has anyone met a self-evidently correct explanation of Luke 17:37 that can cut through the pages of depate there are. I’m not overwhelmingly persuaded by anything I’ve met.
The two questions I’m left asking are
- What does the proverb mean?
- How does it fit into 20-36?
For the first, most people seem to go for vultures circling an animal corpse. Fair enough.
For the second, Joel Green goes for “you can’t miss it”. Question: Where’s a corpse? Answer: You can’t miss it. He opts to remain undecided on what is unmissable. The point is that the return of the Son of Man, or destiny of the saved or the lost, is obvious. The trouble with that is: It just repeats the lightening idea. Seems a bit trite for such an enigmatic proverb.
On the other hand Darrell Bock takes Green’s answer further. It’s obvious, but the proverb also forces us to say it’s macabre. The judgement or the destiny of the lost is both obvious and final. I’m mildly more persuaded by that, but is it in danger of treating a proverb like an allegory? In other words, complete transference from the details of the proverb to reality may not be warranted; safer to stick with the proverbial meaning of the day answering their question.
Anyway, anyone with a self-evidently right answer please let me know!