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This Generation

Reading [Psalm 24] tonight, as one does, and I was struck by this verse.

Such is the generation of those who seek him,
who seek the face of the God of Jacob.

Psalm 24:6

I never made the connection before, but here’s Jesus speaking in [Matthew 24]:

Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place.

Matthew 24:34

What if Psalm 24 identifies the generation Jesus is talking about? I found some support for the idea (as a secondary meaning) in the Pulpit Commentary, which I am not familiar with. Psalm 24 is messianic, and Matthew 24 covers events from the abomination of desolation (perhaps the destruction of the temple?) to the return of Christ, “coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory”. There’s debate about the meaning of “this generation will not pass away”, and I think this is the best idea I’ve found.

All these things shall surely come to pass, and the generation of the faithful shall remain, cut off by none of the things that have been mentioned.

Chrysostom, Homily 77