Friedrich Wenz (30 March 2014)
"The Night Watch"

Luk 12:38

And if he shall come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants.

Luk 12:39

And this know, that if the goodman of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched, and not have suffered his house to be broken through.

Luk 12:40

Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not.


Mar 13:35

Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning:

Mar 13:36

Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping.

Mar 13:37

And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.


The Night Watch


Director of Rijksmuseum Wim Pijbes shows US President Barack Obama, Prime Minister of the Netherlands Mark Rutte and Mayor of Amsterdam Mayor Eberhard van der Laan Rembrandt's The Night Watchas they visit the Rijksmuseum ahead of the 2014 Nuclear Security Summit on March 24, 2014 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The Nuclear Security Summit, held March 24-25, will be attended by world leaders and is aimed at preventing nuclear terrorism.

President Obama, who's in Amsterdam, has been speaking about the situation in Crimea, at the start of several days of talks with European leaders that are expected to be dominated by events in Ukraine and possible sanctions against Russia. On Monday morning, at the Rijksmuseum, Obama said:

Europe and America are united in our support of the Ukrainian government and Ukrainian people. We are united in imposing a cost on Russia for its actions so far.

Prime Minister Rutte [the Dutch PM] rightly pointed out yesterday the growing sanctions would bring significant consequences to the Russian economy and Iíll be meeting with my fellow G7 leaders later today.


Barack Obama and Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte in front of Rembrandt's The Night Watch at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. Photograph: Jerry lampen/AP