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2 Peter 2:6
6 And [kai] turning [tephroo] the cities [polis] of Sodom
[Sodoma] and [kai] Gomorrha [Gomorrha] into
ashes [tephroo] condemned [katakrino] them with an overthrow [katastrophe], making [tithemi] them an
ensample [hupodeigma] unto those that after
should [mello] live ungodly [asebeo]; KJV-Interlinear
6 and if He condemned the cities
of Sodom and Gomorrah to destruction by reducing them to ashes, having made
them an example to those who would live ungodly thereafter; NASB
God judged the angels
for their disobedience.He judged the
ancient world for their disobedience, and here Peter explains that Sodom and
Gomorrha, Gen. 19, and all of the rest of the cities of that vast plain, Jude 7,
were destroyed as an example to all of the rest of us, so we can know what to
expect if we decide that disobeying God is the right choice for our lives.
The area that is
currently known as the dead sea, was formerly a vast lush and grassy plain.In the time of Abraham and Lot, this area was
occupied by several cities.
Lot chose to move to
this huge valley and Abraham chose to remain on the Mediterranean side of the
mountains that separated the Sodom region, from the region west of the Jordan
These cities were filled
with corrupt people.Their sins were so great
and flagrant, that they had virtually no morals, conscience or any regard or
One day, their luck, so
to speak, ran out. God had been patient with them for a long while. Even Lots presence had no impact on their character.And then the cities were visited and
destroyed so thoroughly, that there was nothing but ashes left.
Anyone walking through
the region could not even identify their remains because the destruction was so
At some point later in
history, that whole valley collapsed into one of the deepest locations, below
sea level, in the world, and whatever remains of those cities, couldn t be located
even if we tried to find them.Ashes
under water, don t leave much of anything for archeologists to discover, except
drilled hole core samples, if even that.
The importance of Sodom
is not in finding them, but in the lesson their moral corruption, taught.
No one ever gets away
with evil. No matter whether your evil
is veiled in little white lies or is of a more dastardly nature, is
irrelevant.Evil is evil and corruption is
corruption, and all of that type of characteristic is destroyed thoroughly and
completely, and as in this example, lost totally to history.
If we never had any
mention of their existence, we would never have known that those cities even
existed.They would have remained
And such is the destiny
of evil people.The most evil of all are
unbelievers.Their evil is in their
rejection of truth, which is Christ.One
day, they will vanish from history, and it will be as though they never
existed.They will be totally forgotten,
as all believers advance into their own destiny in eternity.
Likewise, for believers
who are negative in their spiritual life, their former lives, regardless of
their success, will be forgotten.Evil
and its production, in believers, will never be carried forward into
heaven.All of the popular want-to-be s
in life will lose their popularity.Their approbations will cease, and their celebrityship, their titles,
their worldly attributes, will cease.
There is no place for
untruths, for mans boasting, for arrogance, for worldly standards of any kind,
Your opinions, your
attitudes, your self-defined standards for life will cease when you finally
leave this life.And by the way, what
was the inheritance of the citizens of Sodom?Zip.
They were not humble,
but arrogance and opinionated.They were
not honorable, but disrespectful.They
were not open minded, but rigidly biased and prejudiced, superficial and
shallow, against all forms of truth not to mention the opinions of others.
The Bible in its
entirety, issues a stern warning as to what will become of you, if you discard humility
and doctrine in your life.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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