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2 Peter 2:7-8
7 And [kai] delivered [rhoumai] just [dikaios] Lot [Lot], vexed [kataponeo] with [hupo] the filthy [aselgeia]
conversation [anastrophe] of the wicked [athesmos]:
8 (For [gar] that righteous man [dikaios] dwelling [egkatoikeo] among
[en] them [autos], in seeing [blemma] and [kai] hearing [akoe], vexed [basanizo] his righteous [dikaios]
soul [psuche] from day [hemera] to [ek] day [hemera] with their unlawful [anomos]
deeds [ergon];) KJV-Interlinear
7 and if He rescued righteous
Lot, oppressed by the sensual conduct of unprincipled men 8 (for by what he saw
and heard that righteous man, while living among them, felt his righteous soul
tormented day after day with their lawless deeds), NASB
God rescued Lot from
the disgusting surroundings that he lived in, despite Lots own decisions that
created his predicament.
There is more here than
meets the eye.
Peter mentioned Lot,
but dose not mention the source scripture that the story comes from.Like most believers of his day, he presumes
that people are familiar with the story, and therefore do not need coddling in
order to make his point.
Far too often you will
run into folks that will demand documentation for your words.If they were truly interested, then they
would research out a matter (objectively), but it is often much easier to
question the speaker and make them do your homework, rather than figuring out
life for yourself.
One of the objectives
of spiritual growth, is to bring you to a point of self-independence from the
views of this world.That means you
assume the responsibility to get the answers you need to the questions you
have, rather than simply rejecting a statement and ignoring the possible
answers, because you are too lazy to go after them.
Lot is in this
situation.Recall the story from Gen.
13.Actually it begins earlier than that
chapter, but that is a good starting point.
Lot lived with Abraham
on the western side of the Jordan River valley.To their east lay a vast plain in which Sodom and various cities
Abraham and Lot knew
very well, the reputations of the peoples (their neighbors), that lived there.
Lot decided that they
did not have enough room for their combined flocks and herds.He wanted to separate from Abraham and go to
the plains to the east.Abraham gave him
his choice, and Lot chose Sodom.
Lot moved there and remained
there.In our current verse, Peter
explains that Lot was emotionally burdened (oppressed), daily, by the social
habits of the people that lived there.
But, Lot did not move
Later in Genesis we
read that Lot was taken captive by an invading force, which came into that valley,
and sacked several of the cities, taking many captives.
Abraham went after the
invading force and rescued Lot and everyone else, along with all of their
Lot had many warnings
that the place in which he lived was not a good place.The people of the region had many warnings to
turn for their corrupt ways.
Everyone seems to
ignore the warnings.
Then came the angels
and the decision to destroy the cities of the valley.Abraham prayed for the righteous (those who
were saved individuals).Lot was the
target of his prayer, obviously.And God
graciously granted Abrahams prayer.
Lot was saved, but not
because he deserved it, but primarily because of Abrahams prayer.
Lot moved into
corruption.Lot remained in
corruption.Lot suffered as a result of
living among corruption, and yet God graciously delivered him.
Corruption is not
limited to the city of Sodom, but follows the pattern of rejection of truth.
We all live in a
corrupt world.Most of the world is
anti-Christian (Sodom).Most of
Christianity is indifferent, or has adopted various weird or compromising ideas
(Lot) about their own faith.Most Christians
resist leaving their own beliefs, wanting someone else to search out the truth
for them (Abraham).
Some angels were locked
away in the Abyss and have been there for all of human history, and probably
longer.The reasons for their
imprisonment are never revealed in the scriptures.Some angels disobeyed and were locked up in
Tartarus.We presume that the first
group was locked up for some other type or similar disobedience.Why does anyone get locked up in prison?
disobedient to the maximum and was destroyed.Sodom citizens were corrupt, by their own choice, and they were
destroyed.Lot moved to corruption,
remained there, but he was set apart because of his former faith, and thus was
delivered.His wife was not so lucky.
All of us are given a
constant stream of warnings in life, that are intended to keep us on track with
our spiritual lives, and to prevent failure from all of our flagrant,
indifferent, or just dumb ideas about life.
The ideas from this
world are nothing more than a constant burden as Lot was exposed to.The only way to free yourself from that burden,
is through a daily study of doctrine, an open mind, and lots of patience.
If you are genuinely
positive toward God, then even despite your failures in life, and you will have
lots of failures (we all do), God is faithful to deliver you not only from the corruption
of this world, but from the stupidity of your own decisions.
But then isn t it a
good deal less trouble for you, if you don t make dumb mistakes in life?
Growing up helps you in
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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