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2 Peter 2:13
13 And shall receive [komizo] the reward [misthos] of
unrighteousness [adikia], as they that count [hegeomai] it pleasure [hedone] to
riot [truphe] in [en] the day time [hemera].
Spots [spilos] they are and [kai] blemishes [momos], sporting
themselves [entruphao] with [en] their own [autos]
deceivings [apate] while they feast [suneuocheo] with you [humin]; KJV-Interlinear
13 suffering wrong as the wages
of doing wrong. They count it a pleasure to revel in the daytime. They are
stains and blemishes, reveling in their deceptions, as they carouse with you, NASB
Our two primary groups
for comparisons are the population of folks who lived in the generation immediately
prior to the flood of Noah, and the group that lived in or near Sodom, during
the time of Abraham.
Only Lot is mentioned
by name, as a person who got caught up in his misguided choices.But he was spared from being destroyed in
Sodom, and his wife came close to being delivered, but was not because she just
had to look back, longing for the society of Sodom.
What did these two
groups have in common?
Well, typically the
sinners of the world are described as people who stay in the shadows of the
night, pursuing their deeds, hoping to not be discovered.
The night is generally
used in symbolism as a place of no wisdom, no doctrine, no relationship with
God, or the dysfunction of ones spiritual life, if a person even has one.
The day is generally
used in symbolism as the place of truth, of doctrine, of a relationship with
God, and of a functioning spiritual life.
Here however, these two
groups pursued their dastardly deeds in the open daylight.And this is the whole point that Peter is
making.Their sins and attitude toward
truth had gone so far overboard, that they no longer tried to hide their
That the sins for the
world and of society have become so great, that they have become commonplace
and accepted as normal behavior.
People flaunt their
sins.People flaunt their attitudes
toward anything that smacks of honesty, integrity, objectivity and so forth.People become insulted when their beliefs are
challenged, or when other beliefs are presented.People go out of their way to silence the
opinions of others.People go out of
their way to bring harm to those that do not agree with them, to those whom
they simply do not like, to those who present a competition for them.
They carouse and buddy
up, but not to become friends, but to take advantage and destroy anything and
anyone they perceive as in their way, or perhaps anyone who has more than they
do, or anyone who they believe has more than they deserve, or anyone that they
have defeated in some way.
Our study of Matt.
24:38 and following, describes the attitudes of people in the end times, that
is, our end times, just as the people in Noah s time were indifferent toward
Noah s warnings, right up until the rain began coming down.People in the last generations of our day,
will behave in the same way.
And we have certainly
seen the steady decline of social norms and standards since the turn of the century
in the 1900 s, and escalating even more rapidly in our current day since 2000.II Timothy 3:1-5, 7, goes on to describe the
decline of basic manners and courtesy as well as other declines in social
But again, the only
defense against your falling into these destructive categories, is Bible doctrine.Doctrine is given to you so that you can
properly discover yourself and identify your own weaknesses, and avoid
It is not given to you
so that you can evaluate or critic others.That is Gods job.
The only reason that I
mention the end times, is because we are obviously closer to the end times than
we were centuries ago.Since our
dispensation began at Pentecost, fifty days following Passover, in
approximately 30 A.D., almost 1979 years have passed.Our dispensation will end when the Rapture
No one knows when that
will be, but we have been given many signs that will indicate that it is
getting near.Near does not mean
tomorrow or next year, but within a few generations.We could certainly be a hundred years away
from the Rapture.And if that is the
case, then subsequent generations will slip further and further away from
doctrine, and grow more and more bold in their anti-God attitudes and life
Regardless of the end
times or not, anyone who drifts away from God and truth, will adopt ridiculous,
adversarial, indifferent beliefs and they will boast of their beliefs, fearing
no one and certainly not fearing God or their ultimate judgment.
It wasn t too long ago
that man thought the earth was flat.Not
That the earth was the
center of the universe.Not so.
That our galaxy was the
entire universe.Not so.
But as we discover more
and more about the universe around us, if you are objective, then you begin to
understand the vastness for Gods brilliance, knowledge, and wisdom.And, this entire environment, from DNA to the
distant galaxies, was all invented, designed, and placed here for our benefit.
Don t get caught up in
petty attitudes, or beliefs of tradition or habit, and allow them to get in the
way of your spiritual growth.
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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