Thursday: More Old Testament Lessons
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The Word in Our Lives

Read 2 Peter 2:6-16. What other examples does Peter use to give his warning about what wickedness will lead to? The first substantive reference to Sodom in the Bible is Genesis 13:12-13. Lot and Abraham decided to separate for “financial” reasons. Lot chose the Jordan valley, and “pitched his tent toward Sodom” (Gen. 13:12). The … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: Peter and Jude
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Studying Scripture

Many people have observed that Jude 4-19 largely repeats the message of 2 Peter 2:1-3:7. Whenever Scripture repeats a message, we should be aware that God wants to convey something important. In these similar passages, Peter and Jude take great lengths to notify us of an important truth: God is in control of the destinies … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: A Dog Returns to its Vomit
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God's Word - Light in a Dark Place

Read 2 Peter 2:17-22 and Matthew 12:43-45. What are the dangers when a convert to Christianity returns to his/her former lifestyle? Peter was particularly concerned about the fate of those whom the false teachers entice back into their former sins (2 Pet. 2:18). The false teachers promise freedom, but as Peter points out, the freedom … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: False Prophets and Teachers
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The Burning Bush

It’s sometimes easy to idealize the early church, to think of it as a time of great peace and harmony among the earliest believers in Jesus. That would be a mistake. Even from the days of Jesus the church faced struggles, often from within (think of Judas). As the New Testament epistles show, many of … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: False Teachers
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Hand Writing on Chalk Board

Read for This Week’s Study: 2 Pet. 2:1-22, John 8:34-36, Matt. 12:43-45, Jude 4-19, Gen. 18:16-33. Memory Text: “They promise them freedom, but they themselves are slaves of corruption; for people are slaves to whatever masters them” (2 Peter 2:19, NRSV). In his first epistle, Peter, with great pastoral concern, sought to encourage readers in … [Click to read more …]

Friday: Further Thought – Prophecy and Scripture
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Spectacles on Bible

“It is the first and highest duty of every rational being to learn from the Scriptures what is truth, and then to walk in the light and encourage others to follow his example. We should day by day study the Bible diligently, weighing every thought and comparing scripture with scripture. With divine help we are … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: The Word in Our Lives
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The Word in Our Lives

As we have seen, Peter placed great emphasis on the Holy Scriptures. Second Peter 1:19-21 is a powerful affirmation of the importance of the Bible to our Christian experience and to the divine inspiration of the Scriptures. His point is clear in 2 Peter 1:21. The Bible is not the product of human will, human … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: The More Sure Word of Prophecy
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A Sure Word of Prophecy

Read 2 Peter 1:19-21. To what prophecies is Peter referring? What does he mean when he says that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation? In stressing that Christianity is not based on cunningly devised fables (2 Pet. 1:16), Peter offers up two lines of evidence: first, eyewitnesses (2 Pet. 1:16-18); second, the … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: The Morning Star in Our Hearts
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God's Word - Light in a Dark Place

“And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts” (2 Pet. 1:19, NKJV). Read this text carefully. What is Peter saying that is so important to us, even today? … [Click to read more …]