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  Bro. Tom’s Weekly Bible Study
  Week #6
Posted: April 27, 2007

II PETER 2:4-6

Let us turn again to our study of the book of II Peter.  Do you remember the two words that give us the theme of this book?  The word ‘apostasy’ which means the forsaking or abandonment of what one has once professed.  The other key word is ‘remembrance’ which means a statue, a model for imitation, a pattern, a continual blow of a hammer and to place in the mind as a memorial.  May we look at Chapter 2 and verses 4-6 which I have entitled “Examples Of Wrath”.  This text says, For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment; And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly; And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly;”

When we closed out verse 3 we found the judgment of God seems to linger, to be slow, or even asleep.  Man can be led to the thought that he can get away with his sins, because there is no swift judgment.  Peter gives us three examples of wrath that assure us ‘God will judge sin’.

The first example Peter uses is in verse 4, ‘The Angels That Sinned’, This is a very high and lofty place to fall from as a created being.  What was their sin that would cause God to put them out?  It was the sin of pride, a desire to put oneself above God.  They were immediately cast into hell or as the Old Testament calls it, ‘Gehenna’. (The place of burning) Dante, an old writer, describes this “as a place where the air is always black and mute of light.”  They have a reservation there for damnation.

The second example Peter uses is ‘The Old World That Sinned’. (Vs. 5)  This was the days of Noah.  They were called the ‘ungodly world’.  It is a world irreverent, impious, wicked, and have failed to adore or reverence God.  The text says that God saved Noah and seven others in his family.  The word ‘saved’ means to preserve by shutting in.  Noah was a preacher of righteousness.  It is only our Lord’s righteousness that gives us standing with God.  God doesn’t mind damning the most that He might save the least.  He will be glorified.  One of the greatest of Jonathan Edward’s sermons during the Great Awakening was entitled, ‘The Justice Of God In The Damnation Of The Sinners’.  He destroyed the world by flood.  He went to great lengths to open the earth and the heavens to cover the world with water.

The third example of His wrath is in verse 6, ‘The Sin Of Sodom And Gomorrha’.  Our Lord turned a land that was green and well watered into an ash heap.  Why would God go to such lengths to destroy this place?  They were involved in the sin of sodomy. (Homosexuals and lesbians)  The weapons of fire and water are interesting weapons. He can destroy with them or bless with them.  In Isaiah 43:2 for the child of God when we pass through the flood He will be with us and when we walk through the fire we will not be burned.

Peter tells us in verse 6 that these were written for our example that we might live godly.  The word ‘ensample’ is a sculptor or painters model.  It is the architect’s plan.  The sins of the angels, Noah’s flood, and Sodom and Gomorrha were the sins of every day America.  The sins of pride, no desire for God, and the sins of sodomy, let us not think God is overlooking these sins.  For Noah’s world it was 120 years in coming.  The angels still wait in the pit for their final damnation.  Lot lived for years, raised a family and then married before judgment came.  Judgment will come in a day that I feel assured when we least expect it.  Let us heed these examples left for us in this Holy Book.