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  Bro. Tom’s Weekly Bible Study
  Week #6
Posted: May 4, 2007

II PETER 2:7-9

We want to look again this week into our study of II Peter.  Let me lay before us again our two key words that open this book to our understanding.  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.

Out text this week is Chapter 2 and verses 7-9 which says, “And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked: (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;) The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished

What an example Peter would use of God’s preserving of one totally forsaking what he had once professed.  How it must have chapped the religious crowd when he gave Lot as an example of the preservation of a righteous man.   I must admit that it sometimes causes me to say, ‘What’.

I would like to deal with this text by answering four questions.  The first question to answer is ‘Why was Lot delivered?’  In verse 7 we are told that Lot was ‘delivered’.  The word ends with an ‘ed’.  This means there has been a past action that causes a present result.  The word ‘delivered’ means a rushing current that drives one to a cause of rescue.  The root of the word is a ‘flux of blood’.  Three times in our text the same Greek word is used.  In verse 7 we find the words, “…just Lot,” In verse 8, “…righteous man…”, and also “…righteous soul…”.  The word is one of imputation or declaration that means innocent, holy, and equitable in character or action.  Lot has been delivered not because of what he did or didn’t do, but he has been swept into righteousness by the flood of Christ’ blood.

The second question to deal with is “Where was Lot delivered?”  We are told that Lot vexed his soul day to day. (Vs. 8)  The word ‘vexed’ is sore distressed.  He vexed himself with ‘filthy conversation’, which is behavior of lawless wantonness.  This vexing happened while he ‘dwelt’ among them.  The word means to be with them but not of them.  Let us realize this world where we dwell is full of vexing sin.  Let us be in this world but not of this world.

In verse 9 we are confronted with the answer to our third question.  “How was Lot delivered?”  Peter tells us in verse 9 that there is only one source of deliverance from temptation.  This source is the Lord.  We have not a clue but our Lord knows full well the way out of temptation.  In Genesis 3:1 we are told the ‘serpent’ is the one to be delivered from.  In James 1:4 we are told of the ‘Steps’ of deliverance.  In Revelation 3:10 we see the ‘Source’ of deliverance, which is the Word of God.  Peter says He only leads the ‘godly’ out of temptation.  The word means to be reverent, pious, and devout. 

The last question is also answered in verse 9.  The question is “When was Lot delivered?”  There will be a marked difference between those who belong to God and the wicked.  There has been a reservation made for the wicked with the judgment of God.  The reservation has been made for an inheritance for the righteous. (I Peter 1:14) This reservation was made before time began.  The word ‘punished’ in verse 9 means to live under judgment.  When our Lord destroyed Sodom, He made a marked difference in Lot and those in the city.  Let us be careful when we judge a Lot in Sodom, a Peter in a cursing denial, and a Judas kissing the Lord.  We can’t always tell what library a book is to go to by its cover.