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
What an example
Peter would use of Gods 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,
, and also
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 didnt 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,
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 cant always tell what
library a book is to go to by its cover.