Day 132 – May 12, 2021
Scriptures: Judges 18-19, 2 Peter 2
In our reading of Judges, we see again and again the struggle of the Israelites to follow the Lord. It is not too difficult to see a connection in our 2 Peter reading:
“They promise them freedom, while they themselves are slaves of depravity—for “people are slaves to whatever has mastered them.” If they have escaped the corruption of the world by knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and are again entangled in it and are overcome, they are worse off at the end than they were at the beginning. It would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than to have known it and then to turn their backs on the sacred command that was passed on to them.” (2 Peter 2:19–21, TNIV)
Peter takes a stand against sin. He calls on the people to stay with the Lord and leave a life of sin. His argument is basically, “Ignorance is bliss" compared to knowing the Lord and turning from him.
But they can’t claim ignorance. They know of Jesus as Lord. Why continue in sin?
Peter is concerned for the heart of the people. There are those who are enticing the church to backslide back into sin. It’s been a struggle for God’s people for generations. As we see over and over again in the book of Judges.
There is a monumental difference though, between the Old and New. It’s the forgiveness of Christ.
We are wise to hear the sermon from John the Baptist, “Bear fruit, worthy of repentance.”
Have a great day!
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Jordan Ickes, Minister of Etna Green Church of Christ.