Day 133 – May 13, 2021
Scriptures: Judges 20-21, 2 Peter 3
“In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as they saw fit.” (Judges 21:25)
“Above all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires.” (2 Peter 3:3)
The sin of Israel caused a bit of a civil war among the tribes of Israel. They’ve turned on one another, causing a terrible conflict that inflicts more death and suffering on the nation of Israel.
Many have turned their backs on God and “everyone did as they saw fit.”
Peter looks at the world in which the church is placed, and sees many who do as they see fit. People following their own evil desires and a complete disregard for God.
“Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives” (2 Peter 3:11, TNIV)
There is, in Peter’s view and other NT writers, a judgment coming. Everything will be exposed, and what is evil, will be completely destroyed. In light of the truth of a new heaven and a new earth that is coming soon, Peter calls Christians to live a holy and godly life.
We are also told of the patience of God. He doesn’t desire that anyone should perish. God was serious about this, at the flood. It pained him to have to start over, but he had to. And when it comes to the suffering now, the evil now, there will come a time when God will have exhausted his patience.
For the time being, we are called to live a holy life, set apart from God. Knowing that God desires for all to be saved.
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Jordan Ickes, Minister of Etna Green Church of Christ.