THE DAY OF THE LORD
|II Peter 3:1-9 |
1 Dear friends, this is now my second letter to you. I have written both of them as reminders to stimulate you in wholesome thinking. 2 I want you to recall the words spoken in the past by the holy prophets and the command given by our Lord and Savior through your apostles.
3 First of all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. 4 They will say, (Where is this coming he promised? Ever since our fathers died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.( 5 But they deliberately forget that long ago by God(s word the heavens existed and the earth was formed out of water and by water. 6 By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and de
stroyed. 7 By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men. 8 But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. 9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.
|In II Peter 3:1, Peter mentions his first letter. Review I Peter 1:13-16 and 5:8, 9. How does he want his writings to relate to our thinking? (Indicate verses)
What relationship can you make between words, knowledge and thinking?
In light of II Peter 3:3, explain why verse 3:2 should be important to us.
Have you heard about or heard someone saying, (Where is this "coming" he promised?) Or the attitude of, (I'm OK, you're OK; it doesn't get any better than this.)
Glance at Genesis 6 and look at Matthew 24:36-39. What is Peter remembering about these passages as he writes this letter?
Can you make a connection between Hebrews 10:37-39, ll:7 and II Peter 3:5-7? What is the importance of what God has said in that connection?
How long is "a day of the Lord"? What can you reply to someone who says, "Where is the promise of His coming?"
What application can you make between Noah, the present age and God's promise in 3:9?
Is there anyone you know personally that needs to hear these words of Peter?
* Reminders, recall vs. deliberately forget
* Words spoken, command given, God’s word, same word, His promises
* Thinking, understand
* Deluged, destroyed, reserved for fire, judgment, destruction
* Promise, patient, not perish, come to repentance
As Peter is seeing the end of his own life, he takes inventory of the times in which he lived. Noah comes into his thoughts because he is referred to in both of his letters. It was the end of an age when Noah escaped with his family. The end of this age which the disciples had asked Jesus about also comes to his mind. It seems that his reference to knowledge and our minds is a special indicator of his desire to see people living in God’s Word as they live in this world. It gave him an important perspective as he faced his own departure.