2 Peter  Ch 2V 1-22

1But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them—bringing swift destruction on themselves. 2Many will follow their shameful ways and will bring the way of truth into disrepute. 3In their greed these teachers will exploit you with stories they have made up. Their condemnation has long been hanging over them, and their destruction has not been sleeping. 4For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but sent them to hell, putting them into gloomy dungeons to be held for judgment; 5if he did not spare the ancient world when he brought the flood on its ungodly people, but protected Noah, a preacher of righteousness, and seven others; 6if he condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah by burning them to ashes, and made them an example of what is going to happen to the ungodly; 7and if he rescued Lot, a righteous man, who was distressed by the filthy lives of lawless men 8(for that righteous man, living among them day after day, was tormented in his righteous soul by the lawless deeds he saw and heard)— 9if this is so, then the Lord knows how to rescue godly men from trials and to hold the unrighteous for the day of judgment, while continuing their punishment.10This is especially true of those who follow the corrupt desire of the sinful nature and despise authority. Bold and arrogant, these men are not afraid to slander celestial beings; 11yet even angels, although they are stronger and more powerful, do not bring slanderous accusations against such beings in the presence of the Lord. 12But these men blaspheme in matters they do not understand. They are like brute beasts, creatures of instinct, born only to be caught and destroyed, and like beasts they too will perish. 13They will be paid back with harm for the harm they have done. Their idea of pleasure is to carouse in broad daylight. They are blots and blemishes, reveling in their pleasures while they feast with you. 14With eyes full of adultery, they never stop sinning; they seduce the unstable; they are experts in greed—an accursed brood! 15They have left the straight way and wandered off to follow the way of Balaam son of Beor, who loved the wages of wickedness. 16But he was rebuked for his wrongdoing by a donkey—a beast without speech—who spoke with a man’s voice and restrained the prophet’s madness. 17These men are springs without water and mists driven by a storm. Blackest darkness is reserved for them. 18For they mouth empty, boastful words and, by appealing to the lustful desires of sinful human nature, they entice people who are just escaping from those who live in error. 19They promise them freedom, while they themselves are slaves of depravity—for a man is a slave to whatever has mastered him. 20If they have escaped the corruption of the world by knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and are again entangled in it and overcome, they are worse off at the end than they were at the beginning. 21It 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. 22Of them the proverbs are true: “A dog returns to its vomit,”[f]and, “A sow that is washed goes back to her wallowing in the mud.”

.  God warns us of false teachers who will introduce false ideas to us. They will even deny that Jesus did not come to die for our sins. They will continue following their laws, and will argue against the truth. These false teachers will also use their teachings toexploit from their students. They have been falling further away from God.

.  God did not spare the angels when they became proud, but sent them to hell. He also did not spare the wicked men during the time of Noah, by wiping them all out. But, God did save Noah, who was a righteous man. He also burned down Sodom and Gomorrah because of their indulgence in sin, but saved Lot, a righteous man who was surrounded by people committing sinful deeds. With this, God tells us that the righteous men will be exempt from the trials and punishment reserved for the ones who have denied God.

.  These men are not afraid to curse God, something even the powerful angels would not do in the presence of God; but these men are like animals, creatures meant to only be born to live, then die, nothing more. Those men will be punished for all the wickedness in their lives. They are following the way of Balaam, a prophet who used his connection with God to make money. God rebuked him through his donkey, and Balaam was punished by being struck downwith a sword.

.  These false prophets preach out words with no wisdom, their words are not from God. Their words are empty, with no meaning, only appealing to the sinful desires of men. They attack those who have just begun to leave the life of sin, the new believers. If these men have already accepted Jesus as their savior, but fall back to their previous lifestyles, then it would have been better off for them if they did not know God. They have witnessed God’s love, and yet they still turn away from Him.


– Thank you for this beautiful morning, and letting me wake up at 8:00! I hope I can wake up earlier and earlier!