2 Peter 3

2 Peter 3: The Second Coming

                Peter explains that in the Last Days many men and women will come saying; “…Where is the promise of his [Jesus Christ] coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.” (2 Peter 3:4) These same people will question other things like; ‘Why does God permit suffering?’ However, in order to understand all of this we must acknowledge that God lives, and that by His power the earth has been “…kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.” (2 Peter 3:7)

We may not understand the ways of our God, however we must remember that time unto God is not the same time unto us. In fact, trying to understand eternity and time outside of the linear time we acknowledge is very difficult. Peter uses an example to explain how time is different for God; “…one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.” (2 Peter 3:8). This does not mean that one day is exactly one thousand years for God, but rather to be used as an example of how different time is viewed by God. We as human beings are used to time in the linear form; that is, point A to point B… with terms like past, present and future. However, time in eternity is more like past present and future with no point A to B. My only guess would be that the past, present and future are all one.

Peter reminds us that; “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise… the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night…” (2 Peter 3:9-10) We will not have warning of His coming, but He WILL COME. Peter explains that “…some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned…” (2 Peter 3:16) Because of this, education is important; we need to be educated in all things both spiritually, mentally, and physically. Those who are unlearned may be “…led away with the error of the wicked…” (2 Peter 3:17) We should grow in grace and knowledge, so that we will not be led away by the devil.

Hosea 5-6

Hosea 5-6

Scripture Thought (What I Learned):

In Hosea Chapter 6 we read: “For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.” (Hosea 6:6)

What I learned here is that it is more important to know why you perform an offering, sacrifice or ritual than the actual offering, sacrifice or ritual! Meaning we need to have a knowledge of the Lord and his Gospel. Overall we learn that EDUCATION is SUPER important, we need to be knowledgable in all things! I don’t want to criticize other religions, and my intentions are never that. However, I see some religions or churches that seem to praise the Lord without knowing why they are doing it. I see silly and quite frankly borderline blasphemy of repeated prayers, and unnecessary “acting” of the powers of God in this world. Speaking in tongues, convulsing on the ground when the “spirit touches” someone. These traditions or “rituals” without true knowledge are frowned upon by the Lord. We need to know WHY we worship and WHO we worship.

Chapter 5: Judah and Israel, shall both fall

Ephraim and Judah are defiled. Ephraim shall be desolate on the day of rebuke. The princes of Judah change property boundaries to their advantage. The Lord will be “…unto Ephraim like a moth, and to the house of Judah as rottenness.” (Hosea 5:12) King Jareb of Assyria will not be able to save Ephraim. The Lord will be “…unto Ephraim as a lion, and as a young lion to the house of Judah…” (Hosea 5:14) The Lord will continue tearing them away until they seek the Lord’s face in their affliction.

Chapter 6: Knowledge is important

Hosea calls out to Israel and Judah and asks for them to return to the Lord. Hosea tells them; “…if we follow on to know the Lord: his going forth is prepared as the morning; and he shall come unto us as the rain, as latter and former rain unto the earth.” (Hosea 6:3)

We must follow the Lord and if we do, just as the morning comes every day, so shall we see the Lord every day in our lives. The Lord says; “For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.” (Hosea 6:6) We need to understand our faith, have knowledge and get to know the Lord on a personal base. Offerings, rituals, etc… are important but without the knowledge of why you do something, it is pointless. The priests of Shechem are like a band of robbers that lie in wait for a man. Lewdness and harlotry is committed in Ephraim.

Ezekiel 3-4

Ezekiel 3-4

Chapter 3: A Prophet’s Duty

Ezekiel is commanded to eat the scroll, and it tastes as sweet as honey. Yeah, you read that right! God commands Ezekiel to eat a book!

“MOREVER he said unto me… eat that thou findest; eat this roll [scroll/book], and go speak unto the house of Israel. So I opened my mouth, and he caused me to eat that roll… cause thy belly to eat, and fill thy bowels with this roll… Then did I eat; and it was in my mouth as honey for sweetness.” (Ezekiel 3:1-3)

So here is the question, would you take this to literally mean eating a book? I don’t think so. What we can learn here is that God wants us to indulge in the scriptures, make it part of a daily routine… just like we do with eating! If we stop reading his word, we should feel hungry! If we let it become part of a daily routine, we will be spiritually full!

The chapter goes on to explain that Ezekiel, a prophet is also a watchman. God warns Ezekiel that if he does not warn the wicked, and the wicked die because of their iniquity, Ezekiel is answerable for it! However, if Ezekiel tells them and the wicked do not heed him, he is not answerable. Likewise, Ezekiel is answerable if a righteousness man commits iniquity and is not warned.

See Ezekiel 3:18-21 for the Purpose of Prophets.

Chapter 4: The Famine of Jerusalem

Ezekiel represents Jerusalem with a ‘tile’ (a brick or maybe a rock/stone of some sorts) and uses an iron pan to make a models of a fort and battering rams to signify the forthcoming siege by the Chaldeans.

Ezekiel is then commanded to lie on his left side for 390 days (because the house of Israel has had 390 years of iniquity) and on his right side 40 days (because Judah has had 40 years of iniquity). While Ezekiel is doing this, he is commanded only to eat the worst kinds of grain, and have only cow’s dung for fuel, to represent the scarcity of provisions during the siege of Jerusalem.