There is a sound that every dog owner knows.
wake you up from the deepest of sleeps.
They will eat it.
11 Like a dog that returns to its vomit Is a fool who repeats his folly.
I am not a fool, but I have acted foolishly in the past.
Christmas tree, move the table, light fixture hangs over the dining room table. Hit my head last Christmas repeatedly.
folly: fun word.
a state of being devoid of wisdom and understanding, with a focus on the evil behaviors which occur in this state.
Think of the heroin addict that holds a knife the the belly of a pregnant woman demanding the contents of her purse so he can get his next fix.
It is much more sinister than the word conjures up in our mind.
I love movies. I also use references. I like it when I use one and someone else gets it. I also like it when other people use one and I get it.
Whooped em again didn’t we Josey.
Here is what is cool about movie references. If you use is in the right contacts, you make a connection with the other person; and the complete emotion and meaning of the scene of the movie your are referencing can be conveyed with a short quote from the scene.
Jaws: Bigger Boat.
We will cook again this year for the Memorial Ride and If we plan for 150 and 300 people show up, I might look at Danny and saw, “We’re going to need a bigger boat.”
The New Testament writers constantly refer to the OT. Many times it is to announce the fulfilment of scripture. It is also done to show that God is the same yesterday, today and forever. And then other times is to make that connections with the emotion and thought of the referenced passage with the current situation.
If you have a study bible, or bible software or application that shows the reference, run those down. Look up the reference. It will give you a better perspective and understanding of the passage you are reading.
Peter referenced the Proverb at the end of and this morning we are going to look at what led him to that reference.
He said that and his fellow apostles were witnesses to Christ.
16 For we did not follow cleverly devised tales when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of His majesty.
2 Peter 1:
Then he says in 19 we have the prophetic word (OT) made more sure.
19 So we have the prophetic word made more sure, to which you do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star arises in your hearts.
21 for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.
2 Peter 1:
Warning: Chapter two of false prophets
1 But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will also be false teachers among you, who will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing swift destruction upon themselves.
1 Then the word of the Lord came to me saying, 2 “Son of man, prophesy against the prophets of Israel who prophesy, and say to those who prophesy from their own inspiration, ‘Listen to the word of the Lord!
Peter says many will follow
2 Many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of the truth will be maligned; 3 and in their greed they will exploit you with false words; their judgment from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep.
2 Many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of the truth will be maligned;
Peter then pronounces judgement on them, but also a promise that God will rescue you from their mists.
I would love to paraphrase this.
Listen to Peter inspired by the Holy Spirit.
2 Peter 2:4-
4 For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell and committed them to pits of darkness, reserved for judgment; 5 and did not spare the ancient world, but preserved Noah, a preacher of righteousness, with seven others, when He brought a flood upon the world of the ungodly; 6 and if He condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah to destruction by reducing them to ashes, having made them an example to those who would live ungodly lives thereafter; 7 and if He rescued righteous Lot, oppressed by the sensual conduct of unprincipled men 8 (for by what he saw and heard that righteous man, while living among them, felt his righteous soul tormented day after day by their lawless deeds), 9 then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from temptation, and to keep the unrighteous under punishment for the day of judgment,
Then Peter gives us a chilling description of a special judgement.
You’ve heard the phrase, There is a special place in hell for certain people.
well, in a way, there is.
2 Peter 2:10,12
10 and especially those who indulge the flesh in its corrupt desires and despise authority. Daring, self-willed, they do not tremble when they revile angelic majesties,
12 But these, like unreasoning animals, born as creatures of instinct to be captured and killed, reviling where they have no knowledge, will in the destruction of those creatures also be destroyed,
Harsh judgement is to come to them.
These false prophets should be identified. Meaning if you hear someone saying something that is a perversion of the Word of God, make sure, you know the truth and show them their error.
But don’t fear them. don’t hate them. Love them with the truth, and then if they won’t listen, pity them, because they are in bondage.
Look at verse 19.
2 peter 2:
19 promising them freedom while they themselves are slaves of corruption; for by what a man is overcome, by this he is enslaved.
Harriet Tubman: "I freed thousands. I could've freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves."
Ignoring the truth
It gets worse
It gets worse
20 For if, after they have escaped the defilements of the world by the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and are overcome, the last state has become worse for them than the first. 21 For it would be better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than having known it, to turn away from the holy commandment handed on to them.
2 peter 2:
Lose your salvation. Salvation is a process, not an event.
Free will to get off the train.
Don’t be that person. Everyone that has ever sat here from the opening video to the closing prayer, has heard the Gospel of Jesus Christ. They have heard the truth.