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Scoffers In The Last Days (6 of 7)
THE BOOK OF II PETER
II Peter 3:1-9
June 13, 2007
INTRODUCTION: In chapter two of our lesson last week, Peter warned of false prophets--evil men who seek to lead God's people astray. He characterizes them in (vs. 14), as Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; beguiling unstable souls: an heart they have exercised with covetous practices; cursed children.
In (vv. 15, 16), Peter uses Balaam as an example of one, who for the sake of money and position, was willing to lead God's people astray: Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness;  But was rebuked for his iniquity: the dumb ass speaking with man's voice forbad the madness of the prophet. Because of his love for money and his lust for power, Balaam was willing to lead God's people into idol worship. You will remember that King Balak wanted Balaam to curse Israel, but he refused, only because God would not allow it. So then, Balaam suggested to Balak an alternative way that would bring Israel to defeat...it would be through intermarriage. Eventually, the Moabite women would turn their hearts to idolatry.
This evening, we turn our attention to chapter three, concerning the return of the Lord. We have two points:
I. A Stirring Reminder
II. A Sobering Promise
I. A STIRRING REMINDER (VV. 1-4)
By way of remembrance, Peter wanted them to recall the things they had already learned. Everything he had written in this letter, everything he had warned them about, they had been exposed to already. Now he wants them to put all together. In 2 Peter 1:12, he said, Wherefore I will not be negligent to put you always in remembrance of these things, though ye know them, and be established in the present truth.
We are reminded of Paul's words to Timothy: "But continue thou in the things which thou hast lea ...
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