2 Peter 2:7-8 and if he rescued Lot, a righteous man, who was distressed by the depraved conduct of the lawless 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)
Peter’s next example to show the seriousness of following false teaching is the story of Lot. God rescued Lot from the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. In Genesis 18, Abraham pleaded with God to spare the city of Sodom even for 10 righteous people. Not even 10 could be found in the whole city. God rescued only Lot and his family. Even Lot’s wife turned back to look at the destruction and was turned into a pillar of salt. Two angels visited Lot with the warning to flee the city. Men from the city wanted to do detestable things to these angels. Peter may be thinking of this incident and calls this “the depraved conduct of the lawless.” Lot must have been troubled by what he saw around him. Many of us today live in similar situations. We see the depravity around us. Nations and cities are disintegrating from immorality that seems to be accepted and even promoted in some places. God’s judgment will come upon these nations and cities. We hope that God will delay this judgment because we live in these places. Meanwhile, we groan in our distress because we try to live as righteous people with some much sin around us. This sin has an affect upon us. It chips away at our faith. We are exposed to more temptations. We are bombarded with immorality every day in the media. We need the strength of God’s Spirit to be in us to help us overcome this. If we keep our spiritual eyes focused on Jesus, we will find help in our times of need.
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