Sometimes we may feel like justice doesn’t get carried out. I can think of many criminal court cases in my lifetime where defendants that had copious amounts of evidence tying them to a crime were set free by a not-guilty verdict. I certainly don’t know if someone is guilty or innocent in those cases – but I know my gut feeling of frustration when I don’t think justice is served.
We seem to be wired to want things to be just – for wrongs to be righted or at very least paid for.
Peter taps into that part of human nature in the section that we’re reading this Sunday – 2 Peter 2:4-11.
This is a pretty difficult passage to teach from. It’s not my favorite subject, and the construction of it is a little unwieldy. Peter uses three examples of divine judgement to reinforce the fact that false, abusive church leaders will one day face a reckoning for how they are treating God’s people. How do you think these three examples help to drive that idea home?
What reason would Peter have for reminding people that God is the one who dispenses justice? Does that idea provide any sort of encouragement to you in a present context?
“the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials…” – From the examples of Noah and Lot, what does Peter seem to be saying about the way God rescues us? My natural inclination is to try and fix things – life, people, circumstances – so that I can remain where I am (especially if I’m comfortable). My attempts at self-rescue haven’t ever yet succeeded in accomplishing what I intend. God’s means of rescue are different – and usually require that we move on from where we are.
How difficult or easy is it for you to trust in God’s rescue plan instead of your own? What have your experiences been with that so far?
If nothing else, it should prove to be a challenging section. See you on Sunday!