Daily Readings & Thought for December 15th. “WHAT SORT OF PEOPLE OUGHT YOU TO BE …..

Today’s readings.. (Job 18,19), (Zephaniah 1), (2 Peter 3),

As Peter completes  his second letter he asks a question “Since all these things are thus to be dissolved what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness, waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of the Lord … “  [3 v.11,12]

What is to be dissolved?  He writes that it is “the heavens and the earth” [v.7]  But this is not to be understood as the physical heavens and earth; this is clear when he writes that “we are waiting for the heavens and the earth in which righteousness dwells” [v.13]

We understand that “heavens and earth” as meaning rulers and the people they rule over.    The present rulers and people (especially those who encourage the permissive laws the rulers put in place) is to be destroyed, in the same way (but not by the same means) as the very first “world that then existed” was destroyed; that is, the world before the flood [v.5,6]

It was the people and their rulers who were destroyed.

This is going to happen again, this way of life is going to be “dissolved” Peter says, and asks, so what sort of people ought we to be?  If our answer is that we are not aiming to be holy or trying to be godly, then we will be classed with that which is to be “dissolved.”

Peter foresees that people will be saying “Where is the promise of his coming?” [v.4]  Time has gone on and on but people “overlook this one fact … that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day” [v.8] He then writes in the next verse, and these words are very significant, “The Lord is not slow to fulfil his promise, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance” [v.9]

Now turn up and read verse 10!  It tells us “the day of the Lord will come like a thief…” and pictures the Divine judgement to dissolve our world and replace it with one in which “righteousness dwells.”  Will you be there?  You and I make the answer now.

A small group of young Christadelphian brothers have taken the time to produce this valuable resource for the brotherhood and beyond, they are using the Bible reading planner developed by Brother Robert Roberts called The Bible Companion. The Bible Companion (or Bible Reading Planner) is a guide developed by the Christadelphians to aid reading the Bible. It was first produced by Robert Roberts when he was just 14 years of age, in about 1853, and revised by him over a number of years into its current format. Most Christadelphians use this plan each day and it was designed to help you read the old testament once and the new testament twice each year. These readings which we feature are recorded using the KJV or the NKJV of the Bible and we hope will be helpful to those who may struggle with time or who have poor eyesight.

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