Deuteronomy 3: Mercy and Judgment

Deuteronomy 3: Mercy and Judgment

Deuteronomy 3 recounts the beginning of the Israelites’ conquest of the surrounding nations. Mercy for and Judgment on Canaan Although the conquest of Canaan may seem unnecessarily violent to us, we need to remember that God is the One who gives life and who...
2 Peter: The Judgment to Come

2 Peter: The Judgment to Come

Relevant reading: 2 Peter 3:1–7, 10 After a brief review, Ken turns to the final chapter of 2 Peter and its themes of hope and judgment. Contextualizing Our Past in Light of Our Future Destiny (verses 1–2) We all have a tendency to forget the most important truths...
2 Peter: The Nature of False Teachers

2 Peter: The Nature of False Teachers

Relevant reading: 2 Peter 2:10b–22 How do we recognize false teachers? Many of them are in our own churches, and they seem to be a part of the body of Christ. But there are distinguishing marks, and Peter discusses those marks in chapter 2 of his epistle. He does so...
2 Peter: The Fate of the False Teachers

2 Peter: The Fate of the False Teachers

Relevant reading: 2 Peter 2:4–10a This week’s passage focuses on false teachers, continuing Peter’s discussion in verses 1–3. Now he adds a new dimension to his discussion. Having spoken of the presence of false teachers among the church, Peter goes on to...
2 Peter: Living in Light of the End

2 Peter: Living in Light of the End

After dealing with the external problem of persecution in his first letter, Peter wrote a follow-up letter (2 Peter) to deal with the internal problem of false teaching and corruption in the church. In this short but powerful letter, Peter introduces three main...