Week of September 9 - Day 4

Day 4 Read: 2 Peter 3:8-13

But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. 9 The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. 10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed. 11 Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness, 12 waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be set on fire and dissolved, and the heavenly bodies will melt as they burn! 13 But according to his promise we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.

Reflect: Why isn’t God slow to fulfill His promises? How did Peter describe God’s sense of time?

Consider: When the Lord does come, it will be both surprising and catastrophic: like a thief. This simile was used by Jesus (Matt. 24:42–44) and repeated by others (1 Thes. 5:2; Rev. 3:3; 16:15). The day of the Lord describes end-time events that begin after the Rapture and culminate with the commencement of eternity. In the middle of the 70th week of Daniel the Antichrist will turn against the people of God in full fury (Dan. 9:24–27).4

Respond: Why has God delayed Christ’s return even to this day? How can Peter’s description of the cataclysmic events related to Christ’s return encourage believers to passionately pursue the character of Christ?

 

 

4  Kenneth O. Gangel, “2 Peter,” in The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures, ed. J. F. Walvoord and R. B. Zuck, vol. 2 (Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985), 876–877.