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THE PROMISE OF PROPHECY--The Lord Knows How To Rescue The Godly
Peter writes of 3 past judgments when God condemned wicked angels, the wicked generation of Noah’s day, and the sinful societies of Sodom and Gomorrah. He mentions that in the ancient world God “preserved Noah, a preacher of righteousness, with seven others [Noah’s family], when He brought a flood upon the world of the ungodly; (2 Peter 2:5). Peter further reminds us that when, centuries later, God “condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah to destruction by reducing them to ashes, having made them an example to those who would live ungodly thereafter” that He “rescued righteous Lot” who is called a “righteous man.” Peter then makes his point that, in light of these two examples, we can be assured that, “the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from temptation [trial or tribulation], and to keep the unrighteous under punishment for the day of judgment, (2 Peter 2:6-9)
Passages like this shine additional light on our 1 Thessalonians 1:9-10 promise that Jesus “delivers us from the wrath to come.” Peter’s reminder of these two great deliverances (rescues) of the past recalls what Paul had written in Romans 15:4,
For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.