The Family, chapter 1

   T0: 32,564 ‘Church of God teaching.’ God’s 2nd Mo. Lyyar 19, 5,781, 5/1/21.   Maturity and Godly faith is needed in marriage and child rearing. Light heartiness and youthfulness in marriage relations is good; but, not a good mix in child rearing. Children are born with a, ’me first mentality.’ In need of Godly correction and discipline with love. They’re quick to pick up on parental and societal hypocrisy, and likely to mimic these hypocrisies when God’s truth isn’t taught. The mark is missed when the ten commandments and oracles of God aren’t taught.

Satan’s influence on modern world thinking is; confusion but God isn’t the author of confusion/disorder. (See 1Cor 14:33 - KJT) Confusion’s result is, unhappy homes, unfaithful marriages, lack of loyalty and disruptive children. (Satan’s is the get way, and (giving children an abundance of stuff in place of loving discipline is counterfeit love.) God’s is the ‘way of give’, giving of time, and self with outgoing love, fashions godly children.) Parents exercising self discipline with discipline are mimicked by children. Our Creator’s attributes that need to be mimicked is that of love, mercy, grace and practice. Parent duty is, (be consistent in teaching discipline with love.) Intended result should be; (respect of authority, concern for others and knowledge of God’s way. These are a few things people will learn and practice when Jesus returns, communities will understand children’s needs.

Today Jesus is still teaching through Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, Joseph, His apostles and prophets’ examples. Godly principles don’t change; Peter shares God’s loving attributes by His destroying un-godliness during Abraham and Lot’s day.

    Abraham and nephew Lot accumulated animal herds, wealth and servants, they decided among themselves to separate because of arguments between their servants. Abraham had the mind to stay in rural areas; Lot’s choice put him among many unbelievers. Lot, his wife and children were exposed to and influenced by bad examples, and false teachers.

    Jesus’ apostle Peter used Lot’s family example for our learning in this latter age, this age in which Satan is the world’s god.(See 2Corinthians 4:3-4)

(2Peter 2:1-3; But false prophets arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. These false teachers will infiltrate your midst with destructive heresies, even to the point of denying the Master who bought them. As a result, they will bring swift destruction on themselves. And many will follow their debauched lifestyles. Because of these false teachers, ‘the way of truth will be slandered.’ And in their greed they will exploit you with deceptive words. Their condemnation pronounced long ago is not sitting idly by; their destruction is not asleep.)

Architect; ‘our Creator, Lord and Savior Jesus’, foreknew all things, and pronounced the result of people’s learning the false way. The many are destined to follow the broad false way; lacking understanding and yielding to false teachers. Few are led to question, and meditate on their chosen way of living. Few are led to independently look to God and His Word for individual guidance. The majority practice the way of sin, ‘lawlessness in God’s view’ regarding their conduct, in marriage, and training their children.) RESULT of such worship has been pronounced in advance! The question? Who has the mind to pay attention to their Creator’s laws given for their good?

(2Peter 2:4-10; For if God did not spare the angels who sinned, but threw them into HELL (Greek – TARTARUS - study the meaning below,) and locked them up in chains in utter darkness, to be kept until the judgment, and if He did not spare the ancient world, but did protect Noah, a herald of righteousness, along with seven others, when God brought a flood on an ungodly world, and if He turned to ashes the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah when He condemned them to destruction, having appointed them to serve as an example to future generations of the ungodly, and if He rescued Lot, a righteous man in anguish over the debauched lifestyle of lawless men, (for while he lived among them day after day, that righteous man was tormented in his righteous soul by the lawless deeds he saw and heard) – if so, then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from their trials, and to reserve the unrighteous for punishment at the day of judgment, especially those who indulge their fleshly desires and who despise authority.)

(TARTARUS, in Greek, is as in casting into, or holding captive.) This Greek verb - occurs only here in the New Testament, but its meaning is clearly established in both Hellenistic and Jewish literature. (Tartarus was thought of by the Greeks, ‘as a subterranean place lower than Hades where divine punishment was meted out, and so regarded in Israelite apocalyptic as well.) (BDAG 991 s.v.) Grammatically, it has been translated as an indicative because it is an attendant circumstance participle.)

The characteristics and plight of such leader’s of people, are described in Peter’s later part of verses 10-15.) (The “hell, hades, tartarus teaching” became a part of all demonic inspired religions, from the foundational lie Satan spoke to Eve, calling God a liar.) Saying, God knows that you will not surely die, but be as divine beings. The idea; you would not surely die, transpired into the thinking, ‘that all people are born immortal.’ Meaning, at death, there’s a final separation, of good and bad people living forever, but in separate place.

(2Peter 2:10-16; Brazen and insolent, they are not afraid to insult the glorious ones, yet even angels, who are much more powerful, do not bring a slanderous judgment against them before the Lord. But these men, like irrational animals – creatures of instinct, born to be caught and destroyed – do not understand whom they are insulting, and consequently in their destruction they will be destroyed, suffering harm as the wages for their harmful ways. By considering it a pleasure to carouse in broad daylight, they are stains and blemishes, indulging in their deceitful pleasures when they feast together with you. Their eyes, full of adultery, never stop sinning; they entice unstable people. They have trained their hearts for greed, these cursed children! By forsaking the right path they have gone astray, because they followed the way of Balaam son of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness, yet was rebuked for his own transgression (a dumb donkey, speaking with a human voice, restrained the prophet’s madness.)

BALAAM was one knowing the ways of God, but loved the, preeminence – status, or position” a Gentile government could offer. God allowed Balaam to lead His people to inner-marry with unbelieving gentiles.

(2Peter 2:17-22; These men (likened to Balaam) are waterless springs and mists driven by a storm, for whom the utter depths of darkness have been reserved. For by speaking high-sounding but empty words they are able to entice, with fleshly desires and with debauchery, (immoral behavior) people who have just escaped from those who reside in error. Although these false teachers promise such people freedom, they themselves are enslaved to immorality. For whatever a person succumbs to, to that he is enslaved. For if after they have escaped the filthy things of the world through the rich knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they again get entangled in them and succumb to them, their last state has become worse for them than their first. For, it would have been better for them never to have known the way of righteousness, than having known it, to turn back from the holy commandment that had been delivered to them. They are illustrations of this true proverb: A dog returns to its own vomit, and A sow, after washing herself, wallows in the mire.)

Peter is describing this world’s populations. The lesson for families in this age of immoral behaviors is, ‘LOOK TO GOD rather than people for the correct life style God blesses. Look to God, rather than modern day psychologist, regarding the training of children. (For whatever a person succumbs to, to that he is enslaved.)

At the time of Peter’s writing, all the apostles were very concerned about false teachers entering God’s churches and confusing the people. Consider Peter’s continued words at chapter 3: written to this converted to God’s Way congregation.

(2Peter 3:1-7; Dear friends, this is already the second letter I have written you, in which I am trying to stir up your pure mind by way of reminder: I want you to recall both the predictions foretold by the holy prophets, and the commandment of the Lord and Savior through your apostles. Above all, understand this: In the last days blatant scoffers will come, being propelled by their own evil urges and saying, “Where is His promised return? For ever since our ancestors died, all things have continued as they were from the beginning of creation.” For they deliberately suppress this fact, that by the Word of God heavens existed long ago and this earth was formed out of water and by means of water. Through these things the world existing at that time was destroyed when it was deluged with water. But by the same Word the present heavens and earth have been reserved for fire, by being kept for the day of judgment, and destruction of the ungodly.)

Jesus and each apostle taught the destruction of ungodly people, ‘a burning up.’ Satan’s successes are many; he literally has this earth’s populations upside down, confused about a multitude of things. He has succeeded through this world’s education system, how families should live, and rear their children. We are truly in a time much like, Lot experienced. Divorce, unfaithfulness, homosexuality is all around us, and condoned by the majorities. The only answer is the return of our Lord, Shepherd and Savior, Jesus Christ. (His View Assemblies)

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