Bible Passage:2 Peter 2:6
and if He 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;
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This is the third example drawn from the destruction of those five cities (Gen 19). The prophet Ezekiel also speaks of this, in chapter 16, addressing the city of Jerusalem: "Behold, this was the guilt of your sister Sodom: she and her daughters had arrogance, abundant food, and careless ease, but she did not help the poor and needy. Thus they were haughty and committed abominations before Me. Therefore I removed them when I saw it." For Sodom was a land, like the garden of the Lord, as Moses says, and such a rich mine of costly oil, and wine and all things, so that every one would think: Here God dwells. Because of this they were secure, and led a shameful life such as Moses has written of. Such sin breaks out only where there is a confidence that they have enough to eat and drink and to spare, and idleness is joined with it; just as we still see, that the richer the cites are the more shamefully do men live in them; but where there is hunger and trouble, there such sins are so much the fewer. Therefore God permits, in regard to those that are His, that their education should be severe, that they may remain pure. These are the three fearful examples whereby St. Peter threatens those who are godless.
Lord, Thee I seek: — I merit naught,
Yet pity and restore me;
Be not Thy wrath, just God, my lot,
Thy Son hath suffered for me.
aka Pastor Robin Fish
Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him
and He will make your paths straight.
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