Focus Bible Verse: 2 Peter 3:10 (NLT)
Today’s devotional examines why, at Jesus’ return, there will be deep mourning among all the eath. To give context to our focus verse for today (2 Peter 3:10), let’s read some verses before and after the focus verse.
8 But you must not forget this one thing, dear friends: A day is like a thousand years to the Lord, and a thousand years is like a day.
9 The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed but wants everyone to repent.
10 But the day of the Lord will come as unexpectedly as a thief. Then the heavens will pass away with a terrible noise, and the very elements themselves will disappear in fire, and the earth and everything on it will be found to deserve judgment.
11 Since everything around us is going to be destroyed like this, what holy and godly lives you should live,
12 looking forward to the day of God and hurrying it along. On that day, he will set the heavens on fire, and the elements will melt away in the flames.
To further understand 2 Peter 3:10, let’s read more cross-reference verses –
Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the old heaven and the old earth had disappeared. And the sea was also gone.
Life Lessons and Actions for Today
Based on 2 Peter 3:10 and all the reference verses above, here are the lessons and actions for today’s devotional:
Today’s devotional is more of an exploration of Bible facts rather than an offer of definite answers.
This devotional hopes to arouse your interest regarding the following statements in 2 Peter 3:10 – “Then the heavens will pass away with a terrible noise, and the very elements themselves will disappear in fire, and the earth and everything on it will be found to deserve judgment.”
In reading the Bible, there is always a temptation to offer the most simplified explanation. However, if you look deeper, you may discover that the scripture may mean something more than the simple answer.
When the Bible says that Then the heavens will pass away, does it really mean that the heaven, as we perceive it will be completely destroyed? NetBible.org seems to think otherwise.
In its translation notes, NetBible.org explains that “elements” referenced in this verse means “celestial bodies” as referenced in Isa 34:4. The “heaven” referenced here are the stars, the sky, and the moon – not heaven as where God lives.
Furthermore, the second part of 2 Peter 3:10 raises even more questions, rather than offer us answers – “and the earth and everything on it will be found to deserve judgment.”
I am aware that this devotional left you with more questions than answers. That is the idea! I don’t have the answers to these questions. However, I wanted to start a conversion.
If you have more insight into 2 Peter 3:10, kindly share with the comments for below this page.
Prayer Guide for Today
Lord Jesus, I accept Your Word as the truth. I believe in Your return and I thank you for your promise of eternity with You. Amen!
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