Friday, February 22, 2008

Perilous Times



It's hard to think about evil days and perilous times when looking at a bucolic country scene such as the one in the photograph I've posted. However, how like our world it is! We're "at ease in Zion" while evil days are approaching unheeded at the threshold.

I've posted this Scripture before, but I want to do so again in light of yesterday's comment on the world scene. This precedes what I have to say about the domestic situation in the days to come:

But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power; Avoid such men as these. For among them are those who enter into households and captivate weak women weighed down with sins, led on by various impulses, always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so these men also oppose the truth, men of depraved mind, rejected in regard to the faith (2 Timothy 3:1-8).

When I've read this verse in Sunday school classes I've taught, or on the air, it is amazing to see the impact it has. How about you? What reaction do you have reading this harsh indictment from the Apostle Paul? Do you see any parallels to today?

4 comments:

The Doulos said...

Parallels? Um, yeah. This passage is being fulfilled in our presence day by day. Our exegetical team did a study of this passage a while back. I'll spare the details, but the bookends Paul uses to describe men in the last days have to do with love. Lovers of self, lovers of pleasure as opposed to lovers of God. And how does this express itself? All the stuff in between those two bookends. But also, and as an outcome what comes after: a "form of godliness" with no reality, no power. We are living in a time when man's depravity is evident 24/7. And at the same time, when "spirituality" of any and all fashions is at an all-time high. And for those of us, like Timothy, who desire to live Godly in this present age, these times are "difficult."

But the fact that we are warned ahead of time that these days we live in were coming, gives me great hope and perspective.

SolaMeanie said...

Great comment, Doulos. Love the exegesis, and I'd love for you to email me the notes sometime. I think you're right.

As to the reaction, I should have noted this also. Read it to a Sunday school class, a lot of them will nod in agreement. Read it to the culture at large, and they won't have a clue of what you're talking about. At least many of them.

Randy said...
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Randy said...

Joel,

Your scripture reference is so on target. I find it more and more true as time passes. I find myself reading these verses many times and believing that we are seeing this come to pass.

Randy