II Peter 1:19-21
So we have the prophetic message more fully confirmed. You will do well to be attentive to this as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. First of all you must understand this, that no prophecy of scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation, because no prophecy ever came by human will, but men and women moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.
Devotion by Anne Mooney
Peter is writing this epistle in response to some folks he has identified as false teachers. The false teachers have accused Peter and the apostles of inventing the story of Jesus’ second coming, also implying that people do not need to clean up their behavior in order to avoid judgement, since there will not be a second coming.
Peter asserts that the second coming was prophesied in Hebrew scripture. He uses language the Jews would recognize from scripture. He emphasized that the word of God is a lamp they can trust to show them the way. He suggested that Jesus’ second coming is like the morning star rising and ending the need for the light of scripture. Until Jesus returns, however, the prophetic nature of scripture is to be considered through the lens of the Holy Spirit, not through individual viewpoints like those of the false teachers.
Just prior to this scripture, Peter reminded his intended audience that he was a witness to Jesus and to the full power and glory of his presence at the Transfiguration.
This scripture reminds me that left on my own, I may not wisely discern God’s will for my life. I gain greater depth of knowledge when I study scripture and worship with a group. Our shared experiences and perceptions suggest a deeper and more meaningful approach to living an authentic life that follows in Jesus’ footsteps. I am grateful for the
Pilgrimage community that not only demonstrates the love of Jesus but helps me align my life with God’s will.
Creator God, Thank you for inspiring those who wrote and shared the Holy Scriptures with us. Thank you for the faith community we share at PUCC. Our lives are richer for our shared stories. Amen.