2 Peter 2:6-10


2 Pet 2:6 (KJB)
And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly;
Condemned - Passed sentence on or judgment against
Overthrow - Destruction or catastrophe
Here Peter gives an example of the reality that someday God will bring upon the entire world. (Jude 1:7 KJV) Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire. Sodom and Gomorrha were two vile cities permeated by Sodomites. Their satanic lifestyle caused God to judge them with a fierceness that came fast and furious. In Jude 1:7 the Scripture teaches that these two cities suffered the vengeance of eternal fire. This term “eternal” is used to typify the future punishment of the unsaved in eternal hell. Sodom and Gomorrha were never to rise again from the ashes. God showed that sometimes His judgment comes fast and sometimes he delays it but no matter, it will come.
2 Pet 2:7 (KJB)
And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked:
Just - Righteous, right, or upright
Vexed - Distress, oppress, or harass
Filthy - Lawless, unprincipled, or licentiousness
Conversation - Conduct
Lot was a saved man who was vexed with all the sin in Sodom and Gomorrha. This is how a true Christian should feel if they find themselves among the ungodly. Lot probably tried to evangelize this city but it was to no avail because apparently there were no elect in it. Lot had made one big mistake when he negotiated with Abraham where he could water his flocks and that was he pitched his tent toward Sodom. (Gen 13:12 KJV) Abram dwelled in the land of Canaan, and Lot dwelled in the cities of the plain, and pitched his tent toward Sodom. As Christians we must never play with sin or even attempt to get close to it because eventually we can become involved in the very thing we hate. We have been delivered from the world system and we must never make an attempt to pitch our tents toward anything sinful.
2 Pet 2:8 (KJB)
(For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;)
Lot had not just been a shepherd outside the city walls but he apparently moved in to the city. Maybe at first it was to do business where he may have sold some of his flocks but eventually he moved into the city and out of his tent. While living in the city, he was both and eye and ear witness to the evil which permeated those cities. It looks like Lot had gone from pitching his tent toward Sodom to actually living inside the city walls. This is why his righteous soul was vexed. The word “vexed” also carries with it the meaning of “wear out.” This is what sin does when it is confronted day after day. It wears out the Saints and causes us to become weary and weak in our Christian walk. This is why God warns us to not even be associated with the “appearance of evil.” If we play with sin, then we may wind up like Lot, being vexed in our soul and it will affect others. Lot’s wife had looked back toward Sodom when God explicitly commanded them not to and she turned into a pillar of salt. So when Lot pitched his tent toward Sodom, I don’t think he realized that it would affect his whole family. As we Christians go through this world, we will see many things which will vex us and we must never desire those things nor seek to get close to them. It will not only affect us but those around us too.
2 Pet 2:9 (KJB)
The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished:
Deliver - Save or rescue
Temptations - Testing or experience
Reserve - Guard, hold in reserve, or keep
Unjust - Unrighteous
Sometimes when a Christian gets themselves into a situation that they do not know how to get out of, the Lord will know how to deliver the godly out of testing. Sometimes He will deliver us but it will not be according to our liking. I am sure Lot had no idea that he would lose his wife as a long term result of pitching his tent toward Sodom. The second half of this verse teaches us that the wicked will not escape punishment. If wicked people attempt to get a Christian to sin against God, they will not go unpunished for this deed. God will keep in reserve those who are the unsaved and they will stand for judgment on the last day. They will be judged for their sins and will be cast into eternal Hell. This is why Peter brought up the example of Sodom and Gomorrha, as they suffered by fire so will the unbeliever after they are judged.
2 Pet 2:10 (KJB)
But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government. Presumptuous are they, selfwilled, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities.
Chiefly - Especially, most of all, or particularly
Uncleanness - Pollution, corruption or defilement
Despise - Think against
Presumptuous - One who is bold or audacious
Selfwilled -Arrogant or self-pleasing
To speak evil - Blasphemies
Dignities - Fame, renown, or honor
Peter may have in view the false teachers here because he is naming sins that are prominent among those who seek to foster rebellion among the people to gain a following. The false teachers never have the spiritual good of the people in their thoughts, instead they walk after the flesh because they are unsaved. Their understanding is darkened. The word for uncleanness in the Greek is “miasmos” where we get the English term “miasmic .” It carries with it the meaning of “a heavy vapor or emanation” which can blot out light or the sun. So the false teachers walk around in darkness. They are extremely arrogant and audacious and they have no fear in speaking evil about not only political entities but also spiritual entities like the church and its leaders. The goal of the false teacher is to draw as many people as they can away from the truth and bring them under their authority so they can become their leader. Power is a craving that these false teachers have. When one is a false teacher and pretends to be a faithful teacher of Scripture, they are very dangerous as they pretend they have great insight into Scripture but basically their interpretation of Scripture only tends to bring the followers back to them for the next interpretation. This is how the cults operate, in that all the followers have to wait for the next teaching by their leader.