Bible Study from 2 Peter 1:12-15
Don't Forget to Remember!
by I Gordon
 ↩ My mother asked how it went and so I said that I tried a quiz and they couldn't remember anything from what I had spoken about in the last two sermons! To which she replied 'well, you can't remember what you ate for dinner only last Wednesday, but that's not too say that it didn't do you any good!' Too true!
 ↩ If you said 66 AD, 67 AD, 'True Knowledge', and 'Diligence', and in that order, then you may need to read 1 Cor 8:1-2 before getting carried away with such a great memory and knowledge! (Well done though!) In fact, if you did get them all right, then here is the bonus question for $1,000,000 - The oldest person recorded in the Bible is Methuselah who lived 969 years. How is it then that he died before his father? (When you are stuck, and not before, see Gen 5:21-24)
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1. No relatives of the writer may apply.
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 ↩ I read something recently that John Macarthur said in a sermon - ' You know, any good teacher knows one thing about his pupil. They forget what you teach them. You know why teacher knows that? Because they forget! Once in awhile I had to take out an old tape to hear what I believe or interpret concerning a certain passage. Because we forget... And so any teacher knows you teach by repetition.' Now this gave me great heart! Even a great teacher like John Macarthur needs to sometimes remind himself on certain truths from some of the old tapes!
 ↩ I only say this because many in our age try to change the truth of the gospel in an effort to make it more
appealing to the masses. Also it seems that so many are waiting for 'the new thing' - 'the new buzz'. And many 'leaders' and 'teachers' are oh so willing to oblige this desire. Always remember the little ditty when it comes to spiritual truth - 'If it's true, it's not new. And if it's new, it is not true!' God would say ' ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls. '
 ↩ Actually, here is a question for you... while there are lots of commands telling us not to forget the Lord, there is only one thing that the New Testament tells us to forget. Do you know what that is? For the answer check out the Phil 3:13. Actually, we'll make it a double header... Here is the second question. From the book of Hebrews, what is it that God will never remember and what is it that God will never forget? Answers are in Heb 10:17 and Heb 6:10. Both scriptures are well worth pondering on!
 ↩ It's not that we have bad memories... Scientists tell us that the mind can store as many as six hundred memories per second, for our lifetime, without problem. The Guinness book of records states that Dominic O'Brien memorised fifty four packs of shuffled cards (2,808 cards) in a single sitting. It took him eleven hours and forty two minutes to memorise the order of the cards, and three hours and thirty minutes to recite their order. It was said of Mozart that even weeks after hearing an elaborate piece of music for the first time, he could sit down and write out the whole score from memory. If you're like me, you will probably relate better to the old man with a bad memory who was showing off his new dog to his neighbour. ' What's its name?' the neighbour said. 'Um, it's name is... um, she's called...' After a long pause the old man said 'What is that flower with a long stem and thorns?' 'A rose' his neighbour replied. 'Yeah that's right' said the old man. 'Rose, honey, what's the name of our dog?'
Ok, so that was put in there cos it made me laugh. The point is this... we don't forget the Lord because we have bad memories. We forget the Lord because of a slow spiritual choking that occurs through the distractions of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth, prosperity and sin. (Heb 3:12-13)
As a side issue, if you do have a bad memory and feel that you forget everything that you read in God's word, you may like this story (do your best to remember it!). A young believer went to his pastor and said 'It is no use! No matter how much I read the Bible, I don't retain anything of it. I'm like a sieve!' The wise old pastor replied 'Well, if you hold a sieve under a running tap, it's probably not going to retain much of the water either. But at least you'll have a clean sieve!' And that is so true. If you don't remember much of what you read, the word of God will still be active and you will be washed with the water of the word!
Related Series Posts
- 2 Peter 1 The necessity of true knowledge
- 2 Peter 1: The reality & outworking of our faith!
- 2 Peter 1 Don't Forget to Remember!
- 2 Peter 1: A glimpse of the age to come!
- 2 Peter 2: A trip to the dark side!
- 2 Peter 2: How to smell a rat!
- 2 Peter 3: Expect the Unexpected!
- 2 Peter 3: The Day of the Lord
- 2 Peter 3: The New Heaven and the New Earth!
- 2 Peter 3: A final warning and a final plea!