Tuesday in the Eleventh Week of Ordinary Time

2 Peter 1:16-18

Cleverly Devised Myths

The ancient world was filled with myths—Egyptian, Babylonian, Greek, Roman, indeed, every nation and tribe that has peopled the earth has made up stories to explain the world around them.  But the myths especially related stories about the gods and how to get on their good side.  Even pagans knew that the gods had to be appeased and that committing deeds of which they did not approve had to be expiated—generally by sacrifice, even human.  The gods they served were both capricious and demanding, which made serving then practically impossible.  All of this simply affirms that man was made in God’s image, fell, and has since then been groping in the dark for God (Acts 17:27), but for their sinful natures could never find him (Romans 1:18-32).  So, the gods they worshiped were what they made with their hands; but, oh, so very real, for behind every false god is a very real demon.

Well, Peter reminds the brethren that the apostles did not preach to them “cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”  The “power” might suggest the miracles which confirmed the word preached to them or perhaps the Holy Spirit birthing them anew into the Kingdom.  But whatever the case, Peter further commends the reality of the gospel accounts by relating the event of our Lord’s transfiguration (Matthew 17:1-8; Mark 9:2-8; Luke 9:28-36).  Peter wants them to know that he was there on the holy mountain with the Lord.  He both saw the Lord glowing like the sun and heard the voice from the “Majestic Glory” pronounce, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.”  The Apostle is clear: All you have heard about our Lord—his life, his miracles, his teachings, his death, resurrection, and ascension—all of this is no manmade invention; this is the true God whom men have sought through wayward minds and the One whom even the pagan myths foreshadowed in their own twisted way.  Men have always wanted to know who God is.  Well God came down in human flesh and gave himself for our salvation.  He is God’s Son, and his name is Jesus Christ.

The Apostle John began his First Epistle establishing the same point: “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we looked upon and have touched with our hands, concerning the word of life” (1:1).  The Christian faith is no man’s dream, no man’s creation, no man’s discovery.  It is the revelation of God about His Son Jesus Christ come in the fullness of time and is the fulfillment of every heart.

Author: The Reformed Baptist

My name is Stephen Taylor, ordained Baptist minister of eighteen years pastoral experience with a Ph.D. in Historical Theology from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. Better than that, I am married to a godly woman, Karla, who has been very patient with me since 1989. I have two daughters, both of whom I homeschooled for extended periods of time, who became godly young women, and who ran off and married godly young men, all of which is very proper. The oldest daughter has even seen fit to bless me with a grandson and a granddaughter, and my youngest daughter with a grandson, all three of whom are bundles of exceeding joy. As you can see, I am quite blessed. This website is dedicated to helping people grow in the wisdom and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ through the gift of writing that the Lord has given to me. It is specifically about helping His people grow in godliness, the theme you see repeated above. I write devotions with this aim and hope that they might be of some help to God’s people. Full disclosure: I am of a Reformed bent, meaning that my understanding of Scripture is primarily informed by the Reformers and their successors of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. However, as a student of church history and theology, I strive to remain true to that teaching handed down once for all unto the saints through every age of the Church. I like to think of myself as a “catholic” Christian, as the Reformers thought of themselves. At any rate, feel free to read, pray, and contact me if you wish, or correct me if need be. As you can see, I tend to follow the church year. Of course, I make no special claims about these devotions. I know very well that others have written better and plumbed the depths of God’s word with greater insight. But if my musings help someone draw closer to the Lord, well then, I have my reward. Blessings to you and may the God and Father of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ speak to you that word which He knows you especially need to hear. Grace & peace, Stephen Taylor

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