The Bible passage for meditation, prayer, and reflection for the week of November 19-25, 2017, is 2 Peter, 1:20-2:3. The recipients of this letter from Peter are no longer known. However, it does not matter because the teachings and warnings in this letter apply just as much today as they did then, to whomever received the letter.
But understand this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of or comes from one’s own [personal or special] interpretation, for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.
But [in those days] false prophets arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will subtly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing swift destruction on themselves. Many will follow their shameful ways, and because of them the way of truth will be maligned. And in their greed they will exploit you with false arguments and twisted doctrine. Their sentence [of condemnation which God has decreed] from a time long ago is not idle [but is still in force], and their destruction and deepening misery is not asleep [but is on its way]. (2 Peter 1:20-2:3, AMP)
Are we so different from the ancient Israelites? They received warning after warning about false prophets, yet most of the nation was only too happy to follow the directions of the false prophets. Why? Because it sounded better. It was easier than listening and doing as the true prophets instructed. Today, we do not often hear of prophets, false or otherwise. But we do listen to teachers, pastors, priests, elders, and other influential leaders. How carefully do you compare what they say, everything they say, to God’s word? Are you constantly on the watch for false teachers? As you meditate on, pray over, and reflect upon the verses for the week, evaluate the teachings of those in you life. Are you being led astray?