(Part 3 of 4)
Third… Jude refers to Sodom and Gomorrah and the cities around them. These cities gave themselves to sexual sin and perversion. Jude says, “in like manner”; i.e. like the fallen angels. The people of Sodom and Gomorrah committed the same sins as the fallen angels. Romans 1:26-27… “For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burn in their lust one toward another, men with men working that which is unseemly and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet” (KJV). Jude says they suffered the vengeance of fire (see Genesis 19:1-28).
Jude 1:8-10… Jude describes the characteristics of these false teachers: “Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities. Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee. But these speak evil of those things which they know not: but what they know naturally, as brute beasts, in those things they corrupt themselves” (KJV). “In the same way, these people–who claim authority from their dreams–live immoral lives, defy authority, and scoff at supernatural beings. But even Michael, one of the mightiest of the angels, did not dare accuse the devil of blasphemy, but simply said, ‘The Lord rebuke you!’ (This took place when Michael was arguing with the devil about Moses’ body.) But these people scoff at things they do not understand. Like unthinking animals, they do whatever their instincts tell them, and so they bring about their own destruction” (NLT).
Jude is describing these false brethren as not keeping the faith. Their morals were loose, they were lewd, they had corrupt thoughts, they were impatient, they were arrogant, they had a mocking and scoffing spirit, they were boastful, they despised authority. Outwardly they were religious but inwardly they were a sham. They were a danger, like hidden rocks on a path. They were always complaining. Jude refers to these men as “dreamers”; i.e. their doctrines and opinions came from their imaginations and not by the Holy Spirit. “It is the thought-life that pollutes” (see Mark 7:20, TLB). Jude refers to Michael the archangel. When the devil tried to claim the body of Moses, Michael said, “The Lord rebuke you.” The archangel did not bring a railing accusation against the devil. Michael knew that Lucifer had a high place before he fell. Michael may have been a subordinate in rank. Jude is contrasting the spirit of Michael with that of those in error. Those in error speak of things they knew nothing about. And in the things they do know, they corrupt themselves.
Jude 1:11… Jude describes the way of these in error. “Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core [Korah]” (KJV). Cain was jealous, and this jealousy is the kind that would destroy a brother or sister whom God has chosen. Cain had a spirit of hatred. Balaam would do anything for money and profit. Greed and deceit is also seen in Korah’s rebellion against the leadership of Moses and Aaron. He thought he could lead better… but these all perished.
Jude 1:12-14… Jude describes these false teachers. “These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds they are without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots; Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever” (KJV). The word “spot” means “a blemish, disgrace.” These people feed themselves without fear and without any thought for others. They are concerned with their own needs only. If they like prophesy, that’s only what they will feed on. If they like miracles, that’s what they feed on. If they like revelations and visions, that’s only what they will feed on. Paul calls them carnal (1 Corinthians 3:1-9). Jude says these false teachers look like clouds that could leave a deposit of God’s grace in the assembly, but are only empty clouds blown about by the wind, full of promise, but nothing. Jude calls them trees without fruit. Jude says they are doubly dead, that they have been pulled up by the roots and cannot grow any more. They were dead while they still had their roots in the ground, and now they are fully dead when their roots are out of the ground. Jude calls these people “raging waves” who damage everything in their path. All they leave behind them is shame and disgrace and foam along the shoreline. Jude calls them “wandering stars,” out of orbit and without direction. They were off course.
(To be continued…)
Pastor George Belobaba
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