This week, my notes are a little sparse. I built them out a lot when I preached, so, you will get much more out of it if you listen to the audio.
Open you Bibles to the book of Jude. We are going to be reading Verses 8-16 today. Last week we looked at how in the OT there were stories of three types of beings who were judged by God for three different types of sins. We had Jews judged for unbelief, angels judged for rejection of authority, and gentiles judged for sexual perversion.
That is important to remember that we are dealing with people in the church who Jude is comparing to the stories he just referenced in the previous verses. Again, these are not people outside of the church, but people inside who claim to be Christians, yet jude is recognizing as “marked for condemnation”. These people are the reason we need to contend so seriously for the faith. This is why it matters. This is why we need to spend time seeking the Lord for our leadership in this church, because if we aren’t careful and diligent to contend, we will be led astray.
Before we go any further, lets read the text:
“8 Yet in like manner these people also, relying on their dreams, defile the flesh, reject authority, and blaspheme the glorious ones. 9 But when the archangel Michael, contending with the devil, was disputing about the body of Moses, he did not presume to pronounce a blasphemous judgment, but said, “The Lord rebuke you.” 10 But these people blaspheme all that they do not understand, and they are destroyed by all that they, like unreasoning animals, understand instinctively. 11 Woe to them! For they walked in the way of Cain and abandoned themselves for the sake of gain to Balaam’s error and perished in Korah’s rebellion. 12 These are hidden reefsfn at your love feasts, as they feast with you without fear, shepherds feeding themselves; waterless clouds, swept along by winds; fruitless trees in late autumn, twice dead, uprooted; 13 wild waves of the sea, casting up the foam of their own shame; wandering stars, for whom the gloom of utter darkness has been reserved forever.
14 It was also about these that Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied, saying, “Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of his holy ones, 15 to execute judgment on all and to convict all the ungodly of all their deeds of ungodliness that they have committed in such an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things that ungodly sinners have spoken against him.” 16 These are grumblers, malcontents, following their own sinful desires; they are loud-mouthed boasters, showing favoritism to gain advantage.”
There are three categories for discussion that he lays out in this section of scripture. Three ways to describe and explain the people he is speaking against. He uses Metaphors, References to biblical stories, and he uses their behaviors to identify them.
a. Hidden Reefs at your love feasts:
b. Shepherds feeding themselves:
c. Waterless clouds:
d. Fruitless Trees:
e. Wild waves:
f. Wandering stars:
a. Arch Angel Michael:
b. Cain: Gen. 4:1-7
c. Ballam: Numbers 22
d. Korah’s rebellion: Numbers 16:1-35
a. Rely on dreams:
b. defile the flesh:
c. Reject Authority:
d. Blaspheme glorious ones:
g. follow their own desires:
h. Loud mouthed boasters:
i. show favoritism:
Response is to Repent!