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Jude 8–13 (NIV84)
8 In the very same way, these dreamers
pollute their own bodies, reject authority and slander celestial beings. 9 But even the archangel Michael, when he was disputing with the devil about the body of Moses, did not dare to bring a slanderous accusation against him, but said, “The Lord rebuke
you!” 10 Yet these men speak abusively against whatever they do not understand; and what things they do understand by instinct, like unreasoning animals—these are the very things that destroy them.
11 Woe to them! They have taken the way of Cain; they have rushed for profit into Balaam’s error; they have been destroyed in Korah’s rebellion.
12 These men are blemishes at your love
feasts, eating with you without the slightest qualm—shepherds who feed only themselves. They are clouds without rain, blown along by the wind; autumn trees, without fruit and uprooted—twice dead. 13 They are wild waves of the sea, foaming up their
shame; wandering stars, for whom blackest darkness has been reserved forever.
It is interesting to note that Jude makes references to two books that are not a part of the Bible, The Assumption of
Moses and The Book of Enoch. These books were popular in their culture, and while they are not inspired, Jude uses these examples because they were familiar to the readers at that time. The issue of the Devil and the archangel Michael is a reference
to the book The Assumption of Moses, the reference to the Book of Enoch will be in tomorrow’s lesson. The Devil has rejected God’s authority and is slandering others. The archangel Michael is refusing to step into sin and slander
the devil while in a dispute, stating “The Lord rebuke you!”The archangel leaves this to God’s judgement.
Error: He dishonor’s God and through jealousy, kills his brother Abel.
Balaam’s Error: Balaam sought to profit financially by cursing Israel.
Korah’s Rebellion: Korah refused to accept God’s leadership through Moses and Aaron.
Each Old Testament example illustrates the behaviors of ungodly opponents who were apparently dividing the congregations
to which Jude wrote. It is a disregard for Godliness and embracing the Devil, the world, and the sinful flesh.
I pray: Lord, the Devil is always trying to attack us, help us to not fall for his evil
intentions and ways, but to seek and serve you only. Amen.