Fuel Bible Study
Jude – Session X: Michael, the Devil, and R.E.S.P.E.C.T.
- 4th shortest book in the Bible
- Known as the “Atom Bomb” of the Bible. Small, but packs a wallop!
- Like a zip file. A lot of information condensed, but when you unpack it you see how much information there really is
- Jude – ½ brother of Jesus? (See Matt 13:53-57 and John 7:1-9)
- Didn’t believe in Christ when he walked the earth but when he saw the Resurrection, both he and his brother James became his followers.
- Warning; Red Alert; Tornado Siren
- Wolves in sheep’s clothing (False Prophets, False Teachers, False Christs) are in their midst
- “Stay alert – Stay alive”
- 7:15-23. Teaching about false teachers in the Sermon on the Mount
- 24:1 – 28. Teaching about false prophets and Christs in the Olivet Discourse
- Acts 20:28-31 – Paul’s warning about “savage wolves” to the elders at Ephesus
- Key Scriptures that address purity and sexual immorality (Sword of the Spirit – Eph 6:17)
1 Th 4:3-5; 1 Cor 10:13; Mat 5:27-28; Eph 5:5; 1Jn 1:9; Heb 13:4; 1 Co 6:9-10; 1 Co 6:13-20; Col 3:5; 1 Pe 2:11; 2 Ti 2:22; Gal 5:19-25; Lev 18:22; Mk 7:20-23; Jn 8:34; 2 Co 6:14; Rom 1:25-28; Jn 14:15; Lev 20:13; 1 Co 10:8; Jud 1:7; Eph 5:3
Doctrine of everlasting punishment (Hell)
- People’s New Testament: Utterly destroyed by fire they are an example that points to the eternal fire.
- VWS: Those cities are most truly an example of eternal fire. “A destruction so utter and so permanent as theirs has been, is the nearest approach that can be found in this world to the destruction which awaits those who are kept under darkness to the judgment of the great day”
- John Wesley: The cities which gave themselves over to fornication – The word here means, unnatural lusts. Are set forth as an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire – That is, the vengeance which they suffered is an example or a type of eternal fire.
- C.S. Lewis: God cannot give us happiness apart from Himself, because there is no such thing
- Popular Commentary on the New Testament: Hell is “the cessation not of being but of well-being—the destruction which is not annihilation.”
- New Testament verses that teach/explain eternal punishment
Mat_18:8-9; Mat_25:41; Mat_25:46; 2Th_1:9; Heb_6:2; Rev_19:20; Rev_20:11; Rev_20:14-15
- Verse 8 – Same way: Connects them with the lessons learned from the children of Israel; Angels that sinned; and Sodom and Gomorrah
- Verse 8 – Dreaming – Dreamers indicate not living in reality; not according to truth; John MacArthur says that this refers to a confused state of the soul or abnormal imagination, producing delusions and sensual confusion. These men’s minds were numb to the truth of God’s word so that, being beguiled and deluded, they fantasized wicked perversions, being blind and deaf to reality and truth. Perhaps they falsely claimed these were dreams or visions from God.
- Verse 8 – Defile the Flesh (Reference to Sodom and Gomorrah)
- Verse 8 – Reject Authority – Reference to all three examples in verses 5,6, and 7
- Israel rejected Moses’ authority;
- The angels that sinned rejected God’s authority;
- Sodom and Gomorrah rejected the authority of God’s natural law, as well as Lot’s authority – remember he “sat in the gate” of Sodom, which indicates that he was a judge. (The men of the city referred to him as such as well)
Key Scripture on the topic of authority is found in Romans 13:1-8
- Michael and the devil
- When Moses died, God hid his body
- Scholars say it is because He knew it would end up becoming the cause of gross idolatry
- Other teachers say it has prophetic implications
- Moses and Elijah the 2 witnesses of Revelation 11?
- Moses and Elijah spoke with Christ at the Mount of Transfiguration
- Extra biblical reference –This account is not found in the Bible, scholars believe it is a reference taken from the book of Enoch, a non-canonical ancient Jewish writing. Although this book is not the Word of God, the parts that Jude uses are true. Since his readers would have been familiar with this story, the Spirit of God inspired Jude to use it to make this very strong point about R.E.S.P.E.C.T.
- When Moses died, God hid his body
- Preachers Complete Homiletical Commentary on verse 10
- What they do not know, and cannot know, they abuse by gross irreverence. What they know, and cannot help knowing, they abuse by gross licentiousness.