We are finishing up the largest section in this short epistle of Jude – a section which started in verse 5 and ends in verse 16. Last time we met we looked at certain aspects of the false teachers. Jude compared them to those who did not believe the Lord’s promise when they left the land of Egypt and were judged. Then they were compared to the angels who sinned, and also like those of Sodom and Gomorrah who were judged. Jude continues to discuss the false teachers in verses 10 – 16. He describes what they are made of, and it is not good. They blaspheme all that they do not understand, and they are destroyed by all that they, like unreasoning animals, understand instinctively. 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. They are hidden reefs 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; 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. These are grumblers, malcontents, following their own sinful desires; they are loud-mouthed boasters, showing favoritism to gain advantage. Their ultimate judgement is proclaimed in verses 12 and 13.
Although while we are here on earth, we do not enjoy, or glory in God’s judgment on the wicked, nevertheless, God’s judgment will be handed down on the false teachers and those like them, and their sentence will be proclaimed and carried out. Brethren, there is much to teach the church in this section, and this is where we shall go in our application.
Please pray for the sermon this coming Sunday, because Satan would have you ignorant of these things, but God would have you know them, and God’s Word will go forth.
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