Judgement Begins…

Remember biblical examples (Jude 5-7). Jude gives us three illustrations to remind us that people who reject or pervert God’s truth will inevitably face divine judgment. Illustration #1: The Israelites Jude begins in verse Jude 5~Now I want to remind you, although you once fully knew it, that Jesus, who saved a people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed those who did not believe. (ESV) Notice Jude give Jesus the credit. It is always a Christlike figure who is following God and leading others in the righteous path of life. Now the Lord God delivered Israel out of their Egyptian bondage through a series of miracles known as the Ten Plagues. In life, there is always a process. Under Ole Mo’s tutelage, the young nation entered the wilderness, passing through the Red Sea on dry land. 

After God delivered the Israelites, He destroyed the unbelieving (Jude 5b). Even after all the miracles, they had witnessed in Egypt and the miracle at the Red Sea, the swallowing of an army, still some Israelites begin to complain to Moses about their hardships in the desert. They want meat because a daily supply of food just is not enough. Numbers 11:4 They complain despite the fact the Lord provides daily. Psalm 105:39 ~The LORD spread a cloud above them as a covering and gave them a great fire to light the darkness. (NLT) In other words, God throws shade. No, he wasn’t insulting them as we use the term today but giving actual shade to cover them. So the Israelites had it made in the shade. Yet, when they first arrive at the border of the Promised Land, they rebel and sin against God, refusing to believe He will help them conquer the land. As a result, Hebrews 3:17~And who made God angry for forty years? Wasn’t it the people who sinned, whose corpses lay in the wilderness? (NLT) 

As a result of their rebellion, all but two of the fighting men who left Egypt died during the forty years of wandering in the wilderness. Those two men were Joshua and Caleb (Numbers 14:20-30). Remembering biblical stories is important because we need to keep in mind how God deals with those who rebel against His commands. Their lives are for us an Illustration because God does not change. That is why God reminds us in Malachi 3:6~I am the LORD, and I do not change (NLT). How is the Lord asking you to change?



Next Steps

Today, we consider some Initial Steps on how to avoid being a fool. As we return to the economically precise book of Jude. Both powerful and grave in its warnings for those who know the truth and reject it or attempt to in some way to pervert it. The Bible teaches such people are fools and sharing how in three ways. Psalm 14:1~The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, their deeds are vile; there is no one who does good. (NIV) Our world is filling up with people speaking and acting foolish, they’re working towards becoming complete fools. A second way is found in Proverbs 14:9~Fools make fun of guilt, but the godly acknowledge it and seek reconciliation. (NLT) 

If you have not noticed our world is attempting to remove guilt and has forcefully removed most of the shame. The people of the world desire, not God’s people, desire to live as though even a simple choice is without consequences. ~Sir Isaac Newton~was quite right, in the law of motion At rest we will stay at rest, velocity changes with external force. and then stated in his third law: For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. The Lord wants us active, responding to the leading of the Holy Spirit, realizing that actions outside His plan have consequences. God’s very clear, there are just two ways. The way of God and the way of man. Choose eternal life in Jesus Christ or an eternal death, which was only meant for Satan and the fallen. We would be fools to reject God’s grace. 

That is why Jesus shares a third way God calls us fools in Luke 12. It is a story of a rich farmer whose fields produced so bountifully he decides to build new barns and store the valuable crops. He then tells himself he has plenty of good things stored up for many years. Luke 12:19~And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.”’ (NIV) Luke 12:20~”But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’ (NIV) He was a fool because he wasn’t ready to meet God. Arriving at Jude 5, are you ready to meet God. Why not take a few minutes to pray and ask God to once again cover everything in your life.



Exalted Lord

Today, we are going to analyze behavior (Jude 4b-c). Jude shares that false teachers deceitfully sneak in with two purposes. Let’s listen to Jude 4~…ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into sensuality (ἀσέλγεια aselgeia)…(ESV) These ungodly people attempt to turn the grace of our God into sensuality or lasciviousness for the KJV reader. This means they think of God’s grace as a way to minimize the consequences of their sin. Because of their perverted view of God’s grace, they believe they have a license to fulfill their sinful desires. However, the faith which -was once delivered to the saints clearly teaches that by God’s grace we are freed from sin to live a life of holiness. Back to Ephesians 1:4~For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy (ἅγιος hagios) and blameless in his sight. (NIV) 

(ἅγιος hagios) translated holy means separate or set apart. As believers are set apart from the attitudes and actions of the world. Basically, we are called to be different from the world. How are we to be different? We are to live by the faith which was once delivered to the saints. Those who sneak in pervert the grace of our God into lasciviousness or sensuality (ἀσέλγεια aselgeia). It means indecency or immorality. That is why we see in the news people with white collars and Bibles in their hands championing the rights of the alphabet, performing marriage ceremonies for homosexuals and saying that God got the babies sex wrong. They have turned God’s grace into a license for what the Bible clearly condemns as sin. 

A few years ago, there was a minister who stood on national television and said: “The only command in the Bible we have to obey is to love thy neighbor as thyself.” However, Jesus who said that, also said in Matthew 4:4~Jesus answered, It is written: Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God. (NIV) Yes, it is on every word that comes out of the mouth of God. We don’t get to pick and choose which words we like or the ones that can suit our cause we live by every word that comes from the mouth of God.

False teachers have a subtle way of omitting or perverting certain passages of Scripture to suit their needs. Jude continues sharing their second express purpose is denying. Jude 4~…and deny our only Master and Lord (δεσπότης despotēs), Jesus Christ. (ESV) The word (δεσπότης despotēs) translated Lord, gives us the word despot, which means a ruler with unlimited power over other people. In Greek, it means sovereign or absolute ruler. It reminds us of the description of the administration and glory of the Redeemer’s Kingdom, where Jesus is Lord over all. Revelation 19:16~On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written: King of kings and Lord of lords. (NIV) Those who deny the Gospel are rejecting Jesus as the absolute Lord, or ruler, of their lives, this world, and eternity to come. 

Listen to how they are described in Titus 1:16~They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny him. They are detestable, disobedient and unfit for doing anything good. (NIV) These people can’t help others they can’t even help themselves. For when we turn our back on Jesus we are rejecting all the spiritual blessings God has given us in Messiah. All week we have been encouraged to remain in Jesus Christ, to be Authentic Believers, who Dive Deep: and become Cognizant of our spiritual blessings in Christ, Agonize for the faith, Examine all the teaching, and Analyze Behavior.

Our Takeaway: Is Jesus Lord Over All? If Jesus is not Lord over all of your life, then He is not Lord at all. Saints we need to dive deep into the word of God and understand that we all have desires, ideas, propensities and yes, that we all fall short of His glory and repentance is the only way to keep Jesus as Lord over all. (Romans 3:23) As you stand with me, why not take time today to make Jesus Lord over every situation, over your every decision. The altars are open.

Listen to how they are described in Titus 1:16~They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny him. They are detestable, disobedient and unfit for doing anything good. (NIV) These people can’t help others they can’t even help themselves. For when we turn our back on Jesus we are rejecting all the spiritual blessings God has given us in Messiah. To remain, Authentic Believers, we must Dive Deep into God’s word we become more Cognizant of our spiritual blessings given to us in our salvation through Jesus Christ. We must take time to agonize for the faith, as we examine all the teaching, and Analyze Behavior.

What I want you to walk away with this week: Is Jesus Lord Over All? If Jesus is not Lord over all of your life, then He is not Lord at all. Saints we need to dive deep into the word of God and understand that we all have desires, ideas, propensities and yes, that we all fall short of His glory and repentance is the only way to keep Jesus as Lord over all. (Romans 3:23) Why not take some time today to make Jesus Lord over every situation, opportunity and decision, as you pray.