In our last study, Jude said that God will judge the ungodly (false teachers). These false teachers “crept in, unnoticed”. Jude used 3 Old Testament examples of God’s judgment for the Ungodly:
- Exodus – His chosen people in the wilderness, their disbelief, and ultimate judgement
- The fallen Angels – their rebellion against God and God’s judgement upon them
- Sodom & Gammorah – sexual immorality and unnatural desires serve as an example by undergoing a punishment of eternal fire (the city was destroyed
The above examples include those who experienced God’s grace but don’t fully believe and they are then judged and cast out. See 1 Corinthians 10:1-13.
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Now we pick back up in Verse 10
10 But these men revile the things which they do not understand; and the things which they know by instinct, like unreasoning animals, by these things they are destroyed.
What is it that these men don’t understand?
- Things of God
What is their response?
- Revile….. criticize in an abusive or angrily insulting manner.
How do we get the knowledge of God?
- Holy Spirit
- God’s Scriptures (the Word)
- Seeing living examples of others
- Communion with God. (Us aligning our will with the Fathers will)
“The things which they know by instinct, like unreasoning animals….. “ Our nature is sinful and unGodly. Without the Holy Spirit, we don’t understand God, why we need salvation, what our purpose is or how we should live. These UnGodly false teachers have experienced enough of God’s grace but rejected it.
v. 11 Woe to them! For they have gone the way of Cain, and for pay they have rushed headlong into the error of Balaam and perished in the rebellion of Korah.
What do we know about Cain?
- he was a murderer
- He worked the ground (gardener)
- His offering was not accepted by God because his heart was not right) and Cain became angry. (contempt, envy, jealousy, pride)
Gen 4:2 – And Abel was a keeper of flocks, but Cain was a tiller of the ground. 3 So it came about in the course of time that Cain brought an offering to theLord of the fruit of the ground. 4 Abel, on his part also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of their fat portions. And the Lord had regard for Abel and for his offering; 5 but for Cain and for his offering He had no regard. So Cain became very angry and his countenance fell.
Jesus spoke of Cain as belonging to the evil one who murdered his brother (1 John 3:12 ), And why did he murder him? Because his own actions were evil and his brother’s were righteous.
and for pay, they have rushed headlong into the error of Balaam,……
Who is Balaam?
- He is a diviner or medium who was hired to curse by king Balak of Moab (Moabites) (motivated by greed) to curse the Israelites. God confronted Balaam and told him not to curse. God caused Balaam to actually give a blessing instead of a curse.
What was his error?
- In numbers 31:16 and in Revelation 2:14, we learn that Balaam sabotaged Israel as they entered the promised land by informing King Balak how to get the Israelites to curse themselves by enticing them with prostitutes and unclean food sacrificed to idols (BAAL WORSHIP) see Numbers 31:16