Daily Devotional Sunday 31st October

by William Moody

Jude 1

Greeting

1:1 Jude, a servant1 of Jesus Christ and brother of James,

To those who are called, beloved in God the Father and kept for2 Jesus Christ:

Footnotes

[1] 1:1 For the contextual rendering of the Greek word doulos, see Preface
[2] 1:1 Or by

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Jude uses Biblical examples to teach about false teachers (v8-11). He highlights the great archangel Michael, God’s great warrior angel who showed great humility in his dealing even with Satan (v8-10, see also Deut. 34 v6; Zech. 3 v2; Daniel 10 v13 & 21; 12 v1; Rev. 12 v7). The key thing here is Michael’s humility as opposed to the false-teachers’ arrogance. God’s true people should be the humblest people on the face of the earth. Are you?

Jude then mentions three bible characters who all got it wrong (v11). There is Cain who thought he could approach God as he pleased and not with the blood of the sacrifice (Genesis 4, Hebrews 11 v4). There is Balaam who for love of riches thought he could curse god’s people (Numbers 22-25). There is Korah who led a rebellion against Moses and Aaron (Numbers 16).

Here we have examples which we are not to follow, but men who serve as a warning. Prayerfully consider if you are like these men in any way. Each of them had pride in common. Pray for deepening humility.

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