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Silence the insubordinate, empty talkers and deceivers – Titus 1:10-16

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Silence the insubordinate, empty talkers and deceivers – Titus 1:10-16 – 12/31/2015
This bible study is part of a series on the book of Titus, in order to see the full series please check out our “epistle” page or alternatively please check out our page dedicated to the book of Titus for other studies in this book.
Titus 1:10 (ESV) For there are many who are insubordinate, empty talkers and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision party. 11 They must be silenced, since they are upsetting whole families by teaching for shameful gain what they ought not to teach. 12 One of the Cretans, a prophet of their own, said, “Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons.” 13 This testimony is true. Therefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith, 14 not devoting themselves to Jewish myths and the commands of people who turn away from the truth. 15 To the pure, all things are pure, but to the defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure; but both their minds and their consciences are defiled. 16 They profess to know God, but they deny him by their works. They are detestable, disobedient, unfit for any good work.
Lord willing, my aim with these studies are to do a line by line and verse by verse study on the text so let us begin with verse ten…
V10 For there are many who are insubordinate, empty talkers and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision party.
In the last article we went through all the credentials of a man who was to be appointed as a leader in the church and now we see the reason why these men had to be of such a high standard. The people they would be serving would be the following…
•       Insubordinate – These ones would not just be insubordinate in speech but in action also, I am sure we have dealt with some like this in the modern church, they would be the ones causing drama, causing tension, be a walking Jerry Springer show, the root word is a negative of “submit” so these would be the ones who would be always working outside of the leadership and not submitting to the leaders that were trying to serve.
The church hasn’t changed that much that it is still populated by imperfect people and we have authority in all walks of life. In my day to day job I have a boss, and my boss has someone that they answer too. I am supposed to be the head of my home and with that leadership comes a great responsibility. God places authority in our lives for a reason and even Pastors will have mentors that they will check in with. Authority as long as it is Godly authority is always a good thing and really should not be railed against.
•       Empty talkers – You know these as well and we have these also in the church today, those who are all schmooze and fluff, they could talk all day but never bring anyone closer to God. They were full of compliments and even offered to help those in need but never followed through with anyone. They could be coarse jesters and telling and spreading stories and jokes that really have no place in the church. Lastly they could be working the crowd to try to get a position in the church and regrettably I have seen these types of folks in leadership.
•       Deceivers – There wouldn’t be liars, cheats and deceivers in the church would they? Have you ever been inside of one? It is full of imperfect people, we all have our weak spots and we all struggle with different sins but Paul is not referring to those who struggle and are trying to repent of where they are going wrong. No! he is talking of those who are in their sin and willfully deceiving people deliberately for a variety of reasons, it may be to get a position, it may be for personal profit, Paul does not say and anyone who guesses would simply be speculating but the vital information is that Paul warns against them nonetheless.
And Paul accuses those who he used to be a part of, he calls those who were of the Jewish faith “The Circumcision Party” (would you vote for them?) who were trying to Judaize the Gentile believers and this is a common theme among a few of the epistles and an issue that Paul had to address more than once.
This is a heresy that creeps into most modern cults today and they all start off the same way that Jesus is not enough, that his sacrifice on the cross was not enough to absolve your sins and you have to do something extra. The Mormons have tapped 3 extra holy books (Book of Mormon, Pearl of Great Price and Doctrine and Covenants) the JWs have rewrote the bible and added a whole bunch of works and the circumcision party wanted the Gentile Christians to adopt the Jewish customs and place the yoke of the Law around themselves.
V11 They must be silenced, since they are upsetting whole families by teaching for shameful gain what they ought not to teach.
Titus once he had appointed, selected and trained these men up to be elders was going to put them to work immediately, those people had to be dealt with by the leadership of the church. They had to not be allowed to take over meetings in the manner that they had been allowed to and in many cases not allowing the real reason for the meeting to occur, the edification of the saints.
I have been in bible studies where people with agendas have been allowed to have a larger piece of the conversation than they should have had, it has always been dealt with in and out of the meetings and although Titus used words such as “silenced” the elder would not be rude, be wishing to be aggressive or behave in a way that would cause an accusation against him.
The reason is simple, they were “they are upsetting whole families by teaching for shameful gain what they ought not to teach” they were going into the households and causing discord amongst the believers and giving incorrect theology as the gospel. Paul said similar in his first letter to Timothy…
1st Timothy 1:3 (ESV) As I urged you when I was going to Macedonia, remain at Ephesus so that you may charge certain persons not to teach any different doctrine, 4 nor to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies, which promote speculations rather than the stewardship from God that is by faith. 5 The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. 6 Certain persons, by swerving from these, have wandered away into vain discussion, 7 desiring to be teachers of the law, without understanding either what they are saying or the things about which they make confident assertions.
This list is more exhaustive than the one in Titus and the heart of the discussion in both passages of scripture is that if it does not add to the kingdom of God then please don’t teach it. Lastly they had impure motivations for wanting to teach it, they were teaching for shameful (or dishonest gain) and their motivation was not a pure one, they had little interest in spreading or advancing the kingdom of God and were more interested in what they were getting out of it in a selfish fashion as opposed to serving the Lord.
V12 One of the Cretans, a prophet of their own, said, “Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons.” 13 This testimony is true. Therefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith, 14 not devoting themselves to Jewish myths and the commands of people who turn away from the truth.
Remember an earlier article where I gave the characteristics of the people from Crete, here is where I gleaned the information, do you see why it was vital to have good strong leadership in an area where the people are described as liars, evil beasts, lazy and subject to gluttony? It was to avoid spiritual madness and chaos and doctrinal error all over the region. The reason for that is that he was told to “rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith” and that it wasn’t personal but simply about making sure the doctrine was correct.
It is so easy to get lost in the simplicity of the gospel, to say “is that it?” to wonder in awe that God made it so easy to be reconciled to him. I personally do not judge those who had it wrong as to the Jews it would have been really hard to lose everything that they had culturally as their new faith in Christianity was the fulfillment of so many of their prophecies. But they were trying to bring in myths and oral traditions that were not biblical into a place where they did not belong and they were acting in the same manner as the modern day cultists and because of this their error was causing more harm than good.
V15 To the pure, all things are pure, but to the defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure; but both their minds and their consciences are defiled. 16 They profess to know God, but they deny him by their works. They are detestable, disobedient, unfit for any good work.
Which is why the Jewish fables were so dangerous, they clouded the correct definition of purity because they were wrapped up in their Pseudo-Ultra-Jewish legalism they believed nothing was pure and they did not comprehend that they were washed clean by the blood of the Lamb. They spread contentions about foods which should be eaten and other things that were kept by the super strict legalism that denied their faith in Christ and showed that their true faith was still in the rules that they had made their God. In that they denied Him because they defiled themselves in that they denied God by their works.
Lastly Paul calls them “detestable, disobedient, and unfit for any good work” and let’s look at this accusation that Paul rails against them.
•       Detestable – They were in idolatry to the Law and due to this this was overriding their Christian walk, here is an interesting thing that you may or may not have pondered. Just because you are busy with things of God may not mean that you are fulfilling God’s will. Sometimes we can be in love with the things of God opposed to being in love with the creator.
•       Disobedient – is what it states! Those people had instruction from others and we know that Paul himself had given the Cretans instruction if no-one else had but the instruction they had received they did not heed.
•       Unfit for any good work – The Greek word had a variety of meanings; it meant the same as a counterfeit coin, cowardly soldier and something or someone that was rejected.
The key here is that you do not lose yourself into doctrine that is not profitable in advancing the kingdom of God and especially do not let it creep into heresy and take control of your life. Lord willing next time (and next year) we will start in Titus 2 where Paul continues this exhortation to “teach sound doctrine”.
God bless and I pray this was a blessing and please feel free to like, share or comment on here or whatever social media platforms you use as the Lord leads you to
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BIAY – Bible in a year – December 31st 2015

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Today’s scripture is as follows:

Revelation 20-22.

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BIAY – Bible in a year – December 30th 2015

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Today’s scripture is as follows:

Revelation 18-19.

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Genesis One – Day Three – Land, seas and plants – Genesis 1:9-13

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Genesis One – Day Three – Land, seas and plants – Genesis 1:9-13 – 12/29/2015
Genesis 1:9 (ESV) And God said, “Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear.” And it was so. 10 God called the dry land Earth, and the waters that were gathered together he called Seas. And God saw that it was good. 11 And God said, “Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind, on the earth.” And it was so. 12 The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed according to their own kinds, and trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 13 And there was evening and there was morning, the third day.
This article is designed to be a slightly more in depth article than I did in the “creation series” elsewhere on this website, Lord willing I hope to look at the full creation week and examine the case for a Biblical creation from the mindset that the bible is accurate and a honest and truthful source of history in how we came to be here. I am not here to attack other mindsets as I appreciate that not everyone shares my view of a biblical history and I do welcome lively debate on the subject regardless of your thoughts or beliefs on how the earth was made.
In order to look at this from a biblical context we must first look at the text in question starting in verse nine…
V9 And God said, “Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear.” And it was so. 10 God called the dry land Earth, and the waters that were gathered together he called Seas. And God saw that it was good.
Remember in the last article I wrote that “the creation of the earth was very ordered in that God did not place land dwelling animals or humans while it was all seas, well this is where we see the fruition of that. Before that point the earth was covered in water, there were no plants, no living things in the seas and no fossil record at that time.
It is vitally important that we read when the dry land appeared and why there was a separation between the two. We were not made to be evolved creatures as none of us have scales, fins or amphibious breathing apparatus in our bodies and would only survive in the waters as long as our strength would keep up above it. There is no fossil record that shows a half man/half fish evolved creature so by reasoned logic we use good observational science to state that there is not one due to lack of evidence. There is also no “FishDog” or FishCow” so the same can be concluded about the animal kingdom.
Can you imagine this task that God had here? Imagine the millions of gallons of water in the sea and the weight of what had to be moved. It seems like a small thing because it is only a few words but it is a large task and to remove it in such a fashion that it is just not covering the earth but the land was dry. This is what we live on today, the earth and the last part of verse ten confirms that “it was good”, at that point there was only positive creation, there was no death, no disease, no pain, no suffering and everything was good.
V11 And God said, “Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind, on the earth.” And it was so. 12 The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed according to their own kinds, and trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.
Being of a critical mind, the first thing I notice is that the earth was growing vegetation, plants who yielded seed and trees bearing fruit all happened before the sun and moon were made on the fourth day, (Genesis 1:14-19) the skeptic may claim this is an error in creation or that the plants would never have survived without solar light. Well if this is their only criticism of creation then Praise the LORD!
My answer to this is that it follows creation perfectly in that if God had wished the Sun and the moon to be markers of a day or a night then he would have created them one day one. What he did create on day one was a light to signify day and a darkness to signify night. (Genesis 1:1-5) so the light that would have been enough to satisfy creation in day one and two is more than capable of sustaining life on day three.
Here also is where the evolutionary Christian, or Gap Theorist comes into an issue as well. If the days (even though the word for day is “yom” a literal Hebrew word for “day”) were ages of thousands of years or any time period in between would have a real issue trying to sell the notion that plant life, vegetation and trees could survive for thousands of years without a sun or a moon.
It is of course not out with the realms of possibility that God started Creation with the way that it will end (with no Sun and Moon) Let’s look at the book of Revelation…
Revelation 21:23 (ESV) And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and its lamp is the Lamb.
I am not here to tell you what to believe, I am just attempting to present the biblical case based on the text in front of me and how you interpret it or take a belief from it is on you, however I will state my bias as a Creationist and I have formulated that belief based on ten years of studying various texts from both sides and coming to the conclusion that my hermeneutics are that I will take the Genesis text as a literal translation based on what I have read and the text evidence from the original languages.
The text here tells us that the growth on earth was created not by God tossing some seeds on the ground and allowing the earth to cultivate crops within a few weeks or months or years, no! It states that “The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed according to their own kinds, and trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind” so by the end of that third day then those plants were already fully grown, bearing seeds to replicate and the trees were already bearing fruit as mature plants. This is consistent with the fact that when man was created there was food already there for him to eat and there is very little faith involved in looking at the text and reading it as a whole account.
God created them to bear seeds after its kind, so we don’t read of an orange tree bearing apples or vice versa, we would allow variation within a kind such as a red apple, yellow apple, green apple but they would still be – Apples! And God called it “good” and that comes from the one who cannot lie! He is the author and finisher of creation and despite it being his design it is called “good” as a reminder that it is a place that he has created that man can live in.
V13 And there was evening and there was morning, the third day.
And if we needed a reminder the writer gives us a reminder that it was a literal third day and as if to labor the point we are also reminded that it was “an evening and a morning”.
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BIAY – Bible in a year – December 29th 2015

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Today’s scripture is as follows:

Revelation 15-17.

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BIAY – Bible in a year – December 28th 2015

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Today’s scripture is as follows:

Revelation 12-14.

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Do you practice what you preach? – Romans 2:17-24

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Do you practice what you preach? – Romans 2:17-24 – 12/27/2015

Romans 2:17 (ESV) But if you call yourself a Jew and rely on the law and boast in God 18 and know his will and approve what is excellent, because you are instructed from the law; 19 and if you are sure that you yourself are a guide to the blind, a light to those who are in darkness, 20 an instructor of the foolish, a teacher of children, having in the law the embodiment of knowledge and truth— 21 you then who teach others, do you not teach yourself? While you preach against stealing, do you steal? 22 You who say that one must not commit adultery, do you commit adultery? You who abhor idols, do you rob temples? 23 You who boast in the law dishonor God by breaking the law. 24 For, as it is written, “The name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you.”

This is a series in the book of Romans, for the home page in our study and to see other studies then please click here or our main epistle page is here. My aim is to go through the Book of Romans as the LORD wills.

V17 But if you call yourself a Jew and rely on the law and boast in God 18 and know his will and approve what is excellent, because you are instructed from the law; 19 and if you are sure that you yourself are a guide to the blind, a light to those who are in darkness, 20 an instructor of the foolish, a teacher of children, having in the law the embodiment of knowledge and truth—

Paul writes to the church in Rome and makes a statement that could cut at the heart of every Jew in that he strikes at the very heart of their pride – the morality of the Jew and the adherence to the law. This follows his original thought in the last article about having “possession of the law” and having the law written upon your heart.

The issue we have here is they had this thought that the law sealed their place and confirmed them as a specially chosen people of God, this was their boast. They believed that God’s good favor was hereditary because God gave his holy law to them as a nation and this is where they based their thought that salvation was found in the law; in the next few verses Paul will show them ways that this is not the case.

V21 you then who teach others, do you not teach yourself? While you preach against stealing, do you steal? 22 You who say that one must not commit adultery, do you commit adultery? You who abhor idols, do you rob temples? 23 You who boast in the law dishonor God by breaking the law. 24 For, as it is written, “The name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you.”

Let’s keep it simple – Paul was asking them “You have the law, you know what it says but do you do it yourselves?” or to put it in everyday language “Do you practice what you preach?” Paul highlights the following areas…

• Teaching of the law
• Theft
• Adultery
• Idol worship

Simply put the ones who were meant to be upholding the law had heart issues. I am not saying they were suffering from physical cardiac arrest but merely spiritual cardiac arrest. They were very keen to lay down the letter of the law and judge others but they were not doing the very things that made them feel morally superior and gave them that place of “holy authority”. I discuss this today as this was common in Jesus day also; Jesus addressed the matter of keeping the law properly in Matthew 5…

Matthew 5:21 (ESV) “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder; and whoever murders will be liable to judgment.’ 22 But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell of fire. 23 So if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, 24 leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.

Jesus clarifies that you may be keeping the law by the letter but in your heart you are sinning and he mentions two of the common sins in that they may be morally clean because they have not physically committed adultery but they have lusted in their hearts and likewise they have not murdered but they have hated someone with a vengeance that they committed the sin in their hearts. This is precisely why God placed the “Do not covet” (Exodus 20:17) commandment in the Ten Commandments. These great theologians have yet to nail he basics.

Jesus had more authority than all of the Scribes, Pharisees and all of the Sanhedrin put together, he authored the law and saw the heart in which it was written, but he was keen to advise that he was not there to abolish the law…

Matthew 5:17 (ESV) “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. 18 For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished. 19 Therefore whoever relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20 For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.

What a phrase that sends chills down my spine “unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” Which tells me that you cannot be righteous enough to enter the kingdom of heaven in your own stead, which is precisely why Jesus died on the cross for your sins. God sees both the heart (attitude) and the actions (what everyone else sees) and whilst we can paint a pretty picture externally, God sees what is inside and sees the internal ugliness and motives behind your actions.

This is not just a Jewish problem as we have inherited this in the church today a mindset that we will judge on a “do as I say and not as I do” type of deal with what is being judged upon can also be seen in the lives of the judge. Paul concludes at the end of the original scripture that “The name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you.” (Isaiah 52:5) This even breaks one of the Ten Commandments that we “Should noy take the name of the LORD in vain” (Exodus 20:7) And Paul goes a little deeper into this in Romans 14 in respect to a dispute about judging based on what they eat and drink…

Romans 14:13 (ESV) Therefore let us not pass judgment on one another any longer, but rather decide never to put a stumbling block or hindrance in the way of a brother. 14 I know and am persuaded in the Lord Jesus that nothing is unclean in itself, but it is unclean for anyone who thinks it unclean. 15 For if your brother is grieved by what you eat, you are no longer walking in love. By what you eat, do not destroy the one for whom Christ died. 16 So do not let what you regard as good be spoken of as evil. 17 For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. 18 Whoever thus serves Christ is acceptable to God and approved by men. 19 So then let us pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding. 20 Do not, for the sake of food, destroy the work of God. Everything is indeed clean, but it is wrong for anyone to make another stumble by what he eats. 21 It is good not to eat meat or drink wine or do anything that causes your brother to stumble. 22 The faith that you have, keep between yourself and God. Blessed is the one who has no reason to pass judgment on himself for what he approves. 23 But whoever has doubts is condemned if he eats, because the eating is not from faith. For whatever does not proceed from faith is sin.

And here is where you have to ask “By judging am I furthering the Kingdom of God or am I causing people to be further away from God?” or “How is this furthering the Kingdom of God?” Do you really want to stumble a believer? I know in my situation, I used to abuse alcohol so I just do not do it. I do not condemn those who chose to have a beer or two as long as they are not abusing it but I also minister to many who have been through recovery programs so I don’t even have alcohol in my house. Yes I have liberty in Christ but maturity in the word tells me not to want to stumble those (including myself) who have had issues.

It is something to ponder as we need to not establish “holy street cred” by tearing others down to make ourselves morally superior. It is not just a Roman church problem or a Jewish problem. Certainly the Jews were to be an example because they had the religious genealogy and knew the law and were certainly more likely to stumble their Gentile believers who would be looking to them as stronger believers as an example. Examine your heart honestly and see if you are making the same mistakes.

Lord willing, in the next article we will look at circumcision of the heart and examine why God cares about the internal as much as the external.

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BIAY – Bible in a year – December 27th 2015

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Thank you for checking out “bible in a year” post for December twenty seventh.

Today’s scripture is as follows:

Revelation 8-11.

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BIAY – Bible in a year – December 26th 2015

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Thank you for checking out “bible in a year” post for December twenty sixth.

Today’s scripture is as follows:

Revelation 4-7.

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These people blaspheme all that they do not understand – Jude 1:10-13

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These people blaspheme all that they do not understand – Jude 1:10-13 – 12/25/2015

Thank you for reading this Bible study on the book of Jude. This bible study is part of a series on the book of Jude, in order to see the full series please check out our “epistle” page or alternatively please check out our page dedicated to the book of Jude for other studies in this book.

Let’s start in verse ten of the first chapter of Jude.

Jude 1:10 (ESV) But these people blaspheme all that they do not understand, and they are destroyed by all that they, like unreasoning animals, understand instinctively. 11 Woe to them! For 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. 12 These 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; 13 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.

Jude is in the middle of a thought here and for space I did split the thought in two, if you wished to read the whole thought so that you could have the correct context then please do so below…

Jude 1:8 (ESV) Yet in like manner these people also, relying on their dreams, defile the flesh, reject authority, and blaspheme the glorious ones. 9 But when the archangel Michael, contending with the devil, was disputing about the body of Moses, he did not presume to pronounce a blasphemous judgment, but said, “The Lord rebuke you.” 10 But these people blaspheme all that they do not understand, and they are destroyed by all that they, like unreasoning animals, understand instinctively. 11 Woe to them! For 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. 12 These 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; 13 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.

So to recap from the last article we know that these people do the following:

• Defile the flesh
• Rely on their dreams
• Reject authority
• Blaspheme the glorious ones

V10 But these people blaspheme all that they do not understand, and they are destroyed by all that they, like unreasoning animals, understand instinctively.

Jude continues the thought that these people are indeed blasphemers, they are in contrast to Michael the archangel who would not speak evil against the devil, the father of lies but these people speak evil and do so in their ignorance. These men rejected authority above them and were gossips, slanderers ignorant and blasphemers, truly not a company that you would want to keep.

In these sins they are corrupted, they are destroyed like animals who are unreasoning (some translations use the words “brute beasts”) tells you that these folks are going through the motions, Sunday Christians if you will with enough acting ability to bag an Acadamy Award because their spiritual credentials were sheer pretense only. They would do the actions but be corrupted by a carnal or sinful mind. They are compared to beasts because they can do what comes instinctively well however they cannot be spiritually knowledgeable. (Despite what their words claim)

V11 Woe to them! For 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.

To say they walked in the way of Cain is certainly a weighty accusation. Cain’s story is found in Genesis four…

Genesis 4:1 Now Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain, saying, “I have gotten a man with the help of the LORD.” 2 And again, she bore his brother Abel. Now Abel was a keeper of sheep, and Cain a worker of the ground. 3 In the course of time Cain brought to the LORD an offering of the fruit of the ground, 4 and Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat portions. And the LORD had regard for Abel and his offering, 5 but for Cain and his offering he had no regard. So Cain was very angry, and his face fell. 6 The LORD said to Cain, “Why are you angry, and why has your face fallen? 7 If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door. Its desire is for you, but you must rule over it.” 8 Cain spoke to Abel his brother. And when they were in the field, Cain rose up against his brother Abel and killed him. 9 Then the LORD said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?” He said, “I do not know; am I my brother’s keeper?” 10 And the LORD said, “What have you done? The voice of your brother’s blood is crying to me from the ground. 11 And now you are cursed from the ground, which has opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand. 12 When you work the ground, it shall no longer yield to you its strength. You shall be a fugitive and a wanderer on the earth.” 13 Cain said to the LORD, “My punishment is greater than I can bear. 14 Behold, you have driven me today away from the ground, and from your face I shall be hidden. I shall be a fugitive and a wanderer on the earth, and whoever finds me will kill me.” 15 Then the LORD said to him, “Not so! If anyone kills Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold.” And the LORD put a mark on Cain, lest any who found him should attack him. 16 Then Cain went away from the presence of the LORD and settled in the land of Nod, east of Eden. 17 Cain knew his wife, and she conceived and bore Enoch. When he built a city, he called the name of the city after the name of his son, Enoch.

These people are as bad as the man who was so enraged by his jealously that he murdered his own brother, Cain’s heart was not correct when he offered the sacrifice and that is why God did not accept the sacrifice, this is confirmed by the Apostle Paul in Hebrews 11…

Hebrews 11:4 (ESV) By faith Abel offered to God a more acceptable sacrifice than Cain, through which he was commended as righteous, God commending him by accepting his gifts. And through his faith, though he died, he still speaks.

He (Abel) offered that “more acceptable sacrifice” not in goods but in the way it was presented from the heart and paid for it with his life. And these people are as bad as Cain? These people went the way of Cain that after his sacrifice was not deemed worthy, his countenance fell and plotted against the one who was deemed acceptable another example of why Cain’s heart was not correct is confirmed in 1st John chapter 3…

1st John 3:12 (ESV) We should not be like Cain, who was of the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his own deeds were evil and his brother’s righteous. 13 Do not be surprised, brothers, that the world hates you. 14 We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brothers. Whoever does not love abides in death. 15 Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.

Do you see that in the church today? Those who have been spurned by the leadership or not got the role that they were hoping for having their countenance fall, appear to be okay in the outside but secretly not being as they seem? I see it quite a bit and some are more blatant than others. The problem with this is it is an empty religion and can lead to a dead religion and eventually if it is allowed to fester it leads to unbelief. It is like being compared to Balaam.

Balaam has a long story and that is found between Numbers 22-25 and Balaams story is one of greed and saying the right things such as “if it pleases you I will turn back” once he has lusted after another’s riches, however he does not do as he says and is very carnal in his heart. If I was to be compared to someone in the bible I certainly would think that Cain and Balaam would be fairly low down on my list.

And lastly the rebellion of Korah, well Korah’s rebellion is found in Numbers 16 where Korah comes against the people of Israel and his rebellion was so that he had many men follow him, he rebelled against God and the leadership that God had ordained to lead the Children of Israel and the LORD eventually consumed the rebellion with fire and how symbolic is that those who remain in rebellion at the end will end up in a lake of fire.

V12 These 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; 13 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.

The “love feast” is similar to what many churches do today in the form of a pot luck where everyone pulled their resources and brought what they were able to bring and the heart behind it was that the people shared together and for the poorer members in the congregation it was probably a highlight of the church calendar. These people were being gluttons while others went without they would serve themselves, or serve themselves the best of the best and leave the scraps for others.

Jude uses symbolism to talk about these people:

• Waterless clouds, swept along by winds – Can you get rain from waterless clouds?
• Fruitless trees in late autumn, twice dead, uprooted – Can you get fruit from dead uprooted trees?
• Wild waves of the sea, casting up the foam of their own shame – The sea is busy but can you make use of just the foam?
• Wandering stars, for whom the gloom of utter darkness has been reserved forever – Can you see a use for a wandering star that is submerged in blackness?

All these examples do not lead you to believe that these people would be examples to follow. Do you see any characteristics that you have in your life? If so I would ask that you repent and change your ways because this is not he abundant life that God wants for you. I pray this article was a blessing and a challenge for you as you continue your walk with our messiah Jesus Christ.

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