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

Jude

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.

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
TTE
TGBTG
SDG

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