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Psalms Saturday #14 – Psalms 1 – Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked

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Psalms Saturday #14 – Psalms 1 – Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked – 05/07/2016

Psalms 1:1 (ESV) Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; 2 but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. 3 He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. 4 The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away. 5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous; 6 for the LORD knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.

Thanks for looking at our Psalms Saturday article; I plan to go through this Psalm verse by verse starting in verse one…

V1 Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; 2 but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night.

To look at this appropriately we have to look at the Hebrew word “esher” which is the Hebrew word for “Blessed” and that talks mainly of happiness and contentment. Gives a much fuller meaning to the text don’t you think? If we replaced the word “blessed” with fulfilled or contentment then you will see what the Psalmist is driving at. I say that having read this Psalm many times and not bothered to dig any deeper than the words on the page. We see three things that make a man happy and content…

  • He walks not in the counsel of the wicked – The company you keep is important as you will modify your behavior to match the ones that you are trying to impress. When I became a Christian I slowly lost the friends that I had clung onto in my wilderness years because they did not want to do what I wanted to.

    Conversely now I take great delight in a Wednesday morning meeting I have at a local coffee house with likeminded believers as we sharpen each other and keep each other accountable. Finding friends like that is vital as you progress through your Christian life. The counsel you keep affects the way you think.

  • Nor stands in the way of sinners – Not just the counsel you keep but if you are living your life in the way of sinners then you will do what they do. The friends you have affect the way you behave. If you have trouble with alcohol will you still go to the bar rooms 4 times a week?
  • Nor sits in the seats of scoffers – If you dwell with the scoffers and mockers you will become just like them, you will start to belong there and it will erode your Christianity. How can you be happy and blessed in your Christian walk if you are always criticizing or tearing down (and often times this can be fellow Christians)

Like most Jewish poetry the Psalmist offers a contrast in the next verse and does not stop with what we should not be, but continues in what we should be. We see that “his delight is in the law of the LORD” that he is happy in the whole counsel of God, not just the first five books, that the word of God is a delight in his life and if you are not happy or excited to study the word of God then you may need to take a barometer of where you are as a Christian. Is there a hunger, a desire or even a willingness to get in the word regardless (and in some cases especially) of the circumstances?

This hunger us that real that “on his law he meditates day and night.” And that puts me to shame personally and that is something I want to do always, I do however ponder the word of God and a lot of thought and prayer goes into personal study as well as the articles here and I know that the crux of what he is saying is that we ponder it, understand it and commit it to our hearts and lives. I just wished that I did it day and night!

V3 He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.

We see with the correct application of scripture the Psalmist uses the picture of a tree that if it is planted next to a place that will allow it to be fed, then it will continue in strength and it prospers and the application here would be that with that correct grounded knowledge of the word of God that has been meditated we will continue to grow and thrive in our Christian walk. Paul makes the same comparison in the letter to the Galatian church…

Galatians 5:19 (ESV) Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, 20 idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, 21 envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

The fruit comes naturally from the tree because of what is going into the tree (streams of water) and I would ask would the same tree be as strong in say a desert where the water supply was a bit sparse? Or would it be more like a tree that is all withered and dead? Then you have to examine what type of Christianity you have, is it a by the cool streams or is it a desert Christianity? How strong is your tree? Will it withstand a few storms or will it break in the first sign of trouble?

V4 The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away.

Again we see an example of the opposite. Have a look at this passage in Jude…

Jude 1:12 (ESV) 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.

As strong as the tree is, the wicked are not strong. To understand what chaff is it is the shell that has to be removed before the grain is useable for the purpose intended, traditionally one of the ways of removing chaff from grain was to allow the air to go through and it separates on its own. I am convinced that this was not used in accident as it is the polar opposite and a good reminder that although we are in the world we are not of the world.

V5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous;

And we are concluding with these remarks and the Psalmist uses terms that we are familiar with from the book of Daniel when he spoke to King Belshazzar…

Daniel 5:13 (ESV) Then Daniel was brought in before the king. The king answered and said to Daniel, “You are that Daniel, one of the exiles of Judah, whom the king my father brought from Judah. 14 I have heard of you that the spirit of the gods is in you, and that light and understanding and excellent wisdom are found in you. 15 Now the wise men, the enchanters, have been brought in before me to read this writing and make known to me its interpretation, but they could not show the interpretation of the matter. 16 But I have heard that you can give interpretations and solve problems. Now if you can read the writing and make known to me its interpretation, you shall be clothed with purple and have a chain of gold around your neck and shall be the third ruler in the kingdom.” 17 Then Daniel answered and said before the king, “Let your gifts be for yourself, and give your rewards to another. Nevertheless, I will read the writing to the king and make known to him the interpretation. 18 O king, the Most High God gave Nebuchadnezzar your father kingship and greatness and glory and majesty. 19 And because of the greatness that he gave him, all peoples, nations, and languages trembled and feared before him. Whom he would, he killed, and whom he would, he kept alive; whom he would, he raised up, and whom he would, he humbled. 20 But when his heart was lifted up and his spirit was hardened so that he dealt proudly, he was brought down from his kingly throne, and his glory was taken from him. 21 He was driven from among the children of mankind, and his mind was made like that of a beast, and his dwelling was with the wild donkeys. He was fed grass like an ox, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven, until he knew that the Most High God rules the kingdom of mankind and sets over it whom he will. 22 And you his son, Belshazzar, have not humbled your heart, though you knew all this, 23 but you have lifted up yourself against the Lord of heaven. And the vessels of his house have been brought in before you, and you and your lords, your wives, and your concubines have drunk wine from them. And you have praised the gods of silver and gold, of bronze, iron, wood, and stone, which do not see or hear or know, but the God in whose hand is your breath, and whose are all your ways, you have not honored. 24 “Then from his presence the hand was sent, and this writing was inscribed. 25 And this is the writing that was inscribed: Mene, Mene, Tekel, and Parsin. 26 This is the interpretation of the matter: Mene, God has numbered the days of your kingdom and brought it to an end; 27 Tekel, you have been weighed in the balances and found wanting; 28 Peres, your kingdom is divided and given to the Medes and Persians.” 29 Then Belshazzar gave the command, and Daniel was clothed with purple, a chain of gold was put around his neck, and a proclamation was made about him, that he should be the third ruler in the kingdom. 30 That very night Belshazzar the Chaldean king was killed.

Scary stuff huh? How is your relationship with God? Have you taken up his free gift of salvation so you are not found wanting? We see that the Psalmist talks about sinners in “the congregation of the righteous” and we will see the ones who persist in their sins and do not wish to change their lives peel off from our church congregations in the short term, however I do also believe that we will be surprised with some of the folks that we thought we would see in glory who were as religious as religious could be and did not know Jesus as their savior, that is scarier stuff!

V6 for the LORD knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.

I have peace like a river that I am being guided by the creator of heaven. I know that whatever befalls me in this life and however I am chosen to be removed from it that I have a loving father waiting to welcome me home with the words I long to hear “Well done my good and faithful servant” but I do lament for those who are my neighbors, in my streets and in my city and the cities that are close by me who tonight are dying in their sins. One thing is assured is that you have that choice to choose heaven or to reject God and deal with those consequences for all of eternity. My prayer is that if you have not done so then please contact me and I would love to talk to you.

Lord willing, in our next article in Psalms we will look at Psalms 13 looks at the sorrow of David and trusting in the Lord through trials. I pray that you are able to join us as we go through the bible, line by line and precept by precept.

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, as always I love questions about this or any other article so please feel free to fill in the form below, all comments are moderated to avoid profanity.
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Gods authority is challenged by the serpent – Genesis 3:1-7

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Gods authority is challenged by the serpent – Genesis 3:1-7 – 04/19/2016

Genesis 3:1 (ESV) Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” 2 And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, 3 but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’” 4 But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. 5 For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” 6 So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate. 7 Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths.

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 chapter three verse one…

V1 Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?”

As the title suggests this was the first challenge to the authority of God and although the text does not clearly state that this was Satan, however elsewhere in the bible it does make it clear, let’s look at the book of Ezekiel…

Ezekiel 28:13 (ESV) You were in Eden, the garden of God; every precious stone was your covering, sardius, topaz, and diamond, beryl, onyx, and jasper, sapphire, emerald, and carbuncle; and crafted in gold were your settings and your engravings. On the day that you were created they were prepared. 14 You were an anointed guardian cherub. I placed you; you were on the holy mountain of God; in the midst of the stones of fire you walked. 15 You were blameless in your ways from the day you were created, till unrighteousness was found in you. 16 In the abundance of your trade you were filled with violence in your midst, and you sinned; so I cast you as a profane thing from the mountain of God, and I destroyed you, O guardian cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire. 17 Your heart was proud because of your beauty; you corrupted your wisdom for the sake of your splendor. I cast you to the ground; I exposed you before kings, to feast their eyes on you. 18 By the multitude of your iniquities, in the unrighteousness of your trade you profaned your sanctuaries; so I brought fire out from your midst; it consumed you, and I turned you to ashes on the earth in the sight of all who saw you. 19 All who know you among the peoples are appalled at you; you have come to a dreadful end and shall be no more forever.”

And we read that the serpent was crafty and cunning and this is a warning to us today not to engage Satan in a battle of wits or attempt to even outsmart or try to do battle with the word of God against Satan, he knows the word of God and knows how to twist it to suit his ends and we see this in this text that this is what he tries to do with Eve. It is important to recognize that Satan is a created being; he is not equal or equivalent to God. To elevate him to such stature is giving him what he desires most, to have the power of God. He can be defeated and Jesus is more than a match for him.

He understood the woman and understood that by going to the woman and attacking the one that the command was not explicitly given (see Genesis 2:15 onwards) to he may expose a weakness in the relationship of the man and the woman. The question is not a friendly one and exposed by Satan’s purpose in all of our lives that is explained in John 10 where he is listed as “the thief”…

John 10:10 (ESV) The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. 11 I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 12 He who is a hired hand and not a shepherd, who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. 13 He flees because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep. 14 I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, 15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep. 16 And I have other sheep that are not of this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd. 17 For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life that I may take it up again. 18 No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This charge I have received from my Father.”

I know all about Satan’s plan in this area as often times we have been attacked as a family unit when either myself or my wife has been at their weakest and here is how he attacked “He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” He decided to go against the very word of God and whilst this may be a bold assertion for us mere mortals, Satan genuinely believes that he is equivalent to God and will attempt to place himself in that place.

He would have had foreknowledge of whether Adam did a good job telling Eve God’s plan for the garden and he approached it in a manner taking what God had said as a positive (He gave them so much to eat and a perfect paradise to roam in) and the devil focused in on the ONE LIMITATION that was given and even then he asked the question in a manner that was designed to trip up Eve.

V2 And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, 3 but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’”

Eve was really proud to be asked this question and answered him in the first place and secondly that she answered in her own pride and here is the first mistakes made in this whole unfortunate encounter. She also does not name the tree by name and lastly she adds her own addition to the end of the command from God. Here is what God actually said…

Genesis 2:15 (ESV) The LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it. 16 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, 17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”

No-one expects Eve to repeat the command verbatim but she was not supposed to add to the words of God and this is what Satan jumped on. She added the “nor shall you touch it” and whilst it may have been a sound policy to avoid temptations she was not bound by that recommendation by God and I see that a lot with Christians who bind themselves up in a whole bunch of traditional dogma that is not actually biblical and have been passed down as a tradition as opposed to sound theology. Eve really had a poor understanding of what God had actually said and did not understand the heart behind it. This for me as a man, husband and father falls squarely on Adams shoulders as he was the one who was supposed to take care of that.

V4 But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. 5 For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

As stated prior, Satan jumped on this like a flash exposing her false doctrine he had planned this and from the first moment asking the question in the way he did he opened up this situation to his benefit. He did not have to discredit God’s word; he just had to make Eve doubt and want to defend it. That is how he got a foothold in that conversation and from this he then went on the attack.

He stated “You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” He starts with questioning to make sure that Eve did not know what she was talking about and now moves in for the kill by contradicting God’s word. God’s word shows two good ways of dealing with the devil…

Jude 1:9 (ESV) 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.”

Ephesians 4:27 (ESV) and give no opportunity to the devil.

Basically the bible states that we should not be tackling him dead on and instead leaving him to the Lord because greater is he that is in us than the one who tempts us. The devil concentrates on what he believes the benefits would be to them if they carry out this sin. The most dangerous part of this that there was a little truth in that their eyes would be opened…to their sin and just how inferior and different they were to God. Satan promised the opposite, he played on the pride that was in the heart of the woman wanting to be like the one who created them and made them fall in the same way he did, by wanting to be equal with God.

V6 So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate.

Satan focused on how good the food was and Eve looks at the food and is enticed by the very thing that we are warned about in the epistle that we call First John…

1st John 2:15 (ESV) Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world. 17 And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.

Eve did all of that…

  • She gave into the desires of the flesh – when the woman saw that the tree was good for food
  • the desires of the eyes – was a delight to the eyes
  • and lastly the pride of life – desired to make one wise

Now the seed was sown Eve was sunk, she had backed herself into a corner and now wanted to go against God. This is a common story because every sin, whether it is a small sin like disobedience or a slightly larger one like lusting after another, they all start in the same manner, they start with pitching your tent closer and closer to the place of sin until the sin overtakes you. Whether that is a look that gravitates to a thought that cultivates a desire and concludes with an obsession it is all the same.

Up to this point it was all temptation and Eve still had to make the choice to sin and she chose that path but before you get to hard on Eve please note that it does state that her husband was with her and he took the fruit from his wife and ate it. As the man of the house he should have covered his wife and protected her from the devil. Eve was deceived but Adam had all the information direct from God and he chose to willingly rebel against God.

V7 Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths.

True enough their eyes were opened and the promise was fulfilled, they saw their nakedness and understood shame for the first time. They understood exposure, they understood vulnerability and they were experiencing things that God did not want them to have to go through. We know this as guilt, suddenly everything was worse and they had realized that they had done something wrong and they decided to cover their shame with leaves and for the first time they had a desire to be modest. God made us to be beautiful in who we are, our sin and fallen nature is the reason we wear clothes.

Lord willing, in our next article in Genesis we will look at verses eight through thirteen in chapter three when we look at what happens the next time Adam and Eve talk to God. I pray that you are able to join us as we go through the bible, line by line and precept by precept.

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Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, – Jude 1:24-25

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Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy – Jude 1:24-25 – 02/19/2016

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.

Jude 1:24 (ESV) Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, 25 to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.

Lord willing it is my desire to go through the epistle of Jude on a verse by verse basis and we have reached verse twenty so far, please join me in looking at the text beginning in verse twenty four…

V24 Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, 25 to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.

Jude culminates this letter in contending for the faith with a familiar type of greeting that I am sure that if you have read the book of Jude more than once you will have looked at it and probably skipped over it or if you have read it word for word I can guess that you may not have pondered the meaning why the letter finishes in the manner but the greeting itself is worthy of an article because it is filled with lessons that can easily be applied to us today.

This is called the closing or closing doxology and let’s break it up and examine it inductively in order to get the most out of the text.

• Now to him – Even in his closing Jude is intentional in the dedication of the letter to the one who is most important, Jude reminds us in the following sentence of the heart of God and how he is, as the song says “a good, good father”.
• Who is able to keep you from stumbling – Jude is very doom and gloomy in his letter, but here he reminds us of what a big God we serve, he is the one who is able to keep us because let’s face it we are not able to keep ourselves. If you think that you are, have a wee think about who you are if you are left to your own devices, not the “polished Christian” that you display outwardly.

We read in the last article (link here) the idea that we were to avoid men who were dangerous to our faith, avoid the scoffers and keep ourselves in the love of God. This is all gearing up to the next thought and we are kept from stumbling so we could be presented.
Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, We are sinners and we deserve judgment, however the grace of God through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ allows us to claim a state of blamelessness that we do not deserve or cannot earn on our own. That is what grace is! That we benefit through Jesus suffering and resurrection and we are presented as if we never sinned! What a God we serve that he would go the whole distance to allow us a way to heaven.

God will present us blameless but I do want to challenge you in asking how is God moving in you? You can usually see the ones that he is moving in because they are usually the diligent ones in doing the work of the kingdom down here on earth. In the words of Janet Jackson “what have you done for Him lately?” Are you following the callings that God has on your lives with your full passion and effort?
• Before the presence of his glory – And here is the destination of our grace! We will be in the presence of God should we truly be a child of God. I am excited to be in the presence of God for all eternity. Personally I laugh when I hear people saying things like “won’t it be great to hang out with (insert hero of the faith)” and I think to myself, actually no, I will be too busy worshipping God and being in his presence. All I do in his name it to try and get the folks that God places in my way alongside me. If you are reading this and unsure of your salvation, I want you to be next to me in paradise.
• With great joy – Because of God’s grace we can be joyful in his presence and that we don’t need to sneak in like the guilty child that knows they shouldn’t get a treat due to past misdemeanors. God has assured us a place in heaven regardless of our sin if we really are a true Christian. We are presented, as if we were a dignitary at a party and received with great joy. How mind-blowing is that?
• To the only God – Jude refutes the polytheistic notion that there are many gods and dedicates his letter to “the one God” the only God, the one who saves, who is he?
• Our Savior – Jude introduces him as “our Savior” and the last 500 words of this article give some basic information of why his is the savior. If he is the savior that tells us that we need to be saved, how can we be saved?
• Through Jesus Christ our Lord – And this is basic John 14:6, there is one way to heaven and that is through Jesus Christ our Lord. It is the basis for the Christian faith.
• Glory – And now Jude gives the attributes of God, I categorize these separately because they deserve individual attention, there is not enough words in the English language to adequately discuss about the many ways that God alone deserves glory, we were created for his glory and all of the things that we distract ourselves with and give adulation to, ask yourself if they are taking away the glory that should be reserved for God.

Look at a football stadium, several thousand people all dressed in the same colors, some even paint their faces as if they belong to a tribe. They chant, they cheer, they sing songs of praise to their team, they cheer when they do well and they wail and boo when they don’t. I know what I am like when I am watching football and I lament that I am not the same way on a Sunday when I am worshipping God.
• Majesty – God is sovereign, he should be treated as you would treat the finest king, the most powerful president or the most powerful person that you can think of pales in significance to the power of this King of King and Lord of Lords. He alone is the one that deserves all the pomp and circumstance because of his dominion.
• Dominion – Do not forget that God is in charge, he could call time on the world as we know it in the blink of an eye. Do not think we are transferring power to God if we declare it, we are simply recognizing who he is and the power that he has. I serve a big God, how about you?
• Authority – And God has all authority, he is absolute! Literally the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. Much like his glory, his majesty and his dominion, there is no beginning and there is no end to it. We can’t fall into the lie that God has limits because NOTHING is impossible to God.
• Before all time and now and forever. Amen – We see all those attributes and now we see what timescale God has, he is before all time and he is now and forevermore. He is not held by time and is limitless in such a way that it is almost impossible for us to comprehend. Each time I think of my God in a larger sense, he shows me that he is even larger than I thought he was.

Just as God is forever, our glory in God and time in his presence will be the same. We should know this already because we have rich hymns such as Amazing Grace that states the following…

“When we’ve been there ten thousand years,
bright shining as the sun,
We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise,
Than when we first begun”

And that is the reality that Jude is conveying here, that regardless what limits you think you can put on God, God is bigger than those limits, whether your limiter is time, glory, dominion or whatever, our victory and triumph is forever in God. Jude shows us what unshakable faith he has in God by that last sentence, regardless of what he comes against he is going to approach it with absolute and supreme confidence and faith in God. And he knows that that is past, present and future, God does not change and his mercy is longsuffering and enduring.

Do you have that faith that Jude has? Would you like to strengthen that faith? Would you like to start your journey of faith, please contact me if this is you? It is my desire to either start you on your journey or strengthen you if you have limited or weaker faith.

I am really grateful to have been able to relook at the book of Jude in these articles and I am also glad to be able to complete the book in this article, I am still praying about what epistle to look at next but I feel that Lord willing it will probably be Paul’s second epistle to Timothy, I have been reading that and it is so rich in lessons that could easily be applied to our lives as Christians today. Please keep me in prayer as I make this decision, each book and study is covered in prayer and the decisions to do these books and the order they are done in is not taken flippantly or lightly. I pray that you are able to join us as we go through the bible, line by line and precept by precept.

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In the last time there will be scoffers, following their own ungodly passions – Jude 1:17-19

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In the last time there will be scoffers, following their own ungodly passions – Jude 1:17-19 – 01/22/2016

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.

Jude 1:17 (ESV) But you must remember, beloved, the predictions of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ. 18 They said to you, “In the last time there will be scoffers, following their own ungodly passions.” 19 It is these who cause divisions, worldly people, devoid of the Spirit.

Jude continues this short but dynamic epistle by stating a remembrance of the predictions of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ. The apostles were literally speaking words that were inspired by God and they had good prophetic significance. Jude alludes to this and shows that word of God is always true, always timeless and can always be trusted. Let’s look at the words of the apostle Paul in his 2nd epistle to Timothy…

2nd Timothy 4:1 (ESV) 1 I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: 2 preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. 3 For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, 4 and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. 5 As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.

We learn the following dynamic points that Paul was exhorting Timothy…

• Preach the Word
• Be ready in and out of season
• Reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching

These are musts for moving the needle for Jesus in your neighborhood, whether you are called to teach the word in your living room, a small group, in a church or simply to your family we are called to be consistent when it is convenient and when it is not. We are called to be ambassadors for Jesus Christ and we have to make sure that doctrinally the “ducks are in a row” but we have to lastly do it in love because there is a time coming (and some argue that it is here already) where we will see the following…

• People will not endure sound teaching
• Accumulate teachers to suit their own passions (or ones that will allow them to justify questionable things in their lives)
• Will have itching ears
• Will turn away from truth and start listening to myths

Jude concurs with this teaching in verses 17-18 and I see it today that conservative bible believing churches are being replaced with a more “experience driven” model and that to me is worrying. (Further scriptures you may want to look at are in Acts 20:28-30; 1st Timothy 4:1-2; 2nd Timothy 3:1-5; 2nd Peter 2:1-13; 2nd John 1:7-11.) I am not divisive and will not tear down movements because they do things different to the way I choose to and different people will have different deal breakers when it comes to churches they wish to attend. For me I believe the teaching of God’s word has to be front and center that to me is the major deal breaker and I want to be challenged, encouraged and exhorted by those who wish to mentor or pastor me, for me worship styles, communion methods or other silly arguments we get involved in are just that, silly! Jude talks of such divisiveness in verse 19…

V19 It is these who cause divisions, worldly people, devoid of the Spirit.

We are told it is these who cause divisions, so these people who are open in their sinful lifestyles are in the church and are unrepentant in their ways. If someone was freshly saved or did not know better than that is one thing and a different circumstance to what we refer to here, that comes down to good shepherding and decent pastoral counselling. Jude is speaking of those who are playing both sides of the fence, being a saint on a Sunday and a sinner the rest of the week.

I know all about this as I have done this before I committed my life to Jesus and these people are not all-in believers if believers at all. Obviously I cannot speak for their heart but the lack of spiritual fruit is cause for concern. Because of their lack of spiritual discernment they clash with those who are attempting to do God’s will, they are trying to guide God’s will by the standards of the world and being devoid of the Spirit they are causing tensions because their ideas may sound good to some but they cause dissention and a split in the church.

These are the people who are mockers, following in their own carnal paths and passions. They tend to ask the question first “How does this benefit me? Or “What can I get out of this? Before having an attitude of service and these might be the very people who are being served the most but you will find that because they are not on the same mission as the ones who are following Gods will then this will cause unnecessary hurt and division.

You would have thought the Christian would have learned the lesson of the Pharisee and how the very Messiah that they claim to serve would often times call these people out, calling them such terms as “whitewashed tombs”, “dead inside” and stating that they looked good when they wanted to look religious however they and their hearts were far from God. They are missing one vital component to be truly effective for Jesus Christ, they have no Holy Spirit and I am sure you will agree that we need men and women who are Spirit filled.

Jude will discuss in the next article (Lord willing of course) how to deal with these divisive people in the next article in Jude when we look at verses twenty through twenty three.

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Enoch prophesied about the Lord’s judgment – Jude 1:14-16

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Enoch prophesied about the Lord’s judgment – Jude 1:14-16 – 01/08/2016
 
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 fourteen of the first chapter of Jude…
 
Jude 1:14 (ESV) It was also about these that Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied, saying, “Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of his holy ones, 15 to execute judgment on all and to convict all the ungodly of all their deeds of ungodliness that they have committed in such an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things that ungodly sinners have spoken against him.” 16 These are grumblers, malcontents, following their own sinful desires; they are loud-mouthed boasters, showing favoritism to gain advantage.
 
Jude speaks straight from the Old Testament and quotes from the book of Genesis and confirms a genealogy that points back all the way from Adam. He references Enoch who we are introduced to in Genesis 5…
 
Genesis 5:1 (ESV) This is the book of the generations of Adam. When God created man, he made him in the likeness of God. 2 Male and female he created them, and he blessed them and named them Man  when they were created. 3 When Adam had lived 130 years, he fathered a son in his own likeness, after his image, and named him Seth. 4 The days of Adam after he fathered Seth were 800 years; and he had other sons and daughters. 5 Thus all the days that Adam lived were 930 years, and he died. 6 When Seth had lived 105 years, he fathered Enosh. 7 Seth lived after he fathered Enosh 807 years and had other sons and daughters. 8 Thus all the days of Seth were 912 years, and he died. 9 When Enosh had lived 90 years, he fathered Kenan. 10 Enosh lived after he fathered Kenan 815 years and had other sons and daughters. 11 Thus all the days of Enosh were 905 years, and he died. 12 When Kenan had lived 70 years, he fathered Mahalalel. 13 Kenan lived after he fathered Mahalalel 840 years and had other sons and daughters. 14 Thus all the days of Kenan were 910 years, and he died. 15 When Mahalalel had lived 65 years, he fathered Jared. 16 Mahalalel lived after he fathered Jared 830 years and had other sons and daughters. 17 Thus all the days of Mahalalel were 895 years, and he died. 18 When Jared had lived 162 years he fathered Enoch. 19 Jared lived after he fathered Enoch 800 years and had other sons and daughters. 20 Thus all the days of Jared were 962 years, and he died. 21 When Enoch had lived 65 years, he fathered Methuselah. 22 Enoch walked with God after he fathered Methuselah 300 years and had other sons and daughters. 23 Thus all the days of Enoch were 365 years. 24 Enoch walked with God, and he was not, for God took him.
 
The first thing that strikes me about that genealogy list is that Enoch lived 365 years and is not listed as dying, he stopped walking with God on this earth when God took him. So what happened? Did he vaporize? Was he raptured? Paul sheds a little more light in the book of Hebrews chapter eleven…
 
Hebrews 11:1 (ESV) Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. 2 For by it the people of old received their commendation. 3 By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible. 4 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. 5 By faith Enoch was taken up so that he should not see death, and he was not found, because God had taken him. Now before he was taken he was commended as having pleased God. 6 And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.
 
He was taken up so he did not see death, his body was not found. That really is about as much as we need to know on that score. We know from history that Enoch was a prophet and there were early writings that were revered by the Jewish people but were never accepted as inspired scripture and Jude would be referring to these works.
 
Is this a problem? I don’t actually believe so! I went to see a group recently called “The City Harmonic” play in a local church in Exeter (see link) and they have in one of their songs  called “Solid Rock” they use a quote from a Scottish poet called Robert Burns that states the following…
 
“The best laid plans of mice and men, so often go astray”
 
They are not basing a foundational doctrine of a church or movement on the words of a secular, winebibbing, womanizing freemason, but they do recognize that there is some truth in that statement and in the same vein Jude references something that will be well known to his audience but he also quotes the book as to avoid any loss in translation of his point or the possibility of some Gentiles coming along and having not read that book looking in and questioning what he meant. Does it mean the whole book of Enoch is inspired testimony? I don’t believe so but the quotation is to help illustrate a point, it is not the actual point itself and I prefer not to get too deep into rabbit trails that really do not help understand the true meaning and context of these Holy words!
 
What does floor me is the prophesy that even as far back as Enoch, there were men declaring the coming of Christ, there is no actual new information or doctrine that is mentioned only here in the bible, what is important is the earliness of that prophecy. The prophecy was in the following parts
 
•       The coming of Christ with ten thousand (v14)  – Jude is like a “mini book of Revelation” here when he declares triumphantly that the sinful life that these people know will come to an end and Christ will come again to redeem his people.
•       Convict the ungodly (v15) – If you are still in your sins when he comes or when you die (whichever comes first) then you will be tried according to your sins. With no reconciliation to God you will be found wanting in the scales and you will be convicted of your sins. If you are convicted prior to death you still have the option of repentance, if you wait until after then you make your own choice.
•       Execute judgment on all the ungodly (v15) – If you are convicted of your sins then what follows next is the judgment. I would urge that you check out the book of Revelation to see the alternative to Heaven and communion with God. There will be a judgment on all of the ungodly people and a decent family line or previous genealogy will not save you.
 
V16 These are grumblers, malcontents, following their own sinful desires; they are loud-mouthed boasters, showing favoritism to gain advantage.
 
Here is what trips me out, when I read this sentence I immediately feel awful because I have done most if not all of what Jude complains about here. I am a convicted whiner, I have grumbled, I have followed my desires before Gods and tried to dress it up in a holy cap and gown, I am loud mouthed, I have boasted and I have tried to leverage to gain advantages.
 
So why am I even typing this? I know I have been a mess up in the past, but I have also been convicted and unlike the conviction above, I learned and when I see folks like this I pray for them. Please notice that most of the issues that stem from these folks behaviors stem from one of the smallest organs in the body, the tongue! Here is how they were in error…
 
•       They were grumblers – They did not use their words to edify, nowadays we don’t even need to use our tongues and with the advent of smart phones and social network our grumbles or rants can go viral if it catches the mood of the people.
•       Following their own sinful desires – They had their own MO, they had their own agenda and the will of God was very low on their priority list, because they had not set their spiritual compass to a spiritual true north they were always facing away from the direction God intended them to be in. The phrase “my ways are higher than your ways” was alien to them.
•       They are loud-mouthed boasters – They had great swelling words, they were the man with the plan and nothing to back it up, they were the popular ones who were seen as the visionaries but they were looking to advance their kingdom before Gods.
•       Showing favoritism to gain advantage – They would never be seen with the people that would not gain them any advantage in ministry, they were trying to be the leaders friends, if there was a small group they would only attend the one at the pastors house because one held at just another members house would not advance them in ministry or help gain an advantage on the man next to him. They were the schmoozers of the church world; you notice them by their lack of ministry works and wanting to just be seen with the “right people” or have their name in the church bulletin being in charge of something.
 
If you recognize yourself in any of these then please do what I did and repent and seek forgiveness, I say this as someone who had to learn those lessons in a knucklehead fashion so please know that it can be done.
 
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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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BIAY – Bible in a year – December 25th 2015

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This article is part of a series called Bible in a year, for the full year please check out our BIAY home page, or for December check out our December page.

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

Today’s scripture is as follows:

Jude 1
Revelation 1-3.

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These people defile the flesh, reject authority, and blaspheme the glorious ones – Jude 1:8-9

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These people defile the flesh, reject authority, and blaspheme the glorious ones – Jude 1:8-9 – 12/11/2015

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 eight of the first chapter of Jude.

Jude 1:8-9 (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.”

Jude who was continuing in his thought when he spoke of those folks at Sodom and Gomorrah and their lust for sins of the flesh he made a similar statement that there were people who were like these people who defiled the flesh and rejected authority. Jude states that the lawless men and the Angels wanted to be in authority, they rejected God’s authority and did not want to be bound by a heavenly code of conduct. 

It is very similar to the atheistic, humanistic view that we are seeing rise in more recent times that we are our own authority, which we only have to answer to ourselves. Let us look at this “self-morality logically…

•       Let’s remove the laws of the land – would everyone still behave if there were no consequences?
•       Let’s remove the defense of our nation – Would no-one attack us if we were vulnerable?
•       Let’s abolish Government and everyone is in charge – Would we have a cohesive policy on everything?
•       Let’s abolish code of conduct at work – Would anything get done if you could not be fired?

Those analogies may seem extreme or ridiculous but with those four measures I reduced any nation in the world to be vulnerable to attack, archaic chaos, lazy nation who would have companies going out of business every day with an economy in the toilet. There would be no crime because everything is legal but people still get murdered, raped, looted and harmed, but the victims are never punished due to no legal system and often die because the hospitals cannot cope with the volume of patients in the ER and with a very weak economy and no Government to direct policy the aging hospital system cannot be upgraded, but hey at least we are in charge of our own destiny and we are all in charge huh?

And I deliberately did not remove God and the whole system went to pot! I just removed all the human made stuff and can you imagine trying to live in a society like that and that would be like what Jude is saying, these people reject authority. Let’s look at the possible ways you could reject authority on a Christian level…

•       Bible – based an isolated doctrine based on only liking certain passages and not the full counsel of scripture
•       Bible – Form incorrect doctrine by rejecting valid scripture
•       Beliefs – Seeing Christianity as a buffet as opposed to a main meal, discarding beliefs that may actually be needed in our lives or be life changing
•       Prayer – not submitting to a vibrant and regular prayer life and wondering why you are not growing in God.
•       Lifestyle – confessing God with our mouths but not changing our lifestyle and being “worldly Christians” living in sin.
•       Submission to God’s will – not submitting to God’s will in your life and worshipping a glorified deity version of yourself! If your God never says no to you, you may not be following Gods will after all.
•       Rejecting leadership/pastoral authority – Have you been through 5 churches in the last year? Are you always offended? Is no church good enough? Has everyone hurt you? I say this in the deepest of love but it may not be those pastors.

This is tough stuff and it truly is where the rubber hits the road. If you want something easy then join the Marines. In the words of a Calvary Chapel Pastor (Calvary Chapel Monterey) I truly respect called Nate Holdridge “If you are not tired then you may not be doing it correctly” and in order to get the point of what I am driving at, let’s learn from a biblical account of a people when they were in the worst of their rebellion against God, the Children of Israel and let’s see what it says in the book of Judges…

Judges 21:23 (ESV) And the people of Benjamin did so and took their wives, according to their number, from the dancers whom they carried off. Then they went and returned to their inheritance and rebuilt the towns and lived in them. 24 And the people of Israel departed from there at that time, every man to his tribe and family, and they went out from there every man to his inheritance. 25 In those days there was no king in Israel. Everyone did what was right in his own eyes.

We come in as they are discussing how to provide for the wives of the tribe of Benjamin. Once they had their provisions and they had what they had come for, we read that “there was no king in Israel. Everyone did what was right in his own eyes.” Even although there was no physical presence on the throne they still should have been giving thanks to God but they followed the heart and the heart was not striving for the things of God. The obvious result is that they rebelled and went further and further away from God.

Jude calls the “dreamers” because they were not in touch with the reality that God was sovereign and in many cases when we slide into sin and get deeper and deeper in, we start to concoct fantasies and alternate realities in where we can justify what we are doing. If we give ourselves over to our sin or our desires and live in that life instead of the life that God has for us eventually it will become unhealthy.

Sometimes we can “holy” our fantasies and desires and seek to promote ourselves in Gods kingdom and place ourselves in places God never intended us to be, sometimes we can let our desires cloud our visions and we could end up blaspheming because we may be in error and deceived in what we believe is prophecy or a spiritual gift that we have tried to promote ourselves into to make ourselves look holy.

These people sound like the latter, the deceivers because they appeared holy in gifts, visions and prophecies but they were gossips, slanderers and the first to rail against the ones that God had in charge of the assemblies. I see this more than most having not accepted any positions in the churches I have attended but the ones who are awesome to the pastors face are not necessarily the ones who should be trusted with the ministries of God because they are the ones who ignore the assembly to schmooze the leadership in order to get the best places. Pastors be aware of these people and look first at the servants who clean the bathrooms or stack the chairs without prompting. 

V9 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.”

Talk about a clash of the Titans that Dana White from the UFC would love to see in the Octagon in the Red (pun intended) Corner – The Devil and in the Blue Corner – Michael the Archangel. Everything Jude has said thus far has lead up to this visual matchup between the one who is loyal to the authority of God and the one who was the chief musician in heaven, had a lot of authority himself and rebelled against God. Michael is on our side as God is love, the Devil seeks only to destroy.

First of all I have no idea where this idea of a dispute about the body of Moses originated from, if you wish to read about the physical body of Moses we last read about it in Deuteronomy 34 if that is of interest to you but regardless of what the dispute was or why there was a dispute in the first place and my guess is that the devil was probably looking to do something to do any of the following…

•       Maybe use Moses body in some way to lead Israel away from God in some form of idol worship or some form of Messiah type plan.
•       Maybe he knew about Moses appearing in bodily form at the transfiguration
•       Maybe he thought Moses would need the body in the book of Revelation as one of the two witnesses

This again is speculation and who knows why it was being disputed. I am a simple guy and smarter guys than me have got stuff like this wrong so I will let you the reader pray over it and if it is something you wish to pursue then I wish you well. The overall point is not why there was a dispute but how Michael dealt with it and we as Christians could learn so much from this. He knew that the devil was cunning and was more than a match for him and knew that this spiritual warfare had to be won for the greater good.

Michael did not promote himself or puff himself up and say “I am Michael the archangel” He merely said “The Lord rebuke you!” Michael handled this like a boss, he did not leave himself open to attack by the devil, he learned from the Garden of Eden. He did not descend to the devils level and accuse or mock the devil, he used the name above all names that he knew that the devil could not compare or stand against. Let’s bring it back round to what Jude is saying and let’s look at the conduct of these “certain men” against the conduct of “Michael the archangel” and see that although Michael was the one in battle he handled it appropriately and how much more do these certain men be shamed because they have “spoke evil of authority”

I am not blameless in this way and I am certainly pondering ways that I have not always fully respected those the Lord had over me and now I am entering a season where the Lord has me lead people I am seeing it a lot from the other side and trying to not give people a reason to speak evil of me. My advice is pray for your pastor and always intercede for your leaders as often as you remember.

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The birth of Jesus – Matthew 1:18-25

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The birth of Jesus – Matthew 1:18-25 – 12/09/2015

This is a series in the Gospel of Matthew which looks to visit the text from the Gospel of Matthew on a line by line and verse by verse teaching and Lord willing we will get through the full book of Matthew, this is part of a New Testament bible study series that you can read all other studies in this section on this link.

Matthew 1:18 (ESV) Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. 19 And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. 20 But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” 22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: 23 “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us). 24 When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him: he took his wife, 25 but knew her not until she had given birth to a son. And he called his name Jesus.

I love this part of scripture as it is so dynamic, so cross cultural and so wonderful in its simplicity and this is why I love the book of Matthew. Matthew is a no nonsense guy, a tax collector who gets straight to the point and lays out the facts in an easy to read historical format. After dealing with the family tree of where Jesus came from in a legal perspective he then starts with the betrothal and in the Jewish ceremony there were three steps to marriage..

•       Engagement – Is when the initial interest is noted and they are set aside for one another, sometimes this is done before they would be able to decide for themselves and it was somewhat common for families to “align” by marriage by setting aside children to be married at a later date.
•       Betrothal – is when the couple is old enough to wed, they betroth and this would be the same as what we would call a legal wedding, they are married by law and can only break this by a formal divorce, however they still live apart for a period of time, usually the first year.
•       Marriage – this took place last and then the couple would start their lives as man and wife.

Now you can see why a betrothed woman would be scandalous if the man was a righteous man like Joseph was. The fact that Mary was with child would have culturally caused an issue and the first thought would have been that she had been adulterous. Mary must have been under intense pressure as by agreeing to do this she knew that she was essentially making herself a social outcast as no-one would believe what she said regarding the Holy Spirit.

So much so that initially Joseph did not believe (v19) Joseph is shown here as a man with great compassion as he could have had Mary stoned for breaking a betrothal. (He is called here Mary’s husband to illustrate how legal the betrothal was) You have to see it from Joseph’s point of view also as everything points to Mary being unfaithful to him and legally and in his heart also it would have been virtually impossible to go through with the marriage. Joseph still showed love for Mary by wishing to not publically humiliate her and seek a quiet divorce.

A divorce in those days was not the quick and convenient option that it has become these days. There would have been witnesses to the betrothal and other young men in the area would have known that Mary could not be courted so Joseph was trying to make it as painless as possible for both parties. So it would not be private as we read it but Joseph despite his obvious hurt and feeling of betrayal has it in mind to allow as painless a separation as possible and it is right that he is described as “a just man” as he still wanted to protect Mary’s interests as well as his own.

V20 But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.

Divine intervention convinced Mary to conceive from the Holy Spirit and divine intervention also convinced Joseph to take Mary as his wife and reassured him that she had not been in disgrace. Can you imagine what a relief that was and how that made Joseph feel? That trust had been restored between man and wife and husband, we know he loved her by his desire to not disgrace her and now he could have the woman that he had waited so long in anticipation for.

Joseph is addressed as “son of David” so this will have alerted Joseph that he was being spoken to using the lineage of his family back to King David and the messianic meanings behind what was about to be said. You have to remember that the nation was looking for the returning Messiah so everybody knew the prophecies and everyone was on alert. And it was confirmed to him that Mary had not been unfaithful to him and was still pure.

V21 She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”

Joseph has the future revealed to him that he will witness a son, that will be called Jesus and that he will be a Savior. Jesus meant simply “The Salvation of Jehovah” it was as common as John and Joseph is today but there will be nothing common about the mission that this special child will have. He will save his people from their sins. Note that it says “his people” and not “Children of Israel” or “God’s people” which advises that Jesus will save those who come to faith in him and that was the purpose we find out even at the announcement of his birth that this child will do something to save his people.

V22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: V23 “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us).

The angel is quoting from the seventh chapter of the book of Isaiah which reads…

Isaiah 7:14 (ESV) Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

It is very God that even at the announcement of the birth of Jesus he points to the fact that he had advised hundreds of years before in the prophets and that it would not be some vague prophesy that could have been fulfilled by a hundred different people throughout history. God gave a specific prophecy about something that was biologically impossible except by supernatural intervention.

The name Immanuel (God with us) shows how far God was willing to come to meet us in our sin that he would send his son to come to earth to be with us, live like us and be an example to us and eventually die on a cross for our sins to reconcile man to God. God literally came 99.99% of the way to us and told us that he wanted communion that much that he was willing to walk this earth to demonstrate a divine nature in the historical man Jesus of Nazareth.

V24 When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him: he took his wife,

Joseph was tremendous here, for me Joseph does not get enough credit in the scriptures and when he woke, he went straight away and was obedient to the angel of the Lord and did not debate or resonate it in his heart, maybe take stock of it and logic away the divine nature of the whole thing. I feel that as Christians we tend to do that too much where we tend to overanalyze things that are obviously God and backed up by both the will and word of God and sometimes we miss out on the blessings God has for us because we are too conservative. Joseph does not do that, he walks by faith that God has blessed this union.

V25 but knew her not until she had given birth to a son. And he called his name Jesus.

Matthew wants to make three things clear from this verse…

•       Mary remained a virgin until after Jesus was born
•       Eventually Joseph and Mary had marital relations
•       They were obedient to call the child the name God wanted

These are important observations because it takes away the opportunity for scoffers to doubt the miraculous birth, that she would fulfil the prophecy not just at the time of conception but also at the time of delivery. It also removes the credence for the idea that Mary remained a virgin always that some denominations promote, it simply is unbiblical and unhistorical because we know that Jesus had at least two other brothers they were called James and Jude and they both wrote epistles so we have writings from these men to show that they did in fact exist.

Legally the marriage was finalized and they could live together but it was not consummated and from a male point of view that showed incredible restraint and faithfulness on the behalf of Joseph. Lastly they called him Jesus, they did what they were told by God, perhaps it was easy to be obedient when they were faced with such direct confirmation of the will of God, they called him that common name that would eventually become name above all names.

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Destroyed by their sin and unbelief

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Jude 1:5-7 – Destroyed by their sin and unbelief – 11/27/2015

Jude 1:5 (ESV) 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. 6 And the angels who did not stay within their own position of authority, but left their proper dwelling, he has kept in eternal chains under gloomy darkness until the judgment of the great day— 7 just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding cities, which likewise indulged in sexual immorality and pursued unnatural desire, serve as an example by undergoing a punishment of eternal fire.

As we continue in the book of Jude we see more of what was written earlier in the previous articles that Jude is very much a “mini book of Revelation” it is a very small book in relation to the rest of the bible however it is a very dynamic book as in its twenty five verses is some very rich theology. I would urge that you open the bible to the book of Jude and see what truths we wish to convey in this series of articles.

V5 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.

Jude was not writing anything new, he was simply looking to remind them of a truth that they once knew, much like the previous article when Jude wrote that he had intended to write about the common salvation but instead had to write the letter that he wrote. As observed previously Jude was very sensitive to the Holy Spirit guiding his writing and this is another reason why this is such a rich letter dripping with theology.

Sometimes we have to hear good and relevant truths more than once because we do not always heed them or apply them to our present life situation or apply it properly to our lives in order to make the example one that sticks. Let’s face it we are human and we do need a daily washing in the scriptures to keep God’s truth fresh in our minds and keep our focus on Godly things.

Jude reminds them some Old Testament truths that in Numbers 14 that even although the children of Israel were saved out of slavery in the land of Egypt they refused to obey God with all their hearts and God pronounced a judgment upon them…

Numbers 14:1 (ESV) Then all the congregation raised a loud cry, and the people wept that night. 2 And all the people of Israel grumbled against Moses and Aaron. The whole congregation said to them, “Would that we had died in the land of Egypt! Or would that we had died in this wilderness! 3 Why is the LORD bringing us into this land, to fall by the sword? Our wives and our little ones will become a prey. Would it not be better for us to go back to Egypt?” 4 And they said to one another, “Let us choose a leader and go back to Egypt.” 5 Then Moses and Aaron fell on their faces before all the assembly of the congregation of the people of Israel. 6 And Joshua the son of Nun and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, who were among those who had spied out the land, tore their clothes 7 and said to all the congregation of the people of Israel, “The land, which we passed through to spy it out, is an exceedingly good land. 8 If the LORD delights in us, he will bring us into this land and give it to us, a land that flows with milk and honey. 9 Only do not rebel against the LORD. And do not fear the people of the land, for they are bread for us. Their protection is removed from them, and the LORD is with us; do not fear them.” 10 Then all the congregation said to stone them with stones. But the glory of the LORD appeared at the tent of meeting to all the people of Israel. 11 And the LORD said to Moses, “How long will this people despise me? And how long will they not believe in me, in spite of all the signs that I have done among them? 12 I will strike them with the pestilence and disinherit them, and I will make of you a nation greater and mightier than they.” 13 But Moses said to the LORD, “Then the Egyptians will hear of it, for you brought up this people in your might from among them, 14 and they will tell the inhabitants of this land. They have heard that you, O LORD, are in the midst of this people. For you, O LORD, are seen face to face, and your cloud stands over them and you go before them, in a pillar of cloud by day and in a pillar of fire by night. 15 Now if you kill this people as one man, then the nations who have heard your fame will say, 16 ‘It is because the LORD was not able to bring this people into the land that he swore to give to them that he has killed them in the wilderness.’ 17 And now, please let the power of the Lord be great as you have promised, saying, 18 ‘The LORD is slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, forgiving iniquity and transgression, but he will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, to the third and the fourth generation.’ 19 Please pardon the iniquity of this people, according to the greatness of your steadfast love, just as you have forgiven this people, from Egypt until now.” 20 Then the LORD said, “I have pardoned, according to your word. 21 But truly, as I live, and as all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the LORD, 22 none of the men who have seen my glory and my signs that I did in Egypt and in the wilderness, and yet have put me to the test these ten times and have not obeyed my voice, 23 shall see the land that I swore to give to their fathers. And none of those who despised me shall see it. 24 But my servant Caleb, because he has a different spirit and has followed me fully, I will bring into the land into which he went, and his descendants shall possess it. 25 Now, since the Amalekites and the Canaanites dwell in the valleys, turn tomorrow and set out for the wilderness by the way to the Red Sea.” 26 And the LORD spoke to Moses and to Aaron, saying, 27 “How long shall this wicked congregation grumble against me? I have heard the grumblings of the people of Israel, which they grumble against me. 28 Say to them, ‘As I live, declares the LORD, what you have said in my hearing I will do to you: 29 your dead bodies shall fall in this wilderness, and of all your number, listed in the census from twenty years old and upward, who have grumbled against me, 30 not one shall come into the land where I swore that I would make you dwell, except Caleb the son of Jephunneh and Joshua the son of Nun. 31 But your little ones, who you said would become a prey, I will bring in, and they shall know the land that you have rejected. 32 But as for you, your dead bodies shall fall in this wilderness. 33 And your children shall be shepherds in the wilderness forty years and shall suffer for your faithlessness, until the last of your dead bodies lies in the wilderness. 34 According to the number of the days in which you spied out the land, forty days, a year for each day, you shall bear your iniquity forty years, and you shall know my displeasure.’ 35 I, the LORD, have spoken. Surely this will I do to all this wicked congregation who are gathered together against me: in this wilderness they shall come to a full end, and there they shall die.” 36 And the men whom Moses sent to spy out the land, who returned and made all the congregation grumble against him by bringing up a bad report about the land— 37 the men who brought up a bad report of the land—died by plague before the LORD. 38 Of those men who went to spy out the land, only Joshua the son of Nun and Caleb the son of Jephunneh remained alive.

It is important that you know where he is quoting from as in order to “always be ready to give a defense for the faith” (1st Peter 3:14-15) you must first have read what you are defending and understand the history of where it is coming from. To do that you must be reminded to refresh your heart in a regular basis with the Word of God. The children of Israel who did not believe (and that also included Moses, the man who started the Exodus) never set foot in that promised land.

V6 And the angels who did not stay within their own position of authority, but left their proper dwelling, he has kept in eternal chains under gloomy darkness until the judgment of the great day—

Jude speaks of an obscure passage of scripture in Genesis 6 which says the following…

Genesis 6:1 (ESV) When man began to multiply on the face of the land and daughters were born to them, 2 the sons of God saw that the daughters of man were attractive. And they took as their wives any they chose.

Basically there were rebellious angels who were not content with their place in heaven decided to take human women as wives of their own, when it speaks in the bible that they took wives it speaks of an un-natural sexual encounter that God was not authorizing when he created man and woman. You will observe that this happened pre flood and shortly after and due to the wickedness that abounded God commissioned Noah to build an Ark and restart the earth’s population.

Jude gives another piece of information about these angels that they are in eternal chains until the judgment of the great day and that tells me that God was far superior to those angels and also what they did was wrong in the sight of God and they had to be detained until “that great day” when Jesus will return and judge.

V7 just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding cities, which likewise indulged in sexual immorality and pursued unnatural desire, serve as an example by undergoing a punishment of eternal fire.

Jude continues the thought about unnatural sexual relations by mentioning another wicked place in the book of Genesis. We read about Sodom and Gomorrah when Lot pitched his tent there and the following happened…

Genesis 19:1 (ESV) The two angels came to Sodom in the evening, and Lot was sitting in the gate of Sodom. When Lot saw them, he rose to meet them and bowed himself with his face to the earth 2 and said, “My lords, please turn aside to your servant’s house and spend the night and wash your feet. Then you may rise up early and go on your way.” They said, “No; we will spend the night in the town square.” 3 But he pressed them strongly; so they turned aside to him and entered his house. And he made them a feast and baked unleavened bread, and they ate. 4 But before they lay down, the men of the city, the men of Sodom, both young and old, all the people to the last man, surrounded the house. 5 And they called to Lot, “Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us, that we may know them.” 6 Lot went out to the men at the entrance, shut the door after him, 7 and said, “I beg you, my brothers, do not act so wickedly. 8 Behold, I have two daughters who have not known any man. Let me bring them out to you, and do to them as you please. Only do nothing to these men, for they have come under the shelter of my roof.” 9 But they said, “Stand back!” And they said, “This fellow came to sojourn, and he has become the judge! Now we will deal worse with you than with them.” Then they pressed hard against the man Lot, and drew near to break the door down. 10 But the men reached out their hands and brought Lot into the house with them and shut the door. 11 And they struck with blindness the men who were at the entrance of the house, both small and great, so that they wore themselves out groping for the door. 12 Then the men said to Lot, “Have you anyone else here? Sons-in-law, sons, daughters, or anyone you have in the city, bring them out of the place. 13 For we are about to destroy this place, because the outcry against its people has become great before the LORD, and the LORD has sent us to destroy it.” 14 So Lot went out and said to his sons-in-law, who were to marry his daughters, “Up! Get out of this place, for the LORD is about to destroy the city.” But he seemed to his sons-in-law to be jesting. 15 As morning dawned, the angels urged Lot, saying, “Up! Take your wife and your two daughters who are here, lest you be swept away in the punishment of the city.” 16 But he lingered. So the men seized him and his wife and his two daughters by the hand, the LORD being merciful to him, and they brought him out and set him outside the city. 17 And as they brought them out, one said, “Escape for your life. Do not look back or stop anywhere in the valley. Escape to the hills, lest you be swept away.” 18 And Lot said to them, “Oh, no, my lords. 19 Behold, your servant has found favor in your sight, and you have shown me great kindness in saving my life. But I cannot escape to the hills, lest the disaster overtake me and I die. 20 Behold, this city is near enough to flee to, and it is a little one. Let me escape there—is it not a little one?—and my life will be saved!” 21 He said to him, “Behold, I grant you this favor also, that I will not overthrow the city of which you have spoken. 22 Escape there quickly, for I can do nothing till you arrive there.” Therefore the name of the city was called Zoar. 23 The sun had risen on the earth when Lot came to Zoar. 24 Then the LORD rained on Sodom and Gomorrah sulfur and fire from the LORD out of heaven. 25 And he overthrew those cities, and all the valley, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and what grew on the ground. 26 But Lot’s wife, behind him, looked back, and she became a pillar of salt. 27 And Abraham went early in the morning to the place where he had stood before the LORD. 28 And he looked down toward Sodom and Gomorrah and toward all the land of the valley, and he looked and, behold, the smoke of the land went up like the smoke of a furnace. 29 So it was that, when God destroyed the cities of the valley, God remembered Abraham and sent Lot out of the midst of the overthrow when he overthrew the cities in which Lot had lived.

The consequence of Lots decision in Genesis 13 to choose the valley that looked nicer when he separated from Abram and the consequence to raise his wife and daughter in such a sinful culture and failing to lead his family well should be a warning to us all. I am not going to focus too much on the behavior of the men of Sodom as there are innumerable articles that go in great depth and if the Lord spares me long enough to do an article on it then I will do so.

The knock on effect to this is that his daughters do not know right from wrong and a few verses later get their father drunk and they both sleep with him. From this union the Moabite people are born through a child called Moab. Both the men of Sodom and Lots daughters displayed “unnatural desire” and should they not repent of their sins they will suffer a punishment of eternal fire.

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