But I want to remind you, though you once knew this, that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed those who did not believe. And the angels who did not keep their proper domain, but left their own abode, He has reserved in everlasting chains under darkness for the judgment of the great day; as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities around them in a similar manner to these, having given themselves over to sexual immorality and gone after strange flesh, are set forth as an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.
Jude does a fantastic job relating to his audience by recalling some of Israel’s past. Jude now calls his audience to remember the past and he uses it to describe false teachers. We know they exist and we know they were a big problem for this specific group of believers otherwise Jude would not have addressed it. We saw last time the direction these false teachers were taking. They were being obscure among these Christians, characterized by obscene behavior, and opposing Christ and God.
As we read verses 5-7 we see Jude describing these apostates as:
~ Faithless (v5)
~ Envious (v6)
~ Immoral (v7)
Lets look at each instance mentioned by Jude.
First we see God leading Israel out of Egypt; this account being found throughout the book of Exodus and also see Paul mentioning it in 1 Corinthians 10:1-11. The Israelites were lustful Idolators mixed up in all kinds of sin. Jude is focusing in on their destruction in the wildness. Paul in 1 Corinthians gives great detail of their lack of faith and the end result of many dying before they entered the promise land.
Second we see the Angels leaving their divine order; this account being found in Genesis 6 and see also 2 Peter 2:4. These angels did not abide by God’s divine order and pursued selfish lusts. God is preserving these angles in chains awaiting their final judgement.
Thirdly we see the example of Sodom and Gomorrha; this account found in Genesis 18:22-19:29 and see also 2 Peter 2:6-10. This specific illustration is used over 20 times describing the wicked and their destruction. These men were lustful and arrogant. They also stepped out of God’s divine order and suffered his wrath for it. These cities were not spared by God and live as a well-known example to all.
We see certain things in common of all 3 cases listed:
~ Rejected God’s divine authority
~ Called God a liar
This description matches Jude’s description
In each case God punishes the ungodly. With the Israelites he let them die in the wildness, the angels kept for final judgment, and Sodom and Gomorrha was completely destroyed. God takes disbelief, pride, and selfishness very serious! One day Christ will return and bring judgment on all. God will destroy the ungodly and punish them for an eternity in Hell. Jude is being very clear on God’s displeasure with sin. This displeasure hasn’t changed!
Last time I asked you if you were ready for action. Before one can fight they have to remove the sin in their own lives. Are you chasing after selfish pleasure? Is there a secret sin your life that no one knows about (except God). Better question have you placed your faith in Christ? Do you believe he is who he said he was and that he did what he said he did? Faith is not a blinded following, its believing in a set of facts and allowing that to change your life. Submit to Christ in faith and/or repentance and then prepare for battle!