1. The delusion of these false teachers
“In the very same way, on the strength of their dreams these ungodly people pollute their own bodies, reject authority and heap abuse on celestial beings.” Vs. 8
A. Jude moves from a historical example to the present. These people claim to be guided by special spiritual insight gained in dreams, they are in fact ungodly following their own sinful desires.
2. The decision to use a non biblical source
“But even the archangel Michael, when he was disputing with the devil about the body of Moses, did not himself dare to condemn him for slander but said, “The Lord rebuke you!” Vs. 9
A. What is the point? It illustrates those who speak evil about those in authority and reject authority.
3. The destruction these people cause
“Yet these people slander whatever they do not understand, and the very things they do understand by instinct—as irrational animals do—will destroy them.” Vs.10
A. These godless men are destroyed by the very things they fail to understand.
B. “They have taken the way of Cain; they have rushed for profit into Balaam’s error; they have been destroyed in Korah’s rebellion.” Vs. 11
Cain - Cain was involved in religious activity, but he was evil. Genesis 4
Balaam – Balaam was greedy and was willing to do anything for money. Numbers 22-25
Korah - Korah rebelled against God's chosen leadership, Moses. Numbers 16
4. The denunciation of false teachers
“These people are blemishes at your love feasts, eating with you without the slightest qualm—shepherds who feed only themselves...” Vss. 12-16 A.
Jude uses several metaphors to describe them.
Blemishes (hidden reefs)
Clouds without water
Autumn trees without fruit
B. In verse 14 Jude uses a quote out of the book of Enoch to emphasize God’s coming judgment.
C. Manipulators -They are grumblers and faultfinders, muttering undertones of outspoken dissatisfaction. Then they flatter in order to get their way and gain advantage.