Devotion for November 21, 2017

JUDE 5-11

5 So I want to remind you, though you already know these things, that Jesus[a] first rescued the nation of Israel from Egypt, but later he destroyed those who did not remain faithful. 6 And I remind you of the angels who did not stay within the limits of authority God gave them but left the place where they belonged. God has kept them securely chained in prisons of darkness, waiting for the great day of judgment. 7 And don’t forget Sodom and Gomorrah and their neighboring towns, which were filled with immorality and every kind of sexual perversion. Those cities were destroyed by fire and serve as a warning of the eternal fire of God’s judgment.

8 In the same way, these people—who claim authority from their dreams—live immoral lives, defy authority and scoff at supernatural beings.[b] 9 But even Michael, one of the mightiest of the angels,[c] did not dare accuse the devil of blasphemy, but simply said, “The Lord rebuke you!” (This took place when Michael was arguing with the devil about Moses’ body.) 10 But these people scoff at things they do not understand. Like unthinking animals, they do whatever their instincts tell them, and so they bring about their own destruction. 11 What sorrow awaits them! For they follow in the footsteps of Cain, who killed his brother. Like Balaam, they deceive people for money. And like Korah, they perish in their rebellion.

SUPERNATURAL

The Bible is the story of God, who He is and what He has done. The Bible is not fundamentally a book about you and what you should be doing. It involves the LORD’s supernatural intervention, actual history, and personal narratives. At the center of the story is Jesus, who died on a cross in our place to wash away the curse of our sin, and then He physically resurrected from the dead to grant us NEW LIFE!

PERSONAL REFLECTION

Q: What are the features of God-defying people as listed in verse 8?

Q: In what way does your life demonstrate ungodliness? Take a minute today to confess your sin and receive the free gift of forgiveness that Jesus offers you.

Q: In verse 8, we are warned about living immorally and defying authority. How can you be a better witness for Jesus by moral living and appropriate respect for authority (the words you use, the integrity of the work you do, truth-telling, etc)?

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