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Jude 1:9-10

9 Yet [de] Michael [Michael] the archangel [archaggelos], when [hote] contending [diakrino] with the devil [diabolos] he disputed [dialegomai] about [peri] the body [soma] of Moses [Moseus], durst [tolmao] not [ou] bring against him [epiphero] a railing [blasphemia] accusation [krisis], but [alla] said [epo], The Lord [kurios] rebuke [epitimao] thee [soi].
10 But [de] these [houtos] speak evil [blasphemeo] of those things which [hosos] [men] they know [eido] not [ou]: but [de] what [hosos] they know [epistamai] naturally [phusikos], as [hos] brute [alogos] beasts [zoon], in [en] those things [toutois] they corrupt themselves [phtheiro]. KJV-Interlinear

9 But Michael the archangel, when he disputed with the devil and argued about the body of Moses, did not dare pronounce against him a railing judgment, but said, 'The Lord rebuke you.' 10 But these men revile the things which they do not understand; and the things which they know by instinct, like unreasoning animals, by these things they are destroyed. NASB

The irreverent (disrespectful), impertinent and unbridled speech of the 'filthy dreamers' is now contrasted with the poised self-restraint of one of the 'dignities' of the angelic world, for which they have no respect. But first who is Michael?

Nowhere in the Bible is there any dispute over the body of Moses. The only mention of Moses and his death comes from Deut. 34:5-6. God buried Moses and has kept his burial site a secret since that time.

Deut. 34:5-6
5 So Moses the servant of the LORD died there in the land of Moab, according to the word of the LORD. 6 And He buried him in the valley in the land of Moab, opposite Beth-peor; but no man knows his burial place to this day. NASB

Michael the archangel is mentioned in only three places in the Bible. In Daniel, he is mentioned as the chief prince over the nation of Israel ('one of the chief princes' Dan. 10:13, 'your prince' Dan. 10:21, 'the great prince' Dan. 12:1).

In Jude he is mentioned in our current passage as the guardian of the body of Moses (not documented anywhere else in the Bible).

And in Revelation, Michael will lead the eviction of Satan and all of his demon followers, out of heaven, throwing them down to planet earth.

Rev. 12:7-10
7 And there was war in heaven, Michael and his angels waging war with the dragon. And the dragon and his angels waged war, 8 and they were not strong enough, and there was no longer a place found for them in heaven. 9 And the great dragon was thrown down, the serpent of old who is called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him. NASB

There are several other books outside of the Bible, which exist but have never been included in our current Bible. Among them is the 'Book of Enoch,' and 'The Assumption of Moses.' These are two books which existed in the time of Jude and are probably among the resources from which Jude draws his source information. Again, Jude does not cite his references, but mentions these facts in a manner assuming that the readers are already aware of them.

In the Bible, two angels are mentioned, Michael and Gabriel. In several of the non-biblical books from seven to fourteen angel names are mentioned - Raziel, Remiel, Sariel, Metatron, Anael, Raguil, Barakiel, Barbiel, Chamael, Jophiel, Zadkiel, Jeduhiel, Simael, Zaphiel, and Aniel. Four names are mentioned in these various books, more often than the others - Michael, Gabriel, Raphael, and Uriel.

But Jude is comparing the attitude of Michael toward Satan, to the attitudes of those arrogant men (people), who would enter into the public eye and try to mislead people from believing in Christ, or try to redirect peoples attention away from their spiritual lives, with their opinions on subjects which they know nothing about.

First, anyone who does not have a spiritual life, can know nothing about God or anything of the spiritual realm. One has to be saved first, and then grow up spiritually second before knowledge, understanding, and wisdom even begin to become available to the individual.

So, any unbeliever can say nothing of importance regarding the spiritual realm. Likewise, any negative believer can have nothing informative or truthful to say about the spiritual life.

These evil types ridicule and explain away, and even judge or evaluate angels, God, Christ, or anything theological with their own thought up opinions.

As we mentioned in yesterdays study. They are arrogant, impertinent, disrespectful, presumptuous, and certainly opinionated against subjects and things that they have no knowledge of, yet they presume to have knowledge even expertise, in the various subjects of the spiritual world. Never having even seen an angel, as none of us have, these evil types will even ridicule, curse, and insult them and other things they have never seen.

Jude continues to compare them to animal life. Men who are so opinionated, but know of the animal kingdom, reason just like unreasoning animals. Rather than comprehending higher life they only emulate lower life. Trying to equal themselves with greater life, they reduce themselves to the level of a lower life.

The superior understanding they try to impress on others only serves to pollute themselves mentally just as those in Sodom and Gomorrah polluted themselves physically. The result is the same - the destruction of the soul.

2 Peter 2:12-14
12 But these, like unreasoning animals, born as creatures of instinct to be captured and killed, reviling where they have no knowledge, will in the destruction of those creatures also be destroyed, 13 suffering wrong as the wages of doing wrong. They count it a pleasure to revel in the daytime. They are stains and blemishes, reveling in their deceptions, as they carouse with you, 14 having eyes full of adultery and that never cease from sin, enticing unstable souls, having a heart trained in greed, accursed children; NASB

Michael did not dare to accuse or dispute with Satan, an evil power with whom he was well aware. Instead he avoided a confrontation and left the conflict in the hands of the Lord, not presuming himself to be with the right of assailing Satan. God of course solved the problem as we have already seen in Deu. 34.

Likewise we can save ourselves lots of grief in this world by avoiding arguments with those who are defiantly against God and doctrine and your interest in them. You'll never win an argument against someone who is out to prove you a fool and who is argumentative no matter what you say. Negative people will even use your life, your lifestyle, your background against you in order to win their argument.

However, nothing of you nor your history have anything to do with God and His truth.

None of us are perfect and none of us should presume to portray ourselves as perfect. Likewise we should never demand standards of others that we might choose to follow ourselves. For example, if you choose to eat or avoid certain foods, then don't try to make or expect others to follow your example. If you speak a certain language, then do not try to make others speak your language. Why should anyone conform to your standards? What gives any of us the right to set standards anyway?

God provided all that we have from birth to death. He is certainly capable of determining what is best for each person, not any of us.

Right now we see a huge disaster unfolding down in New Orleans. Many folks who got out early, many folks who should have left and chose not to, and many who could not leave the city are in quite a fix right now. That hurricane has made a shambles of life down there, and it appears that the difficulties are probably just beginning and are going to get even worse.

Last year the tsunami in Indonesia was a disaster which came without warning. The hurricane in Louisiana was a disaster which came with ample warning. In both, many folks are going to be hurting for a very long time.

Jude has given us three examples of defiant individuals and the judgment which fell on them. We can all look around our lives and decide if we want to be among those who will be caught up in the middle of the next disaster, or we can get with Bible doctrine and be numbered among those who will be spared.

Is it really that difficult of a decision?

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