Morning Devotion: Read Jude
Jude 1:8 Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities. 9 Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee. 10 But these speak evil of those things which they know not: but what they know naturally, as brute beasts, in those things they corrupt themselves.
We are still on the subject of men who creep in unaware and turn the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and deny the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.
We saw three examples of God’s judgement on those who do such things and follow these guys, the people of Israel who suffered in the wilderness, the angels who are chained to wait judgment and Sodom and Gomorrha were all deceived.
Now we come to a wonderful example rather than a warning. Michael the archangel of God demonstrates how we really should act and respond to this wickedness.
Jude 1: 9 Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee.
Apparently when Moses died Michael the archangel was aware of where Moses was buried.
Deuteronomy 34:5 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 a valley in the land of Moab, over against Bethpeor: but no man knoweth of his sepulchre unto this day.
The bible does not say what their argument was about. Maybe the Devil wanted the body to put in a glass casket like the catholics do so that he can parade it around and have a new person for people to pray to rather than the Lord.
Maybe he wanted it to further destroy it hoping to prevent Moses from meeting Jesus in the mount of transfiguration in Matthew chapter 17. The bible does not say.
What is does tell us is that Michael the archangel refused to speak evil of dignities. He refused to let his tongue rule over his being. He was in control of his speech.
The word of God has a lot to say about the way we speak. Our speech reveals a lot about us.
James 3:1 ¶My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation.
2 For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body.
3 Behold, we put bits in the horses’ mouths, that they may obey us; and we turn about their whole body.
4 Behold also the ships, which though they be so great, and are driven of fierce winds, yet are they turned about with a very small helm, whithersoever the governor listeth.
5 Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!
6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.
Matthew 15:18 But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man.
19 For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:
20 These are the things which defile a man: but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man.
What is in your heart? What controls your speech habits? It Christ Jesus the controlling factor in your life? Does the love of Christ constrain you?
I know of a man, who continually calls people names. He uses words like idiot and stupid while railing on others. He likes to belittle people who do not follow his line of thinking. I prefer to stay away from people like that.
Ephesians 5:1 Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children;
2 And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.
3 ¶But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints;
4 Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks.
5 For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.
6 Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.
7 Be not ye therefore partakers with them.
Who controls your heart? I hope Jesus does.
Proverbs 25:11 A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.
The choice is still yours,