Morning Devotion: Read Jude
Jude 1:10 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.
11 Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core.
There is something very important that Jude discusses; so important that he goes beyond talking about the common salvation but to contending for the once delivered faith. He wants you to know there are people who would change the grace of God into lasciviousness.
Jude 1:3 ¶Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.
Jude knows the bedrock of our faith is Jesus Christ. There is only one foundation. 1 Corinthians 3:11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
Psalms 11:3 If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?
Ungodly and men of antichrist will always be in the business of trying to destroy that foundation. In our text, he lists three guys who tried to destroy the foundation, Cain, Balaam and Core. We will look at Cain first.
Before we begin, we must understand the back ground. Adam and Eve sinned when they broke the one command God gave them. Adam’s sin brought death to all mankind.
God, in love, gave them a promise to save them and mankind. Genesis 3:15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.
Jesus is the seed of the woman and He is the one whose heel was bruised on calvary’s cross. Adam and Eve taught this truth to Cain and Able. They taught them true worship is in Jesus Christ, the very one who walked with them in the garden.
So, the boys started to worship God. Able did what he was taught, but Cain did his own thing. Cain changed the grace of God in lasciviousness.
Genesis 4:1 And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the LORD. 2 And she again bare his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground. 3 And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD.4 And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering: 5 But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell. 6 And the LORD said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen? 7 If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him. 8 And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him.
Able did the simple and pure thing, he sacrificed of the firstling of the flock picturing the Lamb of God that taketh away the sin of the world. God respected Able’s offering because it portrayed the truth.
Cain brought the fruit of his labour to God. He tilled the ground and planted fruit and veggies. He took the best of those things and offered them to God. Can you imagine his offering; the best plumpest, juiciest, tastiest fruits and vegetables in a cornucopia of beauty all arrayed for the Lord. Yet, God had no respect for his offering.
My dear friend, you may live a wonderful and beautiful life before God: you may be the most pious and religious person in the world; you may even live and do better than some Christians, but God will never have respect to your offering unless it is done God’s way. Works of righteousness will never gain God’s respect and bring salvation. Only Jesus, the Lamb of God will save you.
Titus 3:4 But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, 5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; 6 Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour;
You can read your bible all day long and do your prayers and prayer beads; you can do your baptisms and communions and catechisms and indulgences and confessions and all such, but your efforts will be just like Cain and will gain no respect from God. You can give your best to God and still have no respect from God.
Don’t change the grace of God into lasciviousness to suit yourself.
Be like Able and trust in the true sacrifice, the Lamb of God, Jesus.
How simple a truth, and oh how pleasant a response.
The choice is still yours,