Last time we met we looked at certain aspects of the false teachers. Jude compared them to those who did not believe the Lord’s promise when they left the land of Egypt and were judged. Then they were compared to the angels who sinned, and also like those of Sodom and Gomorrah who were judged. Jude continues to discuss the false teachers in verses 11 – 16. He describes what they are made of, and it is not good. They blaspheme all that they do not understand, and they are destroyed by all that they, like unreasoning animals, understand instinctively. They walked in the way of Cain and abandoned themselves for the sake of gain, to Balaam’s error and perished in Korah’s rebellion. They are hidden reefs at your love feasts, as they feast with you without fear, shepherds feeding themselves; waterless clouds, swept along by winds; fruitless trees in late autumn, twice dead, uprooted; wild waves of the sea, casting up the foam of their own shame; wandering stars, for whom the gloom of utter darkness has been reserved forever. These are grumblers, malcontents, following their own sinful desires; they are loud-mouthed boasters, showing favoritism to gain advantage. Their ultimate judgement is proclaimed in verses 13 and 15.
We opened the text up in three points.
1st three OT examples of the false teachers.
2nd the ways of the false teachers
3rd the judgment of the false teachers.
Although while we are here on earth, we do not enjoy, or glory in God’s judgment on the wicked, nevertheless, God’s judgment will be handed down on the false teachers and those like them, and their sentence will be proclaimed and carried out.