Jude 5

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015



In verse 1 the author describes himself as Jude, as the servant (slave) of Jesus Christ, and as the brother of James. This would make him the half brother of Christ.

According to verse 2, Jude writes to them that are sanctified by God the Father, preserved in (or kept by) Jesus Christ, and called.

According to verse 3, Jude writes in order to exhort his readers to earnestly contend for the faith which was once (i.e. once for all time) delivered unto the saints.

Jude was written against a background of Gnosticism and written to combat the antinomianism associated with Gnosticism.

According to verse 4, Jude was written because certain men had crept in unawares, (i.e. they had sneaked into the local church). These men are described as ungodly, as turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness (i.e. into licentiousness, sensuality, or debauchery), and as denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.

In Jude 5-16 we see the characteristics of these false or apostate teachers in Jude's day.

By apostate teachers I mean those teachers who have fallen away from true Bible Christianity. They might go under the guise of Christianity, but they reject its basic truths. They are unsaved.

Although Jude had in mind those associated with Gnosticism, some of the same things could be said of many clergymen today. Many people do not realize it, but the average clergyman today denies many of the cardinal doctrines of Christianity. For example, many deny the inspiration, authority, and inerrancy of the Bible. Many reject the virgin birth of Christ. Many reject the necessity of the blood atonement for salvation. Many reject a bodily resurrection of Christ. Many reject an eternal hell in which all unbelievers will spend eternity. Many teach some means of salvation other than receiving Christ as one's personal Savior, etc.


The question comes to mind, Why did Jude refer to these three historical examples of unbelief? It was to show that, just as the ones in the examples did not get away with their sin and were (or would eventually be) judged for their sin, so these false teachers in Jude's day will not get away with their sin either. Judgment is inevitable. These persons described in verse 4 as certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ - these persons will be judged for their sin.

1. The unbelievers in Exodus - v. 5

Jude 5 - I will therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once knew this, how that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed not.

I will therefore put you in remembrance is now I wish to remind you.

Though ye once knew this suggests although you once perceived this. The content of this is what follows.

How that the Lord is simply that the Lord. It refers to Yahweh or Jehovah in Exodus, but it is referring to Christ in this verse. It shows a connection between Yahweh in the Old Testament and Christ in the New Testament.

Having saved the people out of the land of Egypt is after He delivered the people out of the land of Egypt. It refers to the exodus from Egypt. The Lord delivered the Israelites from Egypt along with some known as a mixed multitude. After the spies returned from Canaan, the Israelites rebelled. They wanted to kill Moses, appoint a new leader, and return to Egypt. For this God promised that none of those twenty years of age or older except Joshua and Caleb would enter the promised land; instead, they would die in the wilderness over a forty-year period.

Afterward is literally the second time.

Destroyed is used in the sense of killed or put to death.

Them that believed not is the ones who did not trust. They did not escape a fitting punishment for their sin, and neither will these false teachers in Jude's day.

Exodus 12:37-38 - 37 And the children of Israel journeyed from Rameses to Succoth, about six hundred thousand on foot that were men, beside children. 38 And a mixed multitude went up also with them; and flocks, and herds, even very much cattle.

Numbers 11:4 - And the mixt multitude that was among them fell a lusting: and the children of Israel also wept again, and said, Who shall give us flesh to eat?

Numbers 13:1-2 - 1 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 2 Send thou men, that they may search the land of Canaan, which I give unto the children of Israel: of every tribe of their fathers shall ye send a man, every one a ruler among them.

Numbers 13:17-33 - 17 And Moses sent them to spy out the land of Canaan, and said unto them, Get you up this way southward, and go up into the mountain: 18 And see the land, what it is; and the people that dwelleth therein, whether they be strong or weak, few or many; 19 And what the land is that they dwell in, whether it be good or bad; and what cities they be that they dwell in, whether in tents, or in strong holds; 20 And what the land is, whether it be fat or lean, whether there be wood therein, or not. And be ye of good courage, and bring of the fruit of the land. Now the time was the time of the firstripe grapes. 21 So they went up, and searched the land from the wilderness of Zin unto Rehob, as men come to Hamath. 22 And they ascended by the south, and came unto Hebron; where Ahiman, Sheshai, and Talmai, the children of Anak, were [The children of Anak were giants.]. (Now Hebron was built seven years before Zoan in Egypt.) 23 And they came unto the brook of Eshcol, and cut down from thence [i.e. from there] a branch with one cluster of grapes, and they bare it between two upon a staff [this cluster of grapes had to be huge]; and they brought of the pomegranates, and of the figs. 24 The place was called the brook Eshcol, because of the cluster of grapes which the children of Israel cut down from thence. 25 And they returned from searching of the land after forty days. 26 And they went and came to Moses, and to Aaron, and to all the congregation of the children of Israel, unto the wilderness of Paran, to Kadesh; and brought back word unto them, and unto all the congregation, and shewed them the fruit of the land. 27 And they told him, and said, We came unto the land whither thou sentest us, and surely it floweth with milk and honey; and this is the fruit of it. 28 Nevertheless the people be strong [i.e. the people are strong] that dwell in the land, and the cities are walled, and very great: and moreover we saw the children of Anak [i.e. the giants] there. 29 The Amalekites dwell in the land of the south: and the Hittites, and the Jebusites, and the Amorites, dwell in the mountains: and the Canaanites dwell by the sea, and by the coast of Jordan. 30 And Caleb stilled the people before Moses, and said, Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it. 31 But the men that went up with him said, We be not able to go up against the people; for they are stronger than we. 32 And they brought up an evil report of the land which they had searched unto the children of Israel, saying, The land, through which we have gone to search it, is a land that eateth up the inhabitants thereof; and all the people that we saw in it are men of a great stature. 33 And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight.

Numbers 14:1-38 - 1 And all the congregation lifted up their voice, and cried; and the people wept that night. 2 And all the children of Israel murmured against Moses and against Aaron: and the whole congregation said unto them, Would God that we had died in the land of Egypt! or would God we had died in this wilderness! 3 And wherefore hath the LORD brought us unto this land, to fall by the sword, that our wives and our children should be a prey? were it not better for us to return into Egypt? 4 And they said one to another, Let us make a captain, and let us return into Egypt. 5 Then Moses and Aaron fell on their faces before all the assembly of the congregation of the children of Israel. 6 And Joshua the son of Nun, and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, which were of them that searched the land, rent their clothes: 7 And they spake unto all the company of the children of Israel, saying, The land, which we passed through to search it, is an exceeding good land. 8 If the LORD delight in us, then he will bring us into this land, and give it us; a land which floweth with milk and honey. 9 Only rebel not ye against the LORD, neither fear ye the people of the land; for they are bread for us: their defence is departed from them, and the LORD is with us: fear them not. 10 But all the congregation bade stone them with stones. And the glory of the LORD appeared in the tabernacle of the congregation before all the children of Israel. 11 And the LORD said unto Moses, How long will this people provoke me? and how long will it be ere they believe me, for all the signs which I have shewed among them? [Later in the Bible in Hebrews, this event at Kadesh Barnea is referred to as the provocation.] 12 I will smite them with the pestilence, and disinherit them, and will make of thee a greater nation and mightier than they. 13 And Moses said unto the LORD, Then the Egyptians shall hear it, (for thou broughtest up this people in thy might from among them;) 14 And they will tell it to the inhabitants of this land: for they have heard that thou LORD art among this people, that thou LORD art seen face to face, and that thy cloud standeth over them, and that thou goest before them, by day time in a pillar of a cloud, and in a pillar of fire by night. 15 Now if thou shalt kill all this people as one man, then the nations which have heard the fame of thee will speak, saying, 16 Because the LORD was not able to bring this people into the land which he sware unto them, therefore he hath slain them in the wilderness. 17 And now, I beseech thee, let the power of my Lord be great, according as thou hast spoken, saying, 18 The LORD is longsuffering, and of great mercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression, and by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation. 19 Pardon, I beseech thee, the iniquity of this people according unto the greatness of thy mercy, and as thou hast forgiven this people, from Egypt even until now. 20 And the LORD said, I have pardoned according to thy word: 21 But as truly as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the LORD. 22 Because all those men which have seen my glory, and my miracles, which I did in Egypt and in the wilderness, and have tempted me now these ten times, and have not hearkened to my voice; 23 Surely they shall not see the land which I sware unto their fathers, neither shall any of them that provoked me see it: 24 But my servant Caleb, because he had another spirit with him, and hath followed me fully, him will I bring into the land whereinto he went; and his seed shall possess it. 25 (Now the Amalekites and the Canaanites dwelt in the valley.) To morrow turn you, and get you into the wilderness by the way of the Red sea. 26 And the LORD spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying, 27 How long shall I bear with this evil congregation, which murmur against me? I have heard the murmurings of the children of Israel, which they murmur against me. 28 Say unto them, As truly as I live, saith the LORD, as ye have spoken in mine ears, so will I do to you: 29  Your carcases shall fall in this wilderness; and all that were numbered of you, according to your whole number, from twenty years old and upward, which have murmured against me, 30 Doubtless ye shall not come into the land, concerning which I sware to make you dwell therein, save Caleb the son of Jephunneh, and Joshua the son of Nun. 31 But your little ones, which ye said should be a prey, them will I bring in, and they shall know the land which ye have despised. 32 But as for you, your carcases, they shall fall in this wilderness. 33 And your children shall wander in the wilderness forty years, and bear your whoredoms, until your carcases be wasted in the wilderness. 34 After the number of the days in which ye searched the land, even forty days, each day for a year, shall ye bear your iniquities, even forty years, and ye shall know my breach of promise [i.e. you will know My opposition (or rejection) (of you)]. 35 I the LORD have said, I will surely do it unto all this evil congregation, that are gathered together against me: in this wilderness they shall be consumed, and there they shall die. 36 And the men, which Moses sent to search the land, who returned, and made all the congregation to murmur against him, by bringing up a slander upon the land, 37 Even those men that did bring up the evil report upon the land, died by the plague before the LORD. 38 But Joshua the son of Nun, and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, which were of the men that went to search the land, lived still.


This sermon is the 2nd part of the series, Study of Jude. Other sermons in this series are: