Remember the Examples

I. We are to rememeber important matters that we have been taught.

A. The purpose of this epistle is to prepare us to “contend.”

1. The “fight” is for “the faith once delivered unto the saints” (Jude 3)

a. “The Faith” is the body of Christian doctrine (Acts 14:22)
b. “The Faith” requires personal commitment (1 Corinthians 16:13)

2. The fight is made more difficult by “sneaky people.” (Jude 4)

a. They reject Christ and attempt to change Him (Romans 1:25)
b. They are anti-righteousness (Titus 1:16)

B. The foundation for “godly memory”comes before ability to contend.

1. We must have nourished on the “milk” of the Scriptures.

a. 1 Peter 2:2 – as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby
b. Hebrews 5:12-13 – you need someone to teach you again the first principles of the oracles of God; and you have come to need milk and not solid food.  For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe.

2. We must pay attention to the Scriptures.

a. 2 Peter 3:2 – that you may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us, the apostles of the Lord and Savior
b. 2 Timothy 2:14-15 – Remind them of these things . . . Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

3. We must continue to grow in faith and knowledge.

a. 2 Peter 1:5-8 – But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love.  For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ
b. 2 Peter 3:17-18 – You therefore, beloved, since you know this beforehand, beware lest you also fall from your own steadfastness, being led away with the error of the wicked;  but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen.

II. We are to remember the people who were “long ago were marked out for this condemnation.”

A. The Lord destroyed the unbelieving rebels.

1. This is recorded in Numbers 13:25 through 14:5.

a. And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, "Send men to spy out the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the children of Israel; from each tribe of their fathers you shall send a man, every one a leader among them."  So Moses sent them from the Wilderness of Paran according to the command of the LORD, all of them men who were heads of the children of Israel. So they went up and spied out the land from the Wilderness of Zin as far as Rehob, near the entrance of Hamath. And they returned from spying out the land after forty days.
"We went to the land where you sent us. It truly flows with milk and honey, and this is its fruit.  "Nevertheless the people who dwell in the land are strong; the cities are fortified and very large; moreover we saw the descendants of Anak there.  The Amalekites dwell in the land of the South; the Hittites, the Jebusites, and the Amorites dwell in the mountains; and the Canaanites dwell by the sea and along the banks of the Jordan.". .  . "We are not able to go up against the people, for they are stronger than we."  And they gave the children of Israel a bad report of the land which they had spied out, saying, "The land through which we have gone as spies is a land that devours its inhabitants, and all the people whom we saw in it are men of great stature.  There we saw the giants (the descendants of Anak came from the giants); and we were like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight."
So all the congregation lifted up their voices and cried, and the people wept that night. And all the children of Israel complained against Moses and Aaron, and the whole congregation said to them, "If only we had died in the land of Egypt! Or if only we had died in this wilderness! "Why has the LORD brought us to this land to fall by the sword, that our wives and children should become victims? Would it not be better for us to return to Egypt?" So they said to one another, "Let us select a leader and return to Egypt."

2. Joshua and Caleb try to reach the people (Numbers 14:6-10).

3. The Lord threatens immediate judgment (Numbers 14:11-12).

4. Moses prays for the Lord’s grace and mercy (Numbers 14:13-19).

5. The Lord responds with forgiveness and justice.

a. Numbers 14:20 – Say to them, ‘As I live,’ says the LORD, ‘just as you have spoken in My hearing, so I will do to you:  ‘The carcasses of you who have complained against Me shall fall in this wilderness, all of you who were numbered, according to your entire number, from twenty years old and above.  ‘Except for Caleb the son of Jephunneh and Joshua the son of Nun, you shall by no means enter the land which I swore I would make you dwell in.

6. The sin of unbelief is possible even among Christians (Hebrews 3:12).

a. Israel is a prime example (Hebrews 3:16-19; 4:6-11).
b. The Apostles even had this sin (Mark 16:14).
c. The Christian is warned frequently against association with unbelievers (2 Corinthians 6:14).

7. The unbeliever is incapable of correct thought (Titus 1:15-16).

8. The Christian may suffer with the unbeliever (Romans 11:20-22).

B. The Lord immediately punished some disobedient angels.

1. These angels did not properly guard their principality.

a. The concept is alluded to of other angels (Romans 8:38; Ephesians 6:12).
b. The concept is parallel to national territory (Deuteronomy 32:8).

2. These angels are also spoken about in 2 Peter 2:4.

a. They are sent to TARTAROS—evidently a special prison.
b. They are bound in chains and darkness.
c. They may have been visited by Christ after His death (1 Peter 3:19-20).  

3. These angels are probably described in Genesis 6:1-4.

a. The “Sons of God” (BENE ELOHIM) phrase is used in Job 1:6; 2:1; 38:7 to mean angels.
b. The similar phrase (BAR ELOHIM) is used in Daniel 3:25 to mean a theophany of Christ.
c. The term “sons of the mighty” (BENE ELIM) is used in Psalm 29:1; 89:6 to refer to angels.
d. The New Testament uses “sons of God” to refer to Saints (John 1:12; Romans 8:14; etc.)

4. The Genesis 6 paggage seems to refer to angels, not people.

a. That creates the problem of spiritual and physical progeny.
1) Angels do take the form of men (Genesis 18:8; 19:5; Hebrews 13:1).
2) Angels do not marry (Matthew 22:30).
3) Angel and human reproduction would produce an unsolvable dilemma.
b. The Genesis 6 incident could be solved by the equivalent of demon possession.
1) Those Angels would indwell the bodies of men….leaving their own habitation.
2) Those Angels would “take” the daughters of men and possess their lives as well….not guarding their principality.
3) Those Angels would be “going after strange flesh” (Jude 6, 7).

C. The Lord set Sodom and Gomorrah as examples: as specimens.

1. They are said to have been totally amoral (Genesis 13:13).

a. The main sins were fornication and sexual deviation.
b. The events are described in Genesis 19:1-11.
c. The character of their heart is described in Ezekiel 16:49-50.
d. The sins affected others for a long time (1 Kings 14:24; 22:46; 2 Kings 23:7).

2. They are said to have suffered the vengeance of eternal fire.

a. The “vengeance” is the justice given for their sins (2 Thessalonians 1:8-9).
b. The “vengeance” was sudden (Lamentations 4:6).
c. The “vengeance” is eternal fire.
1) It was prepared for the Devil and his angels (Matthew 25:41).
2) It will house those who teach incorrectly (Matthew 18:6-9).
3) It will house all those who belong to Satan (Matthew 13:37-50).
4) It will house everyone and everything evil (Revelation 20:10-15; 21:8). 
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