Jude 1:9-Michael The Archangel Disputing With The Devil

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9 Yet Michael the archangel, when he was disputing with the Devil in a debate about Moses’ body, did not dare bring an abusive condemnation against him but said, “The Lord rebuke you!”

The Archangel Michael-The great prince who leads the heavenly army of God

When the archangel Michael was debating with Satan, he rebuked him in the name of the Lord. Michael relied on God’s power rather than his.

Satan wanted the body of Moses so he could bury him at a certain place to make a shrine out of him. He wanted the Israelites to worship Moses instead of God. Satan will use any opportunity he can get to make you abandon the Lord.

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Jude 1:8-The Lifestyle Of A False Prophet, Reveals Their Spiritual-Rottenness

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8 Nevertheless, these dreamers likewise defile their flesh, reject authority, and blaspheme glorious ones.

  • Dreamers-Assuming and imagining to be something they are not.
  • Defile their flesh-Could refer to sexual immorality or using their bodies in a way that displeases God.
  • Reject authority-Points directly to God’s authority through His Word. A false prophet will always pick and choose which bible verse he will consider inspired and others he will reject.
  • Blaspheme glorious ones-The glorious ones could refer to holy angels, but most likely is in reference to fallen angels as verse 9 sheds more light.

Putting it together, we see the quality of a false prophet.

First of all, he convinces himself to be from the Lord, but his true devotion is imagining himself to be great [self-worship] and indulges in any type of sexual perversion. It will indicate that he is driven solely by the flesh and not by the Holy Spirit.

Secondly, he rejects the Bible as his final authority and goes by some other unbiblical source.

Lastly, he spews curses at the fallen angels/demons thinking that he is superior, not knowing that he is putting himself in a dangerous position as it might get their attention and turn on him.

The Blessings Of Keeping God’s Word

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2 Chronicles 17:6

6 His mind rejoiced in the LORD’s ways, and he again removed the high places and Asherah poles from Judah.

The king of Judah, Jehoshaphat loved the Word of God. By reading it, it transformed the king’s character to that of God’s. The Scripture convicted him to further clean up his kingdom from all that which God hates. 

When we read the Bible, it will change us to love the things that Jesus loves and God’s Word will remove any impurities from our lives. The Scripture will start to shape us to be more like Christ and the light in us [the Holy Spirit] will shine brighter for the world to see Jesus in us.

2 Chronicles 17:7-9

7 In the third year of his reign, Jehoshaphat sent his officials—Ben-hail, Obadiah, Zechariah, Nethanel, and Micaiah—to teach in the cities of Judah. 8 The Levites with them were Shemaiah, Nethaniah, Zebadiah, Asahel, Shemiramoth, Jehonathan, Adonijah, Tobijah, and Tob-adonijah; the priests, Elishama and Jehoram, were with these Levites. 9 They taught throughout Judah, having the book of the LORD’s instruction with them. They went throughout the towns of Judah and taught the people.

We see the process of God’s Word in a person’s life. First, the king rejoiced, read, and lived according to God’s Word. It changed him to remove anything in his life and in his kingdom which offended and displeased the LORD. That joy that God puts in our hearts cannot be contained. It spews out of us to others so they like us, could experience the joy of knowing Jesus and His love which would bring them to the knowledge that only through Him can a person find salvation. 

2 Chronicles 17:10-11

10 The terror of the Lord was on all the kingdoms of the lands that surrounded Judah, so they didn’t fight against Jehoshaphat. 11 Some of the Philistines also brought gifts and silver as tribute to Jehoshaphat, and the Arabs brought him flocks: 7,700 rams and 7,700 male goats.

The result of loving and obeying God’s Word is that His blessing will follow you. Even your enemies will become your friends. The LORD will protect and provide you with the things you need. In the midst of a storm, the Word of God is our anchor. It will keep us from being destroyed through false doctrine. 

A Prayer:

O Lord my God, may Your Word be ever on my lips and may You Holy Father strengthen Your children. Give them a desire, hunger, and thirst for Your Holy Word so that they may walk in Your will and praise You, in Jesus name I pray Amen.