This post is Day 13 in a series of studies about “Jude”. I strongly suggest you begin with the introduction to this study, please click here to read it.
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Jude – Day 13
In our verse for today, we read that the ungodly people have taken the way of Cain. This means that they have taken the law into their own hands. They have not given offerings that pleased the Lord, and they have resorted to anger not to prayer.
Woe to them! They have taken the way of Cain; they have rushed for profit into Balaam’s error; they have been destroyed in Korah’s rebellion.
Since verse 4 of Jude’s letter he has been referring to ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord. Here he likens those people to some of the worst sinners mentioned in the Bible.
Jude is passionate about wanting Jesus to return to find a holy church, a pure bride; a radiant church, without spot or wrinkle, or any other blemish, but holy and blameless (Ephesians 5:27). That should be our passion too, but in paying attention to ourselves, not in criticising others!
We read about Cain, being the first transgressor in the Bible (after his parents Adam and Eve who ate of the forbidden tree.) He was jealous of his brother who offered a better gift to God at harvest time. Genesis 4:3-8 tells us the sad story of the first murder in man’s existence on the earth. How sad that just 4 chapters into the Bible things should go so wrong. God must have been sad and frustrated.
In our verse for today, we read that the ungodly people have taken the way of Cain, meaning that they have taken the law into their own hands. They have not given offerings that pleased the Lord, and they have resorted to anger not to prayer.
To give an offering that pleases the Lord, we have to know His heart. We must listen to His voice.
Read Genesis 4 today and feel The Lord’s sadness that Cain didn’t converse with Him about what he should give. Pray about what you give to God, not just in church collections, but in your day to day life. Do you give Him time?