8 "Likewise also these dreamers defile the flesh, reject authority, and speak evil of dignitaries. 9 Yet Michael the archangel, in contending with the devil, when he disputed about the body of Moses, dared not bring against him a reviling accusation, but said, “The Lord rebuke you!” 10 But these speak evil of whatever they do not know; and whatever they know naturally, like brute beasts, in these things they corrupt themselves. 11 Woe to them! For they have gone in... the way of Cain, have run greedily in the error of Balaam for profit, and perished in the rebellion of Korah."
Michael, Cain, and Korah.
Michael is a tricky one. From the old testament all we know is that Moses died on the mountain overlooking the promised land (Canaan). In the Gospels we find Moses and Elijah appearing to Jesus, Peter, James, and John. We know Elijah was taken to heaven before he died but what happened to Moses? Normally people just sleep until the resurrection when Jesus will wake all the dead. That's why whenever Jesus referred to a dead person He said "they are sleeping". So how did Moses end up very much awake? How did he get to be with Elijah? What happened? Well Jude tells us. He tells us Michael the archangel came and took Moses after his death. Just as Jesus "woke people from the sleep of death" so was Moses awakened.
However as interesting as that might be it is not Jude's point at all. His point is that Michael never argued with the devil. In a world where we as arrogant humans are constantly arguing and thinking we know more and better than others Michael never argued. What would the argument have been about? Moses professed to be a child of God yet some of his actions were less than perfect. Satan felt he had "won Moses to the dark side". As the accuser of the brethren who tracks and records our every mistake he believed Moses was a lost man and had no right to the kingdom of God. He was of course correct. For this reason Michael did not argue. He just stated a rebuke from the LORD and took him. At that point in history Michael couldn't argue the blood of Jesus on Moses' behalf because Jesus had not yet spilled His blood on behalf of sinners like Moses. Yet Michael knew in his heart Moses was a true follower of God and that some day the penalty for his sins would be paid for on a hill called Calvary. Rather than argue about it He just took Moses and that was that.
The lesson here is profound. When you know that you are right there is no need to argue. Just go forward. If you are not sure you should never argue because you might be wrong. Therefore we should never argue at all. When we are right time will prove it and all opportunity for arguing will be removed. When we are uncertain we should wait rather than argue until we become certain. Arguing is for liars and fools and as Jude stated reduces us to brute beasts.
Tomorrow we'll explore what happened with Cain. We might even get to Korah if we have time. smile emoticon