Jude 5 "But I want to remind you, though you once knew this, that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed those who did not believe. 6 And the angels who did not keep their proper domain, but left their own abode, He has reserved in everlasting chains under darkness for the judgment of the great day; 7 as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities around them in a similar manner to these, having given themselves over to sexual immorality and gone after strange flesh, are set forth as an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire."
Yesterday we learned about a specific lie that certain men brought into the church. Jude says they "crept in unnoticed". Their message was a lie dressed in good news. The lie was that God's grace is so good that we can live any way we want and everything will still be ok.
To illustrate that this thinking is a lie Jude refers to history. He refers first to those rescued from Egypt who later died in the wilderness because they decided they loved Egypt more than they loved God.
At the risk of today's verses being misunderstood as harsh and vengeful we need to understand what sin is and what it is not. Sin is the violation of natural laws. God's universe operates on the principles of love and any time those principles are violated, harm, destruction, and ultimately death follow.
Gravity is a natural law in the physical realm. It applies to everyone regardless of gender, colour, or any of the other myriad ways we divide ourselves. A person who jumps off a skyscraper without any safety gear will fall. This will happen every single time. The fall will be followed by harm, destruction, and death.
Other laws have similar consequences but may take longer to see the devastating results. Speaking critically and harshly to a child day after day for all of their developmental years will cause harm and destruction and though it may not cause the death of their physical body it will kill their creativity and their worth and significantly dwarf them as a positive contributing member of society. On the flip side coddling a child and telling them everything they do is wonderful and never giving them any corrective guidance will also cause harm and destruction.
"For whom the Lord loves He corrects, Just as a father the son in whom he delights."
"The ear that hears the rebukes of life will abide among the wise."
Sin is in the simplest terms the violation of love. It can happen in different extremes but the end is always the same. In Colossae and Laodicea they violated love but denying that Jesus was enough and then tried to add their own "goodness" to it. Now Jude is addressing the opposite extreme. People who say that Jesus was more than enough to the point that we can continually, persistently, and purposefully abuse His love and grace and everything will be fine.
Jude looks back and points out that this thinking didn't work for the rescued Israelites or the fallen angels or those in Sodom. In each case these groups knew, understood, and experienced the love and grace of God but chose their evil desires instead.
This is the choice we all have. It is literally a life and death choice, not because God kills anyone who disagrees with Him but because the violation of love causes death. Every. Time.
We have the freedom to live however we choose but every choice has consequences. Choose Love and abound. Choose Him today.