Jude 9

Text

But when the archangel Michael, contending with the devil, was disputing about the body of Moses, he did not presume to pronounce a blasphemous judgment, but said, “The Lord rebuke you.”

Observation/ Meaning

This verse is difficult to interpret. Michael is the chief angel of God who watches over Isreams and leads the only angels (Rev 12:7). Micheal had to fight Satan at times (Dan 10:13). But the Old Testament does not record this confrontation that Jude mentioned, but we can still glean something from it. The principle here is that even Micheal the lead archangel does not make pronouncements on Satan but defer to the ultimate power of God when dealing with him.

According to John MacArthur’s study bible, this is a supreme illustration of how Christians are to deal with Satan and demons. Believers are not to address them, but rather to seek the Lord’s intervening power against them. 

Application

Are we presumptuous in our approach to our challenges? Is the solution in Christ who dwells within us, or do we think we are the solution?

My Reflection:

“This question is a difficult one even as I wrote it myself. My sick heart finds it difficult to discern the line between flesh and spirit (Jeremiah 17:9), but I know my fleshy tendency is to see power in myself rather than in Christ. This is exposed to me when I find myself attributing my success to my “intelligence” or “skill” but not to Christ. Father, let me find my power in You this Christmas, not in my accomplishments, possessions, or abilities, but in Your finished work on the cross.” 

How about you?

I utilize the COMA method in my Bible Studies.

Jude Book introduction by Grace to You

Published by mokyingren

Running to Truth.

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