These are hidden reefs at your love feasts, as they feast with you without fear, shepherds feeding themselves; waterless clouds, swept along by winds; fruitless trees in late autumn, twice dead, uprooted;
Jude again emphasizes what he started off by saying in Verse 4 that they crept in unnoticed. He says that they are hidden, they are eating among us.
Jude goes on to characterize them by a series of metaphors. They are waterless clouds (as opposed to what we know that clouds are made up of water!), fruitless trees (we know in autumn, the trees are full of fruit). The other metaphors are in the next verse. But it is clear enough that Jude is saying that these false teachers appear to be something that they are not. They appear to be clouds but are waterless, and they appear to be trees but truly are dead.
This should make us reflect on our relationships. Are they truly point us to Christ? Or could they subtly point us away from Him?
““You’re the average of the five people you spend the most time with,” a quote attributed most often to motivational speaker Jim Rohn.
Similarly, Jude wants me to be careful. Are the people that I am having my “love feasts” with truly drawing me to Christ? Are they pulling me away from Christ and toward myself or even towards them as “leaders”? It can be subtle, but Jude is clear, may our eyes be fixed on Jesus Christ.”
How about you?
I utilize the COMA method in my Bible Studies.
Jude Book introduction by Grace to You