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 continues with his graphical metaphors of false teachers. Wild waves suggest something highly visible and impactful yet they diminish quickly. Wandering stars, possibly a metaphor for shooting stars, are also beautiful to watch for a moment and it dies off into the darkness. Jude wants us to understand that these false teachers can bring about great “movements” in the church but ultimately will come to nought when they are not built on the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Do you find yourself motivated by the God revealed in scripture or by psychological hype?
“We all have attended non-religious, secular motivational talks and somehow, they were able to stir us up to work smarter, aim higher and strive harder. Sometimes, I have heard sermons that drive me to do the same, then realized that none of it was based on God’s word.
We need to discern in our hearts if we are riding the high of a shooting star or a wild wave that is doomed to end in darkness. Or are we truly driven by the never-ending living water and bread of Jesus Christ? May Christ grant us this spirit of discernment!”
How about you?
I utilize the COMA method in my Bible Studies.
Jude Book introduction by Grace to You