Remember or Die
Verse 5 Though you already know all this, I want to remind you that the Lord at one time delivered his people out of Egypt, but later destroyed those who did not believe.
We have been looking at some of the warnings that Jude was giving his readers. In our verse today we see him take the kind and loving way of reminding his readers of God’s faithfulness and integrity to His word.
One of the best ways not to repeat the past is to be familiar with it. The early Church didn’t have the Bible the way we do but they knew God’s history because it was passed on down through the generations verbally. Knowing that many of these new believers are also Jewish, Jude points to their past to reveal the truth of God in their present.
They needed to remember that God had proven He was faithful by keeping His word to His chosen people who were enslaved in Egypt. But they also needed to remember that they weren’t safe from God’s judgment just because He had kept His promise about rescuing them. God was still expecting His people to live as He had commanded. He wasn’t going to spoil His children, allowing them to make ungodly choices and ruin His name and reputation.
It was important for the Israelites in the wilderness, the new Church spread around the known world and it is important for us in these latter days to remember that God has standards and we must live in them if we are wanting to escape His judgment. This is not saying that we lose our salvation but we will be judged according to our actions (2 Corinthians 5:9-10). He didn’t send Christ so that we could live lives of lawlessness. Just as in days of old, when we live in ways that are contrary to His teachings all the while claiming to be His, we are really running His name though the mud. The best way to remember what He stands for is for us to remember what He stood for in the past. He is unchanging after all.
Jude gently tells them that he knows they “already know this but…” We all need reminders of what God has done in the past so we can remember how we should live in the present and future. We can see through history how He has not stood by as those claiming to be His people make a mockery of His name by living lives that go against Him and His character. If we are going to claim Him as Lord, our lives had better reflect Him.
Making It Personal
When in your life have you needed to remember God’s faithfulness? In what ways does your life make a mockery of God’s name? What do you need to repent of today?
Making It Personal Kids
Why is it important to remember that Jesus hates sin? What if you remembered that Jesus hates sin just before you disobeyed, do you think that would help you obey? How do you need to obey today?
Father, thank You for all the ways You have been faithful to Your character in the past so that we can remember our need to obey. Help us remember this each time we start to sin. In Jesus’ name, amen.