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Ralph's Daily Devotional - Friday, April 27

Jude 1:5-7 vividly describes God's judgment on both human and angelic rebellion, first with those who came out of Egypt referring to Israel.  There were those who "did not believe."  Jude is not referring to people who simply struggled with their faith (as we all do), but those who refused to serve God and rebelled.  We see this in the book of Numbers 16.

Then there were the angels who rebelled along with Satan before the creation of the universe.  They too were judged.  What Jude is referring to here ("being kept in darkness...bound with chains") is not clear since many demons are certainly not bound as such.  Jesus Himself faced open demonic assault and we do as well (Ephesians 6:10-19).  We wish they were all bound!

Jude implies that at least some are at present held back from their evil.  Perhaps they serve as a warning of future judgment on all.  Revelation 9 speaks of an abyss in which, prior to Jesus' return, they too are released for a time.

Lastly, Sodom and Gomorrah were two cities totally devastated by God (Genesis 19).  Their sin of immorality is legendary.  However, their total disregard for the poor was also a sin for which they were judged (Ezekiel 16:49-50).

The God of the Bible, while patient and loving, is also Holy and all-consuming.  Many never seem to consider this.  They think that He is an easy-going grandfather who just lets people act out their evil with no consequence.  Not so.  As the saying goes, He can be your best friend or your worst enemy.  Let us draw near to Him then with assurance but also with awe for our God is a consuming fire.

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