Monday, April 29, 2013

What is Jude 9 talking about? When did Michael argue with the Devil about the body of Moses?


What is the purpose of this verse?
In this section in the book of Jude, Jude informs the reader about ungodly individuals who “revile angelic majesties”. The whole book of Jude is about standing up to these ungodly influences by “contending earnestly for the faith” (3).

Jude wants these Christians to understand that there is no excuse for ungodliness, and that you should never “revile” another being. This point is illustrated in (Jude 9)
But Michael the archangel, when he disputed with the devil and argued about the body of Moses, did not dare pronounce against him a railing judgment, but said, "The Lord rebuke you!" (Jude 9).
At times we try to justify our sinful actions by the particular situation that we are in. Jude presents an extreme example of an opportunity where we may be tempted to justify acting ungodly. The example he gives is Michael arguing with the Devil. Most would say you don’t need to guard your tongue if arguing with the Devil. We would assume that since the Devil is evil, he does not deserve our composure. Yet, even when arguing with the Devil, Michael stays composed. Instead of reviling him, speaking unkind words toward him, or being cruel to him, he just says “The Lord rebuke you”. The lesson for us is that when we are really angry or upset, or even if we are arguing with the Devil himself, there is no excuse for behaving in an ungodly way.

When and Why did Michael argue with the Devil about the body of Moses?

The Bible does not give an answer to this question. No where in the rest of the Scriptures is this disagreement mentioned. Did it happen? It must have if Jude recorded it, however, the details of this encounter are unknown to the reader. Curious minds would love an answer, however, the Bible does not give one. There are many theories (as a internet search will prove), but the Bible Answer Show tries to only give Bible Answers, and to this question, there is no Bible answer.

Cliff Sabroe - NASB95 Bible