I am going to start putting up my notes along with the sermons. These are the notes from Sunday on Jude 5-7 Note the bibliography at the bottom of the page. The book I mentioned in the sermon was this one:
Mike Heiser, The Unseen Realm, Lexham Press, 2015.
I highly recommend this work. Heiser also has a smaller less technical work coming out soon.
Jude 5-7 Remind me about that.
INTRO: This may be the strangest sermon you have ever heard. By the strangest preacher (who else has been on Nickelodeon?) You may think that I am ready for Ancient Astronauts. Memory is a fascinating thing. When someone reminds us of something they are reminding us that we forgot and we are remembering that we forgot. Jude today wants to remind us of something and he uses three stories from the Hebrew Bible. Samuel Johnson said “People need to be reminded more than they need to be instructed.”
EVERY PERSON SHOULD NEVER FORGET THAT JESUS IS THE ONLY ONE UPON WHOM WE CAN DEPEND. What caused people to forget this? THE LIKELY CORRECT VARIANT IN V. 5 IS “JESUS” RATHER THAN “LORD.”
1. V. 5 We should remember Jesus’ Protection. Numbers 13-14 “giants” Jude is using catch themes
a. Some did remember and Jesus saved them. “saved a people”
b. Some forgot and Jesus “let them go”
2. V. 6 We should remember Jesus’ Plan Gen 6 “Angels (birth to Giants) –STRANGE
a. Some did not stay where Jesus planned for them. A play on words, they didn’t keep and now they are kept
b. They came down. –Why this interpretation?
i. We are supernaturalists HEISER-THE UNSEEN REALM
ii. Jude holds to this, though maybe not literally
iii. Jewish tradition almost universally held this. Enoch, Qumran
iv. Christian church held this until Augustine
v. 1 Enoch tells this and Jude knows Enoch
vi. Similarity with Sodom and Gomorrah
vii. Jesus says “angels in heaven neither marry . . .”
viii. Note this teaches God is over all other beings
3. V. 7 We should remember Jesus’ Provision– Gen. 19- perhaps the most evil chapter in the Bible. (S + G the same sin as giants)
a. S + G was a town well provided for.
i. In terms of food
ii. In terms of partners-short note on Homosexuality
b. They were not satisfied. Note they both “sexual immorality” and “sought after strange flesh
We all need to be reminded that we should trust in the provision, plan, and protection of Jesus. When we forget this we create many problems.
One of the forgotten reformers is John Craig. Calvin had Ferrell; Luther had Melanchthon; John Knox had John Craig. He left the Catholic church and was running for his life. He found himself in a wooded area and was ready to quit, out of food, money, anywhere to go. As he was praying he felt something patting him; it was a dog with a purse in his mouth. The purse was full of silver money. As crazy as this sounds his wife verified the story many times as she lived in Edinburgh and outlived John by many years.
The dog was a reminder to John Craig that Jesus had not forgotten him. We all need a reminder now and then. Jude gives us that reminder.
Bauckham, Richard J. 2 Peter, Jude. Vol. 50. Word Biblical Commentary. Dallas: Word, Incorporated, 1998.
Bautch, Kelley Coblentz. “What Becomes of the Angel’s ‘Wives’? A Text-Critical Study of 1 Enoch 19:2.” Edited by Gail R. O’Day. Journal of Biblical Literature 125 (2006): 766.
Collins, J. J. “Watcher.” Edited by Karel van der Toorn, Bob Becking, and Pieter W. van der Horst. Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible. Leiden; Boston; Kˆln; Grand Rapids, MI; Cambridge: Brill; Eerdmans, 1999.
Hendel, Ronald S. “Of Demigods and the Deluge: Toward an Interpretation of Genesis 6:1–4.” Edited by Victor Paul Furnish. Journal of Biblical Literature 106 (1987): 13.
Hiehle, Jonathan Alan, and Kelly A. Whitcomb. “Enoch, First Book of.” Edited by John D. Barry, David Bomar, Derek R. Brown, Rachel Klippenstein, Douglas Mangum, Carrie Sinclair Wolcott, Lazarus Wentz, Elliot Ritzema, and Wendy Widder. The Lexham Bible Dictionary. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015.
Mussies, G. “Giants.” Edited by Karel van der Toorn, Bob Becking, and Pieter W. van der Horst. Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible. Leiden; Boston; Kˆln; Grand Rapids, MI; Cambridge: Brill; Eerdmans, 1999.
Owens, Mark D. “Review of The Origin of Evil Spirits: The Reception of Genesis 6:1–4 in Early Jewish Literature by Archie T. Wright.” Edited by David E. Lanier. Faith and Mission 24, no. 3 (2006): 68.
Grace Theological Journal 5 (1984): 13.
The Ancient Exegesis of Genesis 6:2,4
Robert C. Newman
The exegesis of Gen 6:2, 4 in ancient times is surveyed among extant sources, both Jewish and Christian. These interpretations are categorized as either “supernatural” or “nonsupernatural” depending upon the identification of the “sons of God.” It is observed that the interpretation of “sons of God” as angels and “Nephilim” as giants dominates. This interpretation also seems to be that of the NT, almost certainly in Jude 6 and 2 Pet 2:4, and probably in 1 Cor 11:10 and Matt 22:30. Some suggestions regarding the source of this interpretation and its validity are made.