I wrote yesterday’s post in response to a reader who said that Christians should not rebuke the devil. One of the issues that I addressed was taken from Jude 1: 9 which should be interpreted in light of the context and Archangel Michael’s position of authority in heaven. I said therefore that the Archangel did not lower himself to the kind of contention that the devil was involved in. If you read the previous verses, you will understand that the devil was totally disrespectful and spoke evil against the Lord during the contention:
“Likewise also, these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion and speak evil of dignities
Yet Michael the Archangel, when contending with the devil about the body of Moses; durst not bring against him a railing accusation; but said, the Lord rebuke thee” (Jude 1 :8,9)
2. What is the meaning of the railing accusation?
I looked up the Greek word for railing when I wrote yesterday’s post and found that it meant blasphemy. I was puzzled and asked why would the Lord refuse to blaspheme against the devil? I got the answer at midnight on Monday 12th January as I read the book of Jude. I was reminded about the understanding that I had gained about blasphemy against the Holy Ghost on 26th December 2009. I had just read Mark 3: 22-30 in which the scribes had offended Jesus to such a degree that He said that this sin will never be forgiven and that they were in danger of hell’s fire.
Jesus called the sin “blasphemy against the Holy Ghost”. Why? The scribes had said that Jesus had been casting out devils by the power of satan. Jesus’ response was that the devil would never destroy his kingdom by fighting against himself. He explained that He cast out demons by binding the strong man. Mark 1: 23 & 24 showed that an unclean spirit in a man spoke for more than one. This ruling demon was the strong man. There are other scriptural examples. We know about His authority because Mark, who was fascinated by Jesus’ power over the kingdom of darkness, reported that the demons were crying out:
“Let us alone. What have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? Art thou come to destroy us before us. I know thee who thou art, the Holy One of God” (Mk 1: 24)
” And unclean spirits, when they saw Him, fell down before Him and cried saying, “Thou art the Son of God” (Mk 3: 11).
Here is the irony. Demons, which are unclean spirits, were crying out in fear and awe, even falling down before Lord Jesus while the scribes or so called religious experts were saying that He was part of that kingdom! In other words, the scribes were saying that Jesus was an unclean spirit or even had an unclean spirit. This is why He became so highly offended to the point of unforgiveness. This is the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost. God is Holy and His holiness is demonstrated in scriptures to the point of the destruction of the entire earth in a flood, the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah etc. Here is an excerpt from the text of Mark 3: 22-30:
“but he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation, because they said, he hath an unclean spirit”
To blaspheme is to say that someone has an unclean spirit. Do not say it against any member of the God family or you are in serious trouble. This could be the equivalent of saying that the top security officials of a nation fighting terrorism are affiliated with terrorist groups, for example. Note that people also blaspheme by commiting sins in the name of the Lord. For example, certain religious organizations perform wedding rites for homosexuals and even ordain homosexual ministers. This is also saying that God is an unclean spirit. May God have mercy on them.
3. Why did Apostle Jude then say that Archangel Michael did not bring a railing accusation or blaspheme against satan?
We need to be reminded again that to blaspheme is to refer to someone as an unclean spirit or to even say that they have an unclean spirit. Apostle Jude had written in the context of apostasy and urged the believers to “earnestly contend for the faith” (Jude 1: 3). This was because of false teachers teaching uncleanness and denying that Jesus is God. Furthermore, he warned the believers that they would be destroyed if they turn away from the truth like the people who came out of Egypt and were killed in the wilderness because of unbelief.
The Apostle further showed the fate of the rebellious angels (Jude 1: 6) whose example was followed by the bisexual inhabitants of Sodom, Gomorrah and the surrounding cities of the plains. Like the rebellious angels, they were burned in physical flames and now suffer the “vengeance of eternal fire” (Jude 1: 7). Apostle Jude referred to these fallen angels and sinful people as unclean spirits, calling them “filthy dreamers” who “defile the flesh, despise dominion and speak evil of dignities”.
Apostle Jude used the contention between Archangel Michael and satan to show that the contention for the faith also takes place in the invisible realm. Here is the ruler of the kingdom of darkness, also a filthy dreamer, despising the dominion of the Lord and speaking evil of Him. Unlike the demons in his domain, the devil is not as fearful, thinking that he is a great ruler of sorts. Facing this onslaught and knowing full well the filthiness and worthlessness of the devil, Archangel Michael did not even rail against the devil about his filthiness, but simply said to him, “the Lord rebuke you”.
Archangel Michael shows us how to respond to onslaughts from the kingdom of darkness. He responded to the devil from His position of authority. Authority simply speaks the word and the subject must obey. We do not need to get into name calling etc but use the word of the Lord to rebuke demons. Satan had to flee from the Archangel. He knows that he is a subject of the kingdom of Light, albiet a prodigal and a mutineer.
We learn from Apostle Jude that the devil himself is extremely filthy and disrespectful. He must have appeared as an angel of light to Adam and Eve, but we see how he mocked and disrespected the word of the Lord. This is still his strategy in the earth realm.
Why do I refer to Archangel Michael as the Lord. This is the Law of Equivalency and Prominence as I explained in other posts at http://thelordsangels.wordpress.com. A search of the word archangel will reveal that it is only used one other time in scripture and means “chief of the angels”:
“for the coming of the Lord will not prevent them which are asleep, for the Lord Himself (Jesus and no one else) shall descend from heaven with a shout; with the voice of the archangel (Daniel 10: 6; Rev 1:15) and with the trump of God and the dead in Christ shall rise first” (1 Thessalonians 5: 15 & 16).
Jesus is also called archangel in addition to all the elements of His name. On the resurrection day, Archangel Jesus will descend from heaven with a shout., whose sound, volume is the one that only the archangels give.
Blessings and have a great day!