How terrible it will be for them! For they follow the evil example of Cain, who killed his brother. Like Balaam, they will do anything for money. And like Korah, they will perish because of their rebellion.
Jude 11, NLT
Join the names of the most terrible men, whose mention provokes horror and aversion. Hitler. Stalin. Mao. The revulsion we feel at these is close to what the Jews felt when speaking of the rebellious of the Old Testament.
Cain killed his own brother. Balaam sold his prophetic services for money, and that against Israel. Korah attempted to overthrow Moses’ leadership. Bad men for a people who knew their history by heart.
The false prophets in the midst of the people were pleasant folk, complimented everyone, participated in their common meals, were always present in the church.
On the surface, only positive, warm fuzzies. Underneath, however, decadence and rottenness.
Applying to these the names of the worst of the worst from the Old Testament, Jude hopes his readers will feel that same revulsion toward the false teachers, instead of being influenced by them.
This devotional thought is translated from my Portuguese-language DEUS Conosco.