“Clouds without water, carried along by winds; autumn trees without fruit, doubly dead, uprooted;” Jude 12b, c (NASB)
It is possible that Jude wrote his short epistle in the middle of a real drought. Perhaps he received his inspiration for these divine words as he observed the leaves curling up on the trees and the fruit withering for the want of rain. Perhaps he watched for the signs of a cloud and when a cloud did appear he was hopeful that it would rain; but, when the winds would blow it away, I imagine he had a deep feeling of disappointment. All of us have felt this same disappointment when we were wishing for rain and the clouds seemed to just melt away.
Although Jude is referring to false teachers, unfruitful Christians can be compared to clouds without water. Jude explains why Christians find themselves in this condition. No one…
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