Monday, February 10, 2014
Each writer now gives a verse of further description of these ungodly men, very similar to each other, based on the examples they gave. Jude starts, before even getting to his list, by giving them another name. "Likewise these filthy dreamers..." Many dreams have been used of God throughout His Word. When Joseph approaches his brothers, they say "Behold, this dreamer cometh" (Gen. 37:19). God used dreams and visions to speak to Abram, Jacob, Joseph, many prophets, Joseph, and the wise men, as well as others. But these filthy dreams were not of God. Rather, these certain men come up with their own visions and dreams. They decide for themselves what they believe to be true, instead of following the truth that is already in the Word of God. A notable characteristic of any false teacher is that he chooses his own doctrine rather than the true doctrine (Gal. 1:8-9).