A Lesson in Humility
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We learn an interesting lesson about humility from the words and actions of MichaEl (God’s ArchAngel or Highest Messenger), as found at Jude 9. There, when speaking of the battle he waged with the Slanderer over Moses’ [dead] body, it says:
‘He didn’t dare to bring a judgment of blasphemy against him
ouk etolmeson krisin epenegkein blasphemias
not dare to/judgment to/bring/against/him blasphemous
Certainly, if anyone could be called an ‘apostate,’ it was this one that other Bible translations call the Devil and Satan, because he turned from his righteous position in the heavens (which is what apostasy means… turning away from a state or condition).
However, MichaEl never used any such disrespectful term. He just said:
‘May Jehovah give you what you deserve.’
This lesson should serve as a warning to all Christians against using abusive and condemning words against others, no matter what the circumstances. For if the term ‘Christian’ means being like or following Jesus, then His true followers should never blaspheme by using disrespectful words.