The “body of Moses” is not speaking of the literal body of Moses but instead speaks of the body of the writings of Moses that were being disputed about.
The “body of Moses” = the writings of Moses.
Jude 1:8-10 KJV (8) Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the
flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities. (9) Yet Michael
the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the
body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but
said, The Lord rebuke thee. (10) But these speak evil of those things
which they know not: but what they know naturally, as brute beasts, in
those things they corrupt themselves.
Jesus did not accuse the leaders of the Jews to the Father in John 5.
The dispute was over the writings (the "body" of writings so to speak) of Moses: “if you believe not his writings, how shall you believe my words”.
If they did not believe Moses, how would they believe in Jesus for Moses wrote of Him? The Lord rebuked them through the writings of Moses as they did not truly believe in what Moses wrote. The Father gave Moses what he wrote about…he received the writings from God.
John 5:42-47 KJV (42) But I know you, that ye have not the love of
God in you. (43) I am come in my Father's name, and ye receive me
not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive. (44)
How can ye believe, which receive honour one of another, and seek not
the honour that cometh from God only? (45) Do not think that I will
accuse you to the Father: there is one that accuseth you, even Moses,
in whom ye trust. (46) For had ye believed Moses, ye would have
believed me: for he wrote of me. (47) But if ye believe not his
writings, how shall ye believe my words?
Jesus is the “Messenger (angel) of the covenant” whom we seek and delight in. He is coming now. Jesus is coming in the flesh…our mortal flesh...to give us His eternal life.
We are to always remember to let brotherly love continue (the covenant of brotherly love) and entertain “strangers” sent by Him and the words (the words of Jesus).
Malachi 3:1 KJV (1) Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall
prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly
come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye
delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts.
“Michael” means “who is like God”?
This is what the leaders of the day did not like as they accused Him of making Himself equal with God the Father as well as healing on the Sabbath day.
John 5:15-18 KJV (15) The man departed, and told the Jews that it was
Jesus, which had made him whole. (16) And therefore did the Jews
persecute Jesus, and sought to slay him, because he had done these
things on the sabbath day. (17) But Jesus answered them, My Father
worketh hitherto, and I work. (18) Therefore the Jews sought the more
to kill him, because he not only had broken the sabbath, but said also
that God was his Father, making himself equal with God.
They did not react with brotherly love. He came to His own and His own did not receive Him.
Who is like “God”?
We are to be holy as God is holy and hear the revelation of Jesus Christ who opens up the Scriptures (such as the writings of Moses) to our understanding in the end of this age. The Son of God comes to give us an understanding so that we may hear and show that we know the Father by doing His will when we hear His words as He opens up the Scriptures to our understanding. It will not conform with the “word of men” who privately interpret the Scriptures…wresting them to their own destruction. there will be unbelievers who will disesteem what they hear and those who will preach it. They will repeat the history of those of the past who rejected the words of Jesus and mistreated Him.
1 Peter 1:13-16 KJV (13) Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be
sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto
you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; (14) As obedient children, not
fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance:
(15) But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all
manner of conversation; (16) Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I
The leaders of the Jews did not hear nor lay it to heart (by believing in His words) nor did they give glory to His Name but instead reacted with hateful wrath toward the revelation of Jesus Christ …the Son of God. They did not glorify God by showing brotherly love for Jesus nor were thankful for what they heard as they did not believe in the words that Jesus spoke.
Malachi 2:1-2 KJV (1) And now, O ye priests, this commandment is for
you. (2) If ye will not hear, and if ye will not lay it to heart, to
give glory unto my name, saith the LORD of hosts, I will even send a
curse upon you, and I will curse your blessings: yea, I have cursed
them already, because ye do not lay it to heart.
They proved that they were of their father the devil instead of God being their Father by their evil deeds. If God were their Father, they would have loved Him (keeping the covenant of brotherly love).
John 8:41-49 KJV (41) Ye do the deeds of your father. Then said they
to him, We be not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God.
(42) Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me:
for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but
he sent me. (43) Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye
cannot hear my word.
Instead, they “murdered” their Brother with false accusations in their unbelief of His words….which are the words of God. they did not belief.
(44) Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye
will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the
truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he
speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. (45) And
because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not. (46) Which of you
convinceth me of sin? And if I say the truth, why do ye not believe
He that is of God will hear God’s words and those who do not hear His words are not of God. They rejected Him and heaped false accusations upon Him.
(47) He that is of God heareth God's words: ye therefore hear them
not, because ye are not of God. (48) Then answered the Jews, and said
unto him, Say we not well that thou art a Samaritan, and hast a devil?
(49) Jesus answered, I have not a devil; but I honour my Father, and
ye do dishonour me.
Who is like God? He that does righteousness is righteous even as He is righteous.
1 John 3:6-12 KJV (6) Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever
sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him. (7) Little children,
let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even
as he is righteous. (8) He that committeth sin is of the devil; for
the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God
was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. (9)
Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth
in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.
In this the children of God are manifest…..they will do righteousness and love their brother (the covenant of brotherly love as He loved us and died for us).
The children of the devil will instead do evil towards what they hear and will not believe in it and speak evil of their brothers…ones who speak His words.
(10) In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of
the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he
that loveth not his brother. (11) For this is the message that ye
heard from the beginning, that we should love one another. (12) Not
as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And
wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his