Please enjoy the video. I will speaking more about this subject soon. This is part 2 of a 4 part series.
Do you know the facts of this verse is not cannon?
But even the archangel Michael, when he was disputing with the devil about the body of Moses, did not himself dare to condemn him for slander but said, “The Lord rebuke you!”
It comes from the Testament of Moses. This means it is actually based on tradition and in a questionable text from a book that had been rejected by scholars when the put together the Old Testament.
In fact scholars tell us that it was written in the 1st century. Not during the days of the Old Testament.
It was also not included into the canon of the New Testament. As such the event was borrowed by Jude to speak about the opposers of the gospel who dare to slander the apostles.
Now this is clear from here.
When the Jews saw the crowds, they were filled with jealousy. They began to contradict what Paul was saying and heaped abuse on him.
The word of the Lord spread through the whole region. But the Jewish leaders incited the God-fearing women of high standing and the leading men of the city. They stirred up persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and expelled them from their region.
But the Jews who refused to believe stirred up the other Gentiles and poisoned their minds against the brothers.
Now you may ask Jude mentions celestial beings. So “Satan” here must mean an angel.
Jude was not referring to that. Rather Jude was talking about an event when Paul and Barnabas was consider as Zeus and Hermes, Greek celestial beings.
You can clearly see it here.
When the crowd saw what Paul had done, they shouted in the Lycaonian language, “The gods have come down to us in human form!” Barnabas they called Zeus, and Paul they called Hermes because he was the chief speaker.
Even with these words, they had difficulty keeping the crowd from sacrificing to them.
Then some Jews came from Antioch and Iconium and won the crowd over. They stoned Paul and dragged him outside the city, thinking he was dead.
So you can see the reference to celestial beings is referring to the fact that even when the apostles were held in respect by the Gentiles as Greek deities, these Jews nevertheless slandered them.
So you see the incident of Moses’ body was used as an illustration to speak of the characters of the Pharisees at that time.
The writer is saying even angels don’t behave with such arrogance and used what was written in the Testament of Moses as an example.
As such the contention of Moses’ body is actually not scriptural. It is at best oral traditional folklore.
Hope this clarifies an earlier video I did which was cut short because of time.