The point is to believe (Jude 5)

"Now I want to remind you, although you once fully knew it, that Jesus, who saved a people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed those who did not believe." - Jude 5

This is an interesting verse if for no reason other than it being Jesus who saved the people out of the land of Egypt. My NET Bible tells me many translations don't know what to do with Jesus being the reading even if it is the strongest argument and so they render it as something else. Either way I'm more interested in the second half of this verse.

Those who did not believe were destroyed. This verse comes amidst Jude getting to details related to heresy in the church and in warning people of the lies which may creep in, he also warns them about what destruction comes on those who are sinful. Here they are simply destroyed - although the story in Exodus is much more compelling with the waters closing in on the Egyptians. Later the people who don't trust the Lord die in the wilderness instead of seeing the promised land.

We should fear our Lord because He is an awesome and powerful God. But fear the Lord is reverent awe, not wetting our pants over whether or not we believe and will be destroyed by the All-Powerful God. But the point is not fear.

The point is to believe.

We are to believe and to pursue truth. Our God is an awesome God of power and might and glory and honor. We are minor scratches on the surface of a massive history. Our lives only matter because of Him. Thus we are to believe. Those who don't will be destroyed, and not only that - their lives will have been wasted. Meaningless. But again, don't live in fear. Fear is not the point.

The point is to believe.