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The Epistle/Letter of Jude
You would have thought I would have read Jude many times over since it is so short, but I had not. I have learned many things in my readings and studies of the Epistle of Jude. I did not know Jude was Jesus’ half-brother. I did not know the letter was written in triads. I did not know it was written to the Jews. That seems like a whole lot of information, so how does it all tie into become relevant in my life, and yours? I must say that at this point there is nothing that specifically sticks out within the text of the letter that is life changing. However, the way it was written, who it was written by, and the references made in such a short letter really opens my eyes to seeing how everything interconnects.
This is going to be difficult to explain. The significance of this letter to me is huge, but I am not sure I can verbalize that to you. I will do my best. I have written in previous blogs about how I felt or believed a certain way that did not line up with the world, but I had no idea why I carried that belief, until I came to relationship with Jesus. This letter solidifies some of those things. Jude was Jesus’ brother. I am convinced that he “was in the know”. He knew what was going on in the world. He had insight that we can’t even imagine. He references an interaction with Satan and Michael, the archangel, on earth regarding Moses’ body (Jude 1:9). This gives sound argument that Satan is not currently in Hell, but he is on earth. Our church believes that, but not everyone does. There is so much more involved in that interaction that I won’t go into now.
Enoch and Apocrypha
The Epistle of Jude also references Enoch of the 7th generation of Adam (Jude 1:14). Enoch is believed to be the author of The Book of Enoch. The Book of Enoch was not canonized and is considered part of the Apocrypha. However, the Bible of the Christian church in Ethiopia contains the Book of Enoch. I believe that is significant because even though that book, like Maccabees, may not have been inspired by God, it doesn’t prevent it from being factual to some degree, like any other historical text. It is generally accepted by most Christians and Israelites that Enoch, the 7th generation from Adam, and the Maccabean revolt as true events and people that occurred in history. Catholics and Protestants have different books in the Bible. I believe it is important to understand why the two groups decided on certain books or not. I also believe it is important for any Protestant to read the omitted books so they know what is in them. Don’t just take someone else’s word for it. Find out for yourself. I also believe it is important for the Catholic Christian to ask, “what made them want to remove those books?”, rather than simply thinking they are wrong. I was Catholic; now I am Protestant. Changing from Catholic to Protestant was and is difficult. I have many questions about the Books of the two different Bibles. I still have questions. Jude helps clear some of that up for me. Regardless of how you feel about what books should be in the Bible, never forget who the Bible is about. Jesus.
Jerusalem During Time of Epistle
Triads and the 2nd Coming of Christ
The third part that really gets my mind working is the use of triads in the Book of Jude. Triads are simply a group of three. Jude knew Jewish custom. He knew that hearing one comparison would not be enough to convince the Jewish masses, so he used three. It is very hard to dispute someone that gives you three examples of what they are talking about. In truth, there is probably more, but if three isn’t enough, is any number? That deep understanding, and desire to prove without a doubt the points he is trying to make, really hits me at the core. How many examples of something would it take for you to believe? If not three, how many?
Application to what I do, how I act, and what I see is only way that I could describe how I could use this information in my ministry and life. I feel like Jude is not the two things you put together, rather it is the glue that holds them together. Jude shows me how everything ties in together, how one thing is affected by another, and the relevance in all actions. I know this is considered an apocalyptic letter, but to me this is a letter to wrap up everything that has happened from the beginning and how it all relates to the end. For example, the body of Moses, somehow, is relevant to the 2nd Coming of Christ. Everything we do and have done is relevant to the 2nd Coming of Christ. The second to the last book in the Bible (not chronological) discuss characters from the first and second book of the Bible. The Book of Jude ties in the past and present and paints a picture of the future. The picture he painted looks remarkably like our present. I am not saying the time has come, or these are end days, but this is a perfect example of the timelessness of this book, like all the others in the Bible. Christ is coming again. We do not know when. The Apostles and original elders of the church can rest easy knowing that they did their job. We have been warned. We have been instructed on what to do and how to do it. However much time we have left, we better make the best of it.
What Are Your Thoughts?
Have you read the Epistle of Jude? If not I challenge you to. It is only 25 verses long. What were your thoughts on the epistle? Did the Lord speak to you through it? What did He say? I welcome any comments, thoughts, suggestions, or questions. Thank you for reading and God Bless.