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Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Today I’d like to begin a study of the short book of Jude.  You’ll find it just before the book of Revelation.  Jude, the author, was a half-brother of Jesus, and a brother to James, who wrote the book of James. 

Not much is said about Jude in the Bible beyond what you find in his book.  He’s mentioned in Matthew 13:55 and Mark 6:3 along with his brothers.  He’s to be distinguished from Jude, or Judas, found in John 14:22, who was one of the apostles.  I say this because in verse 17 he refers to the apostles’ warning, as coming from a group distinct from himself.  He refers to himself as “a servant (or bondservant) of Jesus Christ,” that is, one who voluntarily submits himself to servitude for life. 

As Jesus’ brother he wasn’t a believer until after the resurrection.  In passing, it’s interesting to note, he had the same name as Judas the betrayer, who as an apostate characterized the very group Jude exposes and condemns in his book.  By identifying himself as a servant and brother of James he demonstrates humility.  But, though relatively unknown and unheralded, he had a heart for God and for truth, and eagerly committed himself to the defense of both. 

He warned Christians of the danger of apostasy lurking close by and encouraged them to be well grounded in the truth, stand up for the truth, and help bring others to the truth.  He modeled in his own life what he called other believers to in this book.  Read it a few times and reflect on what he had to say.

 

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