Sunday

Reading Through the Bible - JUDE










Some Books of the bible are very short and some are very long but this one is one of the shortest.








JUDE  -  NEW TESTAMENT  -  EPISTLE 

26th book of the NT 
65th book of the Bible



It starts with a great greeting v.1-2  -  believers are beloved by God and kept for Jesus






and also pronounces a blessing on the believers.

I love the blessings pronounced in God's Word and they are still blessings to us as well.




What is it?

The Book of Jude is one of the Epistles in the New Testament which means it is a letter.



How Long is it?

It only has 1 chapter which contains 25 verses.



When was it Written?

It is generally thought to have been written between 60 & 80 AD


Who Wrote it?

Jude

The first half of verse 1 tells us who Jude was

"Jude, a bondservant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James,"


Teach Sunday School  tells us the following

"Jude is the half-brother of Jesus who did not believe in Him until after the resurrection."

Jude was of the same earthly family as Jesus but was also a believer.
He himself said he was the brother of James and this is the James who was the brother of Jesus.
Other verses in the bible name brothers of Jesus as James and Judas and Simon but it is also known that the name Judas could also be used as Jude.




Who was it Written to?

It was written to believers as we see in verse 1:

 "To those who are called, sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ"





Why was it Written? 

It was written as a warning to the believers about ungodly people who portray themselves as believers to change the meaning of God's Word and that the believers are to stand firm in the Word.


The Overview Bible  tells us the following

"A letter encouraging Christians to contend for the faith, even though ungodly persons have crept in unnoticed."

which is what verses 3 & states





Teach Sunday School  tells us the following

"The purpose of this book is to address false teaching.   An attempt by an early Church leader to keep errors out of Believers' thinking."





Who does Jude refer to from the Old Testament?


Angels v 6 & 9

Moses  v 9

Enoch  v 14





What new info is found here and not in the Old Testament?


Enoch prophesied that the Lord would come in judgement against the ungodly.





What does Jude write to encourage the believers? 


He writes about their faith, prayer, the love of God and the mercy of Jesus in verses 20 & 21









How does it end?


The best way possible in verses 24 & 25

 in a prayer of praise to God







reminding the saints of what is before them,
 the upholding hand of God.


This prayer is also a great example of how the early believers ended their letters in praise of God.












15 comments:

  1. Amazing to think these verses are written about Jesus by his own brother, someone who knew him as a child and teenager. I find it fascinating to think about. Thank you for your insight.

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  2. What a great introduction and overview to Jude! Thanks for sharing.
    Lots of love, Britta
    brightandboldlife.com

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  3. Thanks for a great overview of a short but powerful book of the Bible. Well done!

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  4. I love Jude's encouragement in verses 20 through 22.

    But you, dear friends, by building yourselves up(A) in your most holy faith(B) and praying in the Holy Spirit,(C) 21 keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait(D) for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life.(E)

    22 Be merciful to those who doubt;

    Thank you for sharing about the book of Jude today.

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  5. Very interesting. I think I need to go back and re-read Jude. I appreciate all the research you put into this information. It is so very helpful to learn the details behind the writing in the Bible.

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  6. This is so great! I just posted the Introduction to a year long (read: SLOW) study through the Book of James! Nice to see his brothers' words getting some study time, too!

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  7. I haven’t read Jude in a long time. I appreciate your guide here on the book and the history of it. Thank you for sharing.

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  8. Sandra very encouraging post dear sister! Loved it! ❤

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  9. Ha! Your synopses makes me want to run and read Jude again! Thank you!

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  10. So uplifting Sandra and such a timely word especially in these difficult days we contend with. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

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  11. Very nice overview of this little, meaty book! I love your concise presentation, Sandra. Really helpful.

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  12. I love the book of Jude for its encouraging verses.

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  13. Thanks so much for this great outline of Jude! So helpful!

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  14. Really appreciate this summary of the Book of Jude. Thanks for the history as it adds a lot of context!

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  15. I remember singing Jude 24-25 in church when I was young. Now it's stuck in my head, lol. Thanks for this thorough recap of the epistle of Jude, Sandra.

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