Year of the Bible – Jude vs. 1-25

Year of the Bible - Advent Week One - Jude

 

 

They are wild waves of the sea, foaming up their shame; wandering stars, for whom blackest darkness has been reserved forever. – Jude 1:21

Jude vs. 1-25 (vs.17-25)

Jude was the half brother of Jesus, the brother of James. He used his letter to warn the Church about false teachers, teachers who “change the grace of God into a license for immorality” (4). They were taking the free forgiveness of sins and the gift of life beyond the tomb and using it to say that sin or vice was permissible—perhaps even an opportunity to show how gracious God was! Jude uses vivid imagery to describe the false teachers that would use such doctrines to advance their evil in the Church: They were clouds without rain; autumn trees without fruit; wild waves . . . foaming shame.” Jude warned the true believers to be wary of such men. They bring division and do not have the Holy Spirit, he said. In contrast, Jude encouraged them to wait for the mercy of our Lord, to be merciful themselves and to hate moral corruption. And in the end of his letter Jude proclaims a doxology—a statement of praise to God—to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen. 

 

Questions – Jude

  1. How was Jude related to Jesus?
  2. What kind of false teaching, in particular, was Jude warning the Church about?
  3. What images does Jude use to describe false teachers, and what do they mean?
  4. Why is Jude’s praise of God so comforting to us?
Year of the Bible – Advent | Week One | Friday – © John W. Fiene