Jude is not the first letter that we read for our personal or corporate encouragement as it is a letter that is a challenge to understand. It is also a letter that deals a lot with judgment. Jude desires to write to the church about the common faith once for all delivered, but instead writes about the pressing matter concerning the false teachers. So, how can this letter go beyond its immediate context? What encouragement can we glean from this letter? Why press forward in this life?
Jude writes a letter with some very strong warnings cautioning people about challenging God. Jude has appealed to angels, battles before history, judgments in history and before history, and he has appealed to many events to make his case. The point of these events is to communicate that God always wins. This is an intriguing book, but how are we to live for the Lord in light of these exhortations? Are we to be terrified of our God?
Jude appeals to Enoch, the seventh from Adam, to establish his point. Who is Enoch and why would Jude appeal to him to publish a warning about God’s judgment?
Jude continues to speak about the Lord judging the angels and he speaks about the Lord judging people in the past. What does this have to do with our current circumstances in history? How do these examples bear any relevance for us today?
Jude warns the people of God that the Lord is serious about judgment. This is not a very happy topic, and so why does Jude mention this? Is Jesus really one who would judge his own people? Did Jesus judge people in the Old Testament?
Jude is the brother of James and the brother of our Lord. This is a brief letter, but Jude is eager to write the letter. What is Jude so eager to write about? Why does Jude talk about judgement, and what hope can we glean from a conversation regarding judgment?