Of all of the short books of the Bible, my two favorites are Ruth and Jude. Both were powerful for the time they were written and both are profound today. The messages within Jude resonate across time and are important to all regardless of boundaries. It is a book that everyone should read over and over again.
Unfortunately, that’s not the case in most churches. The book is one that discusses certain topics considered taboo in many modern churches. For one, it discusses the fallen angels. Today, many churches avoid the topic of fallen angels as described in Genesis 6 to the point that they falsely describe the “Sons of God” as being the sons of Seth. It is very clear through an honest exegesis that these are fallen angels, but it simply isn’t acceptable in most churches to discuss angels engaging sexually with women. Jude discusses it further and even references the Book of Enoch, another taboo discussion in churches since it is not part of the canon in most denominations.
Jude starts off as a stark warning to the people of the age, discussing those who were trying to destroy the early church. He reminds the church of Egypt, Sodom, and Gomorrah, acknowledging that they already know about these warnings but insinuating that some in the church may have already forgotten the lessons those people learned about the wrath of God.
Then, he brings up a topic that was not discussed anywhere else in scripture. We learn in the last chapter of Deuteronomy that Moses died and God buried him
5 So Moses the servant of the Lord died there in the land of Moab, according to the word of the Lord.
6 And he buried him in a valley in the land of Moab, over against Bethpeor: but no man knoweth of his sepulchre unto this day.
This was the last of it and assumed to be the state of Moses even now, but Jude tells a different story. It is one verse and isn’t 100% clear in its meaning, but it serves as a valuable lesson to us all.
9 Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee.
If the mighty Michael called on the Lord while disputing with Satan, how could any of us ever hope to face demons and the forces of darkness on our own?
This is one small portion of the book, but it’s enough to discuss for a long time. We will explore Jude further in the future, but for now, please take the time to study it verse by verse, word by word. There is so much discussed. Every verse is important. If you’re a listener, above is the video of the King James Version.
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