Saturday, July 26, 2008

Jude 1-25


Questions and Observations from TNBS

vv 1-2
  • Why not mention that Jude is Jesus' brother?
  • How do we know that Jude is Jesus' brother? (see The Author at
  • Who are the "called"? (see Addressees/Audience at
vv 3-4
  • Jude gets sidetracked from a treatise on salvation and to an exhortation to contend for the faith.
  • Jude uses past tense (as compared to 2 Peter 2:1)
  • Jude emphasizes Jesus as master.
  • There is a clear sense of urgency
  • What does it mean that they perverted grace? Likely taking Christian freedom to unholy extremes.
vv 5-16
  • A pile of OT references
  • Why does Jude use pseudepigraphal works like First Enoch?
  • Very rich descriptions of the false teachers, making them much more despicable than we see them today. Was this necessary because the church was young and the damage would be extreme, or are we too easy on them?
vv 17-23
  • Three proper responses to the victims of false teachers: 1) have mercy on doubters, v22; 2) pull others from the brink of disaster, v23; and 3) have mercy on others but decisively oppose their sin, v23
  • Jude emphasizes God's love for them, "beloved" vv 17, 20
  • Confronting false teaching and helping its victims begins with making sure of our own spiritual health and standing (vv20-21)
  • Pinpoint focus on God's ability to keep us safe and to joyously present us before his glory as clean and unblemished, v24.
  • Focus on past, present, and future, v25.

Syntactical Displays (text translated from USB4 by L. K. Springer)

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Prep for 8/5
  • Read the chapter on genre prophecy and Appendix 1 in Playing With Fire.
  • Think about how to squeeze Isaiah for all its worth in the time allotted (~one year?).

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