Pound for pound, I would cast a vote for the book of Jude in the New Testament as being one of the most intense, humbling, and hopeful. It is the darkest and the brightest all at once. To borrow: it was the worst as well as the best of times.
Only having 25 verses, it is packed with punch and promise referring readers to the flow of water in any age, beginning from the days of Adam, and pointing to right now. ‘Evil men and seducers SHALL wax worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived.’
Fortunately, during the darkest days of man, the writer reminds us that the eternal God neither slumbers nor sleeps, and in spite of the blatant disrespect by man, He proves His patience, benevolence and mercy.
What makes this short book so intense? Glad you asked. Jude speaks of evil men whose sole desire is to corrupt testimonies of good people, as he remembers Sodom, the bad angels, and any who deny the Lord God.
What is truly shameful, is the fact that these are not men who make no profession of faith; no, these are they who feast with you, with smiling faces, some sit on church boards, some are famous, but inwardly are just plain ole brute beasts.
Lack of respect for authority and dignitaries is a hallmark of the bad apples, for Jude tells of Michael the arch-angel who did not even bring an accusation against the devil in regard to the body of Moses. This is humbling to the every day believer, or at least should be.
Let me repeat: for one of God’s highest angels to avoid bringing a railing against the enemy of God, this is one of the most under appreciated truths of scripture.
Thus the authority of the word of God. When God and His word have no hold over us, then its no wonder Jude uses the phrase ‘raging waves of the sea,’ and in another place ‘tossed to and fro, by every wind of doctrine.’ Kind of like shipwreck of ones faith, yes?
The word ‘ungodly’ is used four times in one short verse. Once would be enough, twice the ears should perk, three times Ok Ok, but four times ? I’m REALLY, REALLY paying attention. God does not waste words and wants us to see the gravity and effect of unprincipled men.
They scoff, they mock, they make speeches, they are admired, but they are clouds without water, they are wandering stars, without fruit, and God is not too happy with such who profess His name.
Why mention people like this? Because it is easy to be influenced by such who are appealing to so many. The scriptures are quite the map and compass to show us the way, and keep us on true north.
And in a climate like this, not only CAN God keep us spotless, He enjoys keeping us. He finds delight in they who cast their cares on Him. Is it any wonder that the hymn writer could sing: Hallelujah, what a Saviour?