- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read Jude 1
The author of the book of Jude was known as one of Jesus’ brothers (Matthew 13:55, Mark 6:3), a leader of Jewish Christian community in Palestinian area. Condemnation against false teachers and exhortation for Christian community to remain faithful until the end is the main teaching of the book.
Contend for the faith (3-16) — the false teachers sneaked in the faith community. They misled the people to false teaching, changing the grace of God, acting ungodly and immoral, and on evil desire. Most of all, they denied the lordship of Jesus Christ. Their pattern of behavior was grumbling, fault finding, boastful, flattering for their own advantage, and divisive. Jude condemned them that their false teaching, by giving example how God punished those who misled people in the past, will be judged by God.
Exhortation (17-23) —“Remain faithful,” was his concluding message with specific way for them to put into practice— build holiness among them, pray in the Holy Spirit, keep in God’s love and wait for the mercy of Jesus Christ to bring to eternal life, be merciful to the weak in faith, save others from wrong ways, show mercy those who were in fear, and avoid any sin.
Doxology (24-25) — Jude concluded with graceful doxology, ascribing to God’s glory, majesty, power and authority through Jesus Christ. And Jude assured that God will present them to His glory, without fault and with joy.
After Reading —- Reflection and prayer.
- Reflect on this question, “What does God speak to me today in this chapter?
- Pray that God’s word today be the way, the life, and the truth to you.
- Live it out through the day.