With my senior Pastor away the next two Wednesdays I have the privilege of teaching two Bible studies. With such a short window I have opted for a verse by verse study through the book of Jude. Here are my notes on verse 1.
Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them that are sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ, [and] called: Jude 1:1
Here is what we know or think we know about the writer, Jude. His name is Jude. He says so. He is the brother of James and most people agree the brother of the Lord Jesus. Most Bible scholars believe Jude wrote his short but pointed book around the year 65 A.D. shortly before the deaths of Peter and Paul the apostles and just a few years before the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 A.D.
We know by his own admission he is a servant or perhaps more properly a slave of Jesus Christ. The word he uses to describe himself is “doulos”. Paul uses the same word to introduce himself in the books of Romans, Philippians and Titus. James refers to himself as a “doulos” in the introduction of his book and so does Peter in both of his epistles.
A “doulos” is one who has given up his or her rights to follow and obey someone else. In Jewish culture a man could sell himself into seven years of slavery if he could not pay his bills. If at the end of the seven years he wanted to keep serving the man to whom he had sold himself he would pierce his ear at the master’s door post and become a slave for life. This is the picture Jude is presenting to us. He is a man who has given up his final rights and is bound to serve Christ for life.
One of the greatest indictments God ever brought to me in prayer was ” J you are serving me as if this were a democracy. You allow me to make the laws but you hold veto power.” How I need the heart and understanding of a doulos. When I became a Christian I gave up my rights. I gave them all to Jesus. Now I have the responsibility to obey so that God is able to protect me and save me!
Do you see yourself as a doulos? Do you like me ever struggle with the thought? What do you do with the struggle?
Ohhh so good! Yes indeed I struggle with doubt and fear at times,it’s like I know God is real and that He has all power. And yet the fear and doubt keeps coming, I cry out to God reminding Him of the promises to keep me in peace,because I try my best to keep my mind on Him. Pastor J. I’ve learned that even in the midst of my fear and doubt,God is with me keeping me,and loving me,and that really makes the difference. Knowing that God loves us and will keep helping us,no matter what “Hallelujah”!!!
Love you Pastor,I got home from Georgia this morning,Stella is doing better every day,getting into her therapy more and more,thanks so much for your prayers. 😀 😀
Praise God PAt. I love what Joyce Meyers says in this regards…don’t let fear stop you! “Do it afraid!”
Yes I also remember her saying that,Paul did!! Thanks for the reminder.
You are welcome!
What you shared with us, about God saying you were serving Him like this was a democracy . ..that really hit me. Thank you! I don’t always see it that way, don’t mean to, but afterwards then it becomes clearer what I’m doing. So thankful, like Pat, that He loves on us and keeps training us to be the servants we really want to be . ..the sold out , 100% kind! God bless you Pastor J!
I am also glad He never gives up! I would have been called out a long time ago if so. Learning to live in this kingdom is wonderful and challenging. I am always in need of “do-overs”
Thankful for His Grace!
Oh this is Good, Pastor J–and right in sync with my pastor’s recent message regarding “rights”: that we give them up when we sign on with Jesus. Some days we forget that–which is why it’s so cool to be able to come here for a reminder, presented in love. Thank you! And God bless you Big! love, sis Caddo
Thank you Sis. Giving up my “rights” is a daily work and some days I feel like a consummate failure…But God is always there to urge me on to love and good works! Thank you Jesus!
I struggle with surrendering my son to Him everyday. The other night Tom was talking in his sleep and I heard him say very loud, “I choose God!” I can’t tell you how amazing that was to hear. Inside I was shouting HALLELUJAH, HALLELUJAH, HALLELUJAH. God is so great for I know Jesus is holding my son. Thank you, Pastor J for this message.
You are welcome! What a powerful testimony. Thanks for sharing it!
Amen my brother the Lord bless you.No man is as free as God’s love slave!
So true! So true!
Thanks for sharing, Pastor J
In the long run, freedom in Christ is the only freedom that counts.
The struggles here are temporal, but I long for the day when I will have no more need to fight…
AMEN! 🙂 🙂 🙂
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