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 The Best Commentary On The Bible Is The Bible Itself
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The Reflections Newsletter

Monday, February 23, 2009

**In This Issue**

  1. The Book of Jude
  2. What Does the Bible Say About...?
     

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The Book of Jude

This smallest book of the New Testament is also, in many ways, the most thought provoking.

The Epistle of Jude is a book that contains only 1 chapter with 25 verses, is unfortunately  neglected by students, yet it also is overflowing with fascinating Old Testament references and allusions.  Allusions like lessons from Israel in the Wilderness, the angels that sinned, the strange events in Sodom and Gomorrah, Michael and Satan's contention over the body of Moses, other insights from Cain, Balaam, Korah, as well as the oldest prophecy in the Bible attributed to man.

The Book of Jude contains allusions to events in the Old Testament that are only found in the New Testament: the Second Coming prophecy of Enoch, that Noah was a preacher of righteousness, the names of the two magicians in Egypt, that Elijah prayed to stop rain for a period of 3 1/2 years, and that the Pharaoh of the Exodus was not Egyptian.  Wow!

Why should we study the Book of Jude?  First, because even though it was written in the first century, it applies to us today.  Next, it was written for the end times, for the end of the Church Age.  The Church Age began with the Acts of the Apostles.  However, the end of the Church Age could very well be called the Acts of the Apostates.  Jude is the only book that is totally devoted to the great apostasy.  "... when the Son of Man comes, shall He find faith on the earth?"  (Luke 18:8)

Jude is the entrance 'hallway' to the Book of Revelation.  It includes the oldest prophecy spoken by man in the Bible, and it speaks of the Second Coming of Christ Jesus, which was declared prior to the flood of Noah!  

There are four facts emphasized in the Book of Jude:

1) We know the Lord's coming is sure;
2) We know who will be accompanying the Lord on His return;
3) We know the purpose of His coming; and
4) We know the result of the Lord's coming.

This letter was written by the "brother of James," who was one of the four brothers of Christ Jesus.  While James was the head of the church in Jerusalem; neither James nor Jude were among The Twelve.  As a matter of fact, at first they were not believers.

Why did Jude write this letter?  Well, James' epistle deals with good works as evidence of saving faith, and evil works as evidence of apostasy.  Why must we contend for the faith? Because there are "tares among the wheat" (Matthew 13:25), false brethren have stolen into the church, and the saints are in peril, all due to the "doctrines of demons."  

James is not telling us that we must do good works to be saved when he says "faith without works is dead" (James 2:20, 26).  What he is saying is that God sees our works as He sees everything in our lives.  The works that we do are for the benefit of man to see our love of God through the works that we do.  It is not that we have to do good works, but that we want to do good works, showing the faith we have in Christ Jesus.

Going back to the Exodus, it was an 11-day journey from Horeb to Kadesh-Barnea, yet it took Israel almost 40 years!  Over a million left Egypt, but only two Israelites who were over 20 years of age when they (the Nation Israel) left Egypt ever reached Canaan!  Why?  Read Numbers 14:27-35 for the answer.  We are to leave behind the wilderness of doubt, defeat, and failures, to enter victory!  

We live in exciting and challenging times.  There is much we can learn from this little book that we can apply to our lives today.


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What Does the Bible Say About...?

 

In this section of the Reflections Newsletter we answer questions that have been asked.  If you have a question that you would like ask, and do not mind having it printed in the newsletter, (your name will not be mentioned), feel free to send your question in an email to me at biblequestions@reflecthisglory.org.  Of course, you may call me anytime by phone at 801.302 -1111.

The question for this issue is, "In reading First Kings chapter 5, it speaks of a 'King Hiram' in Tyre.  But several chapters later, it seems that Solomon brought him to Jerusalem to work on the furnishings of the first Temple.  This work seems a bit out of character for a king.  Could you please explain?"

The answer to your question is simply that there were two Hirams, both of whom were from Tyre.

The first Hiram, who is initially mentioned in 1 Kings Chapter 5, was the King of Tyre.  Among his exploits, he built a causeway that connected the coastal city of Tyre to an offshore island having the same name.  He worshipped false gods and built temples to Hercules and Astarte.  Even though he was an idol worshipper and not Jewish, he was a friend to both David and Solomon who were kings of Israel.  Hiram furnished David with materials to build his royal palace, and Solomon both materials and workmen to construct the first Jewish Temple.  As part of the payment for his efforts, Solomon gave Hiram twenty cities in Galilee.  The Bible says that Hiram was less than pleased with these cities (1 Kings 9:10-13).

The second Hiram was an artificer in bronze.  Although he lived in Tyre, and his father was from Tyre, his mother was from the Jewish tribe of Naphtali.  So the second Hiram had strong ties to the nation Israel.  First Kings 7 outlines all of the elaborate vessels and bronze furnishings that Hiram made for the Temple.  It is obvious that he was not only gifted, but a hard worker.  He provides us today with a valuable example of how to utilize our talents to our utmost for the glory of God.

 

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**MEMORY VERSE OF THE MONTH**

Therefore the Lord Himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call His name Immanuel.

Isaiah 7:14  KJV ER

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