In this set of verses, Jude leans heavy into proving his point. Unlike many Christian speakers and teachers of the day, he does this rather intelligently. Jude’s method is to access narrative rather than direct emotion. Jude brings up stories that the Jewish community would have understood and agreed on by surveying biblical history to define judgement and character properly. These aren’t random stories but childhood stories carefully passed orally from generation to generation. They aren’t anecdote but evidence. Secondly, he doesn’t stay in the scripture but also adds the apocryphal texts of Enoch. This was a story that all knew well. It was akin to a well known TV drama. This highlights Jude’s want for all to be able to access his message. It is of paramount importance because the very future of God’s people are at stake. For many preachers, teachers or parents, we often lower the bar by using generic examples. But Jude ties it all together by surveying the gift of history and culture. This makes that history applicable for modern audiences while keeping them grounded in relevant material for their sources. More teachers would do well to follow his example.
Published by Josh McGary
MY NAME IS JOSH MCGARY. First, I am a Pastor of a small church in Portland, Oregon named Aletheia Bible Fellowship. We call it ABF. I have been a pastor there for the better part of 20 years. I am very eclectic. What I love, I love loudly and immersively. I have notable collections of toys, funko pops, and vinyl. I also infamously love pop culture, comic books, technology, the arts, psychology and philosophy. https://sleek.bio/joshmcgary View more posts