Jude, Contend earnestly!
Leaving 2021, Jude prepares us for 2022 as we walk through the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. He was eager to write to his fellow believers but now he says I am “compelled instead to write to encourage you to contend earnestly for the faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints.” [Jude 1:3] That should be our challenge as we step away from 2021 and into 2022.
Graphically Jude describes the ones threatening the church that we may recognize them and step away from their influence. Notice they are led by dreams. They are just like the faulty magicians who could not discern and explain King Nebuchadnezzar’s dreams; but, Daniel, anointed by God, was able. Jude reminds us that these false believers are dangerous, so we must be discerning.
Amazingly Jude writes as if it were today: “At the end of time there will come scoffers, propelled by their own ungodly desires.” We are seeing them even now! How relevant are his words today as even today, NASA has hired a priest just in case life is found beyond earth! Incredible fools!
Today are we compelled to contend for the faith? Are we ready for 2022?