Marking Keywords in Jude and Simple Questions Reveals Big Truths 1

Marking Keywords in Jude and Simple Questions Reveals Big Truths

We’re back again to continue our study in the Book of Jude. Today, we will be marking keywords in Jude as well as working through the other aspects of observing the text.

Jude wasn’t an apostle nor was he a pillar of the early church but he had to speak up. He had to warn the believers of what was happening in their midst.

Couldn’t they see what was happening? Didn’t they realize who was among them?

Let’s study together as we ask simple questions to reveal the big truths in this short book. Jude reveals much to us, are we listening?

Asking the right questions will help you learn what you need to know when marking the keywords in the Book of Jude. What are these simple questions? #inductivestudymethod #bookofJude #howtostudyinductively #biblestudy

We began our study with Hone Your Observation in the Book of Jude in part 1. If you missed that, I’ll wait right here while you catch up on it.

However, let me refresh your memory of part 1. Jude is Standing in the Battle Against False Teachers as he writes to those he calls ‘beloved.’ We learned there are three people groups mentioned in his book:

  • the author
  • the recipients referred to as ‘beloved’ and ‘saints’
  • ungodly men also called ‘certain men’

As we worked through the study, we recorded our findings for the people groups on the worksheet Jude: Identifying False Teachers Worksheet. If you haven’t yet downloaded it, take a moment to do so now.

Useful Study Tools

As you begin to study the Bible inductively, you may get excited about it and wonder what to use as study tools. Here is a short list to get you started:

Record Your Observations on Author and Recipients

If you studied {part 1} with me in Hone Your Observation in the Book of Jude, then we are ready to carry on as we finish up our short study.

Let’s open in prayer asking Holy Spirit to lead and guide us:

Father God, thank you for this time when we can gather together at Your table and learn from Your Word. As we continue to study the Book of Jude, we ask that Holy Spirit would enlighten our minds so we may read and understand the truth. Help us to not only read it but to apply it as well so we may live in accordance with Your will for us. Thank You, Father, for hearing our prayer. In Jesus name, Amen.

In Part 1 we read through the book and marked the Author and Recipients in our Bibles. However, if you haven’t yet recorded it on your worksheet, let’s do that now.

There are two sections appropriate for recording your findings on everything you learned about the Author and everything you learned about the Recipients. Let me help you get started. It is a good idea to record the ‘address’ of the reference which is the chapter and verse.

Observe the Author

Read through the book to observe everything there is about the Author. Under “What I learn about the Author”, if you haven’t completed this section already, record these findings:

  • v1 – Jude, servant of Jesus Christ, brother of James
  • v3 – I gave all diligence to write to you; needful of me to write and exhort you
  • v5 – I will remind you (and he reviews history with them in v5-11)

Observe the Recipients

Read through the book again to observe all you learn about the Recipients. Add to the section, “What I learn about the Recipients”, these findings:

  • v1 – they are sanctified by God the Father and preserved in Jesus Christ and called
  • v2 – Jude honours them with mercy, peace and love multiplied
  • v3 – called a term of endearment, Beloved; Jude is concerned with their salvation
  • v3 – Jude needs to exhort them to earnestly contend for the faith that has been delivered to the saints
  • v12 – the Beloved has allowed the certain men to join them in their feasts of charity (mealtimes)
  • v17 – Beloved, remember the words spoken previously by the apostles of Jesus Christ that there would be times when mockers would come
  • v20 – Beloved, build up yourself on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost
  • v21 – keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of Jesus Christ unto eternal life
  • v24 – unto him (Jesus) who is able to keep you from falling and will present you faultless before the presence of his glory

Learning about the Ungodly Men

Jude’s heart burned with the message of warning the beloved saints about the ‘uncertain men’ or ‘ungodly men’ that crept in their midst. If you recorded what you learned about them from our last study, great. If not, let’s do that now.

Read through the text again as you search for information about the ungodly men. There are two sections on the worksheet: What I Learn about Ungodly Men and How God Deals with Ungodly Men. Record your findings in the appropriate sections.

Maybe this will help you get started. I’ll record some verses and you can add the rest to your worksheets.

  • v4 – certain men crept in unawares who were destined for condemnation
  • v4 – ungodly men who perverted the grace of God into sensuality and denied the only Lord Jesus Christ
  • v8 – filthy dreamers who defile the flesh and reject authority
  • v8 – they speak evil of dignities (the glorious ones, ESV)
  • v10 – these speak evil those things they don’t know about or understand
  • v10 – they corrupt themselves in the things they do know about
  • v11 – they run greedily after the error of Balaam for financial reward

Now it’s your turn, carry on from verse 12, adding everything you learn about the ungodly men. The last reference for ungodly men is found in verse 23.

How God Deals with the Ungodly Men

Jude makes a distinction between noticing who the ungodly men are and mentioning how God deals with them. Sometimes it is hard to tell the difference so let me help you with that.

  • v5 – God destroyed those who did not believe
  • v6 – the angels who left heaven, their first estate, He has reserved in everlasting chains under darkness for judgment day
  • v7 – those in Sodom and Gomorrha and the cities around them who gave themselves over to fornication and going after strange flesh suffered in the eternal fire
  • v9 – Michael the archangel did not have a conversation with the devil about the body of Moses but rebuked him with “The Lord rebuke thee”
  • v11 – woe unto them – they have gone the way of Cain
  • v11 – they perish in the gainsaying (rebellion) of Core
  • v14-15 Enoch prophesied of them that judgment will be executed upon all ungodly men

These can be added to your Worksheet AND you can number the verses in your Bible from 1 – 6 and label it as God Deals with Ungodly Men in the margin.

There are simple questions to ask yourself that will help you understand the book of Jude. Marking the keywords is one way. The right questions is another.

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Marking Keywords in Jude

Besides the ungodly men, there are some other keywords present in this book. Mark on your worksheet, the following in the Keyword section:

  • certain men (ungodly men)
  • remembrance
  • judgment
  • destroyed (eternal fire)
  • evil

While I won’t go into detail here, it’s your turn to read through the book again as you search for the above keywords. You already found and recorded ungodly men so carry on with the other four words. But first, you need to decide on a distinct marking for each keyword. If you haven’t already, you can refer to the Kari King Dent Keyword Markings/Symbols file for suggestions. Once you’ve decided on a marking/symbol for each of the four remaining keywords, mark the keywords on the Worksheet so you remember what marking you chose.

Now, read through the text again and mark each word as you find them. You don’t need to record anything on the worksheets for these words, other than listing them in the appropriate section at the beginning.

The Big Reveal in the Instructions

Jude loves his beloved saints and gives them instructions to stay pure. Read through the book again as you focus on locating these instructions. Can I get you started on this short list? In the margin of your Bible, mark the letter “i” in a circle which stands for Instructions. So, you should see the instructions in:

  • v17 – beloved, remember the words
  • v20 – beloved, build up yourselves on your most holy faith
  • v21 – keep yourselves in the love of God
  • v22 – have compassion on some of “them” (the ungodly men)
  • v23 – and others save with fear pulling them from the fire

Once you’ve marked the “instructions” (letter “i” in circle) in the margins, record the verses on your worksheet as well.

Determining Paragraph and Book Themes

We are almost finished the study. We’re at the point of determining themes for paragraphs and the overall book theme. To do that, take a look at your worksheets. You have much written here that will help you focus on paragraph themes.

In the section, 7 Paragraph Themes, identify your theme breakdown. I’ll help you get started with that:

  • v1-2 – salutation
  • v3-4 – the purpose for writing
  • v5-7 – remember your history
  • v8-13
  • v14-16
  • v17-23
  • v24-25 benediction

Can you determine the middle three themes?

Wrapping Up the Simple Questions

Well, that was an interesting study. What did you think? I’m sure you’ve read this book before but had you recognized the details in it as you’ve seen through this study? Asking the who-what-where-when-why-how sure reveals big truths, don’t you think?

If you enjoyed this study and would like to be a part of a believers Bible study group, you are welcome to join me in the DIG Bible Study Community. This is my private social network intended for Bible study and Writing Challenges. Come over to check it out!

If you were going to write a sermon or share a message based on the book of Jude, how would it read? Will you leave a comment about that? I’d love to hear from you!

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