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Summary: Along our journey of life, God gives us signs and warnings through people, circumstances and events. God gives us the warning in Jude because He loves us and wants the best for us.

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“Heeding the Warnings”

Jude

It was 1 am in the morning and I had just finished my last day of work before I headed to Dallas to enroll in seminary. I stopped by Giovanna’s apartment to say goodbye and then got on the road. I had scrimped and saved all semester to have enough money to get a place to live and start the next leg of my education and God’s call on my life. I got on the road with $565 of tips. I turned off I-10 past Baton Rouge onto Highway 71 (this was before I-49 opened.) Around 4:30 AM, I came to a small town with the speed limit dropping. I took my foot off the break allowing the car to slow down in time for the 45 mph speed limit. As I passed the sign, I saw lights turn on in my rear view mirror. Long story short, when I pulled away, I was $150 lighter in the pocket. Before I did, he told me to go the speed limit in all of the small towns in LA. Just south of Shreveport, I was on a two lane road and the cars ahead me were doing 10 miles over the speed limit so I followed them. A few miles later, I saw a sheriff’s car coming the other way and he u-turned and pulled me over. He asked me where I was going and I told him SMU in Dallas to enroll in seminary. Because of that, he said he was going to give me a break and as I pulled away, I was only $75 lighter in the pocket. So when I arrived in Dallas, the fines plus the gas gave me less than $300 to get a place to live, go grocery shopping and pay for summer school. There had been signs all along warning me that something bad was going to happen if I didn’t change. If only I had listened to the signs!

That’s what God does with us. Along our journey of life, God gives us signs and warnings through people, circumstances and events. God doesn’t want to bum us out or spoil our fun but wake us up to the reality that this road doesn’t lead where you think it does. The prophet Ezekiel was called to warn God’s people that judgment was coming. God tells Ezekiel that his job as a prophet is like that of the watchman, who sits in the tower and blows a trumpet when he sees an invading army coming and impending doom. In other words, there’s a lot on the line and we need to listen. “He who takes warning will save his life.” (Ez 33:2-5) The book of Jude is like Ezekiel’s trumpet warning us to be wise in our choices because great consequences are at stake.

We’re in a series called “Postcards” where we’re looking at the 5 smallest books of the Bible and gaining the wisdom found in them. Each has one big theme and Jude’s is warning believers to be wise. Jude is so important for us because we warn those we love. You teach your kids to look both ways before crossing the street because you love them. We warn our friends who are about to make a poor financial decision because we care about them. God gives us the warning in Jude because He loves us and wants the best for us. That’s why Jude is so powerful.


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