Summary: The song made Jude famous. However, the most important Jude is often overlooked. Hey Jude, what do you have to teach us?
Hey Jude - Pt. 1 - Deception
The Beatles released the single "Hey Jude" in August of 1968 (which is one of the most important months and years in the history of mankind). The song was written by Paul McCartney in response to John Lennon's divorce from his wife Cynthia. The couple had a son name Julian and Paul went to visit the son knowing he would be devastated by the breakup of his parents. The song was originally entitle "Hey Jules". Interestingly enough the son didn't find out for 20 years that the song was about him. The song is more than seven minutes long and, at the time, the longest single ever to top the British charts. It also spent nine weeks at number one in the United States—the longest run at the top of the American charts for a Beatles single—and tied the record for longest stay at number one (until the record was broken by Debby Boone's "You Light Up My Life"). The single has sold approximately eight million copies and is frequently included on professional critics' lists of the best songs of all time. As you know and have just seen, Paul still regularly performs it and did so at the Olympics last year. The chorus remains locked in our subconscious. This Jude is famous.
However, there is another Jude that precedes the song who hasn't garnered as much air time or attention. It too is a single. A single, self-titled chapter book in the Bible that seems to fall almost unnoticed before the much more sexy, mysterious, attention grabbing book of Revelation! This Jude can be read more quickly than the song can be sung. It is a short, concise poignant book, written by Jude the brother of James. Although some debate rages over his identity many scholars believe that this claim to be James' brother would also make the author Jesus' brother! What is not up for debate is the necessity to read the 25 verses of this book and understand that the author was "reading our mail" today.
One day a man was on a business trip. He checked in at the airline counter, began the boarding process and walked down the aisle of the plane and took his aisle seat. After settling down and preparing to take off he glanced over at the lady that was sitting next to him at the window. He notice she was reading a large old leather bound book. Intrigued and thinking it must be some old Bible he asked the lady what she was reading. She responded that she was indeed reading a bible. However, it was in fact a Satanic Bible. In the course of the ensuing conversation, the lady stated, "We Satanist do prayer walks around every church in America. During these prayer walks we pray against the church and the pastors and we ask Satan to use 4 specific attacks and tools against them: Deception, Distraction, Divisions, Discouragement."
I will not spend any time trying to convince you that the Body of Christ is under attack. You should need no convincing. It is apparent that the battles continue and attacks are constantly underway. What I want to do is in light of that conversation is to run back to Jude. Because in this small book Jude addresses these 4 tactics. So my question is "Hey Jude, what do you have to say to these attacks other than "na na na na na na?"