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Spoke 21 - Shin

Ecclesiastes, John, Jude

Spoke 21 - Shin - The Last Supper: St. Jude asks a Question

Judas saith unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world? Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.

John 14:22f (Spoke 21, Cycle 2)

The Greek name translated as Jude is actually Ιουδαϛ (Judas), the same as the Apostle Judas who asked the question of the Lord at the Last Supper. It also is the same as that of the apostate Apostle Judas Iscariot, which is why John inserted the clarification "not Iscariot" in the verse above. His treacherous betrayal of the Lord brought such disgrace to his name that the faithful Apostle Judas is listed by his surname Thaddaeus in the apostolic lists in Matthew 10:3 and Mark 3:18.

The identification of the author of the Epistle of Jude with the Apostle St. Jude Thaddaeus can be found as early as the second and third centuries in the writings of Origin [died 254 AD] and Tertullian [died 230 AD]. This tradition is maintained to this day in both the Roman Catholic and Greek Orthodox Churches. But it can not be determined with complete certainty from Scripture, so the question remains open for many students of the Bible. And this brings us to another stunning mutual confirmation of an ancient Christian tradition and the structure of Scripture, like what we saw with the Fourteen Epistles of Paul (BW Book pg 100). The answer that Jesus gave to Jude's question forms a threefold thematic link between John, Jude, and a Shin verse in AV Psalm 119!

Triple Spoke 21 Thematic Link:
Keep yourselves in the Love of God!
....Shin Verse.......... ......John (Cycle 2)............ ........Jude (Cycle 3)
[AV Ps 119:167] My soul hath kept thy testimonies; and I love them exceedingly. [14:23] Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, [24] Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.

Yet there is still more! When Christ prayed that God the Father would keep us in His Name, He also prayed that He would sanctify us. And how does the Book of Jude open? With the fulfillment of that exact prayer!

Spoke 21 KeyLink:
The Father's Answer to Christ's Prayer that we be Sanctified
...John (Spoke 21, Cycle 2).....spacerJude (Spoke 21, Cycle 3)spacer
[17:17] Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. ... that they also might be sanctified through the truth. [1] Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them that are sanctified by God the Father, and preserved ...

And this brings us to yet another witness of the Divine Preservation of the Holy Word. God preserved His Word by making many copies of it. The vast majority of these copies agree with each other and are known as the Majority Text, which also is the basis of the King James Bible. The KeyLink above is not found in the modern versions of the Bible because the scholars, with their odd predilection for certain rare texts with relatively obscure variations, have rejected the word "sanctified" in Jude 1. So once again, as with the text of 1 John 5:7 (BW Book pg 328), and Luke 4:4 (BW Book pg 347), we have a powerful built-in witness of the Divine Preservation of the Bible in the Majority Text, the basis of the King James Version.

Note: This article is essentially identical to pages 363-364 of the Bible Wheel book. It builds on the Shin KeyWord shamar (to keep) that was also shown to play a central role on Spoke 21 on the preceeding pages (358-359, 360, 361, and 362).

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