Jude 14–16 (NIV84)
14 Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied about these men: “See, the Lord
is coming with thousands upon thousands of his holy ones 15 to judge everyone, and to convict all the ungodly of all the ungodly acts they have done in the ungodly way, and of all the harsh words ungodly sinners have spoken against him.” 16 These men
are grumblers and faultfinders; they follow their own evil desires; they boast about themselves and flatter others for their own advantage.
This is an extension of yesterdays reading and it shows
the consequences of ungodly living. Today’s reading begins with Enoch. Now Enoch has the joy of being one of only two people in the Bible who never died. In Genesis 5:21–24 (NIV84) “21 When Enoch had lived 65 years, he became
the father of Methuselah. 22 And after he became the father of Methuselah, Enoch walked with God 300 years and had other sons and daughters. 23 Altogether, Enoch lived 365 years. 24 Enoch walked with God; then he was no more, because God took him away.”
Now I know that it seems to be a stretch to say that he never died from the reading above. This could be interpreted as God took him through death, but there is another passage that removes this interpretation. In the New Testament, Hebrews 11:5
(NIV84): “By faith Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death; he could not be found, because God had taken him away. For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God.” This should answer that question.
I mentioned yesterday that Jude references two books that were popular in his day. Here we see the reference to the Book of Enoch as shown below.
behold! He cometh with ten thousands of ‹His› holy ones To execute judgement upon all, And to destroy ‹all› the ungodly: And to convict all flesh Of all. the works ‹of their ungodliness› which they have ungodly committed, ‹And of all the
hard things which› ungodly sinners ‹have spoken› against Him.
5.4 But ye—ye have not been steadfast, nor done the commandments
of the Lord, But ye have turned away and spoken proud and hard words With your impure mouths against His greatness. Oh, ye hard-hearted,
ye shall find no peace.
27.2 Then Uriel, one of the holy angels who was with me, answered and said: ‘This accursed valley is for those who are accursed
for ever: here shall all the accursed be gathered together who utter with their lips against the Lord unseemly words and of His glory speak hard things.
While this is coming from the Book of Enoch, it is
not part of the Bible nor is the Book of Enoch considered inspired by God. It is interesting to note and to know the background of this passage that came from literature during Jude’s day. In sermons, I may reference movies, books, or even
music, ... but that doesn’t make it inspired. The overall message from today’s text is that there are repercussions for turning away or rejecting God. This is not Gospel, but law. The Gospel is that Jesus died on the cross for
all people, but there are many who reject this. I pray, Lord help me in my daily walk to not turn away from you. I know that every time I sin, I’m turning my back on you and doing it my way. Help me to take my eyes off myself
and to keep them fixed on you. Thank you for your loving grace and mercy, your forgiveness and restoration. Amen.