Thursday in the Nineteenth Week of Ordinary Time

Jude 14-16

To Execute Judgment

I said before that false teachers will always be with us; the apostles were sure of this.  But they were sure of something else as well—that they would be judged for their false testimony concerning God and their ungodly deeds.

So Jude moves now to their reward.  He refers to yet another apocryphal book (a work not found in the Bible but known to the ancients) which has come down to us a 1 Enoch.  Apocryphal works proliferated in the ancient world whereby a writer would assume the name of a saint of long ago to add authority to his writing.  Whereas we are bothered by such a practice, the ancients did not view this as terribly wrong and generally knew that the work was a forgery.  At any rate, Jude uses 1 Enoch as a source for his letter not because he believes Enoch wrote the book but because whoever wrote it spoke truth in this instance.  Enoch is the “seventh from Adam” (counting Adam) and was a very holy man as we read that he walked so closely with God that God eventually “took” him (Genesis 5:24).  And it would certainly not be out of character for the holy man to preach the message which Jude records about the Lord coming and executing judgment on “all the ungodly of all their deeds of ungodliness that they have committed in such an ungodly way.”  Did you notice that some form of the word, “ungodly” kept appearing in that short excerpt?  “Godliness” is a Christian virtue (2 Peter 1:6) which refers to piety, reverence, loyalty, fear of God—a life lived before God in holiness.  By contrast, ungodliness means the opposite: impiety, indifference before the Almighty which leads to wickedness.  It is only natural a man such as Enoch would be greatly distressed by such wickedness as described in verse sixteen which surrounded him in his day (cf. 2 Peter 2:7).

By way of fun and proving the word of God, if one takes Genesis 5 and adds the years of each man when his son was born from Adam to Noah (1556), and then another one-hundred years for Noah to build the ark, one will arrive at 1656 years from the creation of the world to the flood.  Similarly, if one adds the years of each man when his son was born from Adam to Enoch (687) and then adds the years of Methuselah who was born to Enoch (969), one arrives at the same figure of 1656—which means Methuselah died the year the flood came.  Why is this significant?  Because godly Enoch’s son’s name means, “after me, it comes.”  Perhaps the flood was the judgment Enoch prophesied.  Jude understands Enoch’s prophecy to have second fulfillment when our Lord returns.

Author: The Reformed Baptist

My name is Stephen Taylor, ordained Baptist minister of eighteen years pastoral experience with a Ph.D. in Historical Theology from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. Better than that, I am married to a godly woman, Karla, who has been very patient with me since 1989. I have two daughters, both of whom I homeschooled for extended periods of time, who became godly young women, and who ran off and married godly young men, all of which is very proper. The oldest daughter has even seen fit to bless me with a grandson and a granddaughter, and my youngest daughter with a grandson, all three of whom are bundles of exceeding joy. As you can see, I am quite blessed. This website is dedicated to helping people grow in the wisdom and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ through the gift of writing that the Lord has given to me. It is specifically about helping His people grow in godliness, the theme you see repeated above. I write devotions with this aim and hope that they might be of some help to God’s people. Full disclosure: I am of a Reformed bent, meaning that my understanding of Scripture is primarily informed by the Reformers and their successors of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. However, as a student of church history and theology, I strive to remain true to that teaching handed down once for all unto the saints through every age of the Church. I like to think of myself as a “catholic” Christian, as the Reformers thought of themselves. At any rate, feel free to read, pray, and contact me if you wish, or correct me if need be. As you can see, I tend to follow the church year. Of course, I make no special claims about these devotions. I know very well that others have written better and plumbed the depths of God’s word with greater insight. But if my musings help someone draw closer to the Lord, well then, I have my reward. Blessings to you and may the God and Father of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ speak to you that word which He knows you especially need to hear. Grace & peace, Stephen Taylor

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