Daily Devotion

Text:  Jude 1:14-15

It was also about these that Enoch, in the seventh generation from Adam, prophesied, saying, ´see, the Lord is coming with tens of thousands of his holy ones, to execute judgment on all, and to convict everyone of all the deeds of ungodliness that they have committed in such an ungodly way, and of all  the harsh things that ungodly sinners have spoken against him.    

Jude continues with the description of what will happen to the ungodly on judgment day. He cites the prophecies of Enoch and we need to understand that the description of Enoch as someone from the seventh generation is deliberate in order to distinguish him from Enoch the son of Cain. Enoch the son of Cain was from the third generation and this one comes way after the times of Cain and Abel. We don’t have the biblical accounts of the purported prophecies by Enoch suggesting that Jude was either citing from oral tradition or non-canonical texts from Enoch that were preserved by the Jewish elders. Tradition says that the book of the prophecies of Enoch was well respected among the Jews and Noah preserved it by taking it to the ark.

What is interesting in the prophecies is that they go beyond the period of floods predicting the eschatological events that will happen with the second coming of Christ. These prophecies are consistent with what Jesus said in the eschatological discourses. Jesus will come with the host of angels at the eschaton to judge the sinners who despise His name. Two takeaways for today are: 1. Jesus will definitely return at the appointed time to redeem his people while judging the wicked. 2. We need to live a godly life so that when he comes we will receive eternity

The Revd Canon Dr I. S. Gusha
Ss Philip and James Anglican Church
Palma de Mallorca.

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