#16 Jude, Conclusion 

 

            We conclude our 4-section study of Jude with verses 14-26.  V. 14, Who was Enoch?  He was the great-grandfather of * ____________  (See end for answer.)  There is a Book of Enoch written in the Ge’ez language of Ethiopia.  Verses 14-16 are paraphrased from that non-canonical book.  Enoch’s genealogy is mentioned in Genesis 4:18 and 5:18. The most we know of his spiritual life is in v. 24, “Enoch walked with God and he was not, for God took him.”  In this miraculous translation of Enoch, he never died, but was taken alive to Heaven.  (See 2 Kings 2:11.)  Verses 14-16, Enoch’s prophecy, are paraphrased from that non-canonical book.  And, 17-19 parallel these warnings in Jude’s words.  We often shame the worldly, but which of these descriptions best fits you?  How about grumbling or boasting?

            Verse 20, and onward, addresses the second theme of the book, Keeping the Faith.  Believers are called beloved.  We are encouraged to grow in holy faith, to pray in the Spirit, to wait for God’s mercy in the end, and to evangelize the lost and those “slipping” away.

            Finally, a well-beloved benediction (See also Numbers 6:24-26.)  Jesus keeps us and presents us faultless to God.  To Christ be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority forever.  This benediction is worth memorizing and worthy of our pondering.                                   *Noah