Walked with God
It was about these that Enoch, in the seventh generation from Adam, prophesied: “Look! The Lord comes with tens of thousands of his holy ones to execute judgment on all and to convict all the ungodly concerning all the ungodly acts that they have done in an ungodly way, and concerning all the harsh things ungodly sinners have said against him.” These people are discontented grumblers, living according to their desires; their mouths utter arrogant words, flattering people for their own advantage. Jude 1:14-16 CSB
Enoch was one of the individuals in the Bible that was taken away by the Lord before experiencing death, seen in Genesis 5:21-24 (other being Elijah). He is the man who “walked with God,” which is a phrase used twice (in vv. 22 and 24) to reveal his intimate spiritual life. Because of Enoch’s devotion, God took him so that he did not see death. Now Jude references a prophecy that is found in the Book of Enoch, a text that existed during Jude’s time that isn’t part of the Biblical canon. Yet, Jude, under the leading of the Holy Spirit, incorporated it as an illustration, just like how he was previously using history. Jesus will return with His angels in the final days (verse 14) to “execute judgment” on the “ungodly” due to their “ungodly acts” done in an “ungodly way” and what the “ungodly sinners have said against Him.” Paul notes in 2 Corinthians 5:10, “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.” Clearly, in verses 14 and 15, the false teachers that have infiltrated the church will be judged due to their sinful actions and words. “These people” were never satisfied, for true satisfaction is found in God alone. “These people” were “grumblers,” finding faults in others and not themselves (Matthew 7:3-5). “These people” followed their own evil desires, which can lead to the grumbling. If you can’t get what you want, especially if you think that others are holding you back from what you desire, then that could lead to complaining and fault finding. “These people” boast about themselves and use “flattering” words to manipulate people. All these aspects are mentioned so that we avoid acting in these ways. We should be genuine in our compliments, not seeking to elevate ourselves. We are called to be servants of Christ, taking a position of humility as Christ had, coming down to earth as a man and dying on the cross (Luke 9:23).
Isaac De Guzman