God’s judgment on the ungodly and his love
Jude vs. 14-15
Preached in Southbridge on 5-27-07
Jude uses the prophecy of Enoch to let these Christians know that God is coming in judgment on the wicked teachers among them.
Remember these Christians are being divided and abused by the same men who are supposed to be protecting them and who are supposed to be examples of Christ. That’s what a Shepherd does.
Now even though Jude uses this prophecy and applies it to these Christians the prophecy goes a lot further than just to them. This is a prophecy that applies to all people of all time. I want us to focus today on the prophecy of Enoch as presented here by Jude.
Let’s read the prophecy in Jude vs. 14-15:
Jud 1:14-15 It was also about these that Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied, saying, "Behold, the Lord came with ten thousands of his holy ones, to execute judgment on all and to convict all the ungodly of all their 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."
i. Isaiah 34:1-5 Draw near, O nations, to hear, and give attention, O peoples! Let the earth hear, and all that fills it; the world, and all that comes from it. For the LORD is enraged against all the nations, and furious against all their host; he has devoted them to destruction, has given them over for slaughter. Their slain shall be cast out, and the stench of their corpses shall rise; the mountains shall flow with their blood. All the host of heaven shall rot away, and the skies roll up like a scroll. All their host shall fall, as leaves fall from the vine, like leaves falling from the fig tree. For my sword has drunk its fill in the heavens; behold, it descends for judgment upon Edom, upon the people I have devoted to destruction.
ii. Here again is a prophecy of extreme judgment. You may remember when we looked at this chapter a while back that this passage had application to the people living at that time but also has application for us today as this depicts the future judgment upon the wicked.
iii. The picture we get from scripture is clear when God comes in judgment it’s complete and a fearful thing. These images are not given to us to make us feel good but to make us fear a holy and righteous God.
1. Proverbs 9:10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.
iv. God is holy and righteous and just and we need a reverent fear and respect for God. He is not our old uncle Joe or a Santa Claws in the sky, this is the holy and just judge, creator, and savior of the universe. So the first thing we see is that our God is to be honored and respected with a holy fear.
i. Deeds are actions. Steeling is an action
ii. Speech is what comes out of our mouths. Using the Lords name as a cuss word.
iii. I remember a guy I use to work with. He didn’t believe in God and made that very clear. We were talking one day and I asked “what if after you died you find out that you were wrong and there is a God?” he said “Well if he can’t take a joke then BLANK HIM! I don’t want to go to heaven.” That’s a blasphemous statement and one that God is going to judge.
iv. God is going to judge the ungodly in all they have said and done. In fact we know from other passages that the very things we think will be judged.
v. But who are the ungodly? That’s very important that we see who they are.
The only way that an ungodly sinner can make it through the judgment is by coming to Jesus Christ. He changed our lives and makes us new creations and we are no longer ungodly in God’s eyes we are holy and righteous because God no longer sees me he sees Jesus and what he did on the cross.
When we put on Christ we are not sinless or perfect but we strive to be like Jesus. When we stumble and fall, when we make mistakes or sin in our lives if we confess and repent of those sins he is faithful.
If you are here this morning and you’re not in Christ that is you have never been immersed into Jesus by faith as an adult then please if something that was said this morning has sparked in you a desire to know God and be forgiven your sins then talk with someone after service. Our brothers Ron, Bill, and Jeff would be happy to talk with you about a bible study or talk with me after. Just don’t leave with out speaking to someone.
Maybe you have heard all of this before but never came to Christ don’t wait any longer today is the day of your salvation. Don’t put off till tomorrow because as the old song goes “Tomorrow is always a day away”. You don’t know if you will be alive tomorrow or in front of the God of the universe standing in judgment. Make your decision now while you have the chance.