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Year: 2022

  • Day 300 – Conversion of Heart

    Day 300 – Conversion of Heart

    Thoughts and Reflection Today we read that Heliodorus is sent to collect the Temple treasury. In times of distress, people pray to the Lord and he protects the temple. He has a vision that places him in danger of death and a second vision telling him to praise the Lord and thank Onias for his […]

  • Day 299 – Jeremiah Hides the Ark

    Day 299 – Jeremiah Hides the Ark

    Thoughts and Reflection Today we learn about could have happened to the Ark of the Covenant. Jeremiah takes the tent, altar, and the Ark and puts them in a cave on the mountain where Moses died. He did not mark the cave. The author of 2 Maccabees explains that this book will be a summary […]

  • Day 298 – The Gift of Life

    Day 298 – The Gift of Life

    Thoughts and Reflection Today we start the last book of the Old Testament. The story starts off with the feast of the purification of the temple – what we now is celebrated as Hanukkah. The story of Nehemiah discovering the sacred fire, which the priests hid as the people were taken to Persia. Nehemiah is […]

  • Day 297 – Using Good Things For Evil

    Day 297 – Using Good Things For Evil

    Thoughts and Reflection Today we wrap up the historical narrative of the Israelites until Jesus comes in the New Testament. We will start 2 Maccabees tomorrow and that will offer a different perspective on the same events. At the end of 1 Maccabees, John, the son of Simon, takes over as leader of the people. […]

  • Day 296 – Know Your Heart

    Day 296 – Know Your Heart

    Thoughts and Reflection Throughout the first book of Maccabees we see that Judas and Jonathan are great fighters and Simon is a leader. The first book is coming to a close in the second book we will learn which of the people were faithful to the Lord or unfaithful to him. We should always remember […]

  • Day 295 – Israel’s Expectations

    Day 295 – Israel’s Expectations

    Thoughts and Reflection Today we read in Maccabees 14 “Each man sat under his vine and his fig tree and there was none to make them afraid.” The people fight for their sovereignty which they will not hold onto it for long. They think this is a time when God will restore the kingdom that […]

  • Day 294 – Judea Gains Independence

    Day 294 – Judea Gains Independence

    Thoughts and Reflection Today we read about the Jewish warrior’s battle to have an independent nation and achieve freedom for God’s people. The people fight against the greeks but they fight in such a way that respects the Lord. Simon, for example, will spare the life of certain people but force them to leave. This […]

  • Day 293 – Discipline Grounded in Love

    Day 293 – Discipline Grounded in Love

    Thoughts and Reflection Today we read more about the narrative of history in Maccabees 12. Jonathan wrote letters to Rome to create alliances between them. Demetrius sent a larger force to wage war against him. He marched away from Jerusalem and met them in the Hamath. Daily Readings 1 Maccabees 12 1 When Jonathan saw that circumstances were […]

  • Day 292 – The Power of Words

    Day 292 – The Power of Words

    Thoughts and Reflection Today we read about the rise and fall of the kings and dynasties. The lens of faith was taken out. Even though we don’t sermons, God is active and egaged. In Proverbs we read about ancient landmarks that should not be removed. It is foolish to remove something simply because we do […]

  • Day 291 – The Rise of King Alexander

    Day 291 – The Rise of King Alexander

    Thoughts and Reflection Today we read about a lot of battles, kings, and alliances. There is a rise of two kings – Alexander Epiphanies and Demetrius. Alexander is the son of Antiochus Epiphanes. Each is trying to get Jonathan, the Maccabees, and the Jews on their side. A letter from Alexander praises Jonathan and declares […]