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Category: Bible In a Year

  • Day 312 – Conclusion to the Old Testament

    Day 312 – Conclusion to the Old Testament

    Thoughts and Reflection Today we read in the final chapter of Maccabees that the motivation for those who fight is to defend the Temple. In Wisdom, we read about the Israelites’ fight from Egypt and how the Lord continues to fight for his people to bring them from slavery to freedom. Wisdom concludes by acknowledging […]

  • Day 311 – God Fights for You

    Day 311 – God Fights for You

    Thoughts and Reflection Today we read about some graphic battles. Throughout the Old Testament, we read how God works through the brokenness that is around us and the violence that follows. Because of human sinfulness, life is not neat and tidy — it is messy. In Wisdom 17 we read bout secret sins – those […]

  • Day 310 – Rivals For The Heart

    Day 310 – Rivals For The Heart

    Thoughts and Reflection Today we read in Proverbs that if we have patience and we are consistent, then we can accomplish great things. We also hear about the virtue of temperance — knowing when we have had enough. In Wisdom, we hear about how people can make gods out of the good things that surround […]

  • Day 309 – Praying for the Dead

    Day 309 – Praying for the Dead

    Thoughts and Reflection Today we read about a lot of destruction and war. We also read about praying for the dead. After the battle, the Jews go out and bring the bodies of the dead. Judas Maccabeus takes up a collection and sends out two thousand drachmas of silver to Jerusalem as an offering for […]

  • Day 308 – Little by Little

    Day 308 – Little by Little

    Thoughts and Reflection Today we read about a white horseman that appears as the people of Jerusalem are preparing to fight. Though the Lord is present, the people still need to enter into battle with those who want to hurt them. This is a reminder that God is always present, even when we may not […]

  • Day 307 – Courage in Battle

    Day 307 – Courage in Battle

    Thoughts and Reflection Today we read about Judas Maccabeus coming into Jerusalem. The desolation of the Temple is one of the greater offenses to the Lord. Today we read about it’s restoration and the origin of the Feast of Hanukkah. Maccabeus’ men have faith in the Lord as they go forward to fight against Timothy. […]

  • Day 306 – Wisdom Is Beautiful

    Day 306 – Wisdom Is Beautiful

    Thoughts and Reflection Today we read about the defeat of Antiochus that we first read in 1 Maccabees. In 2 Maccabees we hear who actually defeated him — the Lord. We must remember that the Lord is always involved in fighting and machinations. There is one of two perspectives we can take in our life […]

  • Day 305 – The Defender

    Day 305 – The Defender

    Thoughts and Reflection Today we read about Judas Maccabeus and his brothers rising up against the Gentiles. When they go up against a much larger force, Judas Maccabeus inspires the people by reminding them of the times when the Lord’s help came to their ancestors. It can be hard to see how God is working […]

  • Day 304 – Life Beyond Death

    Day 304 – Life Beyond Death

    Thoughts and Reflection Today we read about faithfulness. In Maccabees, we read about a mother and her seven sons. The mom and her sons obey the law of the Lord and are put to death. They die with confidence knowing that their death in this life is not the end. This is not our ultimate […]

  • Day 303 – Eleazar’s Martyrdom

    Day 303 – Eleazar’s Martyrdom

    Thoughts and Reflection Today we are reminded that punishments are not something that should bring us down but rather we should see it as discipline by our loving father. While God waits for other nations to reach the apex of their wickedness before he destroys them, he does not do this to his people of […]