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Category: Bible In a Year

  • 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 […]

  • Day 302 – The Pursuit of Wisdom

    Day 302 – The Pursuit of Wisdom

    Thoughts and Reflection Today we read about Jason’s fall from power and the pillage of the temple. The people realize what they have been going through is how the Lord is loving, teaching, and bringing them back to him. They further realize it is just but limited. We are then introduced to Judas Maccabeus. He […]

  • Day 301 – Rising Again

    Day 301 – Rising Again

    Thoughts and Reflection Today we read about the Greek customs that were introduced in Jerusalem by Jason. Jason was corrupt and became a high priest. He built a gymnasium and enrolled the young men of the City. This ultimately caused their infidelity to the Lord. The Greek customs and culture were being promoted by those […]

  • 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 […]