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Category: Bible In a Year

  • 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 […]

  • Day 290 – Judas Maccabeus Dies

    Day 290 – Judas Maccabeus Dies

    Thoughts and Reflection Today we read about the death of Judas Maccabeus. After he died his friends suffer. Many aren’t living their faith do not care about the Law or respect the Lord’s covenant with them. An external enemy is easier to fight than those within our own family. God’s people must decide how to […]

  • Day 289 – Wise Influences

    Day 289 – Wise Influences

    Thoughts and Reflection Today we read about the achievements of the Romans. Empires come and go and now the Greeks will be replaced by the Romans as the ruler of the land. Judas Maccabeus and his brothers have established themselves against the Greeks, they now seek to have an alliance with Rome. Daily Readings 1 […]

  • Day 288 – Battling Against Gossip

    Day 288 – Battling Against Gossip

    Today we see that the people continue to fight. We see the rise of Demetrious, the son of Seleucus, who wages war against the Israelites. Judas Maccabeus and the men of Israel continue to pray to the Lord before they go into battle. We should always call upon the Lord when we encounter struggles or […]

  • Day 287 – Eleazar’s Sacrifice

    Day 287 – Eleazar’s Sacrifice

    Thoughts and Reflections Today we read about the continuation of the battle of the Maccabees. When the Greeks enter Jerusalem and see the strength of Judas Maccabeus and his brothers, they tear down the wall and quickly depart. There will be more battles with the Greeks, but Israel is starting to think about making an […]

  • Day 286 – The Battle to Choose God

    Day 286 – The Battle to Choose God

    Thoughts and Reflection Judas Maccabeus continues to free Israel in a battle. Antiochus was out to destroy the Jewish culture and religion. This battle was a defensive war, seeking freedom and independence for Israel. Daily Readings 1 Maccabees 5 1 When the surrounding nations heard that the altar had been rebuilt and the sanctuary restored to what it […]