It took a year to read the Bible, then almost 9 months to read the Apocrypha. Now, I'm going to try to offer reflections on the Narrative Lectionary. But, I won't be posting daily--at least, for a while.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Facing and Winning, reflection on 1 Maccabees 4:1-25

Outnumbered 2 to 1. Underamed, undertrained, and unhorsed compared to the Gentiles. Yet, Judas called on them not to be afraid, "Remember how our ancestors at the Red Sea were saved from Pharaoh's army. God has made covenant with us. Let's see if that covenant still holds."

It did. They crushed the Gentiles, faced off another force, then plundered their camp, seizing gold, silver, dyed cloth. On their return, they sang hymn and praises to Heaven, Note: they delayed plunder until after they had routed the enemy.

When facing an actual battle or a metaphorical one, how are you affected by the relative strengths, by a reliance on divine help?

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