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.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Offer from Demetrius, a reflection on 1 Maccabees 10:24-45

King Demetrius wrote to Jonathan reminding him of their past friendship and offering to reward him for continued support. Taxes would be reduced significantly. Significantly. Control of the citadel would be turned over to the Judeans. He would release all Jews that he had incarcerated. Jews could be in the army. Samaria would be annexed to Judah. The king would help pay for upkeep of the sanctuary. Anyone who had taken refuge in the temple because of debts to the king would be released of that obligation. Moreover, the king would pay for fortification and rebuilding of the temple,

BTW, scholars doubt the authenticity of this letter

Jonathan is being courted by two powerful forces. How can he keep faithful with his people and their God and still keep them safe?

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