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.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Selves-Protection, a reflection on 1 Maccabees 3:27-59

The king was incensed with the successes of the Jewish uprising. When he raised and agreed to pay a large army, he was confronted by an empty treasury. Needing money to keep up his practice of lavish expenditures on himself and for gifts, he decided to go to Persia to collect taxes.

He left Lysias in charge of Jerusalem and Judea, with authority over half the army. Syria and the Philistines joined in the attack.

Judas and his brothers prepared to defend Jerusalem.

What do you think about the draft exemptions they had: those who were building houses, about to be married, planted a vineyard, were faint-hearted?

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