After defeating Gilead, Judas led the Israelites on a journey toward the land of Judah. They met and violently overcame obstacles. Not only the enemy slowed them down; Judas had to keep rallying the laggards.
What obstacles (external and internal) do we still face as we move (or think about moving) toward a life with God?
When they heard about the successes of Judas and Jonathan, other Maccabeans decided to win some victories themselves. They lost, according to the author of 1 Maccabees, because they weren't the ones that God had chosen to lead the deliverance of evil.
The long-ago conflict between Isaac's sons, Jacob and Esau (Genesis 25-33) isn't over. Neither is the conflict with the Philistines (1Samuel 17; 23; 29; 2 Samuel 5:6-25).