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, October 11, 2015

Choice of peace or faithfulness, a reflection on 4 Maccabees 8

When the tyrant finally gave up on forcing the old man to eat forbidden food, he angrily demanded that other Hebrew captives be given the choice either to eat defiling food and be freed or to be tortured.

Seven brothers, along with their mother, were brought before the tyrant. He said to them, "I advise you to make a different choice from the one that old man did. Renounce your religion and I'll give you a position of authority in my government. Adopt the Greek life or be tortured."

When they saw the dreadful torture instruments, they were not afraid. Relying on their own philosophy and by right reasoning, they rejected the tyrant's offer. They never considered accepting the king's offer.

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