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2 Maccabees 15: Battle – Part II

José Teófilo de Jesus: A morte de Judas Macabeu – The Death of Judas Maccabeus

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

It is not through arms but through the Lord’s decision that victory is won by those who deserve it. 

We know when God joins the battle because we do not see more power, more might or more strength. When we enter the skirmish with God, there is always a call to unity.  That struggle is always the endeavor to heal, restore and reunite.  That fight is fought in the open in the plain light of day rather than in back alleys or under cover of darkness.  We know that the skirmish has God’s blessing when we see the good fruit that is born to replace the rotting fruit of evil.

It is not through arms but through the Lord’s decision that victory is won by those who deserve it. 

When we are confounded by choices, when we feel overcome by something larger than ourselves, when we are anxious about an outcome, we must look to the Lord.  The outcome of the battle between dark and light will be eternal and life-giving.  The result of a clash into which God enters will sustain and heal.

It is not through arms but through the Lord’s decision that victory is won by those who deserve it. 

Tomorrow, God’s armor.

Written on February 28, 2009. 

Image from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Judas_Maccabeus

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2 Maccabees 15: Battle – Part I

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Frans Floris the Elder: The Triumph of Judas Maccabeus

It is not through arms but through the Lord’s decision that victory is won by those who deserve it. 

We know this, and yet we insist on determining what best disciplines us, rather than deferring to God’s own discipline.

For those of us who are fortunate to live outside of active warfare, the turbulence of today’s story is reflected in the ups and downs of our daily existence.  Strife appears in many forms.  We might see the bloody stories of Nicanor, Razis and Judas Maccabeus as a more sanguine version of interoffice gossip, of neighborhood one-upmanship, of family betrayal, or backstabbing among apparent friends.  Human beings are constantly striving to prove things, to win battles, to sway or coerce, to be right, to be included, to belong, to exclude.

It is not through arms but through the Lord’s decision that victory is won by those who deserve it. 

We cling to hope that our point will be seen.  We believe that if we work long enough and try hard enough we can win or do anything, rather than understanding that no victory without God is a true victory.  A conquest not attended by God may, in fact, spell the beginning of our end.

Spending hours plotting, gathering others to rally around us, using shrill speech to gain allies, or extreme and ugly force to obtain that on which we have set our eye, these are all tactics we read about today.  We call these measures excessive and beyond necessary; yet they remain the mark of the human struggle that draws us in constantly.

It is not through arms but through the Lord’s decision that victory is won by those who deserve it. 

Use the scripture links to learn more about Nicanor, Razis and Judas Maccabeus.

Tomorrow, God’s skirmish.  

Written on February 28, 2009.

Image from http://www.artnet.com/artists/frans-floris-the-elder/the-triumph-of-judas-maccabeus-_40ZvRvvvz4hHJDvb7i3sA2

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