Synopsis 2Maccabees 11:30-12:11 4/26/2021
After losing in battle, King Antiochus sent a letter to the Jews. In it, he authorized the them to continue practicing their religion. Because they were Jewish allies, the Romans sent letters to both Maccabeus and King Antiochus.
So, the Jews put down their weapons. And they returned to farming. However, led by Timothy, many of the regional leaders remained vindictive toward the Jews.
Then the Gentile living in Joppa created an offense. Joppa was a seaport on the Mediterranean Sea. City leaders tricked some of the Jewish families living there into taking a water excursion on boats. But when the Jews agreed to go, the Joppaites took them in boats and drowned them at sea.
When Judas Maccabeus heard of the treachery in Joppa, he called his men to arms. They marched to Joppa and burned the city. Nearby, a group of nearly five thousand Arabs attacked Maccabeus. But he quickly outmaneuvered them. And so, they begged for peace.
As a result of all this, Maccabeus determined to go in search of other places outside Judea where Jews had been abused.
Maccabeus the Hammer
Most people associate Judas Maccabeus with aggressive military tactics. As a military leader, he was aggressive. But he was most aggressive in his prayer life.
Praying Isn’t Passive
Prayer is an act – it is action. Therefore, prayer is doing. So, let us do aggressively do it.
“If then my people, upon whom my name has been pronounced, humble themselves and pray, and seek my face and turn from their evil ways, I will hear them from heaven and pardon their sins and heal their land” 2Chron 7:14