Alcimus’ False Testimony

Handwritten page from the second book of Maccabees chapter 14  verses 3 through 18.
2Macc 14:3-18

Synopsis     2Maccabees 14:3-18     5/5/2021 

Over the course of several years, Demetrius replaced Antiochus as king of the Syrian Empire. 

Alcimus was a former Jewish high priest. However, he was favorable to Greek customs. And he made great wealth as the high priest. So, when the Maccabees revolted, he lost his position and his power.  

When Demetrius became king, Alcimus ingratiated himself before the new king. As a result, King Demetrius asked him to attend a council concerning Judea. When he spoke concerning Judea, Alcimus gave false testimony against Judas Maccabeus.  

The testimony made Demetrius detest Judas. So, the new king appointed Nicanor as governor of Judea. And he reappointed Alcimus as high priest in Jerusalem. Demetrius gave Nicanor specific orders to execute Judas Maccabeus as soon as possible.  

Nicanor approached Judea with his forces. The Jews received word of the invasion. And so, they lamented this misfortune and cried out to God for help. 

Alcimus False Testimony 

Alcimus spoke untruthfully. But he did it believing what he did was right.  

False Testimony 

“Every man’s way is right in his own sight.” I grew up hearing this verse. And the truth is, it’s frightening.  

Alcimus believed he was fully justified in offer testimony against Judas Maccabeus. But how often have I felt fully justified in offering a negative report about another person.  

It’s not the boldface lie that keeps me awake at night. Instead, it’s recognizing my capacity to manipulate the people around me that keeps me awake when I should be asleep. 

“All your ways may be straight in your own eyes, but it is the LORD who weighs hearts.” Prov 21:2 

May 5, 2021

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