Fallen King Antiochus

Handwritten page from the second book of Maccabees chapter 8 verse 34 through chapter 9 verse 10
2Macc 8:34-9:10

Synopsis     2Maccabees 8:34-9:10     4/13/2021 

After losing the battle against Judas, Nicanor fled. The enemy general did not stop until he returned to Antioch. Once there, he reported all that had happened. And he noted how God was fighting for the Israelites because they had not abandoned the law.  

About the same time, King Antiochus was defeated in Persia. And so, he began the return journey to Antioch. However, along the way he heard the news of Nicanor’s defeat. Enraged, he immediately set out for Jerusalem.  

But, during the journey, he fell out of his chariot. His fall caused serious injuries. Before long, his wounds became infected and putrefied. 

Fallen King Antiochus 

By defying God, King Antiochus destroyed himself.  

The Fallen 

Original sin is God-envy. In this life, God-envy is what is means to be fallen. It is self destruction.

Wanting to be my own master leaves little room for God. So, the frustration I feel when I can’t force my will upon the universe ought to be heard as the alarm bells of damnation.  

It’s not that He condemns me. Instead, to my own shame, I avoid Him as long as possible so that I can pursue what is subjectively satisfying.  

“Whoever believes in him will not be condemned, but whoever does not believe has already been condemned, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God” John 3:18 

April 13, 2021

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