Maccabeus Remembering Booths

Handwritten page from the second book of Maccabees chapter 9 verse 26 through chapter 10 verse 14.
2Macc 9:26-10:14

Synopsis     2Maccabees 9:26-10:14     4/19/2021 

King Antiochus Epiphanes eventually died an agonizing death. Shortly afterward, Judas Maccabeus led forces which freed the temple from foreign occupation.  

Immediately, the faithful Jews cleansed the temple. They removed the alter and anything that was defiled. Once the temple was purified, the people set up a new alter. Exactly two years after the defilement, the priests offered authentic sacrifices to God. They also offered showbread before the Lord.  

It was the time to celebrate the Feast of Booths. So, the people came to Jerusalem and celebrated.  

However, messengers quickly reported the news that Antiochus Epiphanes had died. Accordingly, Antiochus Eupator became king. And he named Lysias and Gorgias to rule over the southern part of the empire, including Judea. 

Maccabeus Remembering Booths 

The Feast of Booths was a special feast. God gave the feast through Moses to remind the people of their time wandering in tents. During the feast, the people returned to the tabernacle and set up tents and temporary structures. And then, the lived in these during the feast.  

Remembering Before Salvation 

In truth, I don’t deserve to be saved. And Nothing entitles me to salvation. Instead, God has graciously given a gift to me and to all who believe.  

It is good, therefore, to remember.  

“Therefore, remember that at one time you, Gentiles in the flesh, called the uncircumcision by those called the circumcision, which is done in the flesh by human hands, were at that time without Christ, alienated from the community of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, without hope and without God in the world.” Eph 2:11-12 

April 19, 2021

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