Resurrection of Seven Sons

Handwritten page from the second book of Maccabees chapter 6 verse 29 through chapter 7 verse 11
2Macc 6:29-7:11

Synopsis     2Maccabees 6:29-7:11     4/5/2021 

King Antiochus outlawed Judaism. So, anyone who refused to renounce the Jewish religion was tortured and executed.  

Eleazer was a scribe who refused to renounce Jewish faith. And so, he was mercilessly killed.  

Not long after, there was a Jewish woman with seven sons. King Antiochus personally directed the torture of her sons. However, as she witnessed the horrible treatment, she encouraged her sons to remain faithful.  

And the sons did remain faithful. Eventually, one by one, each of them died. As they did, each one confessed their faith in God’s goodness despite their terrible circumstances. Specifically, they professed faith in their anticipation of resurrection life.  

Resurrection of the Seven Sons 

One hundred eighty years before the Christ’s birth, faithful Jews expressed belief in resurrection life. They believed that in a final reckoning day, faithful men and women would be restored to full bodily life through resurrection.  

Resurrection Life 

Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life.” And He said, “Remain in Me as I remain in you.”  

This is the choice each of us has to make.  

“Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live” John 11:25 

April 5, 2021

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