After today, you have SIXTY DAYS…
WHAT A GIFT!!
Perhaps Fr. Mike has gushed a little bit too much in the last two days 🤔
What say you?
Two days ago we had Eleazar
Yesterday we had the seven brothers and their mom
Also, Wisdom Chs 3 and 4 WHICH JUST BLOW THE MIND
So maybe Fr. Mike gushed a little more than is appropriate and for some reason feels the need to apologize
I don’t see the issue, do you?
Apology NOT accepted because there is no need for one
BUT IT IS GOD’S WORD AND IT STRIKES OUR HEARTS POWERFULLY!!
We see how 2 Maccabees Ch 8 is the story we already heard in 1 Maccabees about Judas Maccabeus and his brothers rising up against the Gentiles
They fought for the honor of the Lord’s Temple
They fought for the ability to have freedom to keep the laws of God
In this telling, we have SO MUCH MORE of God’s ACTION
We have SO MUCH MORE of God’s PRESENCE
We don’t just have the facts and figures
WE HAVE THE MOTIVATION
We don’t just have a battle
WE HAVE THE CONSEQUENCES OF THE BATTLE
For example, we have Judas Maccabeus who is coming up against a massively larger army
What does he do?
How does he get them inspired?
How does he get them to have clear eyes to have their eyes clear to realize WHAT they are doing and WHY they are doing it
He told them in 2 Maccabees 8:19, “Moreover, he told them of the times when help came to their ancestors; both the time of Sennacherib, when one hundred and eighty five thousand perished, and the time of the battle with the Galatians that took place in Babylonia…” (Remember Sennacherib and what happened with him? Go back and read Day 185: Hezekiah’s Prayer in The Bible in a Year Study Guide for a refresher 😁)
It’s like saying, “God has fought for us in the past. He is fighting for us now. He is going to fight for us. Also, we have repented. Now, the sacrifices of those who were martyred.”
This has changed God’s stance from JUSTICE to MERCY
They are SEEING GOD as being PART OF THEIR LIVES RIGHT NOW
Isn’t it easy for us when we look back on our lives and say, “Oh Lord, you were there!”
Here are the people now, in REAL TIME at the moment saying, “God, this was visited upon us because of your justice. This was you loving us well and disciplining us, but not destroying us. Now, this is you being merciful to us because we have turned back to you.”
Sometimes it is very difficult for us as human beings to see God WORKING IN OUR LIVES
WHAT IS GOD REALLY DOING?
IS THIS GOD’S JUSTICE?
IS THIS JUST AN ACCIDENT OF EVIL?
IS THIS PART OF GOD’S MERCY?
To have the eyes that are LOOKING TO SEE and the eyes that are LOOKING TO UNDERSTAND…
THEY ARE ALWAYS THE EYES OF TRUST
Here’s what Fr. Mike means...
Sometimes we can say, “Gosh, I think I must have done something wrong to have to experience this pain.”
“Maybe I’m being corrected by the Lord himself.”
We don’t have any idea WHY
We’re just kind of guessing at this
So it’s kinda sometimes
A RISK to look at our lives and say, “Ok this is what God is doing.”
It is NOT A RISK to say, “God is PRESENT and ACTIVE.”
Hopefully that makes sense
We don’t always know, “Ok God, what are you doing right now in this moment?”
To be able to say, “God, I know that you’re here and that you’re doing SOMETHING.”
That is something we can really rest on
That is where that TRUST comes in of being able to say, “This is not you abandoning me, Lord. This is not you giving up on me. This is not being disqualified from your Word, or your promises. But, you are HERE and you are ACTIVE. You are PRESENT and you are DOING SOMETHING.”
IT IS SO SO INCREDIBLE!!
I LOVE THIS!!
At the end of 2 Maccabees Ch 8 we have the thrice accursed Nicanor who comes to a conclusion
2 Maccabees 8:36, “Thus he who had undertaken to secure tribute for the Romans by the capture of the people of Jerusalem proclaimed that the Jews had a Defender, and that therefore the Jews were invulnerable, because they followed the laws ordained by him.”
The Jews had a DEFENDER
Keep this in mind…
He is not referring to Judas Maccabeus being the DEFENDER
He is referring to GOD HIMSELF as being the DEFENDER
The reason we know this is because of the final line in that verse…(go back and read it 😉)
So NOT the laws ordained by Judas
The laws that are ordained by GOD HIMSELF
So maybe Fr. Mike is going to gush a little bit…
One last thing…
In Wisdom Ch 6…
The Wisdom of Solomon is just...WOW...THANK GOD FOR IT!!
Remember that ”the beginning of wisdom is FEAR OF THE LORD”
But there is also another offering or another idea that comes out of Wisdom of Solomon
Wisdom 6:17, “The beginning of wisdom is the most sincere desire for instruction, and concern for instruction is love of her, and love of her is the keeping of her laws, and giving heed to her laws is assurance of immortality, and immortality brings one near to God; so the desire for wisdom leads to a kingdom.”
I WANT TO LEARN!!
Which makes sense
I can’t be taught unless I’m WILLING TO BE TAUGHT
I’ll only be taught really well if I really WANT TO LEARN
This is really cool…
“Concern for instruction is love of her…”
So if I am interested in this, LOVE HER
And it builds on that
“And love of her is the keeping of her laws…”
This is really important too
We can SAY we want God’s truth
We can SAY we want God’s wisdom
We can SAY we can love God’s wisdom
If we don’t ACT like that
If we don’t LIVE like that
There is going to be corruption right here
We recognize that the WISE SEE CLEARLY because they LIVE CLEARLY
We recognize that the FOOLISH DON’T SEE CLEARLY because they LIVE FOOLISHLY
“And giving heed to her laws is assurance of immortality and immortality brings one near to God. So the desire of wisdom leads to a kingdom.”
It goes from the DESIRE FOR WISDOM
To LOVE OF HER
To KEEPING OF HER LAWS
To ASSURANCE OF IMMORTALITY
To IMMORTALITY BRINGS ONE NEAR GOD
Therefore, the DESIRE FOR WISDOM LEADS TO A KINGDOM
That is one of those beautiful pieces where the wisdom of Scripture highlights to us…
“Ok if you want to be wise, here is your fool-proof 6-step plan for growing in wisdom.”
THE WORD OF GOD IS COOL!!
THE WORD OF GOD IS BEAUTIFUL!!
THE WORD OF GOD IS BRILLIANT!!
THE WORD OF GOD SETS OUR HEARTS ON FIRE
GOD I WANT TO BE A WISE PERSON
OUR WALK CAN BREAK DOWN IN ANY ONE OF THOSE PLACES
Maybe we don’t really DESIRE wisdom today
Maybe we don’t really LONG for wisdom
Maybe we aren’t willing to live that way
Maybe we find ourselves struggling to live
Maybe we find ourselves struggling in many different ways
Here we are TODAY asking the Lord to reveal his WORD to us
The fact that you PRESSED PLAY reveals something
It reveals that YOU HAVE A DESIRE FOR WISDOM
FR. MIKE HAS A DESIRE FOR WISDOM
WE HAVE A DESIRE FOR WISDOM
Part of what unites this community is NOT PERFECTION
That would not unite any of us
What unites this community...
WE HAVE A DESIRE FOR GOD’S WORD
WE HAVE A DESIRE TO KNOW GOD’S HEART
WE HAVE A DESIRE TO KNOW HIS HEART
WE HAVE A DESIRE TO KNOW HIS WILL FOR OUR LIVES
That’s what makes this community unique and powerful
WE DESIRE HIM!!!
Think about this…🤔🧐
Every person listening to this podcast for 305 DAYS...
WE ALL DESIRE HIM
IF THAT IS NOT INCREDIBLE…
IF THAT IS NOT REMARKABLE…
IF THAT IS NOT EVEN A MIRACLE…
What can we say?
FR. MIKE IS PRAYING FOR YOU
YOU NEED IT!!
PRAY FOR FR. MIKE
HE NEEDS IT TOO!!
PRAY FOR EACH OTHER
WE ALL NEED PRAYERS!!