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Saturday, November 20, 2021

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1 Maccabees 6:1-13
Psalm 9:2-4, 6, 16, 19
Luke 20:27-40

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have it your way?

“But I now recall the evils I did in Jerusalem...these evils have overtaken me; and now I am dying, in bitter grief, in a foreign land.” —1 Maccabees 6:12, 13

Antiochus Epiphanes IV had savagely butchered the people of God. For example, he had killed babies and hung them from the necks of their mothers (1 Mc 1:61). He had militantly imposed the secular Greeks’ lifestyle upon the chosen people. He had literally gotten away with murder.

God wanted him to repent, but Antiochus persisted in his sin. So, God let Antiochus have his way and reap the wages of sin, that is, death (Rm 6:23). Antiochus “was struck with fear and very much shaken. Sick with grief because his designs had failed, he took to his bed. There he remained many days, overwhelmed with sorrow, for he knew he was going to die” (1 Mc 6:8-9).

“The Lord, indeed, knows how to rescue devout men from trial, and how to continue the punishment of the wicked up to the day of judgment” (2 Pt 2:9). The Lord will also let us have our way, even to eternal damnation. If we don’t accept the justice Jesus accomplished on Calvary, we must suffer the terrible justice of hell. May Jesus’ death not be in vain. Accept Him as Your Lord and Savior. Be justified in Him.

Prayer:  Jesus, may I not insist on having it my way and going to hell.

Promise:  “God is not the God of the dead but of the living. All are alive for Him.” —Lk 20:38

Praise:  When Albert came into the Church, so did his whole family.

Reference:  (For a related teaching on Accepting Jesus as Lord, Savior and God, order, view or download our leaflet or order, listen to or download our CD 43-1 or DVD 43 on our website.)

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