Judas and his men see the camp of Gorgias (1 Macc 4:6-4:11)

“At daybreak, Judas appeared in the plain with three thousand men. However, they did not have armor and swords as much as they desired. They saw the camp of the gentiles, strong and fortified, with cavalry all around it. These men were trained in war. But Judas said to those who were with him.

‘Do not fear their numbers!

Do not be afraid when they charge!

Remember how our ancestors were saved at the Red Sea.

When Pharaoh with his forces pursued them?

Now let us cry to heaven,

To see whether he will favor us

Whether he will remember his covenant with our ancestors?

Will he crush this army before us today?

Then all the gentiles will know

That there is one who redeems and saves Israel.’”

Judas appeared on the plain with 3,000 of his men that did not have armor or swords. They saw the camp of Gorgias with the cavalry surrounding it. Judas then encouraged his troops. He told them not to fear the numbers of the enemy. He told them to remember what happened at the Red Sea when Pharaoh was pursuing their ancestors. He wanted them to cry to heaven to seek the favor of God. Notice he always speaks about heaven and not the God of their ancestors. God would remember his covenant with them and thus redeem and save Israel from the gentiles.

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