The providential meaning of the persecution (2 Macc 6:12-6:17)

“Now I urge those who read this book not to be depressed by such calamities. You ought to recognize that these punishments were designed not to destroy but to discipline our people. In fact, it is a sign of great kindness not to let the impious alone for long, but to punish them immediately. In the case of the other nations, the Lord waits patiently to punish them until they have reached the full measure of their sins. However, he does not deal in this way with us. So that he may not take vengeance on us afterward when our sins have reached their height, he never withdraws his mercy from us. Although he disciplines us with calamities, he does not forsake his own people. Let what we have said serve as a reminder. We must go on briefly with the story.”

Here is a little editorial note of the biblical writer. In fact, he used the first person singular “I.” He did not want the reader to be depressed by these incidents. These punishments came to the Jewish people in order to discipline them, not to destroy them. With other nations, the Lord waited until they were totally sinful before he punished them. God’s mercy was always with the Jews, even when they were sinful. Although he disciplines the Jews, he never abandons them. Now that the author has put in this little reminder, he was going to continue on with the story. This is a rare look at the perspective of this biblical author. The Jews were unique in that God was merciful, no matter what.

387 thoughts on “The providential meaning of the persecution (2 Macc 6:12-6:17)

  1. Really enjoyed this article post.Really looking forward to read more. Great.

  2. Aw, this was an incredibly good post. Taking a few minutes and actual effort to
    produce a top notch article… but what can I say… I hesitate
    a lot and don’t manage to get anything done.

  3. It’s an awesome article for all the web users; they will obtain benefit from it
    I am sure.

  4. Really appreciate you sharing this article post.Thanks Again. Great.

  5. Great blog post. Really Great.

  6. Thanks for the post.Thanks Again. Cool.

  7. Your style is so unique in comparison to other people I have read stuff from.

    Thank you for posting when you’ve got the opportunity, Guess I’ll just bookmark
    this site.

  8. Hello there! This post couldn’t be written any better!
    Reading this post reminds me of my good old room mate! He always kept chatting about this.
    I will forward this post to him. Fairly certain he will have a good read.
    Thanks for sharing!

  9. Hi, Neat post. There’s an issue together with your website in internet
    explorer, could test this? IE still is the market
    chief and a huge part of people will leave out your magnificent
    writing due to this problem.

  10. Major thankies for the blog article.Really thank you! Great.

  11. I loved your blog post.Really thank you! Awesome.

  12. Very good post. Want more.

  13. I really liked your article.Really looking forward to read more. Cool.

  14. A round of applause for your blog post.Really thank you! Really Cool.

  15. Really enjoyed this blog post.Thanks Again. Awesome.

  16. I’d need to consult you here. Which is not some thing It’s my job to do! I quite like reading a post that may make people feel. Also, many thanks allowing me to comment!

  17. Appreciate you sharing, great article.Really thank you!

  18. I really liked your article.Much thanks again.

  19. This design is wicked! You certainly know how to keep a reader amused.

    Between your wit and your videos, I was almost moved to start my own blog (well, almost…HaHa!)
    Fantastic job. I really enjoyed what you had to say, and more than that,
    how you presented it. Too cool!

  20. Muchos Gracias for your blog.Thanks Again. Fantastic.

  21. I really like and appreciate your article. Cool.

  22. Muchos Gracias for your article.Really looking forward to read more.

  23. I cannot thank you enough for the blog post. Really Cool.

  24. Thanks so much for the blog post.Much thanks again. Much obliged.

  25. Thanks again for the blog article.Really looking forward to read more. Want more.

  26. A round of applause for your article post.Much thanks again. Awesome.

  27. I value the blog post.Really thank you! Keep writing.

  28. Im obliged for the blog article.Thanks Again.

  29. Thanks a lot for sharing this with all people you
    actually understand what you’re talking about! Bookmarked.
    Please additionally seek advice from my website
    =). We could have a link change agreement between us

  30. Great, thanks for sharing this blog article.

  31. Hey I am so delighted I found your blog, I really found you by accident, while I was browsing on Yahoo for something else,
    Regardless I am here now and would just like to say cheers for a tremendous post and a all
    round entertaining blog (I also love the theme/design), I don’t have time to read through it all at the minute
    but I have bookmarked it and also included your RSS feeds, so when I have time I
    will be back to read more, Please do keep up the great work.

  32. Great, thanks for sharing this post. Really Cool.

  33. Thanks for sharing, this is a fantastic blog article.Much thanks again. Really Cool.

  34. Thanks for sharing, this is a fantastic blog article.Thanks Again. Want more.

  35. Looking forward to reading more. Great post.Really looking forward to read more.

Leave a Reply to Cancel reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.