The prayer of Judas Maccabeus and his men (2 Macc 8:1-8:4)

“Meanwhile Judas, who was also called Maccabeus, and his companions secretly entered the villages. They summoned their kindred. They enlisted those who had continued in the Jewish faith. They gathered about six thousand men. They implored the Lord to look upon the people who were oppressed by all. They wanted the Lord to have pity on the temple which had been profaned by ungodly men. They wanted him to have mercy on the city that was being destroyed, and about to be leveled to the ground. They wanted the Lord to hearken to the blood that cried out to him. They wanted him to remember also the lawless destruction of the innocent babies. They wanted him to remember the blasphemies committed against his name. They wanted him to show his hatred of evil.”

Judas Maccabeus and his companions, and not just his brothers, entered the villages. There is no mention of Mattathias, the father of Judas, as if nothing happened until Judas came on the scene. This is the first mention of Judas in chapter 8, outside of the author’s preface in chapter 2 of this book. In 1 Maccabees, Judas came on the scene in chapter 3, after the death of his father, who had started the uprising. Judas gathered about 6,000 men. The first thing they did was pray to the Lord. They wanted God to look on their oppression and have pity on the Temple and its profanation. They wanted mercy for their city Jerusalem that was being leveled to the ground. They wanted God to listen to the innocent blood crying out to him from innocent babies. They wanted him to remember the blasphemies against his name and all the other evils that was going on.

Jehu is proclaimed king (2 Kings 9:11-9:13)

“When Jehu came out to his master’s officers, they said to him. ‘Is everything all right? Why did that madman come to you?’ He answered them. ‘You know the sort and how they babble.’ They said. ‘ Liar! Come on, tell us!’ So he said. ‘This is just what he said to me. Thus says Yahweh. I anoint you king over Israel.’ Then hurriedly they all took their cloaks and spread them for him on the bare steps. They blew the trumpet. They proclaimed. ‘Jehu is king.’”

Interesting enough, Elisha had started a revolution. When Jehu came back to his counsel members, they asked him if he was okay. They wanted to know what that madman was up to. Jehu said that he just babbled on. Then they called him a liar and wanted to know exactly what was up. Then he said what the unnamed prophet had said to him. Jehu was to be king over all Israel. They quickly threw their coats on the ground to protect his feet. They blew the trumpet. They proclaimed that Jehu was the king.