We read the story of the Mother and her 7 sons a few night ago from 2 Maccabees 7. It is an amazing story of Faith, courage and bravery for our sons to hear. May we all have this kind of faith and bravery in times of persecution. Just listen to the words of these Faithful sons and mother when faced with pressure to defile their bodies with swine's flesh and the intestines of sacrificed animals.
Read to the end and see the most amazing speech by the youngest son.
These sons and mother did not fear because they knew that their faith and obedience to the God of Israel would give them a greater reward.
2 Mac 7:1 It happened also that seven brothers and their mother were arrested and were being compelled by the king (Antiochus IV), under torture with whips and cords, to partake of unlawful swine's flesh.
1st Son's words: "What do you intend to ask and learn from us? For we are ready to die rather than transgress the laws of our fathers."
As this son was being tortured, his tongue being cut out, his hands and feet being cut off, his head being scalped and being thrown into a burning hot caldron his brothers and mother had these encouraging words.... "The Lord God is watching over us and in truth has compassion on us, as Moses declared in his song which bore witness against the people to their faces, when he said, `And he will have compassion on his servants.'"
2nd Son's words: "You accursed wretch, you dismiss us from this present life, but the King of the universe will raise us up to an everlasting renewal of life, because we have died for his laws." He then received the same torture and death as the first.
3rd Son's words: "I got these from Heaven, and because of his laws I disdain them, and from him I hope to get them back again." He then received the same fate as the first 2.
4th Son's words: "One cannot but choose to die at the hands of men and to cherish the hope that God gives of being raised again by him. But for you there will be no resurrection to life!" He was tortured and died as the others.
5th Son's words: "Because you have authority among men, mortal though you are, you do what you please. But do not think that God has forsaken our people. Keep on, and see how his mighty power will torture you and your descendants!" He was tortured and died the same.
6th Son's words: "Do not deceive yourself in vain. For we are suffering these things on our own account, because of our sins against our own God. Therefore astounding things have happened. But do not think that you will go unpunished for having tried to fight against God!"
The mother then encouraged her last son....These are her last words to him....
But, leaning close to him, she spoke in their native tongue as follows, deriding the cruel tyrant: "My son, have pity on me. I carried you nine months in my womb, and nursed you for three years, and have reared you and brought you up to this point in your life, and have taken care of you. I beseech you, my child, to look at the heaven and the earth and see everything that is in them, and recognize that God did not make them out of things that existed. Thus also mankind comes into being. Do not fear this butcher, but prove worthy of your brothers. Accept death, so that in God's mercy I may get you back again with your brothers."
7th Son's words: "What are you waiting for? I will not obey the king's command, but I obey the command of the law that was given to our fathers through Moses. But you, who have contrived all sorts of evil against the Hebrews, will certainly not escape the hands of God. For we are suffering because of our own sins. And if our living Lord is angry for a little while, to rebuke and discipline us, he will again be reconciled with his own servants. But you, unholy wretch, you most defiled of all men, do not be elated in vain and puffed up by uncertain hopes, when you raise your hand against the children of heaven. You have not yet escaped the judgment of the almighty, all-seeing God. For our brothers after enduring a brief suffering have drunk of everflowing life under God's covenant; but you, by the judgment of God, will receive just punishment for your arrogance. I, like my brothers, give up body and life for the laws of our fathers, appealing to God to show mercy soon to our nation and by afflictions and plagues to make you confess that he alone is God, and through me and my brothers to bring to an end the wrath of the Almighty which has justly fallen on our whole nation."
Remember we are the "LIVING TEMPLE" of the MOST HIGH GOD! Are you being lukewarm like so many of the hellinized Jews and submitting to greek ways and defiling the TEMPLE (Your body) with things The Creator says are abominations. Ask Him, He'll teach you all things thru His word and Spirit.
He is the only one that can sanctify. Will you be one that will stand? Or have you already been believing the lies and justifying what's right in your own eyes? Look at the Father's heart and not your own. You will see something different than what Chrisitanity has adopted from Rome. I pray for the scales to be lifted from those You have called Father and may they see the beauty of your ways. Praise Abba!
Reference: Bible, Revised Standard Version