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The first six sons each defy the king and are cruelly tortured.
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God, not the gentile king, is in charge of the happenings. Because her hope was in the Lord, she had encouraged each of her sons, in Aramaic or Hebrew, to persevere.
What mother, beholding the brutal deaths of six sons, could speak such words? Antiochus interprets her words, which he cannot understand since they are not in his language, as reproach, and so appeals to her seventh and youngest son that he will make him rich and will befriend him if he will but turn away from the ways of his ancestors When the youngest will not listen, Antiochus calls the mother and urges her to persuade her son The mother leans close to her remaining child and, speaking only to him, urges him to take pity on her and accept death — Three matters in her words merit notice: 1 the mother speaks only to her family members, never the king; 2 the mother remarks in passing that she had nursed her son for three years; 3 God creates out of nothing, which may reflect the philosophical argument creatio ex nihilo, or more likely, with , 22—23, belief that life comes from the Creator of the world.
Repeating much of what his brothers said as they faced their deaths, the seventh brother claims that the king will not go unpunished, that suffering is discipline for human sinfulness, and that reconciliation with God is at hand — Antiochus falls into a rage and treats the youngest brother worse than the others Resurrection cancels fears of earthly death for faithful Jews. Which sins merit martyrdom is a question left unanswered. Vengeance and vindication belong to God alone—not the earthly king, Antiochus. Those who might be expected to be weak show themselves strong in holding fast to the teachings of the Torah.
Ironically, the king is the only one in the story who loses control. Thus praise comes for being like a man.
Bible Story and Lessons From the Battle of Jericho
This mother, unlike her counterpart in Jer —9 , did not swoon, nor is she disgraced by her children or her own actions. She is mother of a martyr family that was unified in facing death, with no husband or father offering protection.
The unexplained absence of her husband makes her a virtual widow. The martyrology, set in Judea and Jerusalem, that stretches from 2 Macc —38; —5 , beginning with the deaths of the circumcising mothers and climaxing with the martyrdom of the mother and her seven sons, now comes to an end. Antiochus and his ideology do not win the day.
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Two Jewish women, Sabbath observers assembled in caves, an old man Eleazar , seven brothers, and a single mother have shown conclusively that God disciplines the faithful, but never withdraws mercy see — Doran, Robert. Keck, — Nashville: Goldstein, Jonathan A. Garden City, NY: Young, Robin Darling.