Blessed Are the Peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God1 Maccabees 2:51-53, 55, 57-61
The men mentioned in this passage of Maccabees were truly Sons of God, bearers of His Word, and faithful witnesses of the Covenant Law. May we follow their wisdom and courage in standing up for the Lord.
“Remember the deeds that our ancestors did in their times, and you shall win great honor and an everlasting name.
Was not Abraham found faithful in trial, and it was credited to him as righteousness?
Joseph, when in distress, kept the commandment, and he became master of Egypt.
Joshua, for executing his commission, became a judge in Israel.
David, for his loyalty, received as a heritage a throne of eternal kingship.
Elijah, for his burning zeal for the law, was taken up to heaven.
Hananiah, Azariah and Mishael, for their faith, were saved from the fire.
Daniel, for his innocence, was delivered from the mouths of lions.
And so, consider this from generation to generation, that none who hope in Heaven shall fail in strength.”