Every generation faces their own unique challenges, but some challenges remain for each generation to face. Assimilation to the popular culture is one of those challenges each of us will face. Where can we look to find examples of those who overcame and faithfully followed the Lord?
Step back to the time between the last events of the Old Testament and the first events of the New Testament. About 400 years separate the testaments and this is often referred to as the 400 Silent Years. However, as you will see, God was not silent during this time but working actively among His people. Our study takes place around 160 BC, in the land of Judea. The stories of these brave men and women were commemorated in the holiday we know today as Chanukah or the Feast of Dedication or the Feast of Lights.
Using the extra-biblical book of 1 Maccabees, you will introduce your students to the family of Mattathias. A faithful Jewish family living two centuries before Jesus.
In this study you will:
Meet Mattathias and his sons
Learn about the efforts of the Greeks to convert the Jewish to Hellenism
Discover how this faithful family worked to unite those dedicated to God
See what they endured to remain faithful to God
Watch as they lead the army to reclaim the Temple mount
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Every generation will be tempted to assimilate to the culture around them. This is one story that will encourage your students to be faithful and courageous in the times in which they live! There is no better time to start this study than now! Order today.
Note: 1 and 2 Maccabees are not part of the cannon of the Protestant Bible, and thus we treat them as we do any other historical book.
Be sure to order both the Teacher Book and Student Books for this study.