Sirach chapter 49

The author remembers many more heroes of the faith: Josiah, the prophets, and those after the exile. They are great role models for us.

 


 

The Book of Sirach is recognized as Deuterocanonical Scripture by the Greek Orthodox, Russian Orthodox, and Catholic Churches

 


 

JOSIAH IS A HERO OF THE FAITH

 

VERSE 1. The memorial of Josiah is like the composition of incense Prepared by the work of the apothecary: It shall be sweet as honey in every mouth, And as music at a banquet of wine.

like the composition of incense. The name JOSIAH is like blended incense. That is a remarkable epitaph. Could you imagine God the Father saying that of you?

Matthew 25:21. “His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a few things, I will set you over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’

 

VERSE 2. He behaved himself uprightly in the conversion of the people, And took away the abominations of iniquity.

 

VERSE 3. He set his heart right toward the Lord; In the days of wicked men he made godliness to prevail.

He set his heart right toward the Lord. Josiah turned to the LORD with his whole heart.

 

VERSE 4. Except David and Hezekiah and Josiah, All committed trespass: For they forsook the law of the Most High; The kings of Judah failed.

All committed trespass. All the other kings were wicked. They all rejected the Law of the Most High God. They all did terrible terrible things.

 

VERSE 5. For they gave their power to others, And their glory to a strange nation.

 

VERSE 6. They set on fire the chosen city of the sanctuary, And made her streets desolate, as it was written by the hand of Jeremiah.

 

VERSE 7. For they entreated him evil; And yet he was sanctified in the womb to be a prophet, To root out, and to afflict, and to destroy; And in like manner to build and to plant.

 

THE PROPHETS ARE HEROES OF THE FAITH

 

VERSE 8. It was Ezekiel who saw the vision of glory, Which God showed him upon the chariot of the cherubim.

 

VERSE 9. For truly he remembered the enemies in storm, And to do good to those who directed their ways aright.

 

VERSE 10. Also of the twelve prophets May the bones flourish again out of their place. And he comforted Jacob, And delivered them by confidence of hope.

the twelve prophets. In the Hebrew Old Testament, these twelve are counted as one book. In Bibles by Christians, these twelve are referred to as the Minor Prophets:

  • Hosea
  • Joel
  • Amos
  • Obadiah
  • Jonah
  • Micah
  • Nahum
  • Habakkuk
  • Zephaniah
  • Haggai
  • Zechariah
  • Malachi

 

POST-EXILE HEROES OF THE FAITH

 

VERSE 11. How shall we magnify Zerubbabel? And he was as a signet on the right hand:

 

VERSE 12. So was Jesus the son of Josedek: Who in their days built the house, And exalted a people holy to the Lord, Prepared for everlasting glory.

 

VERSE 13. Also of Nehemiah the memorial is great; Who raised up for us the walls that were fallen, And set up the gates and bars, And raised up our homes again.

 

VERSE 14. No man was created upon the earth such as was Enoch; For he was taken up from the earth.

Enoch … was taken up from the earth. The Bible describes both Enoch and Elijah as being taken body and soul into heaven without dying:

Genesis 5:24. Enoch walked with God, and he was not found, for God took him.

2 Kings 2:11. As they continued on and talked, behold, a chariot of fire and horses of fire separated them, and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.

Sirach 48:9. [Elijah] was taken up in a whirlwind of fire, and in a chariot of fiery horses:

Sirach 49:14. No man was created upon the earth such as was Enoch; For he was taken up from the earth.

Hebrews 11:5. By faith, Enoch was taken away, so that he wouldn’t see death, and he was not found, because God translated him. For he has had testimony given to him that before his translation he had been well pleasing to God.

Revelation 4:1. After these things I looked and saw a door opened in heaven, and the first voice that I heard, like a trumpet speaking with me, was one saying, “Come up here, and I will show you the things which must happen after this.”

Revelation 11:12. I heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, “Come up here!” They went up into heaven in the cloud, and their enemies saw them.

 

VERSE 15. Neither was there a man born like to Joseph, A governor of his kindred, a stay of the people: Yes, his bones were visited.

 

VERSE 16. Shem and Seth were glorified among men; And above every living thing in the creation is Adam.

 


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