Chapter 9 we see the death of Judas after the persistent attacks by king Demetrius. The Israelites were intimidated by the size of the king’s army and retreated and fled but Judas along with 800 men stayed and were defeated. Judas was valiant and wanted to fight for his people and accepted whatever God was gonna do with his life.
Jonathan, brother of Judas, was appointed as the new ruler of Israel. Bacchides was sent back to destroy him and all the people. Jonathan turned towards God and asked for his protection and God delivered. Jonathan and his men swam across the Jordan for protection and Bacchides was unable to reach them.
Once again God delivered them from harm muting the mouth of Alcimus, a persecutor sent by the king to destroy Israel, would die in great agony. Peace would be reached between the two nations and for now the Jewish people could live in peace.
For Friday, please read chapter 10.