1 Maccabees 2:29


27 Then Mattathias cried out in the town with a loud voice, saying: "Let every one who is zealous for the law and supports the covenant come out with me!" 28 Then he and his sons fled to the hills and left all that they had in the town. 29 At that time many who were seeking righteousness and justice went down to the wilderness to live there, 30 they, their sons, their wives, and their livestock, because troubles pressed heavily upon them. 31 And it was reported to the king's officers, and to the troops in Jerusalem the city of David, that those who had rejected the king's command had gone down to the hiding places in the wilderness.

Matthew 6:33

New Testament

31 So then, don’t worry saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ 32 For the unconverted pursue these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But above all pursue his kingdom and righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 So then, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Today has enough trouble of its own.

 Notes and References

"... Jesus had already been acknowledged in Galilee as a rabbi: a master of halakhah whose actions were equal to his words. His teaching had made him seem like other Galilean rabbis, who were known as chasidim. During the Maccabean revolt that followed the desecration of the Temple by the Seleucids in 167 B.C.E., the term was applied to Jews so faithful to the Torah that they preferred to die rather than to do violence on the Shabbath (see 1 Maccabees 2:29–48). Having known the chesed, the compassion of God, they refused to betray him, their compassionate Lord. The chasid’s sense of integrity carried on long after the Maccabees. By the first century the word applied especially to rabbis who were shown to have obtained divine mercy not only for themselves but, more strikingly, for others. These rabbis cured sickness and relieved drought through prayer: that was the mark of divine compassion working through them. Chasidim were ancient Judaism’s shamans, faith healers, witch doctors, and sorcerers. In one bold move, Jesus had joined their ranks. He had proved that he was anointed with holy Spirit: he was able to channel the energy of God ..."

Chilton, Bruce Rabbi Jesus: An Intimate Biography (p. 118) Doubleday, 2000

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