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332 B.C. - Greece Meets God - Alexander the Great Discovers His Mentor - the God of Israel!!   

             

 A Sculpture of Alexander

 

 

    An artist's depiction of the ceremonial garb of the High Priest of Israel

 

In about 332 BC a man that Hannibal regarded as the greatest general of all time, a man who was young and seemingly unstoppable, commander of the most explosive army that had then been known, was laying siege to the tough city of Tyre on the Mediterranean's east coast near Israel.  His name was Alexander, and he was a Macedonian Greek.  He was also polytheistic, always happy to have the good will of any of the gods among the people he conquered.

              His major goal was to defeat the dominant Persian Empire and to found a Greek empire in its place (which he soon managed to accomplish as it turned out.)  The Persian vessal city of Tyre on the Mediterranean coast of what today is Lebanon just north of Israel was a tough foe but eventually it fell, losing around 8000 of its citizens to Alexander's 400 or so losses.  And so yet another 'nearly unconquerable city' was conquered on this man's route to fame.   

              Alexander then began to march his army deeper into the Persian empire, sending an 'Oh, by the way' message to the people of a nearby city of the Jews in Israel called Jerusalem.  He told them to just start sending him what ever tribute and taxes they had previously been sending the Persians.  He had bigger fish to fry than them, so he felt a mesage should suffice.

              Traveling onward, he received their reply:  They had given their word to send their tribute to Persia, so until Persia told them differently, to Persia it would have to go.  Angry at this perceived disrespect, Alexander changed course to Jerusalem, intent on teaching them a lesson.

              At Jerusalem the word arrived that Alexander was coming.  There was some panic, for his prowess as a general and the might of his army were well known.  The High Priest at that time - Jaddua - prayed intently to God for help.  They had no real means of defending against such an army, and he was very worried for the people of his city.  There was no Jewish king at this time in Jerusalem's history; there had not really been one since Babylon had deposed king Zedekiah around 600 B.C. 

              God answered the prayer of His people's High Priest's and sent him word that he should be calm and dress with the full dignity of his priestly office.  He should open the gates of Jerusalem to Alexander, and have the people ready to greet Alexander when he came.  But most importantly, he and the other priests should line the sides of the road coming out of the city on both sides, and he, Jaddua, should stand in front of them all.  God said that Jaddua should expect no harm to come to himself or God's people from Alexander.

              Greatly relieved, Jaddua readied everything as he had been told, and when Alexander's army began to be near, the long line of priests set themselves along the road in their holy priest's garb and Jaddua himself stood in the middle of the road upon a prominence where an arriving person would see him, the lines of priests, and behind them the city of Jerusalem.

              Alexander came over a hill at the head of his great army, his soldiers eager for the easy plunder that the foreign auxilliaries among them, from this vicinity, had told them they could expect to find stored up in the Jewish temple.  They were ready to take on this storied city of the Jews.  But when they crested the hill and saw the city, Alexander, seeing the assembled line of priests and Jaddua in the front in the magnificent garb of the Holy High Priest of God (its design long ago specified in detail to Moses by God himself) pulled up and halted his army.  To his men his demeanor seemed very strange. 

              He signalled that they would wait, and he would go on alone.  The generals started to protest this unwise move, but he silenced them and rode forward unprotected.  Dismounting, he approached the High Priest of God on foot and then, to the disbelief of his men, he fell to the ground in front of Jaddua and appeared to worship him.  Then, after a time he was raised up and greeted, and the city acclaimed him loudly, and brought him in. He was even brought into the area of the Holy Temple of God by Jaddua and he gave offerings to this God that the Jews worshiped.

              He did not rush to leave, but later, when leaving, Alexander asked the Jewish leaders what they would like him to do for them, and they asked if they might be excused from certain taxes, and might worship their God in all the ways that He required.  Alexander granted them all of this, and added a few things more, and then departed with his army.      

              Asked by a close advisor what this had all been about, Alexander explained.  Some years ago in a period of time when he was much concerned about what strategies and plans might one day allow him to defeat the terribly mighty Persian empire, he had an unusual dream while sleeping in a city called Dios (which happens to mean 'God').  I the dream a strangely dressed foreigner appeared to him and explained that to Alexander that he need not worry, for God would be with him in his campaigns, and ensure him victory where ever he went, and against the Persians.  That powerful dream, Alexander explained, had encouraged him, and always remained with him. 

              When he saw the Jewish High Priest of the God of Israel he had immediately recognized both the man and the highly unusual garments - it was the mysterious man from his dream.  He explained that he had been worshiping not the man, but the man's God, when he fell to the dirt in humility.

              What God could ever be like the True God, our Creator, the Father of Jesus?  Praise, Deserved Praise, to The Most High!!

 

 

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