Chapter 2 Three Days in the Temple

The sensational intellectual Boy Jesus.

The offering of old Simeon. The preliminary question.

The speech of the younger scribe.

1. But such a real intellectual boy did not get discouraged by that, and said: “Every action in the great world of God is lighted up by the brightest sunlight in the daytime, and even the night is never so dark that one can see nothing; why must that important doctrine which is meant to show men the way to true salvation most clearly and most brightly, be given so confusedly that no soul can understand it?”

2. And the boy who had just raised this objection before the elders was I Myself, and thereby I made them greatly embarrassed, especially as all the people present began to agree with Me, and said: “By the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, this boy is extraordinarily clever; he must discuss more with the elders and scribes! We will put a considerable sum in the offertory on his behalf.”

3. A very rich Israelite from Bethany (the father of Lazarus, Martha and Mary, and still living then) stepped forward and paid down for Me an offering of thirty pounds of silver and some gold, only in order that I might discuss longer with the elders and scribes.

4. The elders and scribes naturally accepted only too gladly this large offering, and therewith I had a good chance of being allowed to enter into a quite exceptional discussion with the elders, and one which, for a good reason, had never taken place previously.

5. But now the first preliminary question and the one already mentioned, was out of Isaiah, the extremely mystically-veiled answer to which, now formed the basis for the following extended discussion which, will soon follow. Whosoever will read it with a good, loving, and pure heart, will gain much from it for his soul and spirit.

6. But before we arrived at the wider discussion, and as I had the heavily-paid freedom of speech, I returned to the preliminary question, and began to ask the elders and scribes about the special points of it.

7. But the preliminary question was taken from Isaiah Chapter 7:14,15,16, and the verses are: “Therefore the Lord Himself shall give you a sign: Behold a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Emanuel. Butter and honey shall he eat, that he may know to refuse the evil and choose the good. For before the child shall learn to refuse the evil and choose the good, the land which thou abhorrest shall be forsaken of both her kings.”

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