29 Any man that casts not blood of his blood, that man does not know God, and shall not enter into Paradise."
30 With this the people trembled, for they knew it was not a man that said these things, but God. The word of it went near and far. Many thought good of it, but others called it evil, because they had no light of it in their heart.
31 "But Lord," a man in the crowd cried, "what if my daughter was raped by a Roman? Is that child within her still of Israel? Or when it comes forth from her should I not bash its head upon a stone?"
32 "Oh, sinful man!" cried Jesus, "would you compound one sin with another? Would you kill the seed of your house because of another man's sin? How God would grieve to put you out of Paradise because you have done such a thing. This child is Israel. Take it and raise it as Israel. Let some good man that would have her take your daughter as wife, knowing that he does God a good service and will be praised in Paradise."
33 The man bowed his head and departed, to beg his daughter's forgiveness.
34 A man in the crowd cried out, "Rabbi, if we cannot put a child out for these things, then for what things IS it proper to put them out?"
35 For a few moments Jesus pondered this question and then answered.
JESUS CHOOSES HIS DISCIPLES
"You know the laws of Moses. If any man or woman violates these laws you should put them out. And I will say to you, in this also, should you put them out. If they are a drunkard, or, if they beat their wives, or, their children, or, if they are fornicators.
2 If a man should know a man, or woman know a woman then these you should put out.
3 But, if they repent their sins and follow again in God's path then you should take them back ONE time, again.
4 But if they fall into sin again, and come back seeking forgiveness, forgive them not, but send them on their way and say, "My house shall never be your house again."
5 For God will forgive a man his sins once, but if he sins a second time again, he has offended God's grace.
6 Now, depart, that these two young people might be wed in private."
7 So it was Philip took his wife, and that evening went to fetch Nathanael, saying to him, "We have found Him of whom Moses and the prophets did write."
8 Nathanael answered, laughing, "Can it be that any good thing come out of Nazareth?"
9 Philip told him all that had transpired, saying unto him, "Come and see."
10 When Jesus saw Nathanael coming he said of him, "Behold, an Israelite who is honorable among his people, who is without guilt."
11 Nathanael inquired of Him saying, "How is it that you know of me?"
12 Jesus answered, saying, "Before Philip came to you when you were under the fig tree, I saw you."
13 Nathanael was amazed, answering, "Rabbi, you ARE the Son Of God, you ARE The King Of Israel!"
14 Jesus said unto him, "Because I say I saw you under the fig tree you believe. You shall see greater things than these. Truly I say unto you, therefore, you shall see Heaven open and the angels of God ascending and descending unto the sons of man."
15 They stayed there for a time, while Philip saw to his affairs, and made ready to bring his wife down unto Nazareth.
16 Jesus went out about preaching unto the people. He came by the sea. Andrew and his brother Peter were fishing. Jesus said unto them, "Come and follow me and I will make you fishers of men." And they left their nets straight away, and followed Him.
17 He saw two other brothers...James and John, the sons of Zebedee. They were sitting by their father's boats mending nets. Jesus said to them, "Come, I will teach you to mend mens' Souls."
18 They took leave of their father and followed after them.
19 Jesus went about Galilee teaching in the synagogues, preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom. He healed all manner of sickness, drove out demons.
20 A great company began to follow Him. He went again, up to Nazareth.
21 Now it was that Joshua's daughter was to be wed at Cana in Galilee. Mary was there, and Jesus was called down to bless them.
22 The merriment was great. They ran out of wine. Mary said to Jesus, "How sad it is that they have not eouugh wine!"
23 Jesus answered her, "Woman, what am I to do with you? My hour is not yet come."
24 Mary told the servants to do whatever He told them to. Jesus had them bring six water pots. He blessed them and had them filled with water up to the brim. When it was done He said, "Draw out, now, and take to the governor of the feast, that he might approve."
25 They did so. When the governor of the feast tasted what he had been given, he called the bridegroom over. "What is this you have done?" he asked, "By tradition the best wine should be served first, while the people are not too drunk to enjoy it. But this is the finest I have ever tasted. Why have you saved the best for last?"
Go To The Next Page
Return To Links Page