URANTIA RAAMAT - 164. Kiri. Templipühitsuse pühal

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IV OSA: Jeesuse elu ja Õpetused



164. Kiri. Templipühitsuse pühal

Paper 164 : At the Feast of Dedication

KUI PELLA laagrit sisse seati, käis Jeesus salaja Jeruusalemmas templipühitsuse pühal, kaasas ka Naatanael ja Toomas. Alles siis, kui nad olid Betaania koolmekohal Jordani jõe ületanud, mõistsid kaks apostlit, et nende Meister kavatseb Jeruusalemma minna. Kui nad said aru, et Jeesus tahab tõepoolest templipühitsuse püha pidustustel osaleda, noomisid nad oma õpetajat päris tõsiselt ning püüdsid teda igasuguste argumentidega ümber veenda. Ent nende pingutused olid asjatud, Jeesus oli kindlalt otsustanud Jeruusalemma külastada. Kõigile apostlite palvetele ja kõigile nende hoiatustele, milles nad rõhutasid enese Suurkohtu kätte andmise rumalust ja ohtlikkust, vastas ta ainult: „Tahaksin pakkuda neile Iisraeli õpetajatele veel ühe võimaluse näha valgust, enne kui minu tund tuleb.”

164:0.1 (1809.1) AS THE camp at Pella was being established, Jesus, taking with him Nathaniel and Thomas, secretly went up to Jerusalem to attend the feast of the dedication. Not until they passed over the Jordan at the Bethany ford, did the two apostles become aware that their Master was going on to Jerusalem. When they perceived that he really intended to be present at the feast of dedication, they remonstrated with him most earnestly, and using every sort of argument, they sought to dissuade him. But their efforts were of no avail; Jesus was determined to visit Jerusalem. To all their entreaties and to all their warnings emphasizing the folly and danger of placing himself in the hands of the Sanhedrin, he would reply only, “I would give these teachers in Israel another opportunity to see the light, before my hour comes.”

Edasi Jeruusalemma poole minnes avaldasid kaks apostlit veelgi oma hirmu ja kahtlusi selle ilmselgelt hulljulge ettevõtmise arukuse suhtes. Nad jõudsid umbes poole viie ajal Jeerikosse ja valmistusid seal öömajale jääma.

164:0.2 (1809.2) On they went toward Jerusalem, the two apostles continuing to express their feelings of fear and to voice their doubts about the wisdom of such an apparently presumptuous undertaking. They reached Jericho about half past four and prepared to lodge there for the night.

1. Lugu halastajast samaaarlasest

1. Story of the Good Samaritan

Tol õhtul kogunes Jeesuse ja kahe apostli ümber üsna suur seltskond, et esitada küsimusi; paljudele neist vastasid apostlid, paljusid arutas aga Meister ise. Üks seadusetundja, kes püüdis Jeesust teda kompromiteerivasse vaidlusesse tõmmata, küsis: „Õpetaja, ma tahaksin sinult teada, mida täpselt peaksin tegema, et pärida igavest elu?” Jeesus vastas: „Mis on seaduses ja prohvetite raamatutes kirjas? Mida sa pühakirjast loed?” Seadusetundja, kes tundis nii Jeesuse kui ka variseride õpetusi, vastas: „Armasta Issandat Jumalat kogu südame, hinge, meele ja jõuga ning oma ligimest nii nagu iseennast.” Siis ütles Jeesus: „Sa vastasid õigesti; kui sa seda tõesti teed, viib see sind igikestvasse ellu.”

164:1.1 (1809.3) That evening a considerable company gathered about Jesus and the two apostles to ask questions, many of which the apostles answered, while others the Master discussed. In the course of the evening a certain lawyer, seeking to entangle Jesus in a compromising disputation, said: “Teacher, I would like to ask you just what I should do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus answered, “What is written in the law and the prophets; how do you read the Scriptures?” The lawyer, knowing the teachings of both Jesus and the Pharisees, answered: “To love the Lord God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength, and your neighbor as yourself.” Then said Jesus: “You have answered right; this, if you really do, will lead to life everlasting.”

Ent seadusetundja polnud seda küsimust esitades päris siiras, püüdes ise õigeks jääda ning Jeesust samal ajal kimbatusse ajada, söandas ta esitada veel ühe küsimuse. Meistrile veidi lähemale minnes küsis ta: „Aga Meister, kas sa ei ütleks mulle, kes täpselt on minu ligimene?” Seadusetundja lootis, et Jeesus vastab sellele küsimusele midagi, mis on vastuolus juudi seadusega, milles defineeritakse ligimesi kui „oma rahva lapsi”. Kõiki teisi pidasid juudid „paganlikeks koerteks”. See seadusetundja oli Jeesuse õpetustega mõnevõrra tuttav ja teadis seepärast väga hästi, et Meister õpetas teistmoodi; seega lootis ta panna teda ütlema midagi, mida oleks võinud tõlgendada pühade seaduste ründamisena.

164:1.2 (1809.4) But the lawyer was not wholly sincere in asking this question, and desiring to justify himself while also hoping to embarrass Jesus, he ventured to ask still another question. Drawing a little closer to the Master, he said, “But, Teacher, I should like you to tell me just who is my neighbor?” The lawyer asked this question hoping to entrap Jesus into making some statement that would contravene the Jewish law which defined one’s neighbor as “the children of one’s people.” The Jews looked upon all others as “gentile dogs.” This lawyer was somewhat familiar with Jesus’ teachings and therefore well knew that the Master thought differently; thus he hoped to lead him into saying something which could be construed as an attack upon the sacred law.

Jeesus aga sai seadusetundja motiividest aru ja lõksu langemise asemel rääkis kuulajatele loo, mida Jeerikos oleks igaüks kõrgesti hinnanud. Jeesus kõneles: „Üks mees oli teel Jeruusalemmast Jeerikosse, kui langes julmade teeröövlite ohvriks, kes röövisid teda, kiskusid tal riided seljast, peksid ta läbi ja jätsid siis lahkudes poolsurnult maha. Üsna pea tuli juhuslikult sama teed mööda üks preester ning märganud haavatud meest ja tema hädist olukorda, läks teisele poole teed. Samamoodi läks teisele poole teed ka meest silmanud leviit. Peagi pärast seda jõudis haavades meheni üks Jeeriko poole rändav samaarlane. Kui ta nägi seda röövitud ja pekstud meest, ärkas temas kaastunne, ta läks mehe juurde, sidus tema haavad, valas neile õli ja veini ning pani mehe oma koormalooma selga istuma, tõi ta võõrastemajja ja hoolitses tema eest. Järgmisel päeval andis ta peremehele veidi raha, öeldes: „Hoolitse mu sõbra eest hästi ja kui raha kulub rohkem, tasun sulle, kui jälle siia tagasi tulen.” Nüüd ma küsin teilt, kes neist kolmest oli röövlite ohvriks langenu ligimene?” Kui seadusetundja mõistis, et ta on langenud iseenda seatud lõksu, vastas ta: „See, kes talle halastas.” Ja Jeesus ütles: „Mine ja tee samuti.”

164:1.3 (1810.1) But Jesus discerned the lawyer’s motive, and instead of falling into the trap, he proceeded to tell his hearers a story, a story which would be fully appreciated by any Jericho audience. Said Jesus: “A certain man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell into the hands of cruel brigands, who robbed him, stripped him and beat him, and departing, left him half dead. Very soon, by chance, a certain priest was going down that way, and when he came upon the wounded man, seeing his sorry plight, he passed by on the other side of the road. And in like manner a Levite also, when he came along and saw the man, passed by on the other side. Now, about this time, a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed down to Jericho, came across this wounded man; and when he saw how he had been robbed and beaten, he was moved with compassion, and going over to him, he bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine, and setting the man upon his own beast, brought him here to the inn and took care of him. And on the morrow he took out some money and, giving it to the host, said: ‘Take good care of my friend, and if the expense is more, when I come back again, I will repay you.’ Now let me ask you: Which of these three turned out to be the neighbor of him who fell among the robbers?” And when the lawyer perceived that he had fallen into his own snare, he answered, “He who showed mercy on him.” And Jesus said, “Go and do likewise.”

Seadusetundja vastas „see, kes halastas”, et hoiduda isegi selle vastiku sõna „samaarlane” väljaütlemisest. Ta oli sunnitud andma küsimusele, kes on minu ligimene, just selle vastuse, mida Jeesus ootas ja mille eest Jeesust ennast oleks otseselt ketserluses süüdistatud. Jeesus ajas ebaausa seadusetundja segadusse, jutustades samal ajal oma kuulajatele loo, mis oli ühtaegu kaunis manitsus kõigile tema poolehoidjatele ja jahmatamapanev etteheide kõigile juutidele nende samaarlastesse suhtumise eest. See lugu on jätkuvalt kaasa aidanud vennalikule armastusele kõigi nende seas, kes hiljem on Jeesuse evangeeliumisse uskunud.

164:1.4 (1810.2) The lawyer answered, “He who showed mercy,” that he might refrain from even speaking that odious word, Samaritan. The lawyer was forced to give the very answer to the question, “Who is my neighbor?” which Jesus wished given, and which, if Jesus had so stated, would have directly involved him in the charge of heresy. Jesus not only confounded the dishonest lawyer, but he told his hearers a story which was at the same time a beautiful admonition to all his followers and a stunning rebuke to all Jews regarding their attitude toward the Samaritans. And this story has continued to promote brotherly love among all who have subsequently believed the gospel of Jesus.

2. Jeruusalemmas

2. At Jerusalem

Jeesus oli osalenud lehtmajadepüha pidustustel selleks, et kuulutada evangeeliumi impeeriumi kõigist paigust saabunud palveränduritele; nüüd läks ta templipühitsuse pühale vaid ühe eesmärgiga — anda Suurkohtule ja juutide juhtidele veel üks võimalus valgust näha. Nende paari Jeruusalemmas veedetud päeva tähtsaim sündmus leidis aset reede õhtul Nikodeemose majas. Sinna oli kogunenud ligikaudu kakskümmend viis juutide juhti, kes uskusid Jeesuse õpetusse. Neliteist selle rühma liiget olid kas sel ajal või pisut varem Suurkohtu liikmed. Sellel koosolekul viibisid ka Eber, Matadormus ja Joosep Arimaatiast.

164:2.1 (1810.3) Jesus had attended the feast of tabernacles that he might proclaim the gospel to the pilgrims from all parts of the empire; he now went up to the feast of the dedication for just one purpose: to give the Sanhedrin and the Jewish leaders another chance to see the light. The principal event of these few days in Jerusalem occurred on Friday night at the home of Nicodemus. Here were gathered together some twenty-five Jewish leaders who believed Jesus’ teaching. Among this group were fourteen men who were then, or had recently been, members of the Sanhedrin. This meeting was attended by Eber, Matadormus, and Joseph of Arimathea.

Kõik Jeesuse kuulajad olid seekord õpetatud mehed ning nii neid kui ka kaht apostlit hämmastas nende tähelepanekute avarus ja sügavus, mis Meister sellele väljapaistvale rühmale esitas. Pärast õpetamist Aleksandrias, Roomas ja Vahemere saartel polnud ta enam kunagi ilmutanud nii sügavat arusaamist inimeste ilmalikest ja usulistest probleemidest.

164:2.2 (1810.4) On this occasion Jesus’ hearers were all learned men, and both they and his two apostles were amazed at the breadth and depth of the remarks which the Master made to this distinguished group. Not since the times when he had taught in Alexandria, Rome, and in the islands of the Mediterranean, had he exhibited such learning and shown such a grasp of the affairs of men, both secular and religious.

Kui see väike koosolek lõppes, olid kõik lahkujad hämmingus Meistri isiksusest ja võlutud tema lahkusest, tundes tema vastu armastust. Nad olid püüdnud anda Jeesusele nõu, kuidas Suurkohtu ülejäänud liikmeid enda poole võita. Meister kuulas tähelepanelikult, kuid vaikselt kõiki nende ettepanekuid. Ta teadis hästi, et ükski nende plaan ei õnnestu. Ta arvas, et enamik juudi juhte ei võta taevariigi evangeeliumi iialgi vastu; hoolimata sellest andis ta neile kõigile veel selle ühe võimaluse oma valik teha. Tol õhtul Naatanaeli ja Toomaga Õlimäele ööbima minnes ei olnud ta otsustanud, kuidas oma tegevusele taas kord Suurkohtu tähelepanu tõmmata.

164:2.3 (1810.5) When this little meeting broke up, all went away mystified by the Master’s personality, charmed by his gracious manner, and in love with the man. They had sought to advise Jesus concerning his desire to win the remaining members of the Sanhedrin. The Master listened attentively, but silently, to all their proposals. He well knew none of their plans would work. He surmised that the majority of the Jewish leaders never would accept the gospel of the kingdom; nevertheless, he gave them all this one more chance to choose. But when he went forth that night, with Nathaniel and Thomas, to lodge on the Mount of Olives, he had not yet decided upon the method he would pursue in bringing his work once more to the notice of the Sanhedrin.

Naatanael ja Toomas magasid tol ööl vähe, sest olid Nikodeemose majas kuuldust liiga hämmastunud. Nad mõtlesid väga palju Jeesuse viimase märkuse üle, millega ta oli vastanud Suurkohtu praeguste ja endiste liikmete pakkumisele minna koos temaga seitsmekümne ette. Meister oli öelnud: „Ei, mu vennad, sellest poleks kasu. Te suurendaksite oma peade kohal rippuvat vaenu mitmekordselt, kuid ei leevendaks vähimalgi määral viha, mida nad minu vastu kannavad. Minge igaüks Isa tööd tegema, nii nagu vaim teid juhib, mina aga juhin nende tähelepanu taas taevariigile, nii nagu mu Isa mind suunab.”

164:2.4 (1811.1) That night Nathaniel and Thomas slept little; they were too much amazed by what they had heard at Nicodemus’s house. They thought much over the final remark of Jesus regarding the offer of the former and present members of the Sanhedrin to go with him before the seventy. The Master said: “No, my brethren, it would be to no purpose. You would multiply the wrath to be visited upon your own heads, but you would not in the least mitigate the hatred which they bear me. Go, each of you, about the Father’s business as the spirit leads you while I once more bring the kingdom to their notice in the manner which my Father may direct.”

3. Pimeda kerjuse tervendamine

3. Healing the Blind Beggar

Järgmisel hommikul läksid need kolm Betaaniasse Marta majja hommikust sööma ja seejärel kohe Jeruusalemma. Kui Jeesus oma kahe apostliga tol sabatihommikul templile lähenes, nägid nad üht hästi tuntud kerjust, meest, kes oli pimedana sündinud, istumas oma harilikul kohal. Ehkki kerjused ei palunud ega saanud sabatipäeval almusi, lubati neil istuda oma tavalistel kohtadel. Jeesus peatus ja silmitses kerjust. Seda pimedana sündinud meest vaadates tuli ta mõttele, kuidas Suurkohtu ja teiste juudi juhtide ning usuõpetajate tähelepanu taas oma maisele missioonile tõmmata.

164:3.1 (1811.2) The next morning the three went over to Martha’s home at Bethany for breakfast and then went immediately into Jerusalem. This Sabbath morning, as Jesus and his two apostles drew near the temple, they encountered a well-known beggar, a man who had been born blind, sitting at his usual place. Although these mendicants did not solicit or receive alms on the Sabbath day, they were permitted thus to sit in their usual places. Jesus paused and looked upon the beggar. As he gazed upon this man who had been born blind, the idea came into his mind as to how he would once more bring his mission on earth to the notice of the Sanhedrin and the other Jewish leaders and religious teachers.

Kui sügavais mõtteis Meister seal pimeda mehe ees seisis, küsis Naatanael, arutledes mehe pimeduse võimaliku põhjuse üle: „Meister, kas see mees on ise pattu teinud või on patustanud tema vanemad, et ta pidi pimedana sündima?”

164:3.2 (1811.3) As the Master stood there before the blind man, engrossed in deep thought, Nathaniel, pondering the possible cause of this man’s blindness, asked: “Master, who did sin, this man or his parents, that he should be born blind?”

Rabid õpetasid, et kõik sünnist saadik pimedad on jäänud pimedaks patu tõttu. Lapsed polnud mitte ainult sigitatud ja sündinud patus, vaid võisid sündida pimedana ka mõne oma isa konkreetse patu pärast. Nad õpetasid isegi, et lapski võib enne maailma sündimist pattu teha. Samuti õpetasid nad, et niisugused puuded võivad olla põhjustatud mõnest ema patust või järeleandmisest lapse kandmise ajal.

164:3.3 (1811.4) The rabbis taught that all such cases of blindness from birth were caused by sin. Not only were children conceived and born in sin, but a child could be born blind as a punishment for some specific sin committed by its father. They even taught that a child itself might sin before it was born into the world. They also taught that such defects could be caused by some sin or other indulgence of the mother while carrying the child.

Kõigis neis piirkondades püsis ikka veel usk taaskehastumisse. Vanemad juudi õpetajad koos Platoni, Philoni ja paljude esseenidega suhtusid sallivalt teooriasse, et inimene võib ühes elus lõigata seda, mida ta on mõnes eelmises elus külvanud; nii usuti, et nad lunastavad oma elus patte, mis on sooritatud eelmistes eludes. Meistril oli raske panna inimesi uskuma, et nende hingel pole varasemaid elusid.

164:3.4 (1811.5) There was, throughout all these regions, a lingering belief in reincarnation. The older Jewish teachers, together with Plato, Philo, and many of the Essenes, tolerated the theory that men may reap in one incarnation what they have sown in a previous existence; thus in one life they were believed to be expiating the sins committed in preceding lives. The Master found it difficult to make men believe that their souls had not had previous existences.

Nii ebaloogiline kui see ka näis, sest niisugune pimedus arvati tulenevat patust, pidasid juudid pimedatele kerjustele almuste andmist väga kiiduväärseks. Pimedad tavatsesid pidevalt möödakäijatele poollauldes hüüda: „Oo, õrnasüdameline, suurenda oma voorusi pimedaid abistades.”

164:3.5 (1811.6) However, inconsistent as it seems, while such blindness was supposed to be the result of sin, the Jews held that it was meritorious in a high degree to give alms to these blind beggars. It was the custom of these blind men constantly to chant to the passers-by, “O tenderhearted, gain merit by assisting the blind.”

Jeesus hakkas seda juhtumit Naatanaeli ja Toomaga arutama nii sellepärast, et ta oli juba otsustanud kasutada seda pimedat meest tol päeval juudi juhtide tähelepanu tõmbamiseks veel kord oma missioonile, kui ka seepärast, et soovitas alati oma apostlitel otsida kõigi looduslike ja vaimsete nähtuste tõelisi põhjusi. Ta oli neid sageli hoiatanud, et nad väldiksid levinud kommet omistada tavalistele füüsilistele sündmustele vaimseid põhjusi.

164:3.6 (1811.7) Jesus entered into the discussion of this case with Nathaniel and Thomas, not only because he had already decided to use this blind man as the means of that day bringing his mission once more prominently to the notice of the Jewish leaders, but also because he always encouraged his apostles to seek for the true causes of all phenomena, natural or spiritual. He had often warned them to avoid the common tendency to assign spiritual causes to commonplace physical events.

Jeesus otsustas kasutada seda kerjust oma tolle päeva töös, ent enne, kui ta Joosija-nimelise pimeda mehe heaks midagi tegi, vastas ta Naatanaeli küsimusele. Meister ütles: „Ei see mees ega tema vanemad ole teinud pattu, et temas Jumala teod võiksid ilmneda. Tema pimeduse on põhjustanud sündmuste loomulik kulg, kuid nüüd, kuni on veel päev, peame tegema Tema tööd, kes mind on saatnud, sest kindlasti saabub öö, mil meil on võimatu teha seda, mida nüüd tegema hakkame. Kui mina maailmas olen, olen ma maailma valgus, kuid juba väga varsti mind enam teiega ei ole.”

164:3.7 (1812.1) Jesus decided to use this beggar in his plans for that day’s work, but before doing anything for the blind man, Josiah by name, he proceeded to answer Nathaniel’s question. Said the Master: “Neither did this man sin nor his parents that the works of God might be manifest in him. This blindness has come upon him in the natural course of events, but we must now do the works of Him who sent me, while it is still day, for the night will certainly come when it will be impossible to do the work we are about to perform. When I am in the world, I am the light of the world, but in only a little while I will not be with you.”

Kui Jeesus oli need sõnad lausunud, lisas ta Naatanaelile ja Toomale: „Teeme selle pimeda mehe sabatipäeval nägijaks, et kirjatundjatel ja variseridel oleks igati põhjust Inimese Poega süüdistada.” Siis kummardus ta, sülitas maha ja segas savi oma süljega, ning rääkides kõigest sellest nii, et pime mees võis kuulda, läks ta Joosija juurde, pani tema pimedatele silmadele savi ja ütles: „Mine, mu poeg, pese see savi Siiloahi tiigis maha ja sa saad kohe nägijaks.” Ja kui Joosija oli oma silmi Siiloahi tiigis pesnud, pöördus ta nägijana oma sõprade ja pere juurde tagasi.

164:3.8 (1812.2) When Jesus had spoken, he said to Nathaniel and Thomas: “Let us create the sight of this blind man on this Sabbath day that the scribes and Pharisees may have the full occasion which they seek for accusing the Son of Man.” Then, stooping over, he spat on the ground and mixed the clay with the spittle, and speaking of all this so that the blind man could hear, he went up to Josiah and put the clay over his sightless eyes, saying: “Go, my son, wash away this clay in the pool of Siloam, and immediately you shall receive your sight.” And when Josiah had so washed in the pool of Siloam, he returned to his friends and family, seeing.

Joosija oli alati kerjus olnud ega osanud midagi muud teha; kui nägijaks saamise esimene elevus möödus, läks ta seetõttu oma tavalisse kohta almuseid paluma. Kui tema sõbrad, naabrid ja kõik teised, kes olid teda enne tundnud, märkasid, et ta näeb, küsisid nad: „Kas see pole mitte pime kerjus Joosija?” Mõned ütlesid, et on, teised aga: „Ei, see on keegi temasarnane, sest see mees on nägija.” Kui nad aga mehelt endalt küsisid, vastas too: „Mina see olen.”

164:3.9 (1812.3) Having always been a beggar, he knew nothing else; so, when the first excitement of the creation of his sight had passed, he returned to his usual place of alms-seeking. His friends, neighbors, and all who had known him aforetime, when they observed that he could see, all said, “Is this not Josiah the blind beggar?” Some said it was he, while others said, “No, it is one like him, but this man can see.” But when they asked the man himself, he answered, “I am he.”

Kui nad hakkasid küsima, kuidas ta nägijaks on saanud, vastas ta neile: „Siia tuli üks Jeesuse-nimeline mees, rääkis minust oma sõpradega, segas oma süljega savi, võidis sellega minu silmi ja käskis mul minna ning see Siiloahi tiigis maha pesta. Ma tegin, nagu mees oli käskinud, ja sain kohe nägijaks. Ja see juhtus alles paar tundi tagasi. Ma ei saa veel aru paljudest asjadest, mida ma näen.” Ja kui tema ümber kogunema hakanud inimesed küsisid, kust leida seda iseäralikku meest, kes ta terveks oli ravinud, oskas Joosija ainult vastata, et ta ei tea.

164:3.10 (1812.4) When they began to inquire of him how he was able to see, he answered them: “A man called Jesus came by this way, and when talking about me with his friends, he made clay with spittle, anointed my eyes, and directed that I should go and wash in the pool of Siloam. I did what this man told me, and immediately I received my sight. And that is only a few hours ago. I do not yet know the meaning of much that I see.” And when the people who began to gather about him asked where they could find the strange man who had healed him, Josiah could answer only that he did not know.

See on kõigist Meistri imetegudest üks omapärasemaid. See mees ei palunud end terveks ravida. Ta ei teadnud, et Jeesus, kes käskis tal end Siiloahis pesta ja lubas talle nägemise anda, on seesama Galilea prohvet, kes oli lehtmajadepüha pidustuste ajal Jeruusalemmas jutlustanud. Sellel mehel oli nägemise tagasisaamisesse vähe usku, kuid tolle aja inimestel oli kindel usk suure või püha inimese sülje mõjusse; ja Joosija järeldas Jeesuse vestlusest Naatanaeli ja Toomaga, et tema heategija on suur mees, haritud õpetaja või püha prohvet; seepärast tegigi ta, nagu Jeesus oli käskinud.

164:3.11 (1812.5) This is one of the strangest of all the Master’s miracles. This man did not ask for healing. He did not know that the Jesus who had directed him to wash at Siloam, and who had promised him vision, was the prophet of Galilee who had preached in Jerusalem during the feast of tabernacles. This man had little faith that he would receive his sight, but the people of that day had great faith in the efficacy of the spittle of a great or holy man; and from Jesus’ conversation with Nathaniel and Thomas, Josiah had concluded that his would-be benefactor was a great man, a learned teacher or a holy prophet; accordingly he did as Jesus directed him.

Jeesus kasutas savi ja sülge ning käskis mehel pesta end sümboolses Siiloahi tiigis kolmel põhjusel:

164:3.12 (1812.6) Jesus made use of the clay and the spittle and directed him to wash in the symbolic pool of Siloam for three reasons:

1. see polnud imetegu vastuseks inimese usule. Jeesus otsustas sooritada selle ime oma eesmärki silmas pidades, kuid korraldas kõik nii, et mees saaks sellest alatist kasu;

164:3.13 (1812.7) 1. This was not a miracle response to the individual’s faith. This was a wonder which Jesus chose to perform for a purpose of his own, but which he so arranged that this man might derive lasting benefit therefrom.

2. et pime mees polnud palunud end terveks teha ning et tema usk oli nõrk, soovitati tal neid ainelisi toiminguid teha tema julgustamiseks. Ta oli küll sülje mõju suhtes ebausklik ja teadis, et Siiloahi tiik on pooleldi püha paik, ent vaevalt oleks ta sinna läinud, kui tal poleks vaja olnud maha pesta savi, millega teda võiti. Toimingus oli just piisavalt tseremoniaalsust, et teda tegutsema ajendada;

164:3.14 (1813.1) 2. As the blind man had not asked for healing, and since the faith he had was slight, these material acts were suggested for the purpose of encouraging him. He did believe in the superstition of the efficacy of spittle, and he knew the pool of Siloam was a semisacred place. But he would hardly have gone there had it not been necessary to wash away the clay of his anointing. There was just enough ceremony about the transaction to induce him to act.

3. ent Jeesusel oli aineliste vahendite kasutamiseks selles ainulaadses toimingus veel kolmaski põhjus: ta sooritas selle ime üksnes omal valikul ja tahtis seepärast oma tolle aja ja kõigi hilisemate ajastute poolehoidjaid õpetada hoidumast haigete ravi misel ainelisi vahendeid põlastamast või arvestamata jätmast. Ta tahtis neile õpetada, et nad ei tohi pidada imesid inimeste haiguste ainsaks raviviisiks.

164:3.15 (1813.2) 3. But Jesus had a third reason for resorting to these material means in connection with this unique transaction: This was a miracle wrought purely in obedience to his own choosing, and thereby he desired to teach his followers of that day and all subsequent ages to refrain from despising or neglecting material means in the healing of the sick. He wanted to teach them that they must cease to regard miracles as the only method of curing human diseases.

Jeesus andis sellele mehele tol sabatihommikul Jeruusalemmas templi lähedal nägemise ime läbi eeskätt selleks, et heita Suurkohtule ja kõigile juudi õpetajatele ning usujuhtidele avalik väljakutse. Sellega kuulutas ta avalikult oma lahkulöömist variseridest. Ta tegi alati kõike positiivselt. Ta tõi oma kaks apostlit tolle sabatipäeva varasel pärastlõunal Joosija juurde just selleks, et asi jõuaks Suurkohtu ette, ja kutsus esile need arutelud, et variserid oleksid sunnitud imet tähele panema.

164:3.16 (1813.3) Jesus gave this man his sight by miraculous working, on this Sabbath morning and in Jerusalem near the temple, for the prime purpose of making this act an open challenge to the Sanhedrin and all the Jewish teachers and religious leaders. This was his way of proclaiming an open break with the Pharisees. He was always positive in everything he did. And it was for the purpose of bringing these matters before the Sanhedrin that Jesus brought his two apostles to this man early in the afternoon of this Sabbath day and deliberately provoked those discussions which compelled the Pharisees to take notice of the miracle.

4. Joosija Suurkohtu ees

4. Josiah Before the Sanhedrin

Joosija terveksravimine oli pärastlõunal tekitanud templi ümbruses nii suure arutelu, et Suurkohtu juhid otsustasid oma tavalises kokkusaamispaigas templis nõukogu kokku kutsuda. Ning nad tegid seda, rikkudes kehtivat reeglit, mis keelas Suurkohtul sabatipäeval kokku tulla. Jeesus teadis, et sabati rikkumine oleks lõpliku katsumuse saabudes üks põhilisi tema vastu esitatud süüdistusi, ning soovis, et ta kutsutaks Suurkohtu ette, süüdistatuna pimeda mehe terveksravimises sabatipäeval, kuna ka juutide kõrge kohus arutaks tema süüdimõistmist selles halastavas teos just sabatipäeval, rikkudes otseselt endakehtestatud seadusi.

164:4.1 (1813.4) By midafternoon the healing of Josiah had raised such a discussion around the temple that the leaders of the Sanhedrin decided to convene the council in its usual temple meeting place. And they did this in violation of a standing rule which forbade the meeting of the Sanhedrin on the Sabbath day. Jesus knew that Sabbath breaking would be one of the chief charges to be brought against him when the final test came, and he desired to be brought before the Sanhedrin for adjudication of the charge of having healed a blind man on the Sabbath day, when the very session of the high Jewish court sitting in judgment on him for this act of mercy would be deliberating on these matters on the Sabbath day and in direct violation of their own self-imposed laws.

Ent nad ei kutsunud Jeesust enda ette, nad kartsid seda teha. Selle asemel saatsid nad kohe Joosija järele. Pärast mõnda sissejuhatavat küsimust käskis Suurkohtu eesistuja (kohal oli ligikaudu viiskümmend liiget) Joosijal rääkida, mis temaga oli juhtunud. Tervenenud tol hommikul, oli Joosija Toomalt, Naatanaelilt ja teistelt kuulnud, et variserid on vihased, sest ta just sabati ajal terveks raviti, ning võivad kõiki selle eest karistada. Joosija ei taibanud aga veel, et Jeesus oli see, keda Vabastajaks nimetati. Seega, kui variserid teda küsitlesid, ütles ta: „See mees tuli, pani mu silmadele savi, käskis mul minna ja silmad Siiloahis puhtaks pesta, ja nüüd ma näen.”

164:4.2 (1813.5) But they did not call Jesus before them; they feared to. Instead, they sent forthwith for Josiah. After some preliminary questioning, the spokesman for the Sanhedrin (about fifty members being present) directed Josiah to tell them what had happened to him. Since his healing that morning Josiah had learned from Thomas, Nathaniel, and others that the Pharisees were angry about his healing on the Sabbath, and that they were likely to make trouble for all concerned; but Josiah did not yet perceive that Jesus was he who was called the Deliverer. So, when the Pharisees questioned him, he said: “This man came along, put clay upon my eyes, told me to go wash in Siloam, and I do now see.”

Üks vanemaid varisere pidas pika kõne ja ütles siis: „See mees ei saa olla Jumalast, sest te näete, et ta ei pea sabatist kinni. Ta rikkus seadust kõigepealt savi segamisega ja seejärel selle kerjuse saatmisega sabatipäeval Siiloahisse pesema. See mees ei saa olla Jumala saadetud õpetaja.”

164:4.3 (1813.6) One of the older Pharisees, after making a lengthy speech, said: “This man cannot be from God because you can see that he does not observe the Sabbath. He violates the law, first, in making the clay, then, in sending this beggar to wash in Siloam on the Sabbath day. Such a man cannot be a teacher sent from God.”

Siis ütles üks noorem mees, kes salaja Jeesusesse uskus: „Kuidas saaks see mees, kui ta poleks Jumala saadetud, neid tegusid teha? Me teame, et tavaline patune ei ole võimeline niisuguseid imesid sooritama. Me kõik teame seda kerjust ja sedagi, et ta on sündinud pimedana; nüüd ta näeb. Kas te ütlete ikka veel, et see prohvet teeb kõiki neid imesid kuradivürsti väega?” Ja iga variseri kohta, kes julges Jeesust süüdistada ja hukka mõista, tõusis alati keegi, kes esitas segadusse ja kimbatusse viivaid küsimusi, nii et nende arvamused läksid tõsiselt lahku. Koosoleku eesistuja nägi, millise pöörde asi kipub võtma, ja valmistus vaidluste vaigistamiseks ise meest küsitlema. Ta küsis Joosija poole pöördudes: „Mida on sul selle mehe Jeesuse kohta öelda, kes sinu väite kohaselt su silmad avas?” Ja Joosija vastas: „Arvan, et ta on prohvet.”

164:4.4 (1813.7) Then one of the younger men who secretly believed in Jesus, said: “If this man is not sent by God, how can he do these things? We know that one who is a common sinner cannot perform such miracles. We all know this beggar and that he was born blind; now he sees. Will you still say that this prophet does all these wonders by the power of the prince of devils?” And for every Pharisee who dared to accuse and denounce Jesus one would arise to ask entangling and embarrassing questions, so that a serious division arose among them. The presiding officer saw whither they were drifting, and in order to allay the discussion, he prepared further to question the man himself. Turning to Josiah, he said: “What do you have to say about this man, this Jesus, whom you claim opened your eyes?” And Josiah answered, “I think he is a prophet.”

See häiris usujuhte väga ja oskamata teha midagi muud, otsustasid nad saata Joosija vanemate järele, et saada teada, kas ta ikka oli pimedana sündinud. Nad ei tahtnud uskuda, et kerjus oli terveks ravitud.

164:4.5 (1814.1) The leaders were greatly troubled and, knowing not what else to do, decided to send for Josiah’s parents to learn whether he had actually been born blind. They were loath to believe that the beggar had been healed.

Jeruusalemma ümbruses teati hästi nii seda, et Jeesus ei tohtinud ühessegi sünagoogi siseneda, kui ka seda, et kõik, kes tema õpetusse uskusid, heideti samamoodi sünagoogist ja Iisraeli kogudusest välja, see aga tähendas ilmajäämist kõigist õigustest ja eelistest kogu juutkonna seas, välja arvatud õigusest osta eluks hädavajalikku.

164:4.6 (1814.2) It was well known about Jerusalem, not only that Jesus was denied entrance into all synagogues, but that all who believed in his teaching were likewise cast out of the synagogue, excommunicated from the congregation of Israel; and this meant denial of all rights and privileges of every sort throughout all Jewry except the right to buy the necessaries of life.

Seetõttu kartsid Joosija vanemad, vaesed ja hirmunud hinged, auväärse Suurkohtu ees vabalt kõnelda. Kohtu eesistuja küsis: „On see teie poeg? Ja kas me saame õigesti aru, et ta sündis pimedana? Kui see on tõsi, kuidas ta siis nüüd näeb?” Ning Joosija isa vastas ja ema kinnitas tema juttu: „Me teame, et see on meie poeg ja et ta sündis pimedana, aga me ei tea, kuidas ta on nägijaks saanud ja kes tema silmad on avanud. Küsige tema käest, ta on täiskasvanud mees, rääkigu ise.”

164:4.7 (1814.3) When, therefore, Josiah’s parents, poor and fear-burdened souls, appeared before the august Sanhedrin, they were afraid to speak freely. Said the spokesman of the court: “Is this your son? and do we understand aright that he was born blind? If this is true, how is it that he can now see?” And then Josiah’s father, seconded by his mother, answered: “We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind, but how it is that he has come to see, or who it was that opened his eyes, we know not. Ask him; he is of age; let him speak for himself.”

Nüüd kutsuti Joosija teist korda ette. Nende plaan korraldada ametlik kohtuistung ei tahtnud vedu võtta ja mõni neist hakkas juba võõristama, et sabatipäeval midagi säärast toimub; seega, kui nad Joosija uuesti ette kutsusid, püüdsid nad teda teistmoodi lõksu meelitada. Kohtu eesistuja küsis endiselt pimedalt: „Miks ei täna sa juhtunu eest Jumalat? Miks ei räägi sa meile toimunust kogu tõde? Me kõik teame, et see mees on patustaja. Miks keeldud sa tõde tunnistamast? Sa tead, et te mõlemad selle mehega olete süüdi sabati rikkumises. Kas sa ei taha leevendada oma pattu, tunnistades enda ravijaks Jumala, kui sa ikka veel väidad, et su silmad avati täna?”

164:4.8 (1814.4) They now called Josiah up before them a second time. They were not getting along well with their scheme of holding a formal trial, and some were beginning to feel strange about doing this on the Sabbath; accordingly, when they recalled Josiah, they attempted to ensnare him by a different mode of attack. The officer of the court spoke to the former blind man, saying: “Why do you not give God the glory for this? why do you not tell us the whole truth about what happened? We all know that this man is a sinner. Why do you refuse to discern the truth? You know that both you and this man stand convicted of Sabbath breaking. Will you not atone for your sin by acknowledging God as your healer, if you still claim that your eyes have this day been opened?”

Joosija ei olnud aga rumal ega huumorimeeleta, seepärast vastas ta kohtu eesistujale: „Ma ei tea, kas see mees on patustaja või mitte, ent ma tean ühte — ma olin pime ja nüüd olen nägija.” Kuna nad ei suutnud Joosijat lõksu meelitada, püüdsid nad talle veel küsimusi esitada: „Kuidas täpselt ta su silmad avas? Mida ta sinuga tegelikult tegi? Mida ta sulle ütles? Kas ta palus sul endasse uskuda?”

164:4.9 (1814.5) But Josiah was neither dumb nor lacking in humor; so he replied to the officer of the court: “Whether this man is a sinner, I know not; but one thing I do know — that, whereas I was blind, now I see.” And since they could not entrap Josiah, they sought further to question him, asking: “Just how did he open your eyes? what did he actually do to you? what did he say to you? did he ask you to believe in him?”

Joosija vastas, hakates juba kannatust kaotama: „Ma rääkisin teile täpselt, kuidas see kõik juhtus, kui te minu tunnistust uskuma ei jäänud, miks soovite siis seda uuesti kuulda? Kas tahate äkki ka tema jüngriteks hakata?” Pärast neid Joosija sõnu tekkis Suurkohtus segadus, peaaegu kaklus, sest juhid tormasid Joosija juurde, karjudes vihaselt: „Sina võid nimetada ennast selle mehe jüngriks, aga meie oleme Moosese jüngrid ja Jumala käsuseaduste õpetajad. Me teame, et Jumal rääkis Moosese suu läbi, aga kust see mees Jeesus tulnud on, me ei tea.”

164:4.10 (1814.6) Josiah replied, somewhat impatiently: “I have told you exactly how it all happened, and if you did not believe my testimony, why would you hear it again? Would you by any chance also become his disciples?” When Josiah had thus spoken, the Sanhedrin broke up in confusion, almost violence, for the leaders rushed upon Josiah, angrily exclaiming: “You may talk about being this man’s disciple, but we are disciples of Moses, and we are the teachers of the laws of God. We know that God spoke through Moses, but as for this man Jesus, we know not whence he is.”

Siis tõusis Joosija pingile püsti ja hüüdis kõigile, kes kuulda võisid: „Kuulge, teie, kes te väidate end olevat kogu Iisraeli õpetajad, ma teatan teile, et tegelikult on suur ime see, et te tunnistate, et te ei tea, kust see mees on tulnud, kuid teate minu tunnistuste põhjal siiski kindlalt, et ta on mu silmad avanud. Me kõik teame, et Jumal jumalakartmatute heaks niisuguseid tegusid ei tee; et Jumal teeks midagi taolist ainult siira uskuja heaks, kes seda paluks — kellegi heaks, kes on vaga ja õiglane. Te teate, et maailma algusest peale pole kuuldud, et oleks avatud kellegi silmad, kes sündis pimedana. Vaadake siis kõik mind ja saage aru, mis täna Jeruusalemmas on sündinud! Ma ütlen teile: kui see mees poleks Jumala juurest, ei oleks ta saanud seda teha.” Ja lahkudes karjusid Suurkohtu liikmed talle vihaselt ja segaduses: „Sa sündisid patus ja nüüd tuled meid õpetama! Võib-olla sa tegelikult ei sündinudki pimedana või isegi kui su silmad avanesid sabatipäeval, tehti seda kuradivürsti väega.” Ning nad läksid kohe sünagoogi, et Joosijat sellest välja heita.

164:4.11 (1814.7) Then Josiah, standing upon a stool, shouted abroad to all who could hear, saying: “Hearken, you who claim to be the teachers of all Israel, while I declare to you that herein is a great marvel since you confess that you know not whence this man is, and yet you know of a certainty, from the testimony which you have heard, that he opened my eyes. We all know that God does not perform such works for the ungodly; that God would do such a thing only at the request of a true worshiper — for one who is holy and righteous. You know that not since the beginning of the world have you ever heard of the opening of the eyes of one who was born blind. Look, then, all of you, upon me and realize what has been done this day in Jerusalem! I tell you, if this man were not from God, he could not do this.” And as the Sanhedrists departed in anger and confusion, they shouted to him: “You were altogether born in sin, and do you now presume to teach us? Maybe you were not really born blind, and even if your eyes were opened on the Sabbath day, this was done by the power of the prince of devils.” And they went at once to the synagogue to cast out Josiah.

Joosija oli sellele istungile tulles Jeesusele ja oma tervenemise tähendusele vähe mõelnud. Suur osa sellest julgest tunnistusest, mille ta kogu Iisraeli kõrgeima kohtu ees nii targalt ja vapralt andis, oli tema mõtteis kuju võtnud siis, kui istung nii ebaõiglase ja ebaausa suuna võttis.

164:4.12 (1815.1) Josiah entered this trial with meager ideas about Jesus and the nature of his healing. Most of the daring testimony which he so cleverly and courageously bore before this supreme tribunal of all Israel developed in his mind as the trial proceeded along such unfair and unjust lines.

5. Õpetamine Saalomoni eeskojas

5. Teaching in Solomon’s Porch

Kogu selle aja, mil ühes templi kambris kulges too sabatit rikkuv Suurkohtu istung, jalutas Jeesus sealsamas lähedal, õpetades inimesi Saalomoni eeskojas ja lootes, et ta kutsutakse Suurkohtu ette, kus ta võiks neile rääkida häid uudiseid jumaliku pojaseisuse vabadusest ja rõõmust jumalariigis. Ent nad kartsid tema järele saata. Need Jeesuse ootamatud avalikud ilmumised Jeruusalemma olid neid alati häirinud. Jeesus oli neile nüüd pakkunud just niisugust juhust, nagu nad ise usinalt otsinud olid, kuid nad kartsid tuua teda Suurkohtu ette isegi tunnistajana ja veelgi rohkem kartsid nad teda vahistada.

164:5.1 (1815.2) All of the time this Sabbath-breaking session of the Sanhedrin was in progress in one of the temple chambers, Jesus was walking about near at hand, teaching the people in Solomon’s Porch, hoping that he would be summoned before the Sanhedrin where he could tell them the good news of the liberty and joy of divine sonship in the kingdom of God. But they were afraid to send for him. They were always disconcerted by these sudden and public appearances of Jesus in Jerusalem. The very occasion they had so ardently sought, Jesus now gave them, but they feared to bring him before the Sanhedrin even as a witness, and even more they feared to arrest him.

Jeruusalemmas valitses südatalv ja inimesed otsisid Saalomoni eeskojas mingitki varju; kui Jeesus seal ringi liikus, esitas rahvahulk talle palju küsimusi ja ta õpetas neid enam kui kaks tundi. Mõned juudi õpetajad püüdsid teda lõksu meelitada, küsides temalt avalikult: „Kui kaua sa meid veel teadmatuses hoiad? Kui sa oled messias, miks sa seda meile otse välja ei ütle?” Jeesus vastas: „Ma olen teile endast ja oma Isast korduvalt rääkinud, kuid te ei usu mind. Kas te ei näe, et teod, mida ma Isa nimel teen, räägivad ise minu eest? Ent paljud teist ei usu seda, sest te ei kuulu minu karja. Tõeõpetaja köidab vaid neid, kes janunevad tõe ja õigluse järele. Minu lambad kuulevad minu häält ja ma tunnen nad ära ning nad järgnevad mulle. Ning kõigile, kes minu õpetust järgivad, annan ma igavese elu: nad ei hukku kunagi ja mitte keegi ei võta neid minult ära. Mu Isa, kes mulle need lapsed on andnud, on kõigist suurem, nii et keegi ei saa neid minu Isa käest ära noppida. Isa ja mina oleme üks.” Mõned uskmatud juudid tormasid sinna, kus templi ehitus oli alles pooleli, et haarata kivide järele ja need Jeesuse pihta heita, kuid uskujad hoidsid neid tagasi.

164:5.2 (1815.3) This was midwinter in Jerusalem, and the people sought the partial shelter of Solomon’s Porch; and as Jesus lingered, the crowds asked him many questions, and he taught them for more than two hours. Some of the Jewish teachers sought to entrap him by publicly asking him: “How long will you hold us in suspense? If you are the Messiah, why do you not plainly tell us?” Said Jesus: “I have told you about myself and my Father many times, but you will not believe me. Can you not see that the works I do in my Father’s name bear witness for me? But many of you believe not because you belong not to my fold. The teacher of truth attracts only those who hunger for the truth and who thirst for righteousness. My sheep hear my voice and I know them and they follow me. And to all who follow my teaching I give eternal life; they shall never perish, and no one shall snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given me these children, is greater than all, so that no one is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand. The Father and I are one.” Some of the unbelieving Jews rushed over to where they were still building the temple to pick up stones to cast at Jesus, but the believers restrained them.

Jeesus jätkas õpetamist: „Olen näidanud teile palju oma Isa armastavaid tegusid, seepärast küsin ma nüüd teilt, missuguse heateo eest tahate te mind kividega pilduda?” Ja üks variser vastas: „Me ei taha sind kividega pilduda mitte heategude, vaid pühaduseteotuse pärast, sest sina kui inimene söandad end Jumalaga võrdseks pidada.” Ja Jeesus vastas: „Te süüdistate Inimese Poega pühaduseteotuses, sest keeldusite mind uskumast, kui ma teile teatasin, et olen Jumala saadetud. Kui ma ei tee Jumala tegusid, siis ärge mind uskuge, aga kui ma teen Jumala tegusid, siis ehkki te minusse ei usu, võiksite minu arvates siiski uskuda neid tegusid. Ent et te võiksite kindlad olla selles, mida ma kuulutan, väidan taas, et Isa on minus ja mina olen Isas ning et nii nagu Isa elab minu sisimas, elan mina igaühes, kes sellesse evangeeliumisse usub.” Kui inimesed neid sõnu kuulsid, tormasid paljud kive haarama, et teda visata, kuid ta lahkus templi juurest ja kohanud Naatanaeli ning Toomast, kes olid osalenud Suurkohtu istungil, ootas koos nendega templi lähedal Joosija väljumist koosolekuruumist.

164:5.3 (1815.4) Jesus continued his teaching: “Many loving works have I shown you from the Father, so that now would I inquire for which one of these good works do you think to stone me?” And then answered one of the Pharisees: “For no good work would we stone you but for blasphemy, inasmuch as you, being a man, dare to make yourself equal with God.” And Jesus answered: “You charge the Son of Man with blasphemy because you refused to believe me when I declared to you that I was sent by God. If I do not the works of God, believe me not, but if I do the works of God, even though you believe not in me, I should think you would believe the works. But that you may be certain of what I proclaim, let me again assert that the Father is in me and I in the Father, and that, as the Father dwells in me, so will I dwell in every one who believes this gospel.” And when the people heard these words, many of them rushed out to lay hands upon the stones to cast at him, but he passed out through the temple precincts; and meeting Nathaniel and Thomas, who had been in attendance upon the session of the Sanhedrin, he waited with them near the temple until Josiah came from the council chamber.

Jeesus ja kaks apostlit läksid Joosijat tema kodunt otsima alles siis, kui kuulsid, et ta on sünagoogist välja heidetud. Kui nad tema maja juurde jõudsid, kutsus Toomas Joosija õue ja Jeesus küsis temalt: „Joosija, kas sa usud Jumala Pojasse?” Ja Joosija vastas: „Ütle mulle, kes ta on, et ma võiksin temasse uskuda.” Ja Jeesus ütles: „Sa oled teda nii näinud kui ka kuulnud ja tema ongi see, kes praegu sinuga räägib.” Ja Joosija vastas: „Issand, ma usun,” ning kummardas teda, viskudes maha.

164:5.4 (1816.1) Jesus and the two apostles did not go in search of Josiah at his home until they heard he had been cast out of the synagogue. When they came to his house, Thomas called him out in the yard, and Jesus, speaking to him, said: “Josiah, do you believe in the Son of God?” And Josiah answered, “Tell me who he is that I may believe in him.” And Jesus said: “You have both seen and heard him, and it is he who now speaks to you.” And Josiah said, “Lord, I believe,” and falling down, he worshiped.

Kui Joosija teada sai, et teda on sünagoogist välja heidetud, oli ta algul väga rõhutud, aga talle andis palju julgust Jeesuse käsk kohe ennast valmis seada, et koos nendega Pella laagrisse minna. See lihtsameelne mees Jeruusalemmast oli tõepoolest juudi sünagoogist välja heidetud, kuid universumi Looja juhtis teda edasi tolle aja ja põlvkonna vaimse kõrgklassi sekka.

164:5.5 (1816.2) When Josiah learned that he had been cast out of the synagogue, he was at first greatly downcast, but he was much encouraged when Jesus directed that he should immediately prepare to go with them to the camp at Pella. This simple-minded man of Jerusalem had indeed been cast out of a Jewish synagogue, but behold the Creator of a universe leading him forth to become associated with the spiritual nobility of that day and generation.

Ning nüüd lahkus Jeesus Jeruusalemmast, et sinna uuesti tagasi pöörduda alles siis, kui siit maailmast lahkumise aeg oli lähedal. Meister läks koos kahe apostli ja Joosijaga tagasi Pellasse. Ja Joosija osutus üheks Meistri imelise hoolekande osaliseks, kelle puhul seeme langes viljakasse mulda, sest temast sai kogu ülejäänud eluks taevariigi evangeeliumi jutlustaja.

164:5.6 (1816.3) And now Jesus left Jerusalem, not again to return until near the time when he prepared to leave this world. With the two apostles and Josiah the Master went back to Pella. And Josiah proved to be one of the recipients of the Master’s miraculous ministry who turned out fruitfully, for he became a lifelong preacher of the gospel of the kingdom.





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