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let yourself be instructed by jesus christ himself

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BEGINNING OF THE LORD’S MINISTRY.

12. After this He went down to Capernaum with his mother, his

brothers and his disciples, but they did not stay there long.

EVEN days after this wedding, I left Nazareth and went

with Mary, My five brothers - two of whom also belonged

to My disciples - and with the disciples I had so far taken

on down to Capernaum. This city was then quite an important

trade center situated on the border of Zebulon and Naphtali and

also in the middle of these two provinces on the Sea of Galilee, not

far from the spot where John was baptizing on the opposite bank

of the Jordan in the region of Bethabara, as long as there was

sufficient water in this often quite parched riverbed.

[2] One may ask what I was actually seeking in this city which had

already become quite heathenish. One should read the prophet

Isaiah 9:1, etc, where it is written:

The land of Zebulon and the land of Naphtali on the way by the

Sea beyond Jordan and heathen Galilee, the people who walked in

the darkness have seen a great light: a mighty light has dawned

upon them who were walking in the shadow of death.

[3] And if one has found this text in Isaiah and knows that I had to

fulfill the Scripture from A to Z, it will be easy to understand why

I went from Nazareth to Capernaum. Besides, in this region two

more disciples had to be taken on: James and John, sons of

Zebedee. They were also fishermen fishing in the Sea of Galilee

not far from the mouth of the Jordan and also not far from the spot

where Peter and Andrew worked, both of whom were also entitled

to fish in the Sea.

[4] When I had also taken on these disciples and they had

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recognized Me from My words and the mighty witness of those

who were with Me, I began to teach the people properly, calling

them to repentance since the kingdom of Heaven was upon them. I

went into their synagogues teaching there. Some believed, but

many were annoyed, wanted to lay hands on Me and throw Me

into the Sea from a cliff. But I eluded them with all those who

were with Me and visited some small settlements on the Sea of

Galilee, proclaimed the Kingdom of God, healed many sick, and

the poor and simple believed and received Me with goodwill.

Some of them joined Me and followed Me everywhere like lambs

follow their shepherd.

[5] In Capernaum I stayed only for a short while since there was as

good as no belief there and even less love. This city was a place of

trade and mercenary spirit, and where these rule, faith and love

have been completely abandoned. Thus where this is the case,

there is little or nothing for Me to do.

13. As it was near the time of the Jewish Passover, Jesus went up

to Jerusalem.

[6] As the Jewish Passover feast had come, I went up to Jerusalem

with all who were with Me. But one must not imagine the Passover

feast of the real Jews at the same time which is now set for the

similar feast by various Christian communities, sometimes already

for the month of March. This was almost three months later. For at

the Passover, Jehovah was offered thanks for the first harvest of

the year consisting in barley, corn and wheat. On that occasion the

new bread was already eaten which, according to the Law, had to

be unleavened bread, and no one in the land was allowed to eat

leavened bread during this time.

[7] Therefore, this feast of the unleavened bread could take place

only when the newly harvested corn could already be ground into

flour and not at a time when the corn had only been sowed. In a

good year the corn in Judea ripens 14 to 20 days sooner than here.

However, even in Egypt the corn and wheat are hardly ever

harvested before the end of May, let alone in Judea where it is

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considerably cooler than in Egypt.

[8] But the time of the unleavened bread had come and, as already

mentioned above, I went with all who were with Me up to the

Jewish capital, which was also called “The City of God”, for the

name Jerusalem means as much as “City of God”.

[9] During that time many people always came to Jerusalem,

including many Gentiles, who brought and sold various goods, as

utensils, woven articles, cattle and fruit of all kinds. This feast had

in those days completely lost its sacred aspect and greed prompted

even the priesthood to lease for this time the courtyards and

entrance halls of the temple to the traders, where Jews or Gentiles,

for a considerable sum, so that such a temple rent for the duration

of the feast amounted to 1,000 pieces of silver, which in those days

was an immense sum and comparatively more than nowadays

100,000 florins.

[10] I went up to Jerusalem at the time of the high priest Caiaphas

who knew how to hold on to this naturally most lucrative office for

more than a year. For the observance of the Mosaic Law had in

those days degenerated into the emptiest possible ceremony, and

no priest had actually more regard for it than for the snow that had

fallen a hundred years ago. On the other hand the useless, empty

ceremony had reached its peak in serving to bully the poor people

excessively.

[11] He even leased some spots in the inner part of the temple to

dealers in pigeons and to some small money-changers. These latter

carried small coins, for which those how needed smaller coins

could for a certain exchange premium change their silver coins,

Roman gold coins and the Roman cattle money (pecunia), for the

Romans had a special kind of money for the purchase of cattle.

Depending on what animal was embossed on such a coin, the same

animal had to be available for purchase with that coin provided its

owner had it for sale. For such cattle money it was possible to

obtain from the bigger or smaller money-changers also another

type of money in circulation, but at a higher premium.

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IN JERUSALEM

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