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Chapter 10 - The unsuccessful attempt of a scribe and of an elder to justify the High priest and to maintain his authority. The postponement of the session by the judge to the following day. The Boy Jesus and Simon as guests for the night of the Roman in the inn.

1. When this had been read aloud, the High priest looked very angry.

2. But I said: “Now, you advanced theological High priest of the temple, has not the clearest proof been given by me that if what I have said above is nonsense – which however it is not – you yourselves have created the nonsense, and have spread it abroad?! But if I have uttered an untruth therein, then you can at once box My ears for My impertinence. But you will hardly do that seeing that what is put down in the People’s Catechism you can hardly describe as nonsense! But now I should like to know why you have done that! I have spoken; now you speak!”

3. The High priest put on an amused expression and was evidently at a loss to find an answer.

4. But at once another scribe got up and said: “His most reverend eminence has only put you to a very powerful test by which he wanted to see if you are well versed in the People’s Catechism, as you yourself had mentioned it in support of your case. Let that pass now, and let us rather speak of something quite different. For with this argumentative discussion we arrive in the end at no result.”

5. I said: “Now see, how clever you would like to be if you could! You would now like to help the High priest out of the morass into which he has sunk up to his eyes and ears; but that is no longer possible!

6. I know well enough that he will not tell Me now the reason why he called that nonsense in Me which he, being a High priest, ought surely to have known at first that it stands written before everyone’s eyes in the People’s Catechism; but just because he did not know about it he called it nonsense, and yet he is at one and the same time a High priest, a scribe, and an elder!

7. The remarkable thing about the matter is that nowadays, one can become and be a High priest, and believe oneself filled with the Spirit of God, when one has not even an external knowledge of the Word of God! Is it not indeed custom and law that every High priest who sits in the seat of Moses and Aaron, should have a perfect knowledge of all parts of the Scriptures, and should give everyone who has any doubt at all, full and complete information?

8. But what information can be given by anyone who does not himself know even the very short text of the People’s Catechism, and thus to the just anger of a true and zealous Jew, out of personal ignorance, calls that nonsense which every Jewish boy must know out of the People’s Catechism, and without which no honest master will accept him as apprentice in any trade?”

9. Thereupon another elder exhorted Me to consider who and what a High priest was.

10. But I said: “If I speak the full truth, can I ever thereby offend any true man? Tell Me yourself, if the matter is not such as it clearly shows itself to be?

11. Unfortunately nowadays high-born persons are promoted to the highest offices, no longer according to their intellectual abilities, but only according to their worldly riches where they then get, generally speaking, poorer spiritually, but all the richer materially. But, say yourselves, if that is just in the sight of God?

12. Yes, it is easy to understand that thus it is only with difficulty that one can get any information about the arrival of the promised Messiah, if those whose very first office it is, to know about it, are as little versed in the Scriptures as are men who have absolutely no knowledge of the existence of writings from out the Spirit of God through Moses and other prophets, yet at the same time sit with tremendous pomp in the seat of Moses and the prophets.

13. They themselves know little or nothing of God and His Word, and still less of the Living Word of Jehovah within men, by means of which they should become a God themselves, according to their own and established principles of teaching the people! What then do you, a Roman judge, as a heathen say to such things and circumstances?”

14. The judge said: “There I can only agree with you in everything! For here between these walls and in this secluded room, you may talk as you like; of course, openly and before the people, this would be somewhat unseemly and even wrong, which you certainly would not do as you are much too reasonable a boy and can calculate for yourself only too well how bad the consequences would be in these times! But now we will go to supper! You and Simon shall be my guests today and tomorrow.” Thereupon the judge raised the sitting, and ordered it for the next day again.

15. But quite close to the temple, there was a large inn (guest house); there we partook of a good supper and then went quickly to rest.

16. But this inn belonged also to the temple and was served by the servants of the temple. Whoever of the travelers stayed there, was counted as having stayed directly in the temple itself. One could also remain inside the temple, but had then to pay twice as much, and had nothing for food except bread and water. If therefore it is said that I remained three days in the temple, the temple inn must also be included.

17. All went well with us three at the inn; each one could sleep quite sweetly and peacefully.

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