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Chapter 171. – The evening on Joseph's favourite hill. James feeding bread, butter and honey to little Jesus. The flies in the honey pot. Jesus' profoundly wise words on Isaiah chap. 7:15.

171,1. Towards the evening of this day, which – as mentioned earlier – was a pre-Sabbath day, James took the Infant and went up on Joseph's favourite hill.

171,2. And Joseph and Jonathan soon followed James' example and also went up the hill.

171,3. As usual, James took along some butter, some honey in a small jar and a piece of wheat bread for the Infant,

171,4. and regularly put small portions into the Infant's mouth; for the Infant's favourite food was honey with bread and butter.

171,5. But as James put down his jar on a small bench and cheerfully gad about on the grass of the gentle hill,

171,6. some bees and flies promptly came to the little jar and feasted heartily on the sweet contents.

171,7. As Joseph noticed this, he said to James: "Go and cover the jar with something, otherwise its contents will soon be eaten up by the flies and bees!"

171,8. And James quickly came over together with the Infant, and wanted to drive away these visitors from the jar, but they did not obey him.

171,9. Then the Infant said: "James, give Me the jar, and I will see if the flies and the bees are also disobedient to Me!"

171,10. Here James put the jar into the Infant's hands, and the Infant hissed three times - ksht – ksht – ksht – into the jar and the flies and bees instantly disappeared.

171,11. Then James gave the Infant a piece of buttered bread with honey, and the Infant took it and ate it contentedly.

171,12. Jonathan, who had earlier spoken to Joseph about the wisdom in Egyptian symbols, noticed this action, which appeared to be very insignificant, and asked Joseph whether there was any more profound meaning to it?

171,13. And Joseph replied to him: "I do not think so; for one cannot presume hidden wisdom in every single action.

171,14. Whenever someone leaves butter and honey open, flies and bees will always come and feed on it!

171,15. On suitable occasions, we can use this phenomenon, like a thousand others, symbolically, – but, generally speaking, this action is without significance!"

171,16. The Infant, however, ran towards Joseph and spoke animatedly:

171,17. "My dearest Joseph, this time you are mistaken!

171,18. What did you read in Isaiah? Have I not written: 'Butter and honey shall He eat, that He may know to refuse the evil, and choose the good.

171,19. For before the child shall know to refuse the evil, and choose the good, the land that you fear shall be forsaken of both her kings.

171,20. The Lord shall bring upon you, your people and your father's house, days that have not come, from the day that Ephraim departed from Judah; even the king of Assyria!

171,21. And it will be in that day, that the Lord shall hiss for the fly that is in the uttermost part of the rivers of Egypt, and for the bee in the land of Assyria!'

171,22. See, Joseph! – The significance of the prophet's words, also applies to this action;

171,23. but the time for revelation has not yet arrived, although it is not too distant!

171,24. Do you know the son of the prophetess who was called 'Maher-sha-lal-bash-baz'?

171,25. Do you know the son, who will be born of a virgin, and will be named 'Immanuel'!?

171,26. See, I am all that! – However, you will not fully grasp this until I, as 'Maher-sha-lal-bash-baz' and 'Immanuel' call father and mother from above!"

171,27. Here the Infant ran back to James. Joseph and Jonathan keenly looked at each other and they could not stop wondering about the Infant's words and about the remarkable allegorical coincidence of the earlier action with the words of the prophet. – –

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