GGJ04-138

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Chapter 138 - The life story of old Lazarus.

138,1. I say: “I will explain it to you; but you must all be very attentive, otherwise you will not understand the whole matter! This is because this kind of death is quite unusual, has not occurred for a long time and will not happen again for an even longer period of time.

138,2. Old Lazarus was a mighty, primordially created angel spirit who came to earth in the flesh of a man by the power of his own will and he became incarnate under the most difficult living conditions imaginable anywhere on earth. From the cradle until his forty-seventh year on earth he had to endure trials and tribulations, the details of which can not easily be recounted here. How many times did he have to combat life-threatening dangers! Those of you who are familiar with the life story of Job, can only imagine what happened to our Lazarus.

138,3. Several times he received the highest honours in this world and became very wealthy. He had a wife and the most beautiful, well-behaved children, five in number, who loved him dearly as a good and wise father. When he was nineteen years of age he married the only daughter of one of the richest men in Bethlehem. His gold and silver together with his very beautiful pearls and precious stones could not easily be carried on a hundred camels. However, his great good fortune on this earth was only of short duration. His treasures dwindled year on year as, because he was a good and excessively indulgent person, he was quite often cheated in a major way. Finally a fire broke out in his house built of cedar wood and he was unable to save any of his treasures except the lives of his wife and children and was forced to live on charity for three years.

138,4. During these three years his wife and all his five dear children died. He himself was stricken down by leprosy from which he suffered for a full year. Finally a doctor from Egypt came with an secret remedy and cured him completely from the disease. After that, still a handsome man of thirty-four years of age, he was set upon as he went on his way by a stealthy band of drug takers from outer Persia. He was taken there as a slave without any consideration and sold to an extremely hard taskmaster. [05] Since he was the most loyal of all his master’s slaves and had endured all his master’s severity with the utmost patience and devotion, his master called him after ten years and said: ‘I have watched you when I was a hard taskmaster to you, saw that you were very loyal to me and did not shy away from major problems or hard work to bring me in quite frequently a substantial return. If I asked a great deal of you, you always did more and that was quite often to my advantage. I am a hard taskmaster - the whole world testifies to that opinion of me - nevertheless I have good eyes and I am not lacking in insight and recognition. Because I am not like that, I now set you completely free! You can now safely return to your home in your own country. In addition, as a token of my appreciation for your loyal service, I am giving you one hundred camels, ten of my most beautiful female slaves and ninety servants. Furthermore to ensure that you can make purchases in any place, live well and wheel and deal with others, my treasurer will pay you a thousand bags of gold and two thousand bags of silver! This is how a hard task master rewards a very loyal slave and a completely loyal servant, which however I have never unfortunately had before, who should receive double that amount! Come safely home with everything you have received as a gift from this hard taskmaster!’

138,6. Lazarus bowed deeply in front of his master and wished to thank him. But the latter said in a serious way: ‘A friend, who has earned his reward as you have, is not obliged to thank the giver when he has received his just deserts! Therefore go in peace; so may it be and so may it come about!’

138,7. Moved to tears, Lazarus left the room and when he reached the large palace yard, everything was ready: Camels, the ten female slaves and the ninety servants; and all the strongest camels were loaded up with gold and silver.

138,8. Lazarus mounted his camel and the march began. After ten quite cheerful days on route, he reached Bethlehem, stayed at an inn and enquired about his former property. But this had been sold as government property, in accordance with Roman law, as the legal owner, despite all the proclamations by special heralds, had not responded to any summons. As more than three years had already elapsed, the new owner had received full title to it. For seven years he had only been a tenant in the eyes of the law and if the dispossessed previous owner were to return by the end of the seventh year, he could still exercise his right of repossession - he was only obliged to pay the tenant the highest offer price plus interest, as the tenant was considered to be a manager without a contract and had to be rewarded for his work in running the estate, as the law provided. However, after seven years the tenant had full, indisputable title as owner of the property. This was also the case in Bethlehem with Lazarus’ property. The tenant was now the undisputed owner, protected by Roman law, and our Lazarus had to move on having achieved nothing at all.

138,9. For a whole year he had to lodge in an inn, until finally a sizeable parcel of land, belonging to a Greek, came on the market in Bethany. Having paid fifteen hundred bags of silver Lazarus became the full owner and, in his forty-seventh year married one of his most loyal female slaves who also was a Jew. With her he fathered young Lazarus and his two sisters. After ten years he also granted full freedom to all his servants from Persia but not one left Lazarus and fifty-three of these servants are still alive today. After two years they had all already converted to the Jewish faith and this was an even more valuable and agreeable outcome for Lazarus. The wife died only two years ago and she was a fine example of female tolerance and devotion. Since then the three very well-behaved children have managed their own lives and, except for God, they have no other needs and do good works for the poor.”

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