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Chapter 6 - The Persians and the Pharisees arguing over the miracle. Judas Iscariot goes to catch goldfish.

6,1. While we were discussing this and that at our table, an argument started between the thirty young Pharisees and the twenty Persians who were still present. The Persians considered the awakening of the nine drowned persons as a straightforward miracle; but the thirty young Pharisees were inclined to be somewhat doubtful. Especially Risa, who had earlier supported Hebram for Me, was the strongest dissident voice.

6,2. Hebram said: “Risa my friend, once a person is dead as judged from the state of the body, just as those nine were dead, you can lie him down as you will, and do likewise the following day and you can put the same wine in his mouth, but he will still never come to life again! That is an achievement of divine willpower, and the positioning and pouring of wine are serving no other purpose than to let the water run out of the stomach and the lungs as a result of that correct positioning. Similarly, the wine enables the unstable nervous system to receive the necessary advance stimulation while offering the palate a taste which is not disgusting. However, in relation to the later revival of the dead body, neither the positioning nor the wine is of any importance. The Lord only allowed this to happen beforehand because His purpose was to bring those nine back to life again through His will, and in such a way that each of their souls would immediately enter a habitable and usable body! - Do you not see the logic of this?”

6,3. Says Risa: “Yes, yes, I can see it and you will be probably be proved right. Nevertheless, it would not be pointless to conduct a test in order to convince oneself positively that the positioning of the body and the subsequent triple administration of wine will not of itself make the body of a completely drowned person live again! Only then, if one is convinced about that, does this resurrection becomes a completely perfect miracle! This is my opinion.”

6,4. Said Hebram: “Now then, if you insist and the Lord wishes it, it might happen that during the newly arranged fishing trip another corpse will be found, using which you can conduct precisely the same positioning and wine-administration experiment in order to revive it again; however, you will find that you will not be delighted by the result!”

6,5. The Persians say: “We share this opinion! Since what is only possible for the power of the divine will, is not achievable by any human being who is only a creature himself, - unless the will of God acts with and through the mind of man. This is our opinion, and we do not believe we are on the wrong path. - But now everyone is going down to the water, and we therefore wish to board our boats; since it is most probable that some form of miracle will happen, and we must be present to witness it.”

6,6. There is then a general exodus to the water , which is very peaceful this morning and favourable for fishing. This time My disciples, except for Iscariot, work together with old Markus’ sons and help them to cast the large nets and make them taut.

6,7. Judas Iscariot however went on a private excursion all by himself to the city which was totally in ruins, to investigate what was going on; since he had earlier overheard that the wealthy Greeks wanted to pave some of the streets with gold and silver. He believed and was under the firm impression, that these wealthy people had already made considerable progress in this regard and he therefore went unseen to the scene of the fire to fish for gold, silver and other valuables lying in the open.

6,8. This time however his dirty tricks did not pay off, - only his back was rewarded; since when he, as a stranger, was discovered to be searching for gold and silver in the alley-ways, he was soon arrested by the guards and suffered a severe beating. He then of course left the ruins of the old town which was still smouldering despite yesterday’s storm The town’s ancient name was ‘Vilipia’, under the Greeks ‘ Philippi’ and it had only recently received the additional name ‘Caesarea’ under the emperors of Rome.

6,9. When our gold fisherman arrived with hurrying steps back at the house of Markus, he met no one of course except the wife and daughters of Markus, with whom he was not able to get very far, since they had their hands full with preparing lunch and had therefore no time to pay any attention to him. Besides, they already believed firmly in Me and were therefore not at all in the mood, to answer the somewhat impudent questions coming from Judas Iscariot They were also not favourably disposed towards this disciple, because during the past few days he had proved himself to be greedy and intolerable.

6,10. Since he was not welcomed by the women in Markus’ house, he left them and went to the shore to look for us. He could not see us, as we had to steer out onto into deep water to ensure a good catch, as there was a fish migration which occurred only twice a year according to the direction of the Jordan, flowing out of Lake Merom and comprising a large quantity of fish consisting mainly of the best golden salmon-trout.

6,11. Since the disciple who stayed behind was very bored and did not know what to do, he went to Ouran’s tents to investigate whether everything had been removed and at the same time possibly to use the opportunity to find a few surplus gold or sliver pieces left behind by someone! But there too the world was closed off to him as Ouran had left three guards behind in each tent with whom it was not advisable to speak during the absence of their master. He left the tents in a bad temper and went to look for a shady tree, under which he lay down and fell asleep quite comfortably.

6,12. But shortly afterwards his sleep was also interrupted, since the flies gave him no rest, - in short, Iscariot was tormented for three full hours and was near to desperation. He then saw our ships. His heart felt a little lighter and he very much regretted that he had left My side.

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