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Chapter 10- John Questions who Jesus really is.

Chapter 10- John Questions who Jesus really is.

When John, who was in prison, heard about the deeds of the Messiah, he sent his disciples to ask him, “Are you the one who is to come, or should we expect someone else?”

Jesus replied, “Go back and report to John what you hear and see: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy[b] are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor. Blessed is anyone who does not stumble on account of me.”

As John’s disciples were leaving, Jesus began to speak to the crowd about John: “What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed swayed by the wind? If not, what did you go out to see? A man dressed in fine clothes? No, those who wear fine clothes are in kings’ palaces. Then what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet. 10 This is the one about whom it is written:

“‘I will send my messenger ahead of you,
    who will prepare your way before you.’[c]

11 Truly I tell you, among those born of women there has not risen anyone greater than John the Baptist; yet whoever is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. 12 From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been subjected to violence,[d] and violent people have been raiding it. 13 For all the Prophets and the Law prophesied until John. 14 And if you are willing to accept it, he is the Elijah who was to come. 15 Whoever has ears, let them hear.

 

John declared that Jesus was the Lamb of God and several followers of John followed Jesus to understand whom and what Jesus was all about. Before John the Baptist baptized Jesus, no one knew who Jesus was. Jesus being baptized by John the Baptist was like having a “coming our party or event.” Jesus made himself known to the world by being baptized by John the Baptist. John being a humble man did not want to baptize Jesus, but Jesus insisted and so it was. Jesus used this event as the event that marked the beginning of his mission. The followers of John the Baptist were in the thousands coming from all parts of Judea and elsewhere. By identifying with John the Baptist and agreeing by Baptism to become a follower of John the Baptist, Jesus reveals that he believes in Baptism and the remission of sin.

 

As fate would have it John the Baptist did not know when to stop verbally attacking Herod and he ended up being arrested. John the Baptist’s arrest set back his mission and perhaps the training of Jesus as to John’s philosophical view of sin and repentance. The followers of John thought that perhaps Jesus would get John out of jail, but that did not happen. John who praised Jesus when he was baptized, was a little shocked to see that Jesus began his ministry and was known to be going around Galilee healing the sick and baptizing many people like John did for the repentance of sin. Actually Jesus first disciples were doing all the baptizing while Jesus tended to heal the sick and small miracles. John proclaimed that he was not the Messiah but that he was the one who would point the way for one greater than himself.

 

With John in Jail his following was without a leader. Many turned to Jesus to follow and others question what Jesus’ message was all about. Even John was confused while in jail. For a moment John became a doubter and sent his followers to ask Jesus if he was the ONE or should they wait for another. Jesus felt this was a foolish request and sent word back that his actions spoke louder than his words. Jesus had in fact begun to heal the sick, baptize the sinners, and feed the poor. John longed for freedom to join with Jesus or continue on his ministry in baptism, but his pride and big mouth could not shut up about attacking Herod and his wife.

 

John thought that the Messiah would bring a military revolution over the Romans not just a religion revolution. Jesus stressed improving individuals and their faith in God. He did not care about the Romans for his ministry encompassed everyone regardless of religion or race. John and many others did not understand the concept of non-violent protesting, and passive resistance.

 

Jesus respected John and believed in most of his values. He spoke highly to all of his followers and John’s followers about John. He pointed out what a great prophet John was and what he had accomplished. The problem is Jesus did not feel it was in his power to free John and that it was God’s will that John remain in prison. By John being killed he became an early martyr and his name became well known for centuries to come. John’s martyrdom and his followers helped Jesus gain recognition more rapidly than had he try to gain a following on his own. Jesus and John became known as prophets that believed in baptism for the remission of sins. Jesus took the philosophy even further with the beatitudes and the Sermon on the Mount. John’s ministry was just the beginning and Jesus’ ministry was for all time to come.

 

Did Jesus know John the Baptist? Of course he and John met every year at the Passover festival in Jerusalem when their families traveled to the temple to celebrate the Passover. Jesus came from a devout Jewish family and so did John. John’s father was a Priest of the Temple and was well trained in the Bible and the religious practices of Judaism. As children their world centered on their religion and their families belief that their sons were blessed by God to be leaders among men.

 

 

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Chapter 5- Young John from the Novel, “Jesus and John,” by Dr. Pelham Mead, Xlibris publishers

Chapter 5- Young John

 

Luke:

 

1:57 When the time arrived for Elizabeth to have her child she gave birth to a son.

1:58 Her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown his great mercy toward her, and they rejoiced with her.

1:59 When they came on the eighth day to circumcise the child, they were going to call him Zechariah after his father,

1:60 but his mother said in reply, “No. He will be called John.”

1:61 But they answered her, “There is no one among your relatives who has this name.”

1:62 So they made signs, asking his father what he wished him to be called.

1:63 He asked for a tablet and wrote, “John is his name,” and all were amazed.

1:64 Immediately his mouth was opened, his tongue freed, and he spoke blessing God.

1:65 Then fear came upon all their neighbors, and all these matters were discussed throughout the hill country of Judea.

1:66 All who heard these things took them to heart, saying, “What, then, will this child be?” For surely the hand of the Lord was with him. The Canticle of Zechariah.

1:67 Then Zechariah his father, filled with the holy Spirit, prophesied, saying:

1:68 “Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, for he has visited and brought redemption to his people.

1:69 He has raised up a horn for our salvation within the house of David his servant,

1:70 even as he promised through the mouth of his holy prophets from of old:

1:71 salvation from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us,

1:72 to show mercy to our fathers and to be mindful of his holy covenant

1:73 and of the oath he swore to Abraham our father, and to grant us that,

1:74 rescued from the hand of enemies, without fear we might worship him

1:75 in holiness and righteousness before him all our days.

1:76 And you, child, will be called prophet of the Most High, for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways,

1:77 to give his people knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins,

1:78 because of the tender mercy of our God by which the daybreak from on high will visit us

1:79 to shine on those who sit in darkness and death’s shadow, to guide our feet into the path of peace.”

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1:80 The child grew and became strong in spirit, and he was in the desert until the day of his manifestation to Israel.

 

 

“The child (John) grew and became strong in spirit living in Hebron, Judea. John’s father Zechariah saw to it that John was well trained in the bible and Hebrew tradition. Every year Zechariah would take his family, Elizabeth and John to Jerusalem for the Passover celebration Here they would meet Joseph of Nazareth and his family Mary, Jesus, and his brothers and sisters. John was 15 months older than Jesus, however they got along very well. John’s nickname for Jesus was “little Yeshua,” because even when they were young boys John was taller than Jesus. By the time John was 13 he grew to six feet four inches tall while Jesus was only five foot ten inches.

 

One year when John was eight and Jesus seven years of age, their families met in Jerusalem for the Passover festival. During the week they stayed in tents outside the walls of Jerusalem because they had no relatives living inside the walls of Jerusalem that had any room for their families. While Joseph of Nazareth and Zechariah the priest and father of John were sitting around a fire and talking, John and Jesus were running among the tents outside the walls of Jerusalem.

“Little Yeshua, can you catch me or are you as slow as a turtle,” John shouted. “I will catch you and bury your face in the sand,” Jesus replied as they ran around the tents. John tripped on a tent cord and Jesus finally caught up to him as he rolled on the ground. “Alright you win ‘little Yeshua,’ John shouted as he swallowed some sand. It wasn’t until an hour later that Joseph and Zechariah noticed that John and Jesus were missing. “Mary do you know where Jesus and John are,” Joseph asked? “No I have not seen them all morning,” Mary replied. “James go and look for your younger brother and swat him in the head and bring him back here for your mother and I,” Joseph shouted. “Must I find the little weasel father,” James replied. “You are the eldest and it is your duty to keep track of your brothers and sisters,” Joseph stated firmly. James left in a huff to look for his brother Jesus and their 2nd cousin John. James found them in no time running around the tents in the tent city outside the walls of Jerusalem. “Come here Jesus for your father and mother are concerned as to your whereabouts. You are to return to our tent immediately,” James commanded. Jesus gave James a strange look but turned to John and said,” let us return to our tents before our parents get mad.” So all three returned to their family tents.

 

John liked to quiz Jesus on his knowledge of the bible since John was always studying the bible with his father who was a priest in the temple in Jerusalem. “Little Jeshua, who freed the Jews from the Egyptian Pharaoh?” John asked. Jesus responded quickly, “Moses.” “Good, now where did our Jewish forefathers spend 500 years in captivity?” Jesus thought for a second and said, “Babylon.” This game would go on for hours until the boys tired of the game and sought other entertainment. They were the best of friends each year at Passover time and when the Passover Festival was over they both returned to their towns. John returned with his family to Hebron that was south of Jerusalem and Jesus and his family returned north to Nazareth in Galilee.

 

After returning from the Passover feast John’s father Zechariah took John aside and said “It is time for your formal religious education to begin my son.” “I have asked Rabbi Slocum to spend time with you each week learning the bible and the torah,” Zechariah said. “This will prepare you for your coming of age ceremony at age twelve in a few years,” Zechariah went on to say. “Thank you father, I welcome the learning Rabbi Slocum will provide me. And so from that day forward John received formal religious training several times a week. He was a bright student and always asking questions.

 

One day John said to Rabbi Slocum, “who are the Essenes, Rabbi?” Rabbi Slocum an older man with a long white beard and a large distinctive nose and beady little eyes thought about the question for a moment and then replied,” they are Jewish brethren that seek the truth in Judaism and live in communities away from Jerusalem.” “Are they Pharisees or scribes,” John asked? “No John, they are Jews that want to live a life of purity and follow the old traditions of Judaism,” Rabbi Slocum replied. “I have heard that they live in the desert by the Dead Sea,” John commented. “Yes they live in Qumram near the Dead Sea and they follow a person called the ‘enlightened one,’” Rabbi Slocum responded. “Now let us get back to our studies,” Rabbi Slocum asked.

 

From early on John had an interest in the Essene community and what they were doing out on the edge of the desert near the Dead Sea. He had seen the Essenes one Passover coming as a community to worship in the Temple during the Passover Holiday. They looked like any other person in Jerusalem but dressed a little differently with their robes that were bright in color.

 

At age twelve, John was ready for the ‘coming of age ceremony,’ to be held in the temple in Jerusalem because his father Zechariah was a Priest in the temple and this gave him special privilege. Joseph of Nazareth and all of their other cousins and family were invited to the ceremony. John was to do several readings that Rabbi Slocum had prepared him for. The ceremony went well, and one of Zechariah’s friends who was a priest, and Rabbi Slocum were the leaders of the ceremony. Now John was officially a member of the local synagogue, and Hebrew member of the state of Israel, and an adult Jew. It was a great moment for John because it showed his father that he was ready for greater things perhaps as a priest or maybe a prophet as the Angel of the Lord had decreed when he was born?

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The Essene Book of Discipline from the Dead Sea Scrolls, for reference

 

The Dead Sea Scrolls: A New Translation
by: Michael Wise Martin Abegg, Jr. Edward Cook
HarperSanFrancisco
1996

 

Book of Discipline

 

 

 

Col. 1

A text belonging to [the Instructor, who is to teach the Ho]ly Ones how to live according to the book of the Yahad’s Rule. He is to teach them to seek God with all their heart and with all their soul, to do that which is good and upright before Him, just as He commanded through Moses and all His servants the prophets. He is to teach them to love everything He chose and to hate everything He rejected, to distance themselves from all evil and to hold fast to all good deeds; to practice truth, justice, and righteousness in the land, and to walk no longer in a guilty, willful heart and lustful desires, wherein they did every evil thing. He is to induct all who volunteer to live by the laws of God into the Covenant of Mercy, so as to be joined to God’s society and walk faultless before Him, according to all that has been revealed for the times appointed them. He is to teach them both to love all the Children of Light–each commensurate with his rightful place in the council of God–and to hate all the Children of Darkness, each commensurate with his guilt stand the vengeance due him from God.

All who volunteer for His truth are to bring the full measure of their knowledge. strength, and wealth into the Yahad of God. Thus will they purify their knowledge in the verity of God’s laws, properly excercise their strength according to the perfection of His ways, and likewise their wealth by the canon of His righteous counsel. They are not to deviate in the smallest detail from any of God’s words as these apply to their own nme. They are neither to advance their holy times nor to postpone any of their prescribed festivals. They shall turn aside from His unerring laws neither to the right nor the left.

Rules for the conduct of the community. In the first section the rules are general and abstract.

Col. 5

This is the rule for the men of the Yahad who volunteer to repent from all evil and to hold test to all that He, by His good will, has commanded.

They are to separate from the congregation of perverse men. They are to come together as one with respect to Law and wealth. Their discussions shall be under the oversight of the Sons of Zadok–priests and preservers of the Covenant–and according to the majority rule of the men of the Yahad, who hold fast to the Covenant. These men shall guide all decisions on matters of Law, money, and judgment.

They are to practice truth together with humility, charity, justice, loving-kindness, and modesty in all their ways. Accordingly, none will continue in a willful heart and thus be seduced, not by his heart, neither by his eyes nor yet by his lower nature. Together they shall circumcise the foreskin of this nature, this stiff neck, and so establish a foundation of truth for Israel–that is to say, for the Yahad of the Eternal Covenant. They are to atone for all those in Aaron who volunteer for holiness, and for those in Israel who belong to truth, and for Gentile proselytes who join them in community. Both by trial and by verdict they are to condemn any who transgress a regulation.

General principles of organization intended to govern the various local chapters of the Community in their joint meals and study of the Bible.

By these rules they are to govern themselves wherever they dwell, in acccordance with each legal finding that bears upon communal life. Inferiors must obey their ranking superiors as regards work and wealth. They shall eat, pray, and deliberate communally.Wherever ten men belonging to the society of the Yahad are gathered, a priest must always be present. The men shall sit before the priest by rank, and in that manner their opinions will be sought on any matter.When the table has been set for eating or the new wine readied for drinking, it is the priest who shall stretch out his hand first, blessing the first portion of the bread or the new wine. In any place where is gathered the ten-man quorum, someone must always be engaged in study of the Law, day and night, continually, each one taking his turn. The general membership will be diligent together for the first third of every night of the year, reading aloud from the Book, interpreting Scripture, and praying together.

The purpose of tlie community, its manfesto, is reiterated. This statement ends by looking forward to the arrival of a prophet–perhaps the “prophet like Moses” predicted by the book of Dueteronomy, or perhaps a herald such as John the Baptist became for early Christians–and two messiahs, one priestly and one presumably in the royal line of David.

When, united by all these precepts, such men as these come to be a community in Israel, they shall establish eternal truth guided by the instruction of His holy spirit. They shall atone for the guilt of transgression and the rebellion of sin, becoming an acceptable sacrifice for the land through the flesh of burnt offerings. the fat of sacrificial portions, and prayer, becoming–as it were–justice itself, a sweet savor of righteousness and blameless behavior, a pleasing freewill offering. At that time the men of the Yahad shall withdraw, the holy house of Aaron uniting as a Holy of Holies, and the synagogue of Israel as those who walk blamelessly. The sons of Aaron alone shall have authority in judicial and financial matters. They shall decide on governing precepts tor the men of theYahad and on money matters for the holy men who walk blamelessly. Their wealth is not to be admired with that of rebellious men, who have failed to cleanse their path by separating from perversity and walking blamelessly. They shall deviate trom none of the teachings of the Law, whereby they would walk in their willful heart completely. They shall govern themselves using the original precepts by which the men of the Yahad began to be instructed, doing so until there come the Prophet and the Messiahs of Aaron and Israel.

The Dead Sea Scrolls a new translation. (c) 1996 by Michael Wise, Martin Abegg, Jr., and Edward Cook. Reprinted by arrangement with Harper San Francisco, an imprint of Harper Collins Publishers, Inc.

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Chapter   4 – The Essenes from the novel, “Jesus and John,” by Dr Pelham Mead iii

 

Mary went to the central market one day when Jesus was 14 year of age. While at the central market in Nazareth a man approached her, and asked, “pardon me madam, but is your name Mary the wife of Joseph of Nazareth. “Yes, I am, who are you,” Mary asked? “I am Simon of Nazareth,” the man responded. “I am one of the leaders of the Mount Carmel Essene community. My family and I live in Nazareth, but conduct our worship services on Mount Carmel,” Simon said.  “ What is your business with me,” Mary asked. “ I would like to meet with your husband, Joseph the builder regarding some repairs to my house in Nazareth. “We live four blocks down this road on the right side. You will see a sign hanging in front of our house,” Mary responded. “My husband and my sons are working there now if you wish to see him today,” Mary said. “Thank you Mary,” Simon answered.  After their exchange, Simon headed down the street that Mary pointed to where her husband had his workshop.

 

When Simon came to the house of Joseph, he noticed a young man outside cutting a log. “Can you tell me where I can find Joseph the builder,” Simon asked?  The young man was Jesus, and he answered, “he is inside stranger.” Simon knocked on the door, and called inside for Joseph. A few minutes later Joseph came out and greeted Simon. “ Joseph, I am Simon of Nazareth, and I have a home on the other side of Nazareth which requires some roof repair,” Simon said. “I have many jobs this week,” Joseph replied. “I can come to your house next week to assess the damage to your roof and what it will cost to repair it,” Joseph responded. “Fine,” said Simon.  “My home is on the road of Olives, and it located on the corner of the street,” Simon said. “I look forward to your visit,” Simon replied. They shook hands, and Simon walked off down the street. “What did the stranger want, “ Jesus asked. “He has a roof that requires repair,” Joseph said.

 

Two weeks afterward Joseph, James, Jesus and Joses all headed to the other side of Nazareth to repair Simons house on Olive road. Together they carried two ladders and their tools. The house of Simon was easy to find and Joseph had James and Jesus set the ladders up against the roof to inspect the damage.

“How bad is the damage,“ Joseph asked Jesus and James.  “It looks like we will have to replace some of the beams with new wood, and then put in a roof over the hole in the roof,” Jesus yelled down to his father. Joseph and Simon came to reasonable terms for the repair of the roof for the wood and covering plus labor. “We can begin tomorrow, “ Joseph told Simon. “That would be wonderful,” Simon replied. “My sons and I have to purchase some wood from Lebanon, and supplies and bring them to your house tomorrow,” Joseph stated. “Come my sons let us go to the market, and see if we can find a dealer in Lebanon wood,” Joseph remarked.

 

The next day Joseph and his sons returned and began to work on removing the rotted wood on the roof. They started early to avoid the broiling midday Judean sun. While James and Jesus were up on the roof, Simon and Joseph stood on the ground below. “What do you do for a livelihood,” Joseph asked Simon. “ “I buy and sell cloth at the market,” Simon replied. “I have not seen you at the Synagogue,” Joseph said. Simon replied, “I am a leader of the Mount Carmel Essenes community.”  “Really, what is the Essene community all about,” Joseph asked. “We prepare ourselves for the coming of the Messiah,” Simon answered.  “I have heard of your community, many of whom live in tents on Mount Carmel,” Joseph said.  “Yes, some of our communities seek solitude on Mount Carmel to pray, and study the Torah and the bible. “We welcome anyone to come and join our community or visit with our community in prayer, “Simon said.

When Joseph returned home that day he mentioned to Mary that he had met an Essene Jew. Mary asked, “What do these Essene do?”   “I am not sure,” Joseph said. “They worship God on Mount Carmel, and some of them live in tents on sacred ground, and that is all I know,” Joseph replied.  “How strange, why do they not come to our synagogue to worship as the rest of us do,” Mary questioned?  “I do not know,” Joseph remarked.

 

Six months later Mary and Jesus were in the marketplace shopping for food when Simon and his wife Ruth walked by and said “hello.“  Jesus asked his mother, “is that not the man called Simon that we repaired his roof.” “Yes, I think it is the man whom your father said was an Essene,” Mary replied. “What is an Essene mother,” Jesus asked?  “I do not really know my son. There is something mysterious about their movement. They are like the Pharisees and the Seduces whom study and practice in the temple. The Essenes prefer to worship outside of the temple on Holy ground on Mount Carmel,” Mary said. “John mention something about the Essene community at Qumram near the Dead Sea,” Jesus said.  After their discussion Mary purchased some greens and gave them to Jesus to carry.

 

“Several months later Jesus met a new friend at the synagogue. His name was Elisha of Nazareth, and he just happened to be the son of Simon of Nazareth whom Jesus had repaired his roof. Elisha and Jesus often discussed the Torah and the bible for many hours after visiting the synagogue. During one of their talks they were discussing what a Messiah was and whether one would ever come. Elisha invited Jesus to join him and his father in worship at Mount Carmel with the community of Essenes. Jesus accepted and was very curious to see what these Essenes were all about. After he told Elisha he would attend the worship service of the Essenes, Jesus mentioned it to his mother in passing. “Jesus my son, it might be good for you to see another approach to Judaism and learn from it. Do not tell your father however,” Mary said secretly.

 

The following Sabbath Jesus went up to the Mount Carmel Essene community after attending his own synagogue. It was a long one-hour walk to Mount Carmel for Jesus. As he approached the Mountain Jesus noticed many tents arranged in a large circle. This he knew must be where the Essenes were holding their worship service. As he came close to the tents Elisha came out to meet him and welcome him to the Essene community of Mount Carmel.

The Essenes were all dressed in white robes for the worship service, and many read from the Torah and the Old Testament, as was the same in Jesus’ synagogue. When the leader known as “the Enlightened One,” began to speak Jesus was mesmerized. The Enlightened One spoke very softly about the coming of the Messiah and how the Essene community by living the pure life might make ready for the Messiah. Jesus was most interested in this talk of a Messiah. It was a topic that he had never heard before in his own synagogue. After the service the Essenes sat down in small groups to discuss living the good life for God. Jesus and Elisha sat in one group of men and listened to the discussion. After they had some food and drink, Jesus returned home with many ideas in his head about the coming of the Messiah.

 

Jesus and Elisha became fast friends and Jesus continued to visit the Mount Carmel Essenes as often as he could. Eventually he told his father Joseph that he was attending the services at the Essene community. “If you find the Essene community to your liking son, they you have my support. Just beware of false prophets,” Joseph said to Jesus.

 

As the years went by Jesus asked Simon of Nazareth is he could formally be initiated into the Essene Community of Mount Carmel. Simon agreed to speak to his father Simon the leader of the Essenes for him. So, at age 18 Jesus began his formal initiation to the Essenes Community at Mount Carmel.

 

John his 2nd cousin had joined the Qumran Essene community a year before after his father Zechariah had died. The Qumran Essene community was located on the Dead Sea far out in the desert area of Judea. The Qumran community was more of a monastic community with spiritual purity and cleanliness of thought living a simple life in exile from the rest of the Jewish world.

 

Jesus being a Nazarene and a northerner of Galilee found a whole different philosophy with the Essenes of Mount Carmel. The Mount Carmel Essene community was not monastic, and some of the community lived in Nazareth and worship on Mount Carmel. Others of the community lived in tents on Mount Carmel. Mount Carmel was sacred ground, and only gardens or trees could be planted. No permanent structures or houses were permitted on Holy Ground. No trees could be chopped down or no one could kill anything there for food, not animals or birds. It was the prophet Elijah that made the mountain Holy Ground by making the mountain his home. It was here that Elijah built an altar of twelve stones (one for each tribe of Israel) on the mountain.  The Essenes established a divine school of holiness here in the tradition of Elijah. The Simon of Nazareth the Leader of the Essenes community taught the Essenes to prepare themselves through purity, dedication to the Torah, and deeply mystical spiritual life to receive the Messiah.

 

Eventually Mary and Joseph and their children followed Jesus’ lead and become members of the Mount Carmel Essene Community. Mary and Joseph were obsessed with the meaning of the coming of the son of man, and the messiah according to the Essenes who based a lot of their philosophy on the prophet Elijah.

 

Jesus was a good student and became well known in the Essene community for his understanding of the Torah, The scriptures, and The Book of Meditation. Jesus had to promise to Essene community to:

  • exercise piety before God,
  • observe justice before all,
  • do not harm to others,
  • despise wickedness and help the righteous,
  • show fidelity to all and those in authority,
  • not abuse authority,
  • show a simple of manner of dress,
  • love the truth and reprove those who lie,
  • never steal,
  • preserve the Holy Writings.

 

 

“Simon how do you know that the Messiah is coming in our time,” Jesus asked.  “ Because my son it is written that at the end of time a Messiah will come,” Simon answered.  “Stay true to your studies,” Simon encouraged Jesus.  “Your destiny may well lie in the studies of our Essene community,” Simon said. Mary had told Jesus many times about the Angel that foretold that Jesus would be a leader among men. Jesus knew that in some way, he must find his true destiny with God through study and prayer.  Mary also told Simon of Jesus supposed destiny. Simon took great interest in Jesus when he found that an Angel appeared to Mary before Jesus’ birth.

 

Jesus learned the power of prayer after hours of prayer, and meditation each day at the Essene community. His spiritual “eyes” were beginning to see a new meaning to life. The preparation of a good and simple life helped to prepare for the coming of the messiah. “Could this Messiah really save all the Jews from oppression,” Jesus asked himself?

 

 

As age twenty, Jesus was imitated into the Community of Essenes that worshipped on Mount Carmel. He had completed several years of study, and learned the Community Rule, the council of Holiness, and study of the Torah. He observed fasting, immersion in mikveh, kosher observance, and vegetarianism to live a purer life. He now had a choice of becoming a Scribe and studying with a Senior Scribe for several years. He chose to follow this path to his enlightenment. Becoming an Essene Scribe would help him to become an expert in the scriptures and the Torah.  Jesus was always a mild mannered young man who deeply believed that he had a destiny one day. He, being only human, lacked some self-confidence in becoming a Scribe. He hoped that in time he would be more self-confident and follow in the ways of the Lord.

 

 Jesus was required to give up his worldly possessions to the Essene community who would hold it in trust for him. At the end of the second year it was merged with the goods of the community. This was an opportunity Jesus could not pass up. He accepted the promise to life a pure life and became a Scribe for the Essene community. “I have little to give Master Simon,” Jesus said.  “Here are some personal items, and mementos my mother Mary kept from my childhood,” Jesus remarked. “it is enough that you give up worldly goods and distractions my son,” Simon said. “Come let me introduce you to the senior scribe under whom you will be studying. His name is Mathias and he has been in our community for over 40 years,” Simon said.  “Brother Mathias this is Jesus of Nazareth of whom I have told you great things,” Simon remarked. “He is about to enter into our program to become an Essene Scribe,” Simon said. “Welcome and God’s Peace be with you Jesus,” Mathias said to Jesus. “It is my honor teacher to learn in your presence,” Jesus remarked. And so it was that Jesus began his ministry as a Scribe. Now he would become more of an expert on the scriptures, the Torah, and the Book of Mediations. Mary and Joseph were very proud of Jesus’ accomplishments in the Essene community of Mount Carmel. He was fulfilling the prophecy that the Angel had predicted, “…a leader among men.”

 

One Sabbath Jesus noticed Elisha coming out of one of the tents in the Essene community. “God’s Peace Elisha,” Jesus shouted. “And peace be unto you brother Jesus,” Elisha said. “Where have you been lately Jesus,” Elisha asked?  “I have been deep in study with Mathias the Senior Scribe in my dedication to becoming an Essene Scribe and have had little time for anything else except prayer,” Jesus said.  “I am not old enough yet to become a scribe,” Elisha said.  “I have learned a great deal about the prophets and especially Elijah whom predicted the coming of the Messiah,” Jesus said. “You must come and join us in the seder and lead us in prayers,” Elija asked.  “I will try to come and see you and your father Simon in Nazareth when I have time,” Jesus promised.  “God go with you Jesus,” Elija said as he walked off down the Mount Carmel rocky road. At that time Jesus had hoped to finish his Scribe studies by the time he was 25.

 

At the age of 28 Jesus could begin rabbinical studies with twelve men, and three priests. This was Jesus’ ultimate mission to become a rabbi and preacher for the Essene community.  Jesus would then study the Holy Writings that God warned ‘Ezra’ to only “show the wise.”  These writings would include the “Book of Jasher,” “The book of Enoch,” and others. After two years at age thirty, Jesus would be set apart as a rabbi of the Essene Community.  So it was, and so it was recorded that Jesus after baptism by John the Baptist began his ministry at age 30. Never did he mention in public or private that he was a trained and active member of the Mount Carmel Essene community. Jesus had the Essenes to thank for his preparation for his ministry, and for his understanding of “the son of man,” and the Messiah to come. He had his mentors Simon the Essene and Mathias the Essene teachers to always turn to when he doubted himself. Simon and Mathias instilled in Jesus the importance of the end of time and the coming of the “Righteous Teacher and the Messiah.” No one could be as well prepared in the knowledge of the scriptures as Jesus was, thanks to Simon the Essene and Mathias the Essene.  In time Simon would tell Jesus that it was time for him to go out and be baptized by John the Baptist to certify the beginning of his Essene minded mission. Jesus obeyed Simon and at the age of 29 he went to the Jordan river to be baptized. He spoke first with him mother Mary about his seeking a ministry and she agreed.

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The Baptism of Jesus by John

The Baptism of Jesus by John

Stainglass of Jesus and John the Baptist in the Jordan river when John baptized Jesus