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PAPER 127 - THE ADOLESCENT YEARS

 

 

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P.1395 - §1 As Jesus entered upon his adolescent years, he found himself the head and sole support of a large family. Within a few years after his father's death all their property was gone. As time passed, he became increasingly conscious of his pre-existence; at the same time he began more fully to realize that he was present on earth and in the flesh for the express purpose of revealing his Paradise Father to the children of men.

 

P.1395 - §2 No adolescent youth who has lived or ever will live on this world or any other world has had or ever will have more weighty problems to resolve or more intricate difficulties to untangle. No youth of Urantia will ever be called upon to pass through more testing conflicts or more trying situations than Jesus himself endured during those strenuous years from fifteen to twenty.

 

P.1395 - §3 Having thus tasted the actual experience of living these adolescent years on a world beset by evil and distraught by sin, the Son of Man became possessed of full knowledge about the life experience of the youth of all the realms of Nebadon, and thus forever he became the understanding refuge for the distressed and perplexed adolescents of all ages and on all worlds throughout the local universe.

 

P.1395 - §4 Slowly, but certainly and by actual experience, this divine Son is earning the right to become sovereign of his universe, the unquestioned and supreme ruler of all created intelligences on all local universe worlds, the understanding refuge of the beings of all ages and of all degrees of personal endowment and experience.

 

 

 

 

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Greetings Menno, Carolyn, NelsonG, Alina, Carola, Fellow Students, Forum Friends, Members and Guests!

 

Welcome to the opening OPAD presentation of Paper 127. It is average length (11 pages), and full of unknown stories about the latter days of Jesus' upbringing in Nazareth.

 

This Paper reveals that the family remained poor during this time, that they were forced to sell their last property. But that doesn't stop Joshua from teaching Mary a better way to raise his eight siblings. We learn something of his physical appearance, "he was a virile and comely youth". But the most poignant story, perhaps in all his pre-adult life, is that of a beautiful young woman who falls in love with this unusual man, and who must suffer his rejection. At some point prior, he decided not to marry. And already he knows what his life is to be about:

...he began more fully to realize that he was present on earth and in the flesh for the express purpose of revealing his Paradise Father to the children of men....
P.1395 - 1

 

 

We are so fortunate to have 60 pages about Jesus' upbringing. At 15 he's already light years ahead of most of his contemporaries in everything except age. And he is piling on the experiences that will serve him the rest of his earth life, even earn him the unchallengeable right as Nebadon's sovereign. From age 15 to 20 he becomes the universe model for successful passage through those wrenching adjustments and major tumults that always accompany adolescence:

 

...No youth of Urantia will ever be called upon to pass through more testing conflicts or more trying situations than Jesus himself endured during those strenuous years from fifteen to twenty....
P.1395 - 2

 

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Overview of Paper 127.
The Adolescent Years

 

This group of papers [121-196] was sponsored by a commission of twelve Urantia midwayers acting under the supervision of a Melchizedek revelatory director. The basis of this narrative was supplied by a secondary midwayer who was onetime assigned to the superhuman watchcare of the Apostle Andrew.

 

 

 

In tomorrow's reading this energetic, caring, incarnated God/brother/father works, and works hard. Unlike some, he never runs out of work, as a craftsman or a parent. Section 1 is titled: THE SIXTEENTH YEAR (A.D. 10)

 

 

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PAPER 127 - THE ADOLESCENT YEARS

 

 

1. THE SIXTEENTH YEAR (A.D. 10)

 

 

P.1395 - §5 The incarnated Son passed through infancy and experienced an uneventful childhood. Then he emerged from that testing and trying transition stage between childhood and young manhood--he became the adolescent Jesus.

 

P.1395 - §6 This year he attained his full physical growth. He was a virile and comely youth. He became increasingly sober and serious, but he was kind and sympathetic. His eye was kind but searching; his smile was always engaging and reassuring. His voice was musical but authoritative; his greeting cordial but unaffected. Always, even in the most commonplace of contacts, there seemed to be in evidence the touch of a twofold nature, the human and the divine. Ever he displayed this combination of the sympathizing friend and the authoritative teacher. And these personality traits began early to become manifest, even in these adolescent years.

 

P.1395 - §7 This physically strong and robust youth also acquired the full growth of his human intellect, not the full experience of human thinking but the fullness of capacity for such intellectual development. He possessed a healthy and well-proportioned body, a keen and analytical mind, a kind and sympathetic disposition, a somewhat fluctuating but aggressive temperament, all of which were becoming organized into a strong, striking, and attractive personality.

 

 

P.1396 - §1 As time went on, it became more difficult for his mother and his brothers and sisters to understand him; they stumbled over his sayings and misinterpreted his doings. They were all unfitted to comprehend their eldest brother's life because their mother had given them to understand that he was destined to become the deliverer of the Jewish people. After they had received from Mary such intimations as family secrets, imagine their confusion when Jesus would make frank denials of all such ideas and intentions.

 

 

P.1396 - §2 This year Simon started to school, and they were compelled to sell another house. James now took charge of the teaching of his three sisters, two of whom were old enough to begin serious study. As soon as Ruth grew up, she was taken in hand by Miriam and Martha. Ordinarily the girls of Jewish families received little education, but Jesus maintained (and his mother agreed) that girls should go to school the same as boys, and since the synagogue school would not receive them, there was nothing to do but conduct a home school especially for them.

 

P.1396 - §3 Throughout this year Jesus was closely confined to the workbench. Fortunately he had plenty of work; his was of such a superior grade that he was never idle no matter how slack work might be in that region. At times he had so much to do that James would help him.

 

P.1396 - §4 By the end of this year he had just about made up his mind that he would, after rearing his family and seeing them married, enter publicly upon his work as a teacher of truth and as a revealer of the heavenly Father to the world. He knew he was not to become the expected Jewish Messiah, and he concluded that it was next to useless to discuss these matters with his mother; he decided to allow her to entertain whatever ideas she might choose since all he had said in the past had made little or no impression upon her and he recalled that his father had never been able to say anything that would change her mind. From this year on he talked less and less with his mother, or anyone else, about these problems. His was such a peculiar mission that no one living on earth could give him advice concerning its prosecution.

 

P.1396 - §5 He was a real though youthful father to the family; he spent every possible hour with the youngsters, and they truly loved him. His mother grieved to see him work so hard; she sorrowed that he was day by day toiling at the carpenter's bench earning a living for the family instead of being, as they had so fondly planned, at Jerusalem studying with the rabbis. While there was much about her son that Mary could not understand, she did love him, and she most thoroughly appreciated the willing manner in which he shouldered the responsibility of the home.

 

 

 

 

 

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Good Sunday Carolyn, Carola, Fellow Students, Forum Friends, Members and Guests,

 

The celestial standard for what is "uneventful" must be very high!

...The incarnated Son passed through infancy and experienced an uneventful childhood....P.1395 - 5

 

He is threatened with death from his day of birth, a messenger from Salvington visits him, at 12 he lectures the elders at the temple, his father dies in his prime, and he becomes the father of eight with no wife and without personal procreation. That's uneventful :D

 

 

Even though we can't see his face, the authors paint a word picture of Jesus. In today's reading the Midwayers say he was:

...a virile and comely youth.... P.1395 - 6

 

Comely is word not much heard today. And it is usually applied to a woman, but serves both genders in its purest meaning:

 

Pleasant to look at, attractive, agreeable; suitable, handsome, pretty, good-looking, lovely, beautiful.

...His eye was kind but searching; his smile was always engaging and reassuring. His voice was musical but authoritative....
P.1395 - 6

 

His unusual voice is also mentioned in Paper 154:6:

...they heard his musical voice speak with increased volume: "Say to my mother and my brothers that they should have no fear for me...." P.1722 - 1

 

Regarding his appearance, from 141:3:

...The pictures of Jesus have been most unfortunate. These paintings of the Christ have exerted a deleterious influence on youth; the temple merchants would hardly have fled before Jesus if he had been such a man as your artists usually have depicted.... P.1590 - 1

 

The Midwayers give us yet more about his appearance and bearing in today's reading:

...This physically strong and robust youth also acquired the full growth of his human intellect...He possessed a healthy and well-proportioned body, a keen and analytical mind.... P.1395 - 7

 

It's somewhat surprising isn't it, that there was no interference from nosy neighbors and picky priests when Jesus and Mary dared to educate his little sisters? Being from liberal, renegade Nazareth might have helped in this regard:

...and since the synagogue school would not receive them, there was nothing to do but conduct a home school especially for them.... P.1396 - 2

 

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Can't you see Jesus working away hour by hour, day by day, turning out fine products?

...Throughout this year Jesus was closely confined to the workbench. Fortunately he had plenty of work; his was of such a superior grade that he was never idle.... P.1396 - 3

 

And while he is at this bench, polishing, shaping, shaving, cutting wood and leather, he is thinking about a future ministry when all family obligations are fulfilled:

...By the end of this year he had just about made up his mind that he would, after rearing his family and seeing them married, enter publicly upon his work as a teacher of truth and as a revealer of the heavenly Father to the world.... P.1396 - 4

 

 

He may have worked hard and long for the maintenance of his beloved family, at least he didn't have to attend the school at Jerusalem, thus ending a dream of Mary's:

...she sorrowed that he was day by day toiling at the carpenter's bench earning a living for the family instead of being, as they had so fondly planned, at Jerusalem studying with the rabbis.... P.1396 - 5

 

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It would be difficult to capture in a painting or photo, but there is little doubt in my mind that the most appealing thing about this young man, this God incarnate, was his character, his unflagging devotion and divine manner of being--even if he did no miracles to impress his confused and adoring mother:

...she did love him, and she most thoroughly appreciated the willing manner in which he shouldered the responsibility of the home.... P.1396 - 5

 

 

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Jesus is reaching the age that worldly affairs become a concern. Tomorrow's reading tells of his brush with politics, rightful taxation, popular rebellion, duty to state and family. Section 2 is titled: THE SEVENTEENTH YEAR (A.D. 11

 

 

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Overview of Paper 127.
The Adolescent Years

 

This group of papers [121-196] was sponsored by a commission of twelve Urantia midwayers acting under the supervision of a Melchizedek revelatory director. The basis of this narrative was supplied by a secondary midwayer who was onetime assigned to the superhuman watchcare of the Apostle Andrew.

 

 

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Welcome to UAI Forum's One-Page-A-Day Online Study Session

 

 

Today's Presentation:

 

 

PAPER 127 - THE ADOLESCENT YEARS

 

 

2. THE SEVENTEENTH YEAR (A.D. 11)

 

 

[Part 1 of 2]

 

 

P.1396 - §6 At about this time there was considerable agitation, especially at Jerusalem and in Judea, in favor of rebellion against the payment of taxes to Rome. There was coming into existence a strong nationalist party, presently to be called the Zealots. The Zealots, unlike the Pharisees, were not willing to await the coming of the Messiah. They proposed to bring things to a head through political revolt.

 

P.1396 - §7 A group of organizers from Jerusalem arrived in Galilee and were making good headway until they reached Nazareth. When they came to see Jesus, he listened carefully to them and asked many questions but refused to join the party. He declined fully to disclose his reasons for not enlisting, and his refusal had the effect of keeping out many of his youthful fellows in Nazareth.

 

P.1397 - §1 Mary did her best to induce him to enlist, but she could not budge him. She went so far as to intimate that his refusal to espouse the nationalist cause at her behest was insubordination, a violation of his pledge made upon their return from Jerusalem that he would be subject to his parents; but in answer to this insinuation he only laid a kindly hand on her shoulder and, looking into her face, said: "My mother, how could you?" And Mary withdrew her statement.

 

P.1397 - §2 One of Jesus' uncles (Mary's brother Simon) had already joined this group, subsequently becoming an officer in the Galilean division. And for several years there was something of an estrangement between Jesus and his uncle.

 

P.1397 - §3 But trouble began to brew in Nazareth. Jesus' attitude in these matters had resulted in creating a division among the Jewish youths of the city. About half had joined the nationalist organization, and the other half began the formation of an opposing group of more moderate patriots, expecting Jesus to assume the leadership. They were amazed when he refused the honor offered him, pleading as an excuse his heavy family responsibilities, which they all allowed. But the situation was still further complicated when, presently, a wealthy Jew, Isaac, a moneylender to the gentiles, came forward agreeing to support Jesus' family if he would lay down his tools and assume leadership of these Nazareth patriots.

 

P.1397 - §4 Jesus, then scarcely seventeen years of age, was confronted with one of the most delicate and difficult situations of his early life. Patriotic issues, especially when complicated by tax-gathering foreign oppressors, are always difficult for spiritual leaders to relate themselves to, and it was doubly so in this case since the Jewish religion was involved in all this agitation against Rome.

 

P.1397 - §5 Jesus' position was made more difficult because his mother and uncle, and even his younger brother James, all urged him to join the nationalist cause. All the better Jews of Nazareth had enlisted, and those young men who had not joined the movement would all enlist the moment Jesus changed his mind. He had but one wise counselor in all Nazareth, his old teacher, the chazan, who counseled him about his reply to the citizens' committee of Nazareth when they came to ask for his answer to the public appeal which had been made. In all Jesus' young life this was the very first time he had consciously resorted to public strategy. Theretofore, always had he depended upon a frank statement of truth to clarify the situation, but now he could not declare the full truth. He could not intimate that he was more than a man; he could not disclose his idea of the mission which awaited his attainment of a riper manhood. Despite these limitations his religious fealty and national loyalty were directly challenged. His family was in a turmoil, his youthful friends in division, and the entire Jewish contingent of the town in a hubbub. And to think that he was to blame for it all! And how innocent he had been of all intention to make trouble of any kind, much less a disturbance of this sort.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Good Day Carolyn, Carola, Fellow Students, Forum Friends, Members and Guests,

 

The Zealots are fairly well known in history, in fact their name became a common English word indicating excessive passion and fervor. But they were doomed to terrible and complete defeat from the beginning by the much more powerful and organized Roman army that destroyed all rebels, except those who killed themselves at Masada:

 

Zealotry was originally a political movement in 1st century Second Temple Judaism which sought to incite the people of Judaea Province to rebel against the Roman Empire and expel it from the Holy Land by force of arms, most notably during the Great Jewish Revolt (66-70). Zealotry was described by Josephus as one of the "four sects" at this time.

 

...The Zealots had the leading role in the Jewish Revolt of 66. They succeeded in taking over Jerusalem, and held it until 70, when the son of Roman Emperor Vespasian, Titus, retook the city and destroyed Herod's Temple during the destruction of Jerusalem.

 

The Zealots objected to Roman rule and violently sought to eradicate it by generally targeting Romans and Greeks. Zealots who engaged in violence against other Jews were called the Sicarii They raided Jewish habitations and killed Jews they considered apostate and collaborators, while also urging Jews to fight Romans and other Jews for the cause. Josephus paints a very bleak picture of their activities as they instituted what he characterized as a murderous "reign of terror" prior to the Jewish Temple's destruction.

 

According to Josephus, the Zealots followed John of Gischala, who had fought the Romans in Galilee, escaped, came to Jerusalem, and then inspired the locals to a fanatical position that led to the Temple's destruction.

 

About the Zealots final defeat:

 

After the destruction of Jerusalem and the Second Temple in AD 70, 960 Zealots under the lead of Elazar ben Yair took refuge by capturing the Roman fortress of Masada and taking no prisoners. Rome sent the 10th Legion to retake the stronghold, but it failed for three years. It is estimated that they took over 1,000 casualties in the process. The Zealots held the fortress even after the Romans invented new types of siege engines. Finally, in the third year of the siege, 73, The Romans completed a massive earthwork siege ramp up one face of the mountain on which Masada sat. This allowed them to bring the full strength of their siege to bear and penetrate the walls, a feat impossible before due to the topography of the mountain itself. When the Romans stormed in to capture the Zealots, they found that the fighters and their families had all committed suicide.

 

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Statue of Simon the Zealot by Hermann Schievelbein at the roof of the Helsinki Cathedral.

 

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One of the most famous zealots was Simon, Jesus' apostle. There is a whole Section about him in Paper 139:11:

...Although Simon was a rabid revolutionist, a fearless firebrand of agitation, he gradually subdued his fiery nature until he became a powerful and effective preacher of "Peace on earth and good will among men." Simon was a great debater; he did like to argue. And when it came to dealing with the legalistic minds of the educated Jews or the intellectual quibblings of the Greeks, the task was always assigned to Simon.

 

...He was a rebel by nature and an iconoclast by training, but Jesus won him for the higher concepts of the kingdom of heaven. He had always identified himself with the party of protest, but he now joined the party of progress, unlimited and eternal progression of spirit and truth. Simon was a man of intense loyalties and warm personal devotions, and he did profoundly love Jesus.... P.1565 - 3

 

 

What a heavy load to push off on this innocent 17 year old. His mother, his uncle, his brother, and half the town all urging, even demanding, his participation in a local rebellion. Thank goodness for one ally:

...He had but one wise counselor in all Nazareth, his old teacher, the chazan, who counseled him about his reply to the citizens' committee of Nazareth....
P.1397 - 5

 

He is being forced to choose between family and nation, even being bribed! No matter which he chooses, someone is going to be upset. One choice leads to God's will, the other doesn't. His family and nation are calling him to war and blood, his Father to love and ministry. In tomorrow's reading, part 2 of Section 2: THE SEVENTEENTH YEAR (A.D. 11) he declares his choice, and settles the matter of military service, "for the time being".

 

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Overview of Paper 127.
The Adolescent Years

 

This group of papers [121-196] was sponsored by a commission of twelve Urantia midwayers acting under the supervision of a Melchizedek revelatory director. The basis of this narrative was supplied by a secondary midwayer who was onetime assigned to the superhuman watchcare of the Apostle Andrew.

 

 

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Welcome to UAI Forum's One-Page-A-Day Online Study Session

 

 

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PAPER 127 - THE ADOLESCENT YEARS

 

 

2. THE SEVENTEENTH YEAR (A.D. 11)

 

 

[Part 2 of 2]

 

 

P.1397 - §6 Something had to be done. He must state his position, and this he did bravely and diplomatically to the satisfaction of many, but not all. He adhered to the terms of his original plea, maintaining that his first duty was to his family, that a widowed mother and eight brothers and sisters needed something more than mere money could buy--the physical necessities of life--that they were entitled to a father's watchcare and guidance, and that he could not in clear conscience release himself from the obligation which a cruel accident had thrust upon him. He paid compliment to his mother and eldest brother for being willing to release him but reiterated that loyalty to a dead father forbade his leaving the family no matter how much money was forthcoming for their material support, making his never-to-be-forgotten statement that "money cannot love." In the course of this address Jesus made several veiled references to his "life mission" but explained that, regardless of whether or not it might be inconsistent with the military idea, it, along with everything else in his life, had been given up in order that he might be able to discharge faithfully his obligation to his family. Everyone in Nazareth well knew he was a good father to his family, and this was a matter so near the heart of every noble Jew that Jesus' plea found an appreciative response in the hearts of many of his hearers; and some of those who were not thus minded were disarmed by a speech made by James, which, while not on the program, was delivered at this time. That very day the chazan had rehearsed James in his speech, but that was their secret.

 

P.1398 - §1 James stated that he was sure Jesus would help to liberate his people if he (James) were only old enough to assume responsibility for the family, and that, if they would only consent to allow Jesus to remain "with us, to be our father and teacher, then you will have not just one leader from Joseph's family, but presently you will have five loyal nationalists, for are there not five of us boys to grow up and come forth from our brother-father's guidance to serve our nation?" And thus did the lad bring to a fairly happy ending a very tense and threatening situation.

 

P.1398 - §2 The crisis for the time being was over, but never was this incident forgotten in Nazareth. The agitation persisted; not again was Jesus in universal favor; the division of sentiment was never fully overcome. And this, augmented by other and subsequent occurrences, was one of the chief reasons why he moved to Capernaum in later years. Henceforth Nazareth maintained a division of sentiment regarding the Son of Man.

 

 

P.1398 - §3 James graduated at school this year and began full-time work at home in the carpenter shop. He had become a clever worker with tools and now took over the making of yokes and plows while Jesus began to do more house finishing and expert cabinet work.

 

 

P.1398 - §4 This year Jesus made great progress in the organization of his mind. Gradually he had brought his divine and human natures together, and he accomplished all this organization of intellect by the force of his own decisions and with only the aid of his indwelling Monitor, just such a Monitor as all normal mortals on all postbestowal-Son worlds have within their minds. So far, nothing supernatural had happened in this young man's career except the visit of a messenger, dispatched by his elder brother Immanuel, who once appeared to him during the night at Jerusalem.

 

 

 

 

 

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Greetings Carolyn, Alina, Menno, Carola, Fellow Students, Forum Friends, Members and Visitors,

 

Now we begin to see the beginnings of the great and lasting divisions between those who believed in him and those who did not, all because of a local patriotic issue. And once again, the Nazareth chazan helped save the day:

...and some of those who were not thus minded were disarmed by a speech made by James, which, while not on the program, was delivered at this time. That very day the chazan had rehearsed James in his speech, but that was their secret....
P.1397 - 6

 

But the spiritual highlight of this episode has to be these three words spoken by Jesus:

"...money cannot love...." P.1397 - 6

 

His fatherly duty trumps all military obligations. This idea came right down to the 20th century. While I was drafted in 1967, my contemporaries with a wife and dependent children were given deferments.

 

 

About this little speech from James:

...James stated that he was sure Jesus would help to liberate his people if he (James) were only old enough to assume responsibility for the family, and that, if they would only consent to allow Jesus to remain "with us, to be our father and teacher, then you will have not just one leader from Joseph's family, but presently you will have five loyal nationalists, for are there not five of us boys to grow up and come forth from our brother-father's guidance to serve our nation?"
P.1398 - 1

 

I don't recall reading that any of Jesus' brothers actually did join the cause upon attaining maturity.

 

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...And this, augmented by other and subsequent occurrences, was one of the chief reasons why he moved to Capernaum in later years....
P.1398 - 2

 

This map shows the location of Capernaum in relation to Nazareth:

 

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This one gives an idea of the distance between them:

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This Biblical times map has a bit more detail:

 

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Capernaum was a small town on the W shore of the Sea of Galilee right on the highway which went from the Mediterranean coast to Damascus. It had a small port for the many fishermen who had lived there. Capernaum was mentioned in Roman and Jewish sources. There is rarely a city mentioned more often in the N.T. than Capernaum. Jesus traveled there from Nazareth, to the borders of Zebulun and Naphtali, and found his first disciples, Andrew, Peter, and the two sons of Zebedee (Matt 4:13-22). He taught in their synagogue (Jn 6:24-59), and it was here that Peter found the coin from the mouth of the fish, upon the command of Jesus, to pay the tax-gatherers (Matt 17:24-27). He resided for a time at Peters house in Capernaum, teaching and healing the sick (Lk 4:31-41). Once He had left, He rebuked the city for their unbelief (Lk 10:15).

 

Capernaum was described in other sources as a seat of "minim" which means sectarians. Recently there have been excavations that have uncovered the 2-story synagogue. It was of a beautiful ornamented style cut in limestone, rather than the typical black basalt seen around the area, and was 65 feet long. The carved stone ornamentation depicted stylized plants, fruits, 5-pointed stars, geometric motifs, and even mythological figures. Their were also dedicatory inscriptions written in Aramaic and Greek.

 

Today, near the synagogue, there is an octagonal Byzantine church with a mosaic floor built upon the site believed to be the house of Peter. Recent excavations beneath this church has revealed houses dating back to the first century. Some believe that one of these houses could very well be the house of Peter.

 

John 6:24-27 "when the people therefore saw that Jesus was not there, nor His disciples, they also got into boats and came to Capernaum, seeking Jesus. 25 And when they found Him on the other side of the sea, they said to Him, "Rabbi, when did You come here?" 26 Jesus answered them and said, "Most assuredly, I say to you, you seek Me, not because you saw the signs, but because you ate of the loaves and were filled."

 

See Matt. 4:13; Mark 1:21; Luke 4:31; John 2:12

 

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The only italics in today's reading point directly at the same process of choosing, the same "value sorter" that we all must look to, our Thought Adjuster, our Mystery Monitor:

...and he accomplished all this organization of intellect by the force of his own
decisions
and with only the aid of his indwelling Monitor....
P.1398 - 4

 

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In tomorrow's reading, part 1 of Section 3: THE EIGHTEENTH YEAR (A.D. 12) Jesus and James take a break from work, they journey on foot to Jerusalem for Passover.

 

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Overview of Paper 127.
The Adolescent Years

 

This group of papers [121-196] was sponsored by a commission of twelve Urantia midwayers acting under the supervision of a Melchizedek revelatory director. The basis of this narrative was supplied by a secondary midwayer who was onetime assigned to the superhuman watchcare of the Apostle Andrew.

 

 

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PAPER 127 - THE ADOLESCENT YEARS

 

 

3. THE EIGHTEENTH YEAR (A.D. 12)

 

[Part 1 of 2]

 

 

P.1398 - §5 In the course of this year all the family property, except the home and garden, was disposed of. The last piece of Capernaum property (except an equity in one other), already mortgaged, was sold. The proceeds were used for taxes, to buy some new tools for James, and to make a payment on the old family supply and repair shop near the caravan lot, which Jesus now proposed to buy back since James was old enough to work at the house shop and help Mary about the home. With the financial pressure thus eased for the time being, Jesus decided to take James to the Passover. They went up to Jerusalem a day early, to be alone, going by way of Samaria. They walked, and Jesus told James about the historic places en route as his father had taught him on a similar journey five years before.

 

P.1399 - §1 In passing through Samaria, they saw many strange sights. On this journey they talked over many of their problems, personal, family, and national. James was a very religious type of lad, and while he did not fully agree with his mother regarding the little he knew of the plans concerning Jesus' lifework, he did look forward to the time when he would be able to assume responsibility for the family so that Jesus could begin his mission. He was very appreciative of Jesus' taking him up to the Passover, and they talked over the future more fully than ever before.

 

P.1399 - §2 Jesus did much thinking as they journeyed through Samaria, particularly at Bethel and when drinking from Jacob's well. He and his brother discussed the traditions of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. He did much to prepare James for what he was about to witness at Jerusalem, thus seeking to lessen the shock such as he himself had experienced on his first visit to the temple. But James was not so sensitive to some of these sights. He commented on the perfunctory and heartless manner in which some of the priests performed their duties but on the whole greatly enjoyed his sojourn at Jerusalem.

 

P.1399 - §3 Jesus took James to Bethany for the Passover supper. Simon had been laid to rest with his fathers, and Jesus presided over this household as the head of the Passover family, having brought the paschal lamb from the temple.

 

P.1399 - §4 After the Passover supper Mary sat down to talk with James while Martha, Lazarus, and Jesus talked together far into the night. The next day they attended the temple services, and James was received into the commonwealth of Israel. That morning, as they paused on the brow of Olivet to view the temple, while James exclaimed in wonder, Jesus gazed on Jerusalem in silence. James could not comprehend his brother's demeanor. That night they again returned to Bethany and would have departed for home the next day, but James was insistent on their going back to visit the temple, explaining that he wanted to hear the teachers. And while this was true, secretly in his heart he wanted to hear Jesus participate in the discussions, as he had heard his mother tell about. Accordingly, they went to the temple and heard the discussions, but Jesus asked no questions. It all seemed so puerile and insignificant to this awakening mind of man and God--he could only pity them. James was disappointed that Jesus said nothing. To his inquiries Jesus only made reply, "My hour has not yet come."

 

P.1399 - §5 The next day they journeyed home by Jericho and the Jordan valley, and Jesus recounted many things by the way, including his former trip over this road when he was thirteen years old.

 

 

 

 

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Evidently Jesus had not been back to Passover since his first pilgrimage there at age 12:

...With the financial pressure thus eased for the time being, Jesus decided to take James to the Passover. They went up to Jerusalem a day early, to be alone, going by way of Samaria....
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Jacob's well becomes a place of teaching later on:

 

...Jesus did much thinking as they journeyed through Samaria, particularly at Bethel and when drinking from Jacob's well....
P.1399 - 2

 

Jacob's Well is mentioned by name in the New Testament (John 4:5-6) which says that Jesus "came to a city of Samaria called Sychar, near the field which Jacob gave to his son Joseph. Jacob's well was there." The Book of John goes on to describe a conversation between Jesus and a Samaritan woman (called Photini in Orthodox tradition), that took place while Jesus was resting at the well. (John 4:7-15 ) The site is counted as a Christian holy site.

 

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When he was at Jerusalem five years earlier, Jesus made friends with Simon, Mary, Martha and Lazarus at Bethany:

...Jesus took James to Bethany for the Passover supper....
P.1399 - 3

 

Bethany has traditionally been identified with the present-day West Bank city of al-Eizariya, site of the reputed Tomb of Lazarus, located about 1.5 miles (2.4 km) to the east of Jerusalem on the south-eastern slope of the Mount of Olives. The oldest house in present-day al-Eizariya, a 2,000 year old dwelling reputed to have been (or which at least serves as a reminder of) the House of Martha and Mary, is also a popular pilgrimage site.

 

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This was one of many times Jesus crossed over Olivet's brow:

...That morning, as they paused on the brow of Olivet to view the temple, while James exclaimed in wonder, Jesus gazed on Jerusalem in silence....
P.1399 - 4

 

On Jesus' first trip to Jerusalem, at very young age, he said (from Paper 125:6):

"...O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, and the people thereof, what slaves you are--subservient to the Roman yoke and victims of your own traditions--but I will return to cleanse yonder temple and deliver my people from this bondage!"
P.1384 - 5

 

On another occasional, just before his death, he said on this brow (from 172:3):

"...O Jerusalem, if you had only known, even you, at least in this your day, the things which belong to your peace, and which you could so freely have had! But now are these glories about to be hid from your eyes. You are about to reject the Son of Peace and turn your backs upon the gospel of salvation. The days will soon come upon you wherein your enemies will cast a trench around about you and lay siege to you on every side; they shall utterly destroy you, insomuch that not one stone shall be left upon another. And all this shall befall you because you knew not the time of your divine visitation. You are about to reject the gift of God, and all men will reject you...."
P.1882 - 3

 

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This statement makes one wonder how the Midwayers knew James' real motive:

...while this was true, secretly in his heart he wanted to hear Jesus participate in the discussions....
P.1399 - 4

 

Maybe humans aren't that hard to read, especially young ones.

 

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...The next day they journeyed home by Jericho and the Jordan valley....
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In tomorrow's reading, part 2 of: THE EIGHTEENTH YEAR (A.D. 12) Jesus and John (the Baptist) have long and intimate talks for the first and last time, and the poverty stricken family must deal with the untimely death and funeral of five year old Amos.

 

 

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The Adolescent Years

 

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Good Day Rick, all! :)

Thank You!

 

Just to complete the quote that you copied about ... "You are about to reject the gift of

God, and all men will reject you"

 

 

(1882.3) 172:3.10 Jesus was lighthearted and cheerful as they moved along until he came to the brow of Olivet, where the city and the temple towers came into full view; there the Master stopped the procession, and a great silence came upon all as they beheld him weeping. Looking down upon the vast multitude coming forth from the city to greet him, the Master, with much emotion and with tearful voice, said: “O Jerusalem, if you had only known, even you, at least in this your day, the things which belong to your peace, and which you could so freely have had! But now are these glories about to be hid from your eyes. You are about to reject the Son of Peace and turn your backs upon the gospel of salvation. The days will soon come upon you wherein your enemies will cast a trench around about you and lay siege to you on every side; they shall utterly destroy you, insomuch that not one stone shall be left upon another. And all this shall befall you because you knew not the time of your divine visitation. You are about to reject the gift of God, and all men will reject you.”

 

(1882.4) 172:3.11 When he had finished speaking, they began the descent of Olivet and presently were joined by the multitude of visitors who had come from Jerusalem waving palm branches, shouting hosannas, and otherwise expressing gleefulness and good fellowship. The Master had not planned that these crowds should come out from Jerusalem to meet them; that was the work of others. He never premeditated anything which was dramatic.

 

(1882.5) 172:3.12 Along with the multitude which poured out to welcome the Master, there came also many of the Pharisees and his other enemies. They were so much perturbed by this sudden and unexpected outburst of popular acclaim that they feared to arrest him lest such action precipitate an open revolt of the populace. They greatly feared the attitude of the large numbers of visitors, who had heard much of Jesus, and who, many of them, believed in him.

 

(1882.6) 172:3.13 As they neared Jerusalem, the crowd became more demonstrative, so much so that some of the Pharisees made their way up alongside Jesus and said: “Teacher, you should rebuke your disciples and exhort them to behave more seemly.” Jesus answered: “It is only fitting that these children should welcome the Son of Peace, whom the chief priests have rejected. It would be useless to stop them lest in their stead these stones by the roadside cry out.”

 

 

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PAPER 127 - THE ADOLESCENT YEARS

 

 

3. THE EIGHTEENTH YEAR (A.D. 12)

 

 

[Part 2 of 2]

 

 

P.1399 - §6 Upon returning to Nazareth, Jesus began work in the old family repair shop and was greatly cheered by being able to meet so many people each day from all parts of the country and surrounding districts. Jesus truly loved people--just common folks. Each month he made his payments on the shop and, with James's help, continued to provide for the family.

 

P.1399 - §7 Several times a year, when visitors were not present thus to function, Jesus continued to read the Sabbath scriptures at the synagogue and many times offered comments on the lesson, but usually he so selected the passages that comment was unnecessary. He was skillful, so arranging the order of the reading of the various passages that the one would illuminate the other. He never failed, weather permitting, to take his brothers and sisters out on Sabbath afternoons for their nature strolls.

 

P.1400 - §1 About this time the chazan inaugurated a young men's club for philosophic discussion which met at the homes of different members and often at his own home, and Jesus became a prominent member of this group. By this means he was enabled to regain some of the local prestige which he had lost at the time of the recent nationalistic controversies.

 

P.1400 - §2 His social life, while restricted, was not wholly neglected. He had many warm friends and stanch admirers among both the young men and the young women of Nazareth.

 

 

P.1400 - §3 In September, Elizabeth and John came to visit the Nazareth family. John, having lost his father, intended to return to the Judean hills to engage in agriculture and sheep raising unless Jesus advised him to remain in Nazareth to take up carpentry or some other line of work. They did not know that the Nazareth family was practically penniless. The more Mary and Elizabeth talked about their sons, the more they became convinced that it would be good for the two young men to work together and see more of each other.

 

P.1400 - §4 Jesus and John had many talks together; and they talked over some very intimate and personal matters. When they had finished this visit, they decided not again to see each other until they should meet in their public service after "the heavenly Father should call" them to their work. John was tremendously impressed by what he saw at Nazareth that he should return home and labor for the support of his mother. He became convinced that he was to be a part of Jesus' life mission, but he saw that Jesus was to occupy many years with the rearing of his family; so he was much more content to return to his home and settle down to the care of their little farm and to minister to the needs of his mother. And never again did John and Jesus see each other until that day by the Jordan when the Son of Man presented himself for baptism.

 

 

P.1400 - §5 On Saturday afternoon, December 3, of this year, death for the second time struck at this Nazareth family. Little Amos, their baby brother, died after a week's illness with a high fever. After passing through this time of sorrow with her first-born son as her only support, Mary at last and in the fullest sense recognized Jesus as the real head of the family; and he was truly a worthy head.

 

P.1400 - §6 For four years their standard of living had steadily declined; year by year they felt the pinch of increasing poverty. By the close of this year they faced one of the most difficult experiences of all their uphill struggles. James had not yet begun to earn much, and the expenses of a funeral on top of everything else staggered them. But Jesus would only say to his anxious and grieving mother: "Mother-Mary, sorrow will not help us; we are all doing our best, and mother's smile, perchance, might even inspire us to do better. Day by day we are strengthened for these tasks by our hope of better days ahead." His sturdy and practical optimism was truly contagious; all the children lived in an atmosphere of anticipation of better times and better things. And this hopeful courage contributed mightily to the development of strong and noble characters, in spite of the depressiveness of their poverty.

 

P.1400 - §7 Jesus possessed the ability effectively to mobilize all his powers of mind, soul, and body on the task immediately in hand. He could concentrate his deep-thinking mind on the one problem which he wished to solve, and this, in connection with his untiring patience, enabled him serenely to endure the trials of a difficult mortal existence--to live as if he were "seeing Him who is invisible."

 

 

 

 

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...Upon returning to Nazareth, Jesus began work in the old family repair shop.... P.1399 - 6

 

Recall, before he died, Joseph put the caravan shop in his brother's hands? From Paper 126:5:

...The family supply shop had already been taken over by his uncle, and Jesus worked altogether in the home shop, where he was near to help Mary with the family.... P.1393 - 5

 

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Wouldn't it be a delight to have attended these sessions?!

...About this time the chazan inaugurated a young men's club for philosophic discussion which met at the homes of different members and often at his own home, and Jesus became a prominent member of this group....
P.1400 - 1

 

That chazan was a real gem apparently, and so the community completely trusted him with their sons' higher education.

 

 

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It sounds like the two of them had a whole month together:

...In September, Elizabeth and John came to visit the Nazareth family....
P.1400 - 3

 

...Jesus and John had many talks together; and they talked over some very intimate and personal matters....
P.1400 - 4

 

What DID they talk about? Young men's concerns? Probably. But the majority of their discussions surely had much to do with spiritual matters, with their life ministries now on the horizon.

 

It's curious isn't it, that John was never cited as a necessary part of the incarnation? But he somehow landed the sole role of Jesus' forerunner. Obviously, with the birth announcement to John's mother, even before Mary's, proves this was not an impromptu arrangement. It was always Father's will that a human, without previous existence, should be the herald of the Son of God.

 

 

It's good Jesus and John had this extended period to discuss things, because:

...never again did John and Jesus see each other until that day by the Jordan when the Son of Man presented himself for baptism....
P.1400 - 4

 

And never again did they meet after his baptism. John kept preaching, but he also began criticizing the Roman governor, which soon landed him in prison. And he was, in 18 months, dead. However Jesus and John did communicate by messenger at least once before his demise, from Paper 135:11:

"...Go back to John and tell him that I have not forgotten but to suffer me also this, for it becomes us to fulfill all righteousness. Tell John what you have seen and heard--that the poor have good tidings preached to them--and, finally, tell the beloved herald of my earth mission that he shall be abundantly blessed in the age to come if he finds no occasion to doubt and stumble over me." And this was the last word John received from Jesus. This message greatly comforted him and did much to stabilize his faith and prepare him for the tragic end of his life in the flesh which followed so soon upon the heels of this memorable occasion....
P.1507 - 3

 

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...On Saturday afternoon, December 3, of this year, death for the second time struck at this Nazareth family. Little Amos, their baby brother, died after a week's illness with a high fever....
P.1400 - 5

 

Amos was the third from the last child to be born, at death he was a month short of being five years old. From Paper 124:5:

...On Sunday night, January 9, A.D. 7, his baby brother, Amos, was born.... P.1373 - 2

 

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As a lesson to all ages and all people, the Nazareth family, under the mighty influence of Jesus' unflagging optimism and eternal hope, actually used poverty for personal growth:

...And this hopeful courage contributed mightily to the development of strong and noble characters, in spite of the depressiveness of their poverty....
P.1400 - 6

 

Obviously this poverty was not so severe that they suffered starvation and related illnesses, but it looks like poverty did keep them all quite busy, no time for idleness, and no excess of money for travel or comforts.

 

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So many times I've re-read a sentence in this book whose significance eluded me on previous readings, like this one:

...Jesus possessed the ability effectively to mobilize all his powers of mind, soul, and body on the task immediately in hand....
P.1400 - 7

 

The ability to do this is rare, isn't it? And he was but a teenager.

 

 

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The only italicized word in today's reading:

...and this, in connection with his untiring
patience
, enabled him serenely to endure the trials of a difficult mortal existence--to live as if he were "seeing Him who is invisible...."
P.1400 - 7

 

The quoted words were borrowed from the Bible's Old Testament:

 

Hebrews 11:27 "By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible."

 

 

 

Tomorrow's reading: THE NINETEENTH YEAR (A.D. 13) is mostly about the positive way this brother/father was raising his remaining seven siblings in close harmony with his mother. But it ends on a sour note, as his music is taken away by relentless poverty.

 

 

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P.1400 - §7 Jesus possessed the ability effectively to mobilize all his powers of mind, soul, and body on the task immediately in hand. He could concentrate his deep-thinking mind on the one problem which he wished to solve, and this,in connection with his untiring patience, enabled him serenely to endure the trials of a difficult mortal existence--to live as if he were "seeing Him who is invisible."

 

It's a great lesson!

He did the Father's Will! always focusing his deep mind to Truth, Beauty and Goodness, behind what is apparent, perishable.But,I think this is important, Not ignoring this relative reality.

So his mind was perfectly balanced, resulting in the unification between the divine and the human personality.The "inner vision" allowed him to focus on his Spirit Adjuster and maintain that state of serenity in all difficult situations of his life.

 

(2087.1) 196:0.1 JESUS enjoyed a sublime and wholehearted faith in God. He experienced the ordinary ups and downs of mortal existence, but he never religiously doubted the certainty of God’s watchcare and guidance. His faith was the outgrowth of the insight born of the activity of the divine presence, his indwelling Adjuster. His faith was neither traditional nor merely intellectual; it was wholly personal and purely spiritual.

 

(2087.2) 196:0.2 The human Jesus saw God as being holy, just, and great, as well as being true, beautiful, and good. All these attributes of divinity he focused in his mind as the “will of the Father in heaven.” Jesus’ God was at one and the same time “The Holy One of Israel” and “The living and loving Father in heaven.” The concept of God as a Father was not original with Jesus, but he exalted and elevated the idea into a sublime experience by achieving a new revelation of God and by proclaiming that every mortal creature is a child of this Father of love, a son of God.

 

 

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Hello Rick, all! :)

 

 

 

It's a great lesson!

He did the Father's Will! always focusing his deep mind to Truth, Beauty and Goodness, behind what is apparent, perishable.But,I think this is important, Not ignoring this relative reality.

So his mind was perfectly balanced, resulting in the unification between the divine and the human personality.The "inner vision" allowed him to focus on his Spirit Adjuster and maintain that state of serenity in all difficult situations of his life.

 

(2087.1) 196:0.1 JESUS enjoyed a sublime and wholehearted faith in God. He experienced the ordinary ups and downs of mortal existence, but he never religiously doubted the certainty of God’s watchcare and guidance. His faith was the outgrowth of the insight born of the activity of the divine presence, his indwelling Adjuster. His faith was neither traditional nor merely intellectual; it was wholly personal and purely spiritual.

 

(2087.2) 196:0.2 The human Jesus saw God as being holy, just, and great, as well as being true, beautiful, and good. All these attributes of divinity he focused in his mind as the “will of the Father in heaven.” Jesus’ God was at one and the same time “The Holy One of Israel” and “The living and loving Father in heaven.” The concept of God as a Father was not original with Jesus, but he exalted and elevated the idea into a sublime experience by achieving a new revelation of God and by proclaiming that every mortal creature is a child of this Father of love, a son of God.

 

 

Love...

 

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Indeed Alina! It makes you wonder about the potential for human consciousness, doesn't it!? Imagine a world where every child has similar abilities at 17. It's coming. :wub:

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Indeed Alina! It makes you wonder about the potential for human consciousness, doesn't it!? Imagine a world where every child has similar abilities at 17. It's coming. :wub:

 

Yes Rick, the potential of consciousness is unimaginable; as big as the Immensity same!

Steps to steps, for me the important thing is to see that we move forward.

The task is beautiful, but sometimes, What difficult is! although I think it has to be so, because, it is easy to fall, is difficult to climb.

 

They're coming? some, seems to me, that already are :o :D

 

 

 

(1787.3) 161:3.1 Consciousness of divinity was a gradual growth in the mind of Jesus up to the occasion of his baptism. After he became fully self-conscious of his divine nature, prehuman existence, and universe prerogatives, he seems to have possessed the power of variously limiting his human consciousness of his divinity. It appears to us that from his baptism until the crucifixion it was entirely optional with Jesus whether to depend only on the human mind or to utilize the knowledge of both the human and the divine minds. At times he appeared to avail himself of only that information which was resident in the human intellect.On other occasions he appeared to act with such fullness of

knowledge and wisdom as could be afforded only by theutilization of the superhuman content of his divine consciousness.

 

(1774.4) 160:1.12 This worshipful practice of your Master brings that relaxation which renews the mind; that illumination which inspires the soul; that courage which enables one bravely to face one’s problems; that self-understanding which obliterates debilitating fear; and that consciousness of union with divinity which equips man with the assurance that enables him to dare to be Godlike. The relaxation of worship, or spiritual communion as practiced by the Master, relieves tension, removes conflicts, and mightily augments the total resources of the personality. And all this philosophy, plus the gospel of the kingdom, constitutes the new religion as I understand it.

 

 

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Greetings, :)

 

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PAPER 127 - THE ADOLESCENT YEARS

 

 

4. THE NINETEENTH YEAR (A.D. 13)

 

 

P.1401 - 1 By this time Jesus and Mary were getting along much better. She regarded him less as a son; he had become to her more a father to her children. Each day's life swarmed with practical and immediate difficulties. Less frequently they spoke of his lifework, for, as time passed, all their thought was mutually devoted to the support and upbringing of their family of four boys and three girls.

 

P.1401 - 2 By the beginning of this year Jesus had fully won his mother to the acceptance of his methods of child training--the positive injunction to do good in the place of the older Jewish method of forbidding to do evil. In his home and throughout his public-teaching career Jesus invariably employed the positive form of exhortation. Always and everywhere did he say, "You shall do this--you ought to do that." Never did he employ the negative mode of teaching derived from the ancient taboos. He refrained from placing emphasis on evil by forbidding it, while he exalted the good by commanding its performance. Prayer time in this household was the occasion for discussing anything and everything relating to the welfare of the family.

 

P.1401 - 3 Jesus began wise discipline upon his brothers and sisters at such an early age that little or no punishment was ever required to secure their prompt and wholehearted obedience. The only exception was Jude, upon whom on sundry occasions Jesus found it necessary to impose penalties for his infractions of the rules of the home. On three occasions when it was deemed wise to punish Jude for self-confessed and deliberate violations of the family rules of conduct, his punishment was fixed by the unanimous decree of the older children and was assented to by Jude himself before it was inflicted.

 

P.1401 - 4 While Jesus was most methodical and systematic in everything he did, there was also in all his administrative rulings a refreshing elasticity of interpretation and an individuality of adaptation that greatly impressed all the children with the spirit of justice which actuated their father-brother. He never arbitrarily disciplined his brothers and sisters, and such uniform fairness and personal consideration greatly endeared Jesus to all his family.

 

P.1401 - 5 James and Simon grew up trying to follow Jesus' plan of placating their bellicose and sometimes irate playmates by persuasion and nonresistance, and they were fairly successful; but Joseph and Jude, while assenting to such teachings at home, made haste to defend themselves when assailed by their comrades; in particular was Jude guilty of violating the spirit of these teachings. But nonresistance was not a rule of the family. No penalty was attached to the violation of personal teachings.

 

P.1401 - 6 In general, all of the children, particularly the girls, would consult Jesus about their childhood troubles and confide in him just as they would have in an affectionate father.

 

P.1401 - 7 James was growing up to be a well-balanced and even-tempered youth, but he was not so spiritually inclined as Jesus. He was a much better student than Joseph, who, while a faithful worker, was even less spiritually minded. Joseph was a plodder and not up to the intellectual level of the other children. Simon was a well-meaning boy but too much of a dreamer. He was slow in getting settled down in life and was the cause of considerable anxiety to Jesus and Mary. But he was always a good and well-intentioned lad. Jude was a firebrand. He had the highest of ideals, but he was unstable in temperament. He had all and more of his mother's determination and aggressiveness, but he lacked much of her sense of proportion and discretion.

 

P.1402 - 1 Miriam was a well-balanced and level-headed daughter with a keen appreciation of things noble and spiritual. Martha was slow in thought and action but a very dependable and efficient child. Baby Ruth was the sunshine of the home; though thoughtless of speech, she was most sincere of heart. She just about worshiped her big brother and father. But they did not spoil her. She was a beautiful child but not quite so comely as Miriam, who was the belle of the family, if not of the city.

 

 

P.1402 - 2 As time passed, Jesus did much to liberalize and modify the family teachings and practices related to Sabbath observance and many other phases of religion, and to all these changes Mary gave hearty assent. By this time Jesus had become the unquestioned head of the house.

 

P.1402 - 3 This year Jude started to school, and it was necessary for Jesus to sell his harp in order to defray these expenses. Thus disappeared the last of his recreational pleasures. He much loved to play the harp when tired in mind and weary in body, but he comforted himself with the thought that at least the harp was safe from seizure by the tax collector.

 

 

 

 

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Greetings Alina, Menno, Carolyn, Carola, Fellow Students, Forum Friends, Members and Visitors,

 

Today's reading gives the world fascinating never before recorded facts about Jesus' family life, including his cosmically wise methods of child-rearing. And we get a little profile of each of his eight siblings, except little Amos who died at age four of a fever.

 

Michael, the father of a universe, creator of angels and Melchizdeks, as Jesus, was given the experience of raising seven human siblings. He devoted himself entirely to their welfare and education. But everyone of them and his mother would be estranged before he died at age 35, except for Ruth who:

...just about worshiped her big brother and father.... P.1402 - 1

 

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We are also given a lesson in crime and punishment, that prohibition is not the positive or the effective way:

...In his home and throughout his public-teaching career Jesus invariably employed the
positive
form of exhortation. Always and everywhere did he say, "You shall do this--you ought to do that." Never did he employ the negative mode of teaching derived from the ancient taboos....
P.1401 - 2

 

There are others allusions to his positive way of teaching. Immanuel spoke of this in his parting speech directed at Michael before he incarnated. This is point #4 from his eight point caveat (from Paper 120:3):

"...4. Under no circumstances and not even in the least detail, should you interfere with the normal and orderly progressive evolution of the Urantia races. But this prohibition must not be interpreted as limiting your efforts to leave behind you on Urantia an enduring and improved system of
positive religious ethics
...."
P.1329 - 6

 

Neither church nor state can successfully proscribe human behavior, from Paper 140:8:

...Jesus had little to say about the social vices of his day; seldom did he make reference to moral delinquency. He was a positive teacher of true virtue. He studiously avoided the negative method of imparting instruction; he refused to advertise evil. He was not even a moral reformer. He well knew, and so taught his apostles, that the sensual urges of mankind are not suppressed by either religious rebuke or legal prohibitions. His few denunciations were largely directed against pride, cruelty, oppression, and hypocrisy....
P.1582 - 2

 

While at Philadelphia Jesus discoursed on the positive way. The Midwayers gave us a two page Section about this discourse, in Paper 159:5:

...In the place of negative compliance with ceremonial requirements, Jesus enjoined the positive doing of that which his new religion required of those who accepted it. Jesus' religion consisted not merely in
believing
, but in actually
doing
, those things which the gospel required. He did not teach that the essence of his religion consisted in social service, but rather that social service was one of the certain effects of the possession of the spirit of true religion.... P.1769 - 10

 

 

Millions upon millions of children could benefit greatly from having such a father as he. From today's reading:

...In general, all of the children, particularly the girls, would consult Jesus about their childhood troubles and confide in him just as they would have in an affectionate father.... P.1401 - 6

 

Until the UB came along there was uncertainty and much debate whether Jesus had any siblings, notwithstanding this verse in the New Testament book of Mark where his four brothers and some sisters are cited:

 

 

Mark 6:3 "Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us?

 

 

Jude does eventually come around, but before he matures he gives Mary and Jesus a heap of grief and a pile of trouble. But after Jesus is killed, James becomes head of the church at Jerusalem. And the beautiful Miriam marries Jacob the stone cutter's son, Jesus' playmate and defender. All the children become worthy neighbors and citizens. And amazingly none suffer the persecution Jesus did.

 

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Where I live, neither the state nor the church can come into my home and evaluate or seize my property without due process. Not so back then apparently:

...This year Jude started to school, and it was necessary for Jesus to sell his harp in order to defray these expenses. Thus disappeared the last of his recreational pleasures. He much loved to play the harp when tired in mind and weary in body, but he comforted himself with the thought that at least the harp was safe from seizure by the tax collector....
P.1402 - 3

 

What beautiful strains must have come from their little home. Jesus probably composed many new melodies and riffs on one of the most difficult of instruments. But then they were heard no more. Wonder if Jude ever knew of, or acknowledged, this supreme sacrifice?

 

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Tomorrow's reading relates a magnificently poignant love story. It was bound to happen, that a lovely woman would fall for the handsome, charming and brilliant first born son of Joseph and Mary's house. Section 5 is titled: REBECCA, THE DAUGHTER OF EZRA

 

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The Adolescent Years

 

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P.1401 - 2 By the beginning of this year Jesus had fully won his mother to the acceptance of his methods of child training--the positive injunction to do good in the place of the older Jewish method of forbidding to do evil. In his home and throughout his public-teaching career Jesus invariably employed the positive form of exhortation. Always and everywhere did he say, "You shall do this--you ought to do that." Never did he employ the negative mode of teaching derived from the ancient taboos. He refrained from placing emphasis on evil by forbidding it, while he exalted the good by commanding its performance. Prayer time in this household was the occasion for discussing anything and everything relating to the welfare of the family.

 

Hi Rick!

Yes..."Millions upon millions of children could benefit greatly from having such a father as he. From today's reading"

 

 

This teaching method should be applied in these modern times, it seems incredible, but it is still very little known. Not only should parents know, it would also be useful for educators today.

I know that some method like that, but I do not remember his name at this time, to specify it here. but still not popular.

For thousands of years it has been applied education negatively! :huh:

 

Also serve the elderly, not only children, because we were raised in the old method. :)

 

 

(1770.3) 159:5.11 When Jesus instructed his apostles that they should, when one unjustly took away the coat, offer the other garment, he referred not so much to a literal second coat as to the idea of doing something positive to save the wrongdoer in the place of the olden advice to retaliate — “an eye for an eye” and so on. Jesus abhorred the idea either of retaliation or of becoming just a passive sufferer or victim of injustice. On this occasion he taught them the three ways of contending with, and resisting, evil:

(1770.4)
159:5.12
1. To return evil for evil — the positive but unrighteous method.

(1770.5)
159:5.13
2. To suffer evil without complaint and without resistance — the purely negative method.

(1770.6)
159:5.14
3. To return good for evil, to assert the will so as to become master of the situation, to overcome evil with good — the positive and righteous method.

 

(1770.7) 159:5.15 One of the apostles once asked: “Master, what should I do if a stranger forced me to carry his pack for a mile?” Jesus answered: “Do not sit down and sigh for relief while you berate the stranger under your breath. Righteousness comes not from such passive attitudes. If you can think of nothing more effectively positive to do, you can at least carry the pack a second mile. That will of a certainty challenge the unrighteous and ungodly stranger.”

 

 

 

 

 

Greetings! :)

 

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Dear Rick,

 

Miriam married Jacob the childhood friend of Jesus. [TUB p. 1418]

 

It was Ruth who married David Zebedee.

 

Cheers,

 

Carolyn

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Dear Rick,

 

Miriam married Jacob the childhood friend of Jesus. [TUB p. 1418]

 

It was Ruth who married David Zebedee.

 

Cheers,

 

Carolyn

 

O my. Apologies my friends. Right you are, thanks Carolyn. It's been fixed.

 

PS. Found the button on the new Forum that makes the page wide, in the upper right corner there is a little, dark blue, box with double arrows pointing right.

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Dear Rick,

 

Thank you for the "full page" information. I have written it down so I won't forget between here and there. Short memory? or long trip?

 

Don't you just love getting older? :blink:

 

Carolyn

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Welcome to UAI Forum's One-Page-A-Day Online Study Session

 

 

Today's Presentation:

 

 

PAPER 127 - THE ADOLESCENT YEARS

 

 

5. REBECCA, THE DAUGHTER OF EZRA

 

 

P.1402 - §4 Although Jesus was poor, his social standing in Nazareth was in no way impaired. He was one of the foremost young men of the city and very highly regarded by most of the young women. Since Jesus was such a splendid specimen of robust and intellectual manhood, and considering his reputation as a spiritual leader, it was not strange that Rebecca, the eldest daughter of Ezra, a wealthy merchant and trader of Nazareth, should discover that she was slowly falling in love with this son of Joseph. She first confided her affection to Miriam, Jesus' sister, and Miriam in turn talked all this over with her mother. Mary was intensely aroused. Was she about to lose her son, now become the indispensable head of the family? Would troubles never cease? What next could happen? And then she paused to contemplate what effect marriage would have upon Jesus' future career; not often, but at least sometimes, did she recall the fact that Jesus was a "child of promise." After she and Miriam had talked this matter over, they decided to make an effort to stop it before Jesus learned about it, by going direct to Rebecca, laying the whole story before her, and honestly telling her about their belief that Jesus was a son of destiny; that he was to become a great religious leader, perhaps the Messiah.

 

P.1402 - §5 Rebecca listened intently; she was thrilled with the recital and more than ever determined to cast her lot with this man of her choice and to share his career of leadership. She argued (to herself) that such a man would all the more need a faithful and efficient wife. She interpreted Mary's efforts to dissuade her as a natural reaction to the dread of losing the head and sole support of her family; but knowing that her father approved of her attraction for the carpenter's son, she rightly reckoned that he would gladly supply the family with sufficient income fully to compensate for the loss of Jesus' earnings. When her father agreed to such a plan, Rebecca had further conferences with Mary and Miriam, and when she failed to win their support, she made bold to go directly to Jesus. This she did with the co-operation of her father, who invited Jesus to their home for the celebration of Rebecca's seventeenth birthday.

 

P.1403 - §1 Jesus listened attentively and sympathetically to the recital of these things, first by the father, then by Rebecca herself. He made kindly reply to the effect that no amount of money could take the place of his obligation personally to rear his father's family, to "fulfill the most sacred of all human trusts--loyalty to one's own flesh and blood." Rebecca's father was deeply touched by Jesus' words of family devotion and retired from the conference. His only remark to Mary, his wife, was: "We can't have him for a son; he is too noble for us."

 

P.1403 - §2 Then began that eventful talk with Rebecca. Thus far in his life, Jesus had made little distinction in his association with boys and girls, with young men and young women. His mind had been altogether too much occupied with the pressing problems of practical earthly affairs and the intriguing contemplation of his eventual career "about his Father's business" ever to have given serious consideration to the consummation of personal love in human marriage. But now he was face to face with another of those problems which every average human being must confront and decide. Indeed was he "tested in all points like as you are."

 

P.1403 - §3 After listening attentively, he sincerely thanked Rebecca for her expressed admiration, adding, "it shall cheer and comfort me all the days of my life." He explained that he was not free to enter into relations with any woman other than those of simple brotherly regard and pure friendship. He made it clear that his first and paramount duty was the rearing of his father's family, that he could not consider marriage until that was accomplished; and then he added: "If I am a son of destiny, I must not assume obligations of lifelong duration until such a time as my destiny shall be made manifest."

 

P.1403 - §4 Rebecca was heartbroken. She refused to be comforted and importuned her father to leave Nazareth until he finally consented to move to Sepphoris. In after years, to the many men who sought her hand in marriage, Rebecca had but one answer. She lived for only one purpose--to await the hour when this, to her, the greatest man who ever lived would begin his career as a teacher of living truth. And she followed him devotedly through his eventful years of public labor, being present (unobserved by Jesus) that day when he rode triumphantly into Jerusalem; and she stood "among the other women" by the side of Mary on that fateful and tragic afternoon when the Son of Man hung upon the cross, to her, as well as to countless worlds on high, "the one altogether lovely and the greatest among ten thousand."

 

 

 

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Good Day Alina, Carolyn, Carola, Fellow Students, Forum Friends, Members and Guests,

 

You can almost feel the aching heart of Rebecca, can't you? Poor darling, innocent and sixteen, in love with the greatest man who ever lived, and doomed to disappointment from the start. Her father seemed to sense Jesus' greatness, and to magnify his own family's humble status:

"...We can't have him for a son; he is too noble for us...." P.1403 - 1

 

Rebecca probably would become a nun if they existed then. Her name does appear two more times in the UB, during his final ordeal, from Paper 187:5:

...When the Master finally breathed his last, there were present at the foot of his cross John Zebedee, his brother Jude, his sister Ruth, Mary Magdalene, and Rebecca, onetime of Sepphoris....
P.2010 - 5

 

From 188:1:

...The women who thus tarried by the tomb on this Friday evening were: Mary Magdalene, Mary the wife of Clopas, Martha another sister of Jesus' mother, and Rebecca of Sepphoris.... P.2013 - 6

 

Of course he was gracious in declining and supremely respectful of Rebecca's heartfelt desire. As with his rejection of military service, once again did he defer to his family's overarching need for a father/brother, and money's inability to full such need.

 

 

There doesn't appear to be any modern record of this quote:

"...fulfill the most sacred of all human trusts--loyalty to one's own flesh and blood...." P.1403 -
1

 

Perhaps it appeared in Jewish scriptures of that time.

 

 

But these quoted words (from today's reading):

...Indeed was he "tested in all points like as you are...." P.1403 - 2

 

...were most likely taken from he Christian Bible's New Testament:

 

Hebrews 4:15 "For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin."

 

 

 

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This sounds like he is leaving open the possibility of marriage, but only when he knows more about his destiny. No?

"...If I am a son of destiny, I must not assume obligations of lifelong duration until such a time as my destiny shall be made manifest...." P.1403 - 3

 

 

Ezra must have loved his daughter very much, so much that he agreed to relieve the pain of her rejection by packing and leaving Nazareth for a nearby Greek city:

...She refused to be comforted and importuned her father to leave Nazareth until he finally consented to move to Sepphoris.... P.1403 - 4

 

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Ezra and Rebecca's family didn't move far. It looks like Sepphoris is a day's walk northwest, over the ridge above Nazareth:

 

 

Sepphoris_map.jpg

 

These quoted words:

"...the one altogether lovely and the greatest among ten thousand...." P.1403 - 4

 

...are from the Bible's Old Testament, Solomon, chapter 5:

 

He is altogether lovely,

And the fairest of ten thousand,

This wonderful Friend divine;

He gave Himself to save me,

Now He lives in heav’n to keep me,

He is altogether lovely,

Is this wonderful Savior of mine.

 

 

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In tomorrow's reading Jesus decides to attend Passover for the third time in his 20 year life, but mostly because he wanted to be with his friends at Bethany. And for the first time in Jewish history, and after much persuasion, he and his friends have a lambless Passover. Section 6 is titled: HIS TWENTIETH YEAR (A.D. 14)

 

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Overview of Paper 127.
The Adolescent Years

 

This group of papers [121-196] was sponsored by a commission of twelve Urantia midwayers acting under the supervision of a Melchizedek revelatory director. The basis of this narrative was supplied by a secondary midwayer who was onetime assigned to the superhuman watchcare of the Apostle Andrew.

 

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