Young Jesus, Mary and Joseph arrive back in Nazareth.
October 15th, 2001
Received by H.
Hello, my dear brother.
Do you believe in coincidence? No? You have already learnt that this does not exist. Everything that happens has causes, and what is more important, it has some purpose.
So, tell G___ that he should prepare his trip without worrying. It is true that there are dangers everywhere, but even in his own home he may suffer misfortunes. But you must not forget the fact that all people, absolutely all, have a guardian angel, in many cases they have even more than one. Then, what you have to learn is to listen to their voice. You have to learn to pay attention to your “feelings,” “impulses,” and “premonitions” so as to give us the opportunity to alert you of dangers. Dear G___, enjoy your trip, and keep your “antenna” switched on. Walking through life this way, you need not fear.
And as we are speaking of coincidence, your exchange of ideas with M___ is not the result of any coincidence either, of having learnt to know each other at random. We have plans, and we see the potentialities. Both of you have a different vision of reality, and both have a correct, but incomplete version. If you are able to combine and to harmonize both your visions, you may achieve quite a global view into the mind in all its forms, and into mediumship in general. I believe that you can achieve this, I believe that you are well on the way, and I believe that in this way you will also bring a lot of benefit to others.
I am anxious to help you and to guide you in your desires. This is the culmination of all investigation, souls exploring themselves.
But now, before we lose the thread of our story completely, let us go back about two thousand years, and let us concentrate on Galilee.
Well, under these conditions, under the government of Antipas, Joseph, Mary and their children finally arrived at Galilee. And they went again to Nazareth, Mary’s birthplace. You already know those stories of how Mary was brought up in the Temple of Jerusalem, but those stories are nothing more than pious legends of a much later time, when the believers’ interest focused on the “mother of God.”
In the meantime, things had not changed much in Nazareth. It was still an insignificant village, a few miles from the capital Sepphoris, but with good possibilities for growth. There was work, much work. When the old king Herod the Great had died, in the year 4 before Christ, rebellions broke out in all corners, and also in Galilee. Judah ben Hezekiah gathered the populace and took possession of Herod’s palace in Sepphoris, and also of the arsenal, arming his men and challenging the new regent, Antipas, and of course, Roman power. And typical of the way the Romans used to react, they didn’t tolerate that rebellion, and the new Syrian governor, Q. Varus invaded Galilee with his army and suppressed the rebellion. He destroyed the town and enslaved all its inhabitants. At that time, as you know, Jesus’ family still lived in Egypt.
And as always, after the war, came a phase of prosperity. The new tetrarch, who loved to call himself “king,” reconstructed Sepphoris, and the town rose again from the ashes as a splendid capital in Greek-Roman style.
When Joseph arrived at Nazareth the reconstruction and amplification works continued. Joseph was able to establish a new workshop soon after, thanks to his savings, and a few weeks later he joined the lines of workers who toiled for the greater glory of Antipas. It was a profitable business, the pay was good, and Joseph had regular work, thus bringing some prosperity to his family. Within a short time he had already acquired his own employees, and full of pride, he could look at his company, which he had built through the labor of his own hands out of nothing.
I will now anticipate a little of Joseph’s history, but it fits well into this scenario. You certainly remember that the experience of Bethlehem led Joseph to study the Scriptures. And I must admit, he knew how to study very well. He was an expert after his years of dedication, and he decided to join the ranks of one of the religious groups. He opted for the Pharisees.
The messages delivered by Jesus may leave the impression that the Pharisees constituted a majority of the Jewish population, but this is not correct. It was a small elite group, which exercised great influence over the people, this is true. There were also other rival groups, such as the Sadducees, who didn’t have so much influence with the people, but they enjoyed the backing of the Roman military power and of the domestic aristocracy. They also controlled the Temple, although there were also Pharisees who worked as priests in that place, such as John the Baptist’s father.
Now Joseph belonged to a group of great influence and of great prestige. But that happened years later, of course.
The Pharisees didn’t present as a uniform group, but there were different schools, for example the school of Shammai, a rigid school in the application of the Law, and the school of Hillel, which Joseph joined. If you study the teachings of Hillel you will find many parallels with the teachings of the modern Christian churches, in what we call “the way to the perfect natural man.” You know the examples of Hillel’s teachings, as the Jewish Talmud tells them: Be among the disciples of Aaron: Love peace and pursue peace; Love your fellow creatures and bring them near to Torah. He who seeks his name, loses his name. He who does not increase deceases. He who does not learn deserves to die He who abuses the crown will perish.
But in those first few years of their stay in Galilee the sky was already covering over with thick black clouds of menace. Events were approaching which would leave deep marks on Jesus. But of that we will speak on another occasion.
It is enough for now. Have a nice day, and think that I am always here, when you need me.
Your brother and friend in Christ,
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