THE CHILDHOOD OF JESUS
THE GOSPEL OF JAMES

Biographical Gospel of the Lord

- Chapter 223 -
A Comet In Miniature


 
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ONATHAN, who on such occasions always delved strongly into the cause, now came to Joseph and said,
 
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'Brother, here is something else again where the Lord, as recently at the eclipse of the moon, could straighten us out!
 
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Do you suppose that He would enlighten us if we asked Him about it?'
 
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Joseph answered, 'My dear brother Jonathan, the matter needs only to be put to the test!
 
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Whoever puts all his trust in the Lord builds on a firm foundation.
 
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Go over to the little Child who is now on Mary's lap and ask Him,
 
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and you will soon receive an answer to your question.'
 
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Upon this reply Jonathan at once in all love and humility went over to the little Child and wanted to ask;
 
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but the little Child anticipated Jonathan and said,
 
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'Jonathan, I already know what you want - but that is too deep for you!
 
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Go into the house now and take a small torch,
 
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light it, and then go with the burning torch over to the milkbowl that has been set out for the midges and gnats,
 
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and I tell you, there you will also see a comet as well as its fundamental nature.'
 
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At this Jonathan quickly did what the little Child had advised him to do.
 
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And lo, when he brought the burning torch close to the milkbowl, above which millions of flies, mosquitoes and gnats circled about,
 
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he there discovered a long shimmering tail consisting of the flying insects which was several fathoms long,
 
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and of which the milkbowl formed the head.
 
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This phenomenon was also seen by many other people,
 
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and all were amazed at the similarity of this effected appearance with the comet in the sky.
 
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Hereupon Jonathan went over to the little Child and asked Him how he was to understand this.
 
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And the little Child answered, 'For the time being just as you have seen it! Not everyone may know this secret,
 
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so be satisfied with that for now. Tomorrow will be another day.'