Sunday, May 25, 2014

Infancy: Jesus and Joseph

This story is part of the Infancy Gospels unit. Story source: The Lost Books of the Bible, edited by Rutherford H. Platt, Jr. (1926): The First Gospel of the Infancy of Jesus Christ.



AND Joseph, wheresoever he went in the city, took the Lord Jesus with him, where he was sent for to work to make gates, or milk-pails, or sieves, or boxes, the Lord Jesus was with him wheresoever he went. And as often as Joseph had anything in his work, to make longer or shorter, or wider, or narrower, the Lord Jesus would stretch his hand towards it. And presently it became as Joseph would have it. So that he had no need to finish anything with his own hands, for he was not very skilful at his carpenter's trade.

On a certain time the King of Jerusalem sent for him and said, "I would have thee make me a throne of the same dimensions with that place in which I commonly sit."

Joseph obeyed, and forthwith began the work, and continued two years in the king's palace before he finished it. And when he came to fix it in its place, he found it wanted two spans on each side of the appointed measure. Which, when the king saw, he was very angry with Joseph, and Joseph, afraid of the king's anger, went to bed without his supper, taking not any thing to eat.

Then the Lord Jesus asked him what he was afraid of. Joseph replied, "Because I have lost my labour in the work which I have been about these two years."

Jesus said to him, "Fear not, neither be cast down; do thou lay hold on one side of the throne, and I will the other, and we will bring it to its just dimensions." And when Joseph had done as the Lord Jesus said, and each of them had with strength drawn his side, the throne obeyed and was brought to the proper dimensions of the place. Which miracle when they who stood by saw, they were astonished, and praised God. The throne was made of the same wood, which was in being in Solomon's time, namely, wood adorned with various shapes and figures.  

ON another day the Lord Jesus going out into the street and, seeing some boys who were met to play, joined himself to their company. But when they saw him, they hid themselves, and left him to seek for them.

The Lord Jesus came to the gate of a certain house and asked some women who were standing there where the boys were gone. And when they answered that there was no one there; the Lord Jesus said, "Who are those whom ye see in the furnace?" They answered they were kids of three years old.

Then Jesus cried out aloud, and said, "Come out hither, O ye kids, to your shepherd."

And presently the boys came forth like kids, and leaped about him, which when the women saw, they were exceedingly amazed, and trembled. Then they immediately worshipped the Lord Jesus, and beseeched him, saying, "O our Lord Jesus, son of Mary, thou art truly that good shepherd of Israel! Have mercy on thy handmaids, who stand before thee, who do not doubt, but that thou, O Lord, art come to save, and not to destroy."

After that, when the Lord Jesus said the children of Israel are like Ethiopians among the people, the women said, "Thou, Lord, knowest all things, nor is any thing concealed from thee, but now we entreat thee and beseech of thy mercy that thou wouldst restore those boys to their former state."

Then Jesus said, "Come hither O boys, that we may go and play." And immediately, in the presence of these women, the kids were changed and returned into the shape of boys.



(600 words)

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