XXII--Behold A Dove!
PHASE TWENTY TWO
BEHOLD A DOVE!
Section I--The Perfect Request
N THAT DAY again, in the morning of the tenth day of April, when they were beyond the meeting of her two ways and the mount of Oliveri, and when the eleven were in the way going up to Jerusalem; he went before them. And they were astonished by his liveliness; and following were afraid, lest David should cause the people to rise up against the Herodians.
02 And having observed and heard all things, when he was already gone forth into the way, awaiting the coming of the 'perfect one', I who was then a stranger to David, running up to greet him with the peace of shalom, I reverently asked him, saying: Perfect master!* one last request: What shall I do that I may find Wisdom and come to be near to God?
03 And upon our first meeting, while he was still seated upon the colt, he saith to me: Why doth a recorder of the Ancients callest thou me Shalam? For none is perfect except John only.
04 And justifying my request, he saith to me: Thou knowest the ten commandments of Torah? And for your convenience I shall list Torah's doctrine here: "1). Love thy God and have no strange gods before thee; 2). Do not use graven images; 3). Do not misuse the name of thy Lord thy God; 4). Remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy; 5). Honour thy father and thy mother; 6). Do not kill; 7). Do not commit adultery; 8). Do not steal; 9). Bear not false witness against thy neighbour; and 10). Be not jealous of thy neighbor, nor of his possessions."*
05 And taking him into my heart, by utilizing the words of Isaias, answering, I said to him: Teacher, all these things I have observed from the foundation of my youth. 'For the Lord hath opened my ear to the conflict over your identity, and I do not resist your new name: neither have I gone astray'.* For I have heard from many Essenes that you are a true man of peace and should be called Solomon. For I too have been raised up by John the Beloved, and neither have I gone astray from the new name which he hath given me.
06 For on the tenth day of January, John said to me: "Jacob ben Josi, because thou hast recognized me as your Malki Zedek, the King of Righteousness, thou shalt no longer be called, James the scribe; but thou shalt be ordained: Supremely Blest," [which is being interpreted, according to the Chaldean-Hebrew: Esher or Asher the High Priest; but in the Greek-English: Makarios or Mark the Priest].
07 "For being a just man, you above all men," said John, "shall find perfect happiness in heaven. For thou art truly, the Lord's Messenger;* and I but a humble servant. But as for me supplanting Herod: Even though he hath opened the gates of hell, the blasphemy of Herod shall not prevail against king Philip."
08 And yielding to his new name, I said to David: Solomon, are you the one who will show me the way to perfection? Or shall I wait for another? For John prophesied to me saying: "Follow the road back to Jerusalem, and when you get to the folk in the road: Watch ye there for the 'perfect teacher'. For he who is to surpass me in knowledge and wisdom is sure to draw near. For it is he who will show you the way to the Kingdom of God, and not I."
09 And recognizing the words of Isaias and John's baptismal rite of naming, Solomon looking at me, loved me greatly for calling him a 'man of peace'; and for calling John the Beloved, the King of Righteousness, and saith to me, in his native tongue: James the Just, because thou art the Lord's Messenger, and have been ordained by John, you are indeed 'Near to God', for thou art truly the incarnation of Aaron the Beloved.
10 But if you are truly John's Beloved, 'and if you wish to contend with me',* one thing is lacking in thee: Go, and sell whatsoever thou hast, and give it to the poor, and thou shalt have perfect treasure in heaven. Then, follow me in my struggle to gain eternal life.
11 Who being struck sad at that saying, I began walking back to the Temple most unhappily, for I had many possessions, and could not part with them. For I could not believe that a 'perfect teacher' would be partial to the poor, nor discourage the rich; for in righteousness shall we judge our neighbour', taught John on the day of my ordination, 'loving him as thyself'.*
12 For John was Moses, the 'priestly-teacher of righteousness', and one who taught a Doctrine of Love and equality among men.* For is it not written in the Torah: 'Be not jealous of thy neighbour, nor of his possessions'.* And it is also written in Solomon's Book of Wisdom: 'God made the little and the great, and hath equal care of all,* because he is the companion to Wisdom, the sole director of the wise'.*
13 And mistaking me for a spy, because I had become a well-off Baptist, looking down upon me as Herod's messenger, and a thorn in his side, Solomon saith to his disciples: How hard it is for them who have riches to part with their great possessions.
Section II--A Poor Request
14 And Simon who sat by the way-side, when he had heard that I was the Lord's Messenger, and the last disciple to be called, was resentful of my happiness, and was shocked by his words of piety. And with indignation against the eight remaining Levites, he cried aloud, saying: Behold a sinner and a poor man, a friend of serpents.
15 And trying to quiet this trouble maker, many of Levi's disciples rebuked him, saying: Infamy! he is the Son of Infamy! And they commanded of him, that he might curve his venomous tongue. But mockingly, this barbarian cried a great deal the more: Son of Asherah! have mercy on me, for I am but a poor blind man, who has been bitten by a snake.
16 And dismounting the colt, he commanded Simon to be called. And trying to silence him, Levi called to Simon, saying: Be thou not a stumbling stone in this time of great jubilation: Arise, David calleth thee. Who casting off his garment in anger, leaped up, and came to him.
17 And exasperated, answering, he saith to him: What wilt thou that I should do to help you see, Simon my blind friend? And begging him once more, Simon said to him: That I may be first! (For he wished to be called God's gift).
18 But using Simon as his touching-stone, to help put the twins in remembrance of the parables of the sower, Solomon saith to Simon in truth; Sower of Rocks: How hard it is for them that trust in riches only, to enter into the Kingdom of Heaven.
19 And touching upon the parable of cloth, he saith to Simon in a new parable: Amen, I say unto you: It is easier for a serpent to pass through the eye of the needle, than for a magician to enter into the Kingdom of Heaven, and be connected to God.
20 And feeling like a flayed sea gozal, (which is a sea gull and is often mistaken for a male pigeon that is swallowed up in the pit of dagmah's stomach),* Simon doubted him all the more. And like a blind fisher-man, tossed in a tempest, delaying Solomon's entrance into the city, he hooted and wailed aloud: Besides Jonah the whale, who then can be lifted up in your new kingdom? a sewer like my mother!
21 And making an old fishing line, into a new wedding cloth, Solomon looking upon Simon as bait, saith to him: With Yownah the wine bibber, this was impossible! for the son of man cannot live inside the belly of a fish. But not so with Immanuel Ben-Jonah, the 'Son of my Dove'; and blessed is Anna's womb that bore him, because she came from the 'House of Oni' and from the 'House of An'. 'For in the Creation, all new life is made possible through the womb of the Great Mother Yoni: For the Great White Dove, is mightier than all fish'.* So be ye as silent as Levi, and as wise as my Dove.
22 And writhing like a small jelly fish, caught in a shallow sea, pricking Solomon with his sharp tongue, Simon began to say unto him: Behold, I have left all things with my brother Cana, including our mother's house, and have followed thee, so that I like James and John, may become rich with thee in thy struggle to gain the throne of the Returner:
23 But believing in mythical dragons, he said to Solomon in a most seductive manner: For I have seen it with my own eyes, and no obedient son goeth into the water's of sheol, and then returneth, unless he be a jackal. For this is a great and terrible day, when Leviathan should be punished and not resurrected up; for a serpent should not be restored to a new life.*
24 And having opened the flood gates of hell for the petty fishers of men who damned David for restoring Astarte, the Phoenician goddess of Wisdom, and for being the destroyer of chrokmah, [which is patriarchal wisdom]; Simon began to say unto him:
25 But were it not for me believing in the magic of Edom; and for my own hospitality, the keys to heaven and hell never would have been given to you. For your salvation cometh after mine. For did I not urge you to be saved by Elias the Baptizer, and to be lifted up by him. And today thou sayest to us: None can be resurrected up, save him that glorifies the mother!
To Plead the Fifth
26 And seeking pearls and sapphires, (but unsuccessfully), thirsty for material salvation; and confronting him with his foolish rebuke against his brother, (whom he left behind), manipulating Solomon's words of wisdom, sinful Simon said:*
27 Well do you make void the commandments of God, that you may formulate your own commands. For did you not divide up your own house, when you refused your mother's request not to associate with sinners and outcasts. And today thou hast compared me to the king of snakes and to the Greek goddess Medusa, the real sower of rocks.
28 And filled with gall against the eight, and animosity toward his brother Cana, Simon said to him: What good can come from flying-serpents? for they can neither sow, nor fish: or what good can come from my brother, for when you called to us by the shifting sands of Tiberias, and then again as you were coming up to Jerusalem, how manly was he? for he neither permitted my mother to sell off the house in Sepphoris as a gift for thee, nor did he follow thee. And to Cana my brother you say: Behold a man in whom there is no guile, for he has shown favor.
29 And like a shifting cloud of Sephar, he said to him as he was trying to cover up his own great sin: And was it not you who scandalized your mother on account of Leviathan the serpent, when you said of Levi after you slept with him: Behold my groom, for Yah has been gracious.
Remembering the Sabbath
30 And serving Behemoth, the Horse of the Nile, again he said to Solomon: And furthermore, you taught a doctrine of disobedience against the father, when you commanded of James and John that they not do any thing for Zebedee, making void the word of our fathers by your own command, which you yourself have given forth when you appeared in Tiberias as the 'son of meriy'. And many other rebellious things did you do, when you revealed yourself as mara. [And that is how he got the name, the son of rebellion'].
31 And ever mindful of his desire to be called God's gift, answering in the Aramaic, Solomon saith to Simon the Wailer: Cephas, Cephas, Cephas! why doth thou trick me with all of your conniving and infamous thoughts! You are indeed a man who incites'; [which is being interpreted: a hostile man called the father of trickery].
32 And giving answer to his idol-a-tress thoughts, he saith to him: For is it not written: 'Love thy Lord thy God; and have no strange visions before you'.* Therefore my new command to you is this, O ye boy of Na`ar [which is aner, but in the Hebrew]: You cannot interchange the sexes! for either you are born a male or you are born female. Therefore I say unto you, O ye man of great sorrow: You cannot love men!
33 And again he saith to Simon the urger, [who is called Cephas]: Cast not your sins upon doves; for your precious mother, doing what is right in the eyes of the Lord, repeatedly said to you: 'Remember thy Sabbath day and keep it holy'.* Who when you had heard from the new fathers that you were exempt from the Sabbath work laws, you quickly sold that gem for a new net, and you cast that net upon the sea. But you sold her for a great price. For in leaving your mother in a fit of a fever, you said to your brother Cana: Come, let us go a fishing, and do what the Roman church commands.
34 And knocking down David's desire to teach the good news about the making of John's Dove, sacrificing his own mother Rachel to the fiery mountain god of Baal, Simon-Cephas said to Solomon, yet another time: For the pharisees at Levi's house said: Obey thy father, and he that shall disobey the father, let his mother be damned.
35 And giving answer, did you not say that if any man disagree with his own mother that it does not mean that he has defiled himself. But now you say: If any man shall say of his mother: Mattan! she is a gift from Yah, and whatsoever is a treasure from heaven shall also profit thee.
36 And declaring him unclean, Solomon answering began to say unto him: Stricken are you, Simon the Leper; because the flesh and blood of an unholy father has revealed this to thee, and not the Father who is in heaven.
37 For my tearful mother shall not be divorced from God on account of my association with Levi; and neither shall you call her name Mara. She is Eve! the Restorer of All Life, and blessed is the daughter of the living God, Havah [who is Yehavah, and not Jehovah]. Amen I say unto you: The Lord will recompense Ruth for her tears',* for she is the nectar of life and the queen of my heart.
38 And like a true Josephite, he saith to him: And cursed are you Simon ben-Jamin for destroying my Dove, for thou art truly a 'man of sorrow'.* For like my father Adam before me, 'I have dared to dream a dream; and behold, the sun, and the moon, and eleven stars shall bow down to her'.* For my spiritual father who is in heaven, saith to me in spirit: "To wipe away they tears and thy tears of thy mother: Get ye Wisdom! and take away the reproach of John." But to you I say: You are like the king of snakes, and like the petrodes of Medusa, for you turn the hearts of men into a rock-like unto stone.
39 'And like a potter's hammer driven against a soft red rock, calling Simon a stubborn fool, [which is here being interpreted to mean, in the Hebrew-Greek: Patsar-Maten; but in the Greek- English, by way of Matthew's error: God's gift], Solomon saith to him yet another time: Simon the Leper: Thou art a 'Hollow Cup', shallow and empty.
40 And having cast out several demons, calling him a Magus, the king of snakes, he saith to him a final time: And cursed are you Simon Magus, for denying that I am the incarnation of SOLOMON: For upon this name I will build John's ministry, and neither the gates of hell, nor the keeper of the flood gates shall prevail against John's prophesy to me.
41 And being well bent, Simon the Magician cried aloud as he gave up the battle: El `Iseus! mah shabar? [which is being interpreted to mean, according to Simon's stuttering anger: My God, Jesus! why have you forsaken me?].
42 But some bystanders hearing his twisted tongue, proclaimed; Behold he has called him Eliy' shameh, the God of Heaven!
43 For on this day, he did sharpen his severe anger like a spear against a hard rock, because the whole world fought against him for the destruction of the wise.* And like a bow well bent against the unjust, his anger like shafts of lightning, were shot out against Simon, and did fly to its mark'.* For on this day, Cephas became Patsar's new name; and Solomon became the new Baptizer. But the multitude of men, carried away by the beauty of his work took him now for a god, that a little before this glorious era was but dishonoured as a man of peace'.*
Section III--A Temple of Wisdom
44 And desirous to see one house undivided, Solomon answering, saith to his disciples: Assuredly I say unto you, there is no disciple who hath left his mother's house; or his father's house; or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, but to weave the word of Torah; who shall not receive a hundred times as much, for his sacrifice now, in this lifetime; and in the world to come, a garment of light everlasting.
45 But many that are first, here on earth, shall be last: and the last here on earth, shall become the first in the Kingdom of God. For is it not written: If you do not believe in the first sign of creation, perhaps you will come to recognize the last sign'.* For behold the Good News: in my father's house, my mother comes first!
46 And having opened all of the windows of heaven,* in such a short span of time;* when he had finished building his Temple of Wisdom,* he then commanded his disciples that they should call him: SOLOMON!*
47 And after that, he sat upon the colt once more, and going his way, immediately, my happiness was restored, so that I understood all things clearly. And having fulfilled all of John's prophesies to me, I followed him into the way, thus becoming his twelfth and last disciple. For this is my story:
48 And this is my plot: For whatsoever John did build upon the earth shall be built in heaven, and whatsoever Solomon did build in this mid-day sky, I shall also build upon this earth. And Simon the Magician shall not prevent my song from being heard. For even though I ascend into heaven, with the passage of time, I know that I shall be restored to a new life.
49 For in Solomon's Temple there are many windows. For She is the Temple: And the Life, and the Way. And no man hath knowledge of the Father except by way of Her: for She is the chooser of his works;* and shall preserve me by Her power.* For Wisdom is justified by Her light. And they that trust in the Son of Wisdom shall understand the truth: and they that are faithful in love shall find perfect happiness in the name Solomon; for grace and peace is to his elect'.*
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