XXV--Sermon on the Mount
PHASE TWENTY FIVE
SERMON ON THE MOUNT
(Concerning the Parable of Kings)
ND IN THAT DAY, again, on the tenth day of April, at about the fourth hour of the day, he began his sermon in a most unusual manner, by telling the men of the court, a parable derived from the book of Kings concerning the 'man of fruit' and the woman Jezebel. For he knew that the chief priests had sent unto him three satanic tempters not merely on account of the blessed widow, but on account of the heavenly authority of John the Beloved.
02 And by utilizing the words of Isaias, he saith unto them: 'I will sing to My Beloved the canticle of my brother concerning his vineyard.* For the vineyard of the Lord of hosts is the house of Israel; and the man of Judah, his most pleasant plant'.* But I, I am merely his replacement:
03 Now, a certain Lord planted a vineyard and made a hedge about it, and dug a place for the wine vat, and built a tower, and let it to the husband-men; and went away into a far country.
04 And at the harvest season the Lord of the vineyard sent to the husband-man the first fruits of the vineyard. Who having laid hands on the servant, the husbands of men beat him, and sent him away empty handed. And again the Lord of the vineyard sent to them a second servant; and him they wounded and used him reproachfully. And again he sent a third servant, and him they killed. And many others, of whom some they beat, and others they killed.
05 Therefore having one Son, most dear to Him; He also sent him unto them last of all, saying: They will reverence My Son. But the husband-men said to one to another: This is the heir! Come let us slaughter him, and the inheritance shall be ours. And laying hold on him, they cast out the Lord's Beloved and put him into prison; and cutting off his head, there they killed him.
06 What therefore will the Lord of the vineyard do? He will come and destroy those husband-men; and will give the vineyard to another 'man of peace', just as worthy as the heir. And comparing himself to the Rock of John,* he saith unto them: Have you never read this Psalm: 'The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner.* By the Holy Spirit has this been done, and the 'son of David' is wonderful in our eyes'.*
07 And the chief priests among the Herodians sought to lay hands on him, but could not; because they feared an uprising by the people. For they knew that he spoke these words as a testimony against them for having conspired with their queen to have John beheaded at the dungeon prison of Macherus; and because David's second-born son by Bathsheba was also called the Lord's Beloved.
08 And leaving the men's house of prayer, the chief priests among the slaughters [who are the Herodians], went their way. But a great multitude stayed and heard him gladly, because they knew that he was talking about John as the first-born heir to David's throne. Because they said: He has fed his flock like a good shepherd;* and like a sacrificial lamb, he was brought to the slaughter.*
09 And because of today's heated debate which burned like a hot oven, many believed, and still do till this day, that reducing the arrogant and the evildoers to a stubble,* that Solomon was the restorer of all things.* Thus fulfilling the prophesy of the Sadducees who were awaiting the advent of the Returner; and the prophesy of the Pharisees who were awaiting the return of Zadok. To whom they both agreed: shall come first.
10 And redeeming his mother's love, he saith to the people in his own doctrine: Beware of the priests, who love to walk in long black robes, and to be saluted in the marketplace, and to sit in the first chairs, in the synagogues and churches, and to have the highest places at suppers: Who devour the houses of poor widows under the pretense of long prayer: For they shall receive a greater judgement.
11 And in a public but peaceful appeal to remove king Herod, who was also surnamed, the Mountain by the people, because they feared him as the unmovable son of the Great Herec [who was the Great Destroyer], he saith to them: Have the faith of God. Amen I say unto you, that whosoever shall say to this here Mountain: Hara! Be thou removed and cast into the sea, and shall not stagger in his heart, but rather believe, that whatsoever he saith shall be done; it shall be done unto him. Therefore I say unto you, all things whatsoever you ask when ye shall pray, believe that you shall receive; and it will come true for you.
12 And if you wish to be counted amongst the fruits of the Father, when you shall stand to be judged in the resurrection of the dead: Pray for forgiveness, if you have aught against any person whomsoever he or she shall be; that your Predominate Mother also, who is in heaven, may forgive you your sins, 'so that, when you are reborn [that is to say, in the English, when you have reincarnated], you may hope for Her Mercy,* for She brought man out of Darkness,* and She preserved him that was first formed by the Lord of the world, when She alone was called God'.*
13 But if you will not listen to the Voice of Wisdom and forgive, neither will your Father that is in heaven, forgive you your sins. 'For She like Lot's wife is a pillar of salt to men, a monument to incredulous souls'.* For is it not written: 'Wisdom has taught Her people by such works. For thou O God art Merciful, and ordereth all things justly,* because in judging, thou givest place for repentance of sin'.*
14 Thus, in defending John, and his mother, and the pure widow, the scripture was fulfilled which says: 'He will gather the outcasts of Israel,* for who else was like King John, that we should compare them. For like John, he did feed his flock like the good shepherd, and gather the lambs in his arms'.*
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