John and the Herodians - From the What a Strange Little Man Series (Chapter 8, page 2 of 4)


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Chapter 8

I pulled a chair out from the table and sat down. Mary had already retrieved a glass of water for the gentleman and gave it to him.

"The grain represents the people of God, the field is the world. The cloud is the resistant forces from this age opposing God. The child," I said, as I paused to realize the significance of this child, which slowed my speech a little, "The child is one born in this age, but not from this age."

Mary fainted. We rose from our chairs and went to her, kneeling on either side.

"Mary," I said. "Are you all right?"

"Mrs. Arelius, can you hear me?" the servant asked.

Mary sat up slowly, and leaned into my chest.

"How did you know how to interpret that dream?" She asked.

"I can't say," I started, "It just came to me. It was as if the words were someone else's words, and I was just repeating them"

We sat on the stone floor in a sort of triangle.

"I don't believe I know your name, sir" Mary said to the man sitting with us.

"Joshua," He said.

"Well, Joshua, that was quite an amazing dream," She said.

"I believe God gave him this dream for our personal benefit," I said.

"What do you mean?" Mary asked.

"Come on, honey; a child born in this age, but not from this age?" I asked.

"You mean…." she said as she stared off into the distance, and placed a hand on her stomach.

"Exactly!" I said. "Joshua told us the dream right after you told me about being pregnant."

"Our God is a wonderful God," Joshua said. "I have often wondered why my mother gave me this name. I sure didn't feel like I could live up to it. She said the name Joshua was the Hebrew version of Jesus and she spoke with respect concerning the Joshua of the Bible, and thought I would be like him. Since Joshua led the Israelites after Moses, he was a very relevant man for his time era. I never thought I would be like that; especially when she told me about the walls of the city Jericho. This dream, however, sort of puts things in a new perspective."

"As you said, Joshua, God is wonderful. I can see the likeness in your spirit," I said.

Mary stood, and we joined her. She assured us she was all right now, and we need not worry. My mind went back to some of the dreams I had while in Rome, and felt an overwhelming sense of purpose as I had not known before. My life as a jailer paled in the light of the role for which we were being prepared. I really felt unqualified for the task, but God did not prepare us just so we could stop before it's completed.

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