Jesus And The Alexandrian Jews – Another Job Offer Refused
128:5.1 This was Jesus' first year of comparative freedom from family responsibility. James was very
successful in managing the home with Jesus' help in counsel and finances.
128:5.2 The week following the Passover of this
year a young man from Alexandria came down to Nazareth to
arrange for a meeting, later in the year, between Jesus and a group of Alexandrian Jews at some point on the Palestinian coast. This conference was set for the middle of June, and Jesus went over to Caesarea to meet with five prominent Jews of Alexandria, who besought him to establish himself in their
city as a religious teacher, offering as an inducement to begin with, the position of assistant to the chazan in their chief synagogue.
128:5.3 The spokesmen for this committee explained to Jesus that Alexandria was
destined to become the headquarters of Jewish culture for the entire world; that the
trend of Jewish affairs had virtually outdistanced the
school of thought. They reminded Jesus of the ominous rumblings of rebellion in
and assured him that any uprising of the Palestinian Jews would be equivalent to national suicide, that the iron hand of
would crush the rebellion in three months, and that Jerusalem would be destroyed and the temple demolished, that not one stone would be left upon
128:5.4 Jesus listened to all they had to say, thanked them for their confidence, and, in declining to go to
Alexandria, in substance said, "My hour has not yet come." They were nonplused by his apparent indifference to the honor they had sought to confer upon him. Before taking leave of Jesus,
they presented him with a purse in token of the esteem of his Alexandrian friends and in compensation for the time and expense of coming over to
Caesarea to confer with them. But he likewise refused the money, saying: "The house of Joseph has never received alms, and we cannot eat
another's bread as long as I have strong arms and my brothers can labor."
128:5.5 His friends from
set sail for home, and in subsequent years, when they heard rumors of the
boatbuilder who was creating such a commotion in Palestine, few of them surmised that he was the babe of
grown up and the same strange-acting Galilean who had so unceremoniously declined the invitation to become a great teacher in Alexandria.
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