Mark Rosson

 

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1212, 2019

The Eyes of Matthias: The First Christmas Part Seven

December 12th, 2019|0 Comments

The Following is from a new Novel for Christmas that I have written.  It is based on the life of Matthias the Shepherd boy who would be a follower of Jesus and someday would be an Apostle, replacing Judas.  While this book is fiction, it in no way contradicts with Holy Scriptures and gives a very historical look at that special night.  We will continue with 2nd Kings next week.

Part 7

Joseph was sleeping when he heard a very mild and gentle voice say to him, “Arise Joseph, take your family to Egypt, for your childs life is in great danger.”

Joseph awoke with a start and had sweat on his forehead as he realized that this voice was the same that told him not to be afraid to take Miriam as his wife.

“Miriam, gather our things, we will be leaving before dawn,”Joseph said.

“Joseph, why would we leave when you are doing so well,”Miriam asked.

Joseph looked at Miriam and smiled a very warm smile, full of love and then said, “We must flee to Egypt Miriam, for I have been warned.”

Miriam looked over to the place where Jeshua lay sleeping and immediately started gathering all their clothing and food.  Joseph went outside and walked down to the fields and called for Matthias.  Matthias came quickly but was in shock to hear his King was leaving.

“I want to go with you Joseph, I can help you,”Matthias said with tears starting.

“You have helped us Matthias, now here is some gold, go to your father and get me three burros.  One is for riding and two are for packs.  Tell your father nothing; he will assume that the men of the caravan want them,”Joseph replied.

Matthias went and did as Joseph had asked.  His father was more than willing to sell the burros for this good price and he praised the boy for driving such a good bargain.  Matthias hurried back with the burros.

“Here is a note for Uncle Joseph telling him what has happened. Do not let anyone see this note except for Uncle,”Joseph whispered.

“I understand and will hide it with my life,”Matthias said very solemnly.

Joseph smiled at the boy as he packed the last of the burros and then called for Miriam to hurry.  Jeshua was standing on the ground before being placed upon the burro with Miriam. Matthias took him in his arms and held him very close.

“Call me if you need me and I will come,”Matthias promised.

Jeshua smiled and gave Matthias a kiss as Miriam took him gently and mounted upon the burro.

“Do not tell anyone we are gone Matthias, let them think what they will,”Joseph said with his right arm lifted high in farewell.

Matthias watched his King vanish into the coming dawn and promised himself that soon he would follow.  Matthias had no idea that it would be almost ten years before he would see Jeshua again.

I pray that my readers have enjoyed this selection from my new novel.  It was my intent to allow Children and families to get excited, all over again, by the greatest gift of all, the gift of God to us, Jesus.  My Regular column for 2nd Kings will begin next week and from my family to yours, have a very Blessed Christmas and may God give you a wondrous new year!

Note:  Any reader who contacts me by email and would like a full printed copy of this book, I will arrange it  free at no cost as my gift to you.  It is available on Kindle, Nook and in Paperback on Amazon.com

If you have a question or comment please email me at markrosson@comcast.net.  To order one of my books type in M E Rosson at www.amazon.com

2611, 2019

The Eyes of Matthias: The First Christmas

November 26th, 2019|0 Comments

The Following is from a new Novel for Christmas that I have written.  It is based on the life of Matthias the Shepherd boy who would be a follower of Jesus and someday would be an Apostle, replacing Judas.  While this book is fiction, it in no way contradicts with Holy Scriptures and gives a very historical look at that special night. We will continue with 2nd Kings after the holidays.

Part 5:

The first man he saw had skin the color of night, wore a crown and was very fierce looking, wearing a strange sword.  The second one was much fatter and friendlier looking, but he also wore a strange band at his forehead and carried what looked to be a bird on his wrist.  The third was dark and lean with a turban that had jewels on it.  Matthias had never seen a caravan led by men like this, and he realized that these were no ordinary merchants.

Suddenly one of the three called out to him, “You, over there!  Come here at once!” Matthias was surprised that the strange looking man seemed to know and understand his language.  He ran to the Camel and realized it was the fierce one with the strange sword.

“Have no fear boy, I am Casper,”the man said in a very friendly tone. “My two companions here are Melchior and Balthazar and we are searching for the new King who would have been born almost two years ago in this place.”

Matthias froze in his tracks and stared with his mouth open.

“Ah…look at his face Casper, the boy knows what we are talking about,”The portly Balthazar said.

“Why are you looking for him, what has he done to you?”Matthias asked with a tone that surprised even him.

“What is your name boy?”Casper asked.

“Matthias,”the boy replied.

“Matthias, we have traveled 5000 leagues for over two years so that we may worship this new King,”Melchior said in a surprisingly gentle voice.

“Will you help us Matthias?”Casper asked.

“Help the boy up to my camel and let him show us the way,”Melchior said to a servant.

Matthias was both afraid and excited about what happened next. He was a 9-year-old shepherd boy, riding a Camel and leading the caravan to find a King!

“Samuel will never believe me,”Matthias thought.

But he was mistaken about this for now the noise of the caravan had awakened the shepherds and they were all standing and staring as Matthias waved from the lead camel and took them to a house on the edge of Bethlehem.

Matthias could not believe his eyes as the men took items from their packs and the three men approached the small house and gave a greeting through the front door that was already open to ventilate the stuffy room.

Joseph came to the door and Matthias saw alarm in his eyes as he looked at these three men.

“Peace unto you, oh Sheiks,”Joseph said with fear in his voice.

“Peace unto you and to your house,”Casper replied.

“There are inns down the road where you would be more comfortable than my humble dwelling,”Joseph began.

“We are not looking for an Inn, but we are searching for the new King that was born two years ago in this place,”Casper interrupted.

Joseph saw Matthias for the first time and beckoned for him to come at once.  Matthias ran to Joseph and whispered in his ear.

“What? Joseph stammered, why would you want to see my son?”

Instead of answering, the three men began to dismount and took chests from their packs.  As they were unpacking the chests Miriam walked out the door holding little Jeshua.  Miriam gave a look to Joseph that meant she had overheard the conversation and she placed little Jeshua down in front of her.

To be continued…

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2111, 2019

The Eyes of Matthias: The First Christmas Part Four

November 21st, 2019|0 Comments

The Following is from a new Novel for Christmas that I have written.  It is based on the life of Matthias the Shepherd boy who would be a follower of Jesus and someday would be an Apostle, replacing Judas.  While this book is fiction, it in no way contradicts with Holy Scriptures and gives a very historical look at that special night.  We will continue with 2nd Kings after the holidays.

Part 4:

When I told them that I had to leave, I took Matthias aside and gave him some money and asked him to help them as much as he could. 

“Matthias, do you take this money and use it to help your family and please as a favor, be there for Miriam and Joseph,” I had said.

“I will never forsake my new King or his family,” Matthias had declared.

I had heard this “king nonsense” from others while staying in Bethlehem, but I thought he was just a small child with an imagination.

I could tell Matthias had never been given real money before and he accepted it in such a solemn way that it made me laugh to myself.  I liked this little one and thought he would be a good friend for my family in Bethlehem.  Little did I know, but this was a friendship that would last for a lifetime and beyond.

“I have no son that has been born of recent,” Herod replied.

“Oh King, my name is Melchior.  We did not say that this would be your son.” Balthazar gave Melchior a hard look.

“King Herod, my name is Balthazar and I want to explain our mission.  Two years ago, while studying the night sky and reading the ancient prophecies passed down from the Prophets, we realized that a new and wonderful event was happening.  Salvation for the entire World would come from the new King that was born and we have followed the Star signifying this to your country.”

King Herod hastily called his advisors who sent for the High Priest who told the King that the Messiah was to be born in Bethlehem, the city of David and that this is where the search should begin.

“Men of Wisdom, you have traveled far, after you have refreshed yourself with food and wine, my servants will put you on the path to Bethlehem which is in our ancient prophecies,” Herod replied.

Casper bowed low, “Oh King, we must hurry on our way, but we promise to bring you news of what we find.”

“Please do and then I can come and worship this, this King myself,” Herod said with a crafty smile.

“Are they gone?” Herod asked his guard a few moments later.

“Yes, my Lord, they are hurrying towards Bethlehem with great speed,” The guard replied.

“Go to the citadel and ask the Tribune to come and visit me,” Herod commanded.

Herod smiled a cruel smile as he watched the guard leave him thinking about what he must do next.

As this was transpiring in Herod’s great palace, in the fields of Bethlehem, Matthias was warming himself by the fire and watching the herds.  He had the second watch all alone and was told to wake Samuel if he saw anything.

“Samuel, wake up!” Matthias cried.

“What is it Matthias?” Samuel answered sleepily.

“I see men on horses and Camels approaching,” Matthias warned.

“What?  Where do you see them,” Samuel said, now wide awake.

“Look over against the sky, see how they move past, you can see the shadows,” Matthias whispered.

“Just a merchant Caravan, go and find out if you can guide them to lodging, maybe they will give you some food, I am hungry,” Samuel said gruffly as he rolled over.

Matthias walked bravely to the top of the hill towards the approaching caravan.  

To be continued…

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