The First Disciples
וַליַומָא אחרִנָא קָאֵם הוָא יוּחַנָן וַתרֵין מֵן תַּלמִידַוהי .וחָר בּיֵשׁוּע כַּד מהַלֵכ וֵאמַר הָא אֵמרֵה דַּאלָהָא .וַשׁמַעו תּרַיהוּן תַּלמִידַוהי כַּד אֵמַר וֵאזַלו להוּן בָּתרֵה דּיֵשׁוּע .וֵאתפּנִי יֵשׁוּע וַחזָא אֵנוּן דָּאתֵין בָּתרֵה וֵאמַר להוּן מָנָא בָּעֵין אנתּוּן אָמרִין לֵה רַבַּן אַיכָּא הָוֵא אַנתּ .אָמַר להוּן תַּו ותֵחזוּן הֵנוּן דֵּין אֵתַו וַחזַו אַיכָּא דּהָוֵא וַלוָתֵה הוַו יַומָא הַו ואִית הוַי אַיכ שָׁעֵא עסַר .חַד דֵּין מֵן הָנוּן דַּשׁמַעו מֵן יוּחַנָן וֵאזַלו בָּתרֵה דּיֵשׁוּע אִיתַוהי הוָא אַנדּרֵאוָס אַחוּהי דּשֵׁמעוּן .הָנָא חזָא לוּקדַם לשֵׁמעוּן אַחוּהי וֵאמַר לֵה אֵשׁכַּחנָיהי לַמשִׁיחָא .וַאיתּיֵה לוָת יֵשׁוּע וחָר בֵּה יֵשׁוּע וֵאמַר אַנתּ הוּ שֵׁמעוּן בּרֵהדּיַונָא אַנתּ תֵּתקרֵא כּאִפָא .וַליַומָא אחרִנָא צבָא יֵשׁוּע למֵפַּק לַגלִילָא וֵאשׁכַּח לפִילִיפָּוס וֵאמַר לֵה תָּא בָּתַרי .הוּ דֵּין פִילִיפָּוס אִיתַוהי הוָא מֵן בֵּיתצַיָדָא מֵן מדִינתֵּה דַּאנדּרֵאוָס וַדשֵׁמעוּן .ופִילִיפָּוס אֵשׁכַּח לנַתַנַיאִיל וֵאמַר לֵה הַו דַּכתַב עלַוהי מוּשֵׁא בּנָמוּסָא ובַנבִיֵא אֵשׁכַּחנָיהי דּיֵשׁוּע הוּ בַּר יַוסֵפ מֵן נָצרַת. אָמַר לֵה נַתַנַיאִיל מֵן נָצרַת מֵשׁכַּח מֵדֵּם דּטָב נֵהוֵא אָמַר לֵה פִילִיפָּוס תָּא ותֵחזֵא .וַחזָיהי יֵשׁוּע לנַתַנַיאִיל כַּד אָתֵא לוָתֵה וֵאמַר עלַוהי הָא שַׁרִירָאיִת בַּר אִיסרָיֵל דּנֵכלָא לַיתּ בֵּה .אָמַר לֵה נַתַנַיאִיל מֵן אַימֵכָּא יָדַע אַנתּ לִי אָמַר לֵה יֵשׁוּע עַדלָא נֵקרֵיכ פִילִיפָּוס כַּד תּחֵית תִּתָּא אַנתּ חזִיתָכ .ענָא נַתַנַיאִיל וֵאמַר לֵה רַבִּי אַנתּ הוּ בּרֵה דַּאלָהָא אַנתּ הוּ מַלכֵּה דּאִיסרָיֵל .אָמַר לֵה יֵשׁוּע עַל דֵּאמרֵת לָכ דַּחזִיתָכ תּחֵית תִּתָּא מהַימֵן אַנתּ דּרַורבָן מֵן הָלֵין תֵּחזֵא .אָמַר לֵה אַמִין אַמִין אָמַר אנָא לכוּן דּמֵן הָשָׁא תֵּחזוּן שׁמַיָא דַּפתִיחִין ומַלַאכַוהי דַּאלָהָא כַּד סָלקִין ונָחתִּין לוָת בּרֵה דּאנָשָׁא
On the next day Yohanan saw Yeshua coming to him and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, remover of sin from the world! This is the one I meant when I said that one will come after me who is greater than me because he was before me. I myself did not know him, but I came baptising with water so that he would be revealed to Israel.
Then Yohanan declared: “I saw the Spirit come down from the heavens as a dove and alight on him. And I myself did not know him, but the one who sent me to baptise with water told me that ‘The one on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain is he who will baptise with the Holy Spirit. I have seen and I assure you that this is the Anointed One of God.”
On the next day Yohanan was there again and with him were two of his disciples. When he saw that Yeshua was passing by, he cried, “Behold, the Lamb of God!”
When those two disciples heard him, they followed Yeshua. Turning around, Yeshua saw them coming behind him and asked, “What do you seek?”
Said they, “Master, where do you stay?”
“Come,” he replied, “you will see.”
So they went and saw where he dwelled, and they spent with him that day. There they stayed for about 10 hours.
Andrew, Shimon’s brother, was one of those two who had heard what Yohanan had said and had followed Yeshua. The first thing Andrew did was to seek out his brother Shimon and say, “We have found the anointed one” and brought him to Yeshua.
Yeshua saw him and said, “You are Shimon son of Yonah. You shall be named ‘The Rock’.”
On the next day Yeshua decided to leave for the Galil. He found Philip, and said to him, “Follow me.”
Philip, like Andrew and Shimon, was from the town of Bethsaida. Philip found Nathaniel and said, “We have found the one that Moshe wrote about in the Law, and of whom the prophets also wrote—Yeshua of Natsrath, the son of Yoseph.”
“Natsrath! Can any good come from there?” Nathaniel asked.
“Come and see,” Philip said.
When Yeshua saw Nathaniel approaching, he said of him, “Truly Here is an Israeli free of guile.”
“How do you know me?” Nathaniel asked.
Yeshua answered, “I saw you when you were under the fig tree still, before you were called by Philip.”
Then Nathaniel declared, “Master, you are Son of God; king of Israel.”
Yeshua said, “You believe because I told you that I saw you beneath the fig tree. You will see better than that.” “In certainty I say to you, that you shall see ‘The heavens opened, and the angelic messengers of God rising and alighting upon the son of Adam’.”
Lamb of God is a symbol that can refer to many facets of Yeshua’s role in bringing in the new age. In the same way that we talk today of the dawning of a new age - which astrologers call the age of aquarius, Yeshua’s teachings were part of the transition into the age of Pisces. Moving on from the age of Aries in which the sheep was a very important symbol - both for it’s key role in sacrifices, and for its obedience - ie herd mentality. The lamb is the child of that sheep, and thus the new that is born from the old, and it also is taken to mean the innocent sacrifice (in the sense of Yeshua’s sacrifice releasing us from sin). Interesting to note the imagery the appropriate imagery that has followed the transitions through the astrological ages. Eg. the bull of Mithra in the age of Taurus, and the Christian fish in the age of Pisces. I wonder what the similar symbol will be in the age of Aquarius.
Sin - literally to go astray, or to miss the mark. The original word has much less of the negative connotations that we give it today. The concept is identical to the concept of Karma from eastern philosophy. Any human action is imperfect and creates a backlash (or punishment) of some kind. Only divine action can avoid this, and so we attempt to put ourselves in alignment with divine will, and to cleanse of our souls the remains of times in the past where we were imperfect in our ability to align ourselves in this way, and clearly there will always be points where we step out of alignment with the divine will, or at least where we could be more aligned. Hence the concept that we are all sinners.
Greater than me because he was before me - clearly referring to Yeshua’s consciousness that comes from a part of the Divine that is more primordial, more ancient than the part Yohanan was connected to. This is the difference between what is sometimes called the Transcendental Souls - the boddhisattvas who come to serve and guide others, from a place of already having achieved their own enlightened consciousness, and the Infinite souls - the ones who come from a higher place again in order to guide and transform the whole of society.
Israel literally means one who struggles with God. It is used to here to mean the Israeli society and the people in it, not the physical land. In modern times such as in Reggae music it is used even more broadly to refer to all those who struggle to become better, more spiritual people.
Dove - a symbol that has been used for various Goddesses over the ages - from Inanna to Venus. Clearly the Holy Spirit is seen here as the feminine, creative principle of God, and that feminine principle is somehow touching and blessing Yeshua, and probably the idea is that it works through him as well.
Moshe - Moses in greek because the sh sound didn’t exist and words needed particular endings.
Israeli free of guile - probably a joke, something along the lines of ‘Here’s an honest jew’
Under the fig tree - What happened under the fig tree seems to be a secret that only Nathaniel and Yeshua shared, but clearly it was something of importance to Nathaniel.
A Prayer of Dedication
Lord, I would be a true disciple. I dedicate myself to you. Make of me what you will. Guide me where you will. Show me the right path that I may be an instrument in your hands.