Estelle and Robert: To Know Him

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Chapter 7 (v.1) - Still I will Follow

Submitted: July 14, 2019

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"Repent! The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand!"

From that time on Jesus began to preach, for therefore was He sent. His humanity cried for those who shrugged off the urgency of His message or scoffed. Many years had gone by where there were no prophets or word from God.

Since his father's death, Mavy hadn't made the children's days any less freeing. Between school and carrying their workload, she was on top of making sure that they didn't pass from life to death without living for Messiah. One lost was too much for her.

In a way, Robert mused, as he dipped and shook the straggly net into the waters, he was grateful to have the extra work of fishing with the men than to have to stay with their mom like Estelle had to. She was probably still going on about the Messiah to her. It wasn't so much that he didn't believe in the Messiah, but after years of claiming salvation was to come, and it not, it wasn't doing anything for his faith and hope. Besides, why would He take his dad? He wrinkled his nose as the burning sensation of salty tears stung his eyes. Men don't cry. At least in public. He quickly looked to his left to see if the burly Simon Peter and his brother Andrew had seen the tear nearly toppled down his cheek. Simon was quick to tease the young boy, with a good-natured guffaw and a slap to the back.

 

But Simon wasn't even paying attention, leaning against his boat, stumbling back when it moved away from him in the waters at the stranger's words.

"Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men."

Robert's eyes widened at the sight of Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee. Fishers of men? What in the world could that possibly be?

Neither Simon Peter nor Andrew questioned, broad smiles as they sloshed out of the water, immediately abandoning their nets where they were, following Him.

And going on from thence, Jesus saw other two brethren, James and John, the sons of Zebedee, in a ship with their father, mending their nets; and he called them. And they immediately left the ship and their father with the hired servants and followed him.

And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people

And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people. And his fame went throughout all Syria: and they brought unto him all sick people that were taken with various diseases and torments, and those which were possessed with devils, and those which were lunatick, and those that had the palsy; and he healed them. And there followed him great multitudes of people from Galilee, and from Decapolis, and Jerusalem, and from Judaea, and from beyond Jordan.

 

Estelle sat with her hands folded in her lap, trying not to succumb to the temptation to deliberately smooth her skirts for the umpteenth time

Estelle sat with her hands folded in her lap, trying not to succumb to the temptation to deliberately smooth her skirts for the umpteenth time. Thomas had glanced over at her as they entered, and her mind was already reeling with delight at the attention of the man. She knew that Jesus was making enemies and that Thomas was one of the ones that followed intently after Him, but as long as he didn't make too much of a scene about it, she was sure that all would smooth over soon enough with the Jewish leaders of the day, and perhaps when her schooling was finished, they could tie the knot. There was no reason why she'd stay single for long, not only was she excelling in academics, but she could cook and bake as good as her mother, and she was trying to keep on top of her house chores. Maybe word had spread around to even Thomas of her wifely-honing skills.

 


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