Cephas, Amram, Ya’akov, Yohhanan, Philip, and Nathanael all become
disciples of Yeshua from Bethsaida.
1 And it came to pass that Yeshua, Miriam, and
Philip walked back into Galilee, and the excitement and joy of
Philip grew with each step as he continued to feast upon the words
2 As they did at every opportunity, Yeshua and Miriam went first to
Nazareth so that they might again see their children and the family
of Yeshua, and Philip came with them.
3 The family of Yeshua was happy to meet Philip, for they knew his
presence meant that Yeshua had begun to publicly allow himself to be
recognized as a rabbi.
4 But as Yeshua and Miriam and Philip made ready to depart again
for the lake country, Yakov was agitated that Philip walked with
Yeshua as his disciple, but his brother had not asked him to come
5 Of all the brothers, Yakov most cherished the teachings of
Yeshua, and he desired to be with him in his ministry.
6 Yeshua sensed his brother’s feelings and said unto him, “You are
a great light upon the land, and your voice shall be heard by all
the Children of Israel, who seek the Celestine Light.
7 Where there shall be few who hear my words and hearken to the
light, there will be many who hear your words and hearken unto them.
8 I am the light of the world, and you are a great flame of the
fire. But your time is not now, while the Sun still shines high in
the sky, but after it has been buried in darkness, then rises again.
9 Today, you hold the sacred charge to be a steward of our mother
and our wives and our children. As you are a good steward over a
few, Elohim shall make you a great steward over many, even all of
Jerusalem. Let this not be a burden, for the day will soon come when
your family shall be one with the Community of Light upon the lake.
Then you will be free to follow me.”
10 Yakov was humbled and happy at the words of Yeshua, and with new
understanding, he bid him God’s light until they met again.
11 After saying good-bye again to their children and family with
words and warm embraces, Yeshua and Miriam departed again on the
road to the east, accompanied by Philip.
12 Because Philip was with them, they did not stop at the villa on
the lake at Magdala, but continued on to Capernaum, where Miriam’s
father owned a small two-room house. They returned to this house
often as Yeshua began to teach the Celestine Light of Elohim at
Galilee and among the Children of Israel.
13 Leaving Yeshua and Miriam for a short time, Philip returned to
his home on the other side of the river in Bethsaida to let his
friends and family know that Yeshua and Miriam had returned and that
Yeshua had asked him to become his disciple.
14 Now the brothers, Cephas and Amram, were surprised to learn that
Philip was already counted a disciple of Yeshua, for they remembered
that Yeshua said he would return and ask them if they were prepared
in their hearts to follow him. As Cephas was a local leader of the
delta area, they assumed he would be asked before any others.
15 The following day, Philip went to see Yeshua and Miriam at
Capernaum, and his friend Nathanael, a merchant, traveled with him.
Philip was anxious to introduce him to Yeshua, saying, “He is here,
the man of whom Moses and the law and the prophets did write, even
Yeshua of Nazareth, the son of Yosef.”
16 Nathanael was dubious and said, “A good man I am sure, but can
anything great come out of Nazareth? Please do not take offense, but
I do not understand how anyone can even stand to live in that place,
even though the view is beautiful from the top of the mountain.
Surely, if God was going to raise a prophet in our day, he would
come from almost anywhere else.”
17 But Philip persisted, saying, “We are here now. Let us seek him
out, and you can see for yourself. I said he was a prophet, but
truly, I feel he is more than that.”
18 And it came to pass that they found Yeshua and Miriam conversing
beneath a fig tree, and seeing them approach, Yeshua called out to
them, saying, “Greetings, Philip and Nathanael.”
19 When Nathanael was near, he asked, “How is it that you know my
20 Yeshua answered unto him, saying, “Philip has spoken to us of
you as a man without guile. You wear that truth upon your
countenance. You could only be he of whom Philip has thus spoken.”
21 Nathanael was astounded and said, “Surely, you must be more than
a Nazarethian to be able to read such things in the faces of men.”
22 Yeshua laughed and said unto him, “Because I said I could see in
your face that you are a man without guile, you believe in me?
Verily, I say unto you: Hereafter, you shall see greater things than
23 Many more things did Yeshua tell Nathanael that astounded him.
And from that day forth, Nathanael was counted as a disciple of
24 And it came to pass that Yeshua went with his wife and Philip
and Nathanael to Bethsaida that same day, and coming to the shore of
the lake, he saw the boats of Cephas and the sons of Zebedee casting
nets into the waters of the lake; beckoning them toward shore, he
walked into the water to meet their boats.
25 Standing nearly to his waist in the water, he grasped the boat
of Cephas on one side, and the boat of the sons of Zebedee on the
other, and calling out asked, “Cephas, Amram, Ya’akov, and Yohhanan,
can you bear the brightness of the light?”
26 Cephas and Amram and the sons of Zebedee remembered the words of
Yeshua from when he had last spoken to them, asking that they ponder
upon the teachings he had given them and decide if they could live
them in their lives, even though they might be different than the
law would dictate and not the same as the traditions to which they
27 They had spoken of these things many days among themselves, and
they knew now their true hearts. And Cephas replied, “I will follow
you wherever your light leads.”
28 Amram bowed his head and said, “I am blessed among men to have a
greater light to follow. Though I am only a fisherman with little in
my head, my heart yearns for the greater light. I will follow you to
learn of it.”
29 Yohhanan answered, “You are the light. Your words pierce my
heart, and I have awaited your return. I know my family will be
cared for as I care for the light”
30 And Ya’akov replied, “Although I still do not understand all
that you teach of women, I greatly desire to learn more, and I will
follow you and share the light you give to us with others.”
31 Then Yeshua bade them to jump into the water beside him, and
straightway, they did, pushing their boats back into the lake; and
Cephas turned to the men remaining in the boat and told them to
return to Bethsaida.
32 Zebedee stood in his boat with his servants holding an empty
net, and he looked at his sons in disbelief.
33 Yeshua and the four men walked to shore, and Yeshua said unto
them, “You have been fishers of the sea, and from the fish, life you
have taken. Now I will teach you how to be fishers of men, and to
the men, life you shall give.”