Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them. And the LORD said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it. And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought? Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land. But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face. And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the LORD. (Job 1:6-12 KJVR)
Now, here we have the sons of God coming before YHVH (who is the LORD; all capital letters). Satan shows up too, meaning Satan is not YHVH. YHVH, who is Yahoveh (also known by other various "modern" assumed renderings), speaks of God. Depending upon ones reading, YVHW does or doesn't differentiate God and himself.
Satan then afflicts Job by moving other to come steal everything he had and to murder his children.
In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly. (Job 1:22 KJVR)
There, you will see that Job doesn't charged God. Satan had said that Job would curse YHVH. We see that YHVH and God are one and the same else the point of the verse is nonsensical. Importantly though is the point that Satan was in error and in fact, lied about Job. He bore false witness against Job and did not thereafter repent, as we shall see.
Again there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them to present himself before the LORD. And the LORD said unto Satan, From whence comest thou? And Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it. And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? and still he holdeth fast his integrity, although thou movedst me against him, to destroy him without cause. And Satan answered the LORD, and said, Skin for skin, yea, all that a man hath will he give for his life. But put forth thine hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will curse thee to thy face. And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, he is in thine hand; but save his life. (Job 2:1-6 KJVR)
So, Satan attacks Job's body. He riddles Job with diseases and physical pain.
Then said his wife unto him, Dost thou still retain thine integrity? curse God, and die. But he said unto her, Thou speakest as one of the foolish women speaketh. What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? In all this did not Job sin with his lips. (Job 2:9-10 KJVR)
You will note that up to this point, Yah has not said that Job did anything wrong (at least not anything of which Job is aware). Further, Satan lied again and was proven fallible yet does not repent.
Job is really in agony. He wants to die or have the curse lifted. He was very rich and had a family concerning which he prayed that they not sin. He was decent to everyone. He helped the poor. He wasn't abusive. That's the general picture that was painted of him leading up to his troubles Satan brought to destroy him and to harm God or dethrone Yahveh before the sons of Yahveh.
Three friends of Jobs come to him. Eliphaz tells him that we reap what we sow. Job must have done things to deserve what has happened. Eliphaz says plenty of good and right things about God but doesn't know or understand Satan. He can't see what Satan is up to the way Yah does.
Teach me, and I will hold my tongue: and cause me to understand wherein I have erred. How forcible are right words! but what doth your arguing reprove? Do ye imagine to reprove words, and the speeches of one that is desperate, which are as wind? Yea, ye overwhelm the fatherless, and ye dig a pit for your friend. Now therefore be content, look upon me; for it is evident unto you if I lie. Return, I pray you, let it not be iniquity; yea, return again, my righteousness is in it. Is there iniquity in my tongue? cannot my taste discern perverse things? (Job 6:24-30 KJVR)
There we see Job saying that in his anguish, he might utter some regrettable things. He hasn't though done what Satan said he would, which is to curse God. Job is saying that he didn't do anything to deserve Satan's abuse.
For the arrows of the Almighty are within me, the poison whereof drinketh up my spirit: the terrors of God do set themselves in array against me. (Job 6:4 KJVR)
What is man, that thou shouldest magnify him? and that thou shouldest set thine heart upon him? And that thou shouldest visit him every morning, and try him every moment? How long wilt thou not depart from me, nor let me alone till I swallow down my spittle? I have sinned; what shall I do unto thee, O thou preserver of men? why hast thou set me as a mark against thee, so that I am a burden to myself? And why dost thou not pardon my transgression, and take away mine iniquity? for now shall I sleep in the dust; and thou shalt seek me in the morning, but I shall not be. (Job 7:17-21 KJVR)
Job said, "...the arrows of the Almighty are within me, the poison whereof drinketh up my spirit: the terrors of God do set themselves in array against me."
Is Job unaware of the difference between God and Satan? Who is the author of the Book of Job? That author appears to be telling us things that Job and his friends did not grasp at the time.
Also note the Job confesses that he has sinned. How may Job's questions and statements be reconciled with Yah and Satan being separate? How may Job's questions and statements be reconciled with the fact that Yah said that Job was upright, etc.? The author has told us that Eliphaz's vision is more limited than is Job's.
Job's are very profound questions that are just as applicable today as the day Job spoke them not because the answers have not been available for many centuries and even millennia but because humanity is not united around the answers.
To whom is Job speaking other than to both YHVH and Satan as if they are one and the same? Yet, we will see that he does differentiate. Furthermore, Job had sinned but he had also been upright (reconcilable under a God who corrects and forgives).
The other two, Bildad the Shuhite, continued on suggesting that it was something Job had done wrong that caused Job's condition. Job answers by saying that God made everything and can stop Job's suffering if he wants to. Job suggests that it is futile for Job to question God. He can't understand God.
Thou knowest that I am not wicked; and there is none that can deliver out of thine hand. Thine hands have made me and fashioned me together round about; yet thou dost destroy me. (Job 10:7-8 KJVR)
Wherefore then hast thou brought me forth out of the womb? Oh that I had given up the ghost, and no eye had seen me! (Job 10:18 KJVR)
He believes he would have been better off never having been born. This is why Jesus came — to answer these questions.
Are not my days few? cease then, and let me alone, that I may take comfort a little, Before I go whence I shall not return, even to the land of darkness and the shadow of death; A land of darkness, as darkness itself; and of the shadow of death, without any order, and where the light is as darkness. (Job 10:20-22 KJVR)
So, Job asks for a little peace before it's all over anyway. Note how he equates the absence of order with death and darkness. This chaos theme is also present in Gnosticism. To Job, God is the supreme Creator (the "Architect" in Freemasonry). Does Job decide which spirit in the Garden of Eden story is the right one to whom to turn? The Platonists and Gnostics have it that the serpent is that one.
The Freemasons at the lower ranks are allowed to believe it is God, the one who banishes the serpent, who is the right one. At the higher and highest ranks of Freemasonry, they are so secretive and paranoid that they won't stake out an open, formal, membership-wide position, because many would never have joined Gnosticism.
Jesus Christ holds against the serpent and with God, who banishes that Old Dragon.
Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him. He also shall be my salvation: for an hypocrite shall not come before him. (Job 13:15-16 KJVR)
Who slays him? Jesus says that it is Satan. God is not death.
How many are mine iniquities and sins? make me to know my transgression and my sin. (Job 13:23 KJVR)
If a man die, shall he live again? all the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come. (Job 14:14 KJVR)
"If a man die, shall he live again?" According to Jesus, the answer is yes. When was Job written? Where is the knowledge of Elisha?
And when Elisha was come into the house, behold, the child was dead, and laid upon his bed. He went in therefore, and shut the door upon them twain, and prayed unto the LORD. And he went up, and lay upon the child, and put his mouth upon his mouth, and his eyes upon his eyes, and his hands upon his hands: and he stretched himself upon the child; and the flesh of the child waxed warm. Then he returned, and walked in the house to and fro; and went up, and stretched himself upon him: and the child sneezed seven times, and the child opened his eyes. (2 Kings 4:32-35 KJVR)
The argument over the nature of God continues. Eliphaz repeats the teachings of the men of old who said that evil befalls the evil. Job though says it's not a sufficient explanation because while he has sinned in his day, the punishment isn't befitting.
Eliphaz though is telling Job that to believe in futility is wrong in the first place. It's a self-fulfilling prophecy.
Job though says:
God hath delivered me to the ungodly, and turned me over into the hands of the wicked. (Job 16:11 KJVR)
Not for any injustice in mine hands: also my prayer is pure. (Job 16:17 KJVR)
Also now, behold, my witness is in heaven, and my record is on high. (Job 16:19 KJVR)
The righteous also shall hold on his way, and he that hath clean hands shall be stronger and stronger. But as for you all, do ye return, and come now: for I cannot find one wise man among you. My days are past, my purposes are broken off, even the thoughts of my heart. (Job 17:9-11 KJVR)
Here you may see the partial story of Jesus. It is reflected here, but Jesus is given to greater enlightenment than was given to Job.
If I wait, the grave is mine house: I have made my bed in the darkness. I have said to corruption, Thou art my father: to the worm, Thou art my mother, and my sister. And where is now my hope? as for my hope, who shall see it? They shall go down to the bars of the pit, when our rest together is in the dust. (Job 17:13-16 KJVR)
Jesus does not end up in the dust. He does not believe in futility though he understood and still understands Job's relative ignorance. Jesus had Job to read. Job didn't have Jesus as we do. What's our excuse? We have less. However, there is more to Job's story.
Why do ye persecute me as God, and are not satisfied with my flesh? Oh that my words were now written! oh that they were printed in a book! That they were graven with an iron pen and lead in the rock for ever! For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God: Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; though my reins be consumed within me. But ye should say, Why persecute we him, seeing the root of the matter is found in me? Be ye afraid of the sword: for wrath bringeth the punishments of the sword, that ye may know there is a judgment. (Job 19:22-29 KJVR)
He is pointing to Jesus's coming, Second Coming, and to the fleshly resurrection of the just. Amazing!
Zophar the Naamathite continued along the same track as before, but Job continued explaining things to them that they either had never heard before or had simply ignored or forgotten.
Job explained that the wicked see themselves as prospering right up to their end. It is true that many extremely wicked people have seemingly been hugely rewarded right up to their deaths.
Therefore they say unto God, Depart from us; for we desire not the knowledge of thy ways. What is the Almighty, that we should serve him? and what profit should we have, if we pray unto him? (Job 21:14-15 KJVR)
That the wicked is reserved to the day of destruction? they shall be brought forth to the day of wrath. (Job 21:30 KJVR)
So, there is Job prophesying again about the end. He will be redeemed, resurrected, and the unjust and unrepentant will meet wrath even though they may have gone to their fleshly deaths having never faced torturous hardship.
Now, as to the Gnostic concept that the flesh is inherently corrupt:
I have said to corruption, Thou art my father: to the worm, Thou art my mother, and my sister. (Job 17:14 KJVR)
The womb shall forget him; the worm shall feed sweetly on him; he shall be no more remembered; and wickedness shall be broken as a tree. (Job 24:20 KJVR)
How much less man, that is a worm? and the son of man, which is a worm? (Job 25:6 KJVR)
That last verse was a question, rhetorical to a degree, posed by Bildad to Job. Job though, is speaking right past them. He had said:
But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold. (Job 23:10 KJVR)
He goes on to say that the selfish rich (the capitalists of that day) don't see it. It chapter 24, he lists out thing after thing after thing that they do to others that shows that they just don't understand that everything they are doing is being viewed beyond their imaginations. Job says of God:
Hell is naked before him, and destruction hath no covering. (Job 26:6 KJVR)
They are creating their own Hell on Earth and will also go further into Hell after they go to the grave. He said the superrich (and those aspiring to be as those superrich are) conspire to have others enslaved under them. Those enslaved work and work and work and still don't even have even the basic necessities.
Some remove the landmarks; they violently take away flocks, and feed thereof. They drive away the ass of the fatherless, they take the widow's ox for a pledge. They turn the needy out of the way: the poor of the earth hide themselves together. Behold, as wild asses in the desert, go they forth to their work; rising betimes for a prey: the wilderness yieldeth food for them and for their children. They reap every one his corn in the field: and they gather the vintage of the wicked. They cause the naked to lodge without clothing, that they have no covering in the cold. They are wet with the showers of the mountains, and embrace the rock for want of a shelter. They pluck the fatherless from the breast, and take a pledge of the poor. They cause him to go naked without clothing, and they take away the sheaf from the hungry; Which make oil within their walls, and tread their winepresses, and suffer thirst. Men groan from out of the city, and the soul of the wounded crieth out: yet God layeth not folly to them. (Job 24:2-12 KJVR)
You see that he says that the god "Lord Satan" doesn't always layeth folly to them during their lives on Earth. The LORD God Yah and Lord Jesus do not accept them into the Highest. They go to Lord Satan's realm of Hell.
He calls the selfish-rich rebellious.
They are of those that rebel against the light; they know not the ways thereof, nor abide in the paths thereof. The murderer rising with the light killeth the poor and needy, and in the night is as a thief. The eye also of the adulterer waiteth for the twilight, saying, No eye shall see me: and disguiseth his face. In the dark they dig through houses, which they had marked for themselves in the daytime: they know not the light. (Job 24:13-16 KJVR)
You see there the term "light" as it is used by Jesus, which is not the way it is used in humanist Gnosticism. To understand what is being said, one must go back to how the Book of Job begins. Yah allows Satan to be the god of the Earth. Job knows that they are both there. Enoch before him knew also, although you don't find that out in the King James Bible. You find it out by the Book of Enoch that is overlapping with Essenic Dead Sea Scrolls. Satan is a Lord. Yah is the LORD. Jesus is a Lord. Satan and Jesus are in competition in your heart, mind, flesh, and soul concerning how things ought to be, what the nature of Yah ought to be. It is an argument over how humanity ought to be, ought to behave. The top Theosophists don't see this from Jesus's perspective. They agree with Satan.
They fight against Jesus's Yah because Jesus is not hierarchical for self apart from his Yah. Jesus takes the pyramid of the rich, controlling, oppressive, worldly powerful and turns it right-side up and then levels it such that the greatest is the one who serves everyone best and most.
And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all. (Mark 10:44 KJVR)
That is not Satan's desire. Satan believes in taking. Satan is the spirit of confusion. His spirit is Aleister Crowley's black (dark side) magik (conjuring via psychological seeds of noxious weeds). It is "Do what thou wilt" without conscience. Just take power. Seize it. It is Machiavellian, which is lauded by the neoconservatives of today.
There is great confusion. There are many who believe themselves Christian who also stand opposed to turning the pyramid right-side up and then leveling it so that that real New World Order becomes the governing system in everyone's heart. Rather, they stand opposed to the coercive neocons, neolibs, and socialists but still stand with aspects of Satan. Jesus though stands opposed to the coercive neocons, neolibs, and socialists but stands with the system where all are served all the fleshly necessities (and more, much, much more).
Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food. (Job 23:12 KJVR)
But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. (Matthew 4:4 KJVR)
Give us this day our daily bread. (Matthew 6:11 KJVR)
Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven. (John 6:32 KJVR)
What is it? It is what I'm telling you. We are to turn the system right-side up. It is upside down now and has been ever since Satan became god of this planet. We are to be the the chiefest and servant of all.
What about the certain women haters, the androgynous and homosexual Gnostics? Job said:
Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble. (Job 14:1 KJVR)
Well, yes, this is true; however, it is not on account of women being inherently evil and men being inherently always superior. Men and women are as Jesus said:
But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife; And they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder. (Mark 10:6-9 KJVR)
So, a man who leaves his wife for a homosexual is an adulterer. If he does not sufficiently/correctly repent, he goes to Satan in Hell. If he leads others there too, so much the worse for him.
However, certain of the Gnostics claim Jesus is wrong and Satan right or that Jesus is actually Satan (they believe that because they read cursorily). They are very flesh oriented. It's why their constructs are often so material, technological, scientific, etc., rather than starting at the first principle of unselfishness.
They do not agree that the flesh is confused by their overarching (overshadowing) spirit, likewise confused. Their guiding spirit is reflected in the world. Of course, as Job rightly points out, the mirroring is not clear to the short sighted. Their time horizon is too short. They don't see Job's redeemer. They don't see the resurrection of the just, ever.
How hast thou helped him that is without power? how savest thou the arm that hath no strength? How hast thou counselled him that hath no wisdom? and how hast thou plentifully declared the thing as it is? To whom hast thou uttered words? and whose spirit came from thee? (Job 26:2-4 KJVR)
Consider the things that Jesus said. Consider what I am writing. Whose spirit has come out from me to you? Do you think I writing evil here?
As God liveth, who hath taken away my judgment; and the Almighty, who hath vexed my soul; All the while my breath is in me, and the spirit of God is in my nostrils; My lips shall not speak wickedness, nor my tongue utter deceit. God forbid that I should justify you: till I die I will not remove mine integrity from me. My righteousness I hold fast, and will not let it go: my heart shall not reproach me so long as I live. Let mine enemy be as the wicked, and he that riseth up against me as the unrighteous. For what is the hope of the hypocrite, though he hath gained, when God taketh away his soul? (Job 27:2-8 KJVR)
How can Job speak that way while he sits covered in worms having lost all? Well, how could Jesus go to the cross to be spiked there after having been whipped and spit upon and still forgive people their ignorant hypocrisy?
Job had been rich, but he had not been an oppressor.
This is the portion of a wicked man with God, and the heritage of oppressors, which they shall receive of the Almighty. If his children be multiplied, it is for the sword: and his offspring shall not be satisfied with bread. Those that remain of him shall be buried in death: and his widows shall not weep. Though he heap up silver as the dust, and prepare raiment as the clay; He may prepare it, but the just shall put it on, and the innocent shall divide the silver. He buildeth his house as a moth, and as a booth that the keeper maketh. The rich man shall lie down, but he shall not be gathered: he openeth his eyes, and he is not. Terrors take hold on him as waters, a tempest stealeth him away in the night. The east wind carrieth him away, and he departeth: and as a storm hurleth him out of his place. For God shall cast upon him, and not spare: he would fain flee out of his hand. Men shall clap their hands at him, and shall hiss him out of his place. (Job 27:13-23 KJVR)
Read it well, Dick Cheney. People are clapping at you and hissing as they send your spirit away. Love the LORD, and depart from evil.
Also, what of the light being darkness? Job says:
They change the night into day: the light is short because of darkness. (Job 17:12 KJVR)
But he is in one mind, and who can turn him? and what his soul desireth, even that he doeth. For he performeth the thing that is appointed for me: and many such things are with him. Therefore am I troubled at his presence: when I consider, I am afraid of him. For God maketh my heart soft, and the Almighty troubleth me: Because I was not cut off before the darkness, neither hath he covered the darkness from my face. (Job 23:13-17 KJVR)
Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. (Matthew 4:10 KJVR)
And if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself; how shall then his kingdom stand? (Matthew 12:26 KJVR)
But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men. (Matthew 16:23 KJVR)
And he was there in the wilderness forty days, tempted of Satan; and was with the wild beasts; and the angels ministered unto him. (Mark 1:13 KJVR)
And these are they by the way side, where the word is sown; but when they have heard, Satan cometh immediately, and taketh away the word that was sown in their hearts. (Mark 4:15 KJVR)
And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven. (Luke 10:18 KJVR)
And ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan hath bound, lo, these eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the sabbath day? (Luke 13:16 KJVR)
Then entered Satan into Judas surnamed Iscariot, being of the number of the twelve. (Luke 22:3 KJVR)
And after the sop Satan entered into him. Then said Jesus unto him, That thou doest, do quickly. (John 13:27 KJVR)
And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: (Luke 22:31 KJVR)
And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. (Matthew 10:28 KJVR)
Therefore, why listen to the Theosophists who preach Satan is LORD and that Yah is not? They are leading to the heritage of the oppressors, as Job rightly said. Their teaching is not wisdom. They do not depart from evil but embrace it and encourage others to do so. They are deceived and deceive others into not being able to see who Yah really is, who Jesus really is. They preach opening the floodgates of Hell, and they do it. Only the redeemer is come within and real life and real light are as Jesus said that is serving all and taking nothing, which is the exact opposite of Aleister Crowley and the other Machiavellians and Nazis and Neocons and Zionists, etc.
Because I delivered the poor that cried, and the fatherless, and him that had none to help him. The blessing of him that was ready to perish came upon me: and I caused the widow's heart to sing for joy. I put on righteousness, and it clothed me: my judgment was as a robe and a diadem. I was eyes to the blind, and feet was I to the lame. I was a father to the poor: and the cause which I knew not I searched out. And I brake the jaws of the wicked, and plucked the spoil out of his teeth. (Job 29:12-17 KJVR)
Did not I weep for him that was in trouble? was not my soul grieved for the poor? When I looked for good, then evil came unto me: and when I waited for light, there came darkness. (Job 30:25-26 KJVR)
Yes, Job was a rich but good man. He used the gifts from God not in selfishness but to do the things that Jesus later said were the basis upon which the evil are to be separated from the good: the goats from the sheep. What did Satan do? Satan and his minions attacked Job taking everything away, murdering his family, and afflicting Job right up to the point of death of the flesh. What did Job do? He understood that he had not done anything to deserve the bad treatment from the god of this world who is Satan. He understood that there is a redeemer who will finally deliver Job from Satan's evil deeds. Who can redeem anyone from the god of this world? The real God can. The God of good-deeds-only can. Thy kingdom come. Why are people calling for the opposite?
Upon my right hand rise the youth; they push away my feet, and they raise up against me the ways of their destruction. They mar my path, they set forward my calamity, they have no helper. (Job 30:12-13 KJVR)
After this, ironically, a young man, Elihu, who had been silently listening, was moved to speak. He pointed out God's forgiving nature right in the here and now. That was something that wasn't addressed by the elders surrounding him. It was a foreshadowing of Jesus too, just as was Job.
Then, Job was moved to consider all the things that God knows that Job does not. Job repented further. That was good. God told the other older men that they had been wrong about God's true nature and feelings, etc.
God restored Job to twice the condition he had before undergoing his Hellish ordeal.
It's an amazing story. Along with Jacob repenting to God and his Jacob's fraternal twin bother, Esau, and along with Joseph being humbled and also forgiving his half brothers, the story of Job up this point in the Bible taken lineally it very instructive about how humans are to treat each other.
I like Esau. People try to focus on that he sold his birthright for some food, but that's not where the story ended. It ended with a very magnanimous Esau accepting his brother back in the spirit of love. Esau was king. He could have killed Jacob for stealing Esau's blessing. He didn't, and Jacob apologized and humbled himself. I like Esau and Jacob. We could use more men right now running things as those two turned out to be.
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- We consider the IRS code on this matter as deliberate economic duress (a form of coercion) and a direct attempt by the federal government to censor dissenting, free political and religious speech.
- It's not freedom of religion if they tax it.
And when they were come to Capernaum, they that received tribute money came to Peter, and said, Doth not your master pay tribute? He saith, Yes. And when he was come into the house, Jesus prevented him, saying, What thinkest thou, Simon? of whom do the kings of the earth take custom or tribute? of their own children, or of strangers? Peter saith unto him, Of strangers. Jesus saith unto him, Then are the children free. (Matthew 17:24-26)