| Hurlbut's Story of the Bible|
|by Jesse Lyman Hurlbut|
|A book which stands in such honor as the Bible should be known by all. And the time when one can most readily obtain a familiarity with the Bible is in early life. Those who in childhood learn the Story of the Bible are fortunate, for they will never forget it. In this unabridged and unedited edition you will find all the principal stories of the Bible, each one complete in itself, while together combining to form a continuous narrative. With 168 stories from both the Old Testament and the New Testament, there is ample material for a full year of reading. Ages 6-12 |
THE STORY OF A BOY IN CAPERNAUM, AND OF A RIOT IN NAZARETH
John iv: 46 to 54; Luke iv: 16 to 31.
ROM Sychar, the village near Jacob's well, Jesus went
northward into Galilee, to Cana, the place where he had
made the water into wine, as we read in Story 116.
The news that Jesus had come back from
Jerusalem, and was again in Galilee, went through all
that part of the land, and everybody wished to see the
prophet who had wrought such wonders.
There was one man living in Capernaum, a town beside
the Sea of Galilee, who heard with great joy that Jesus
was again at Cana. He was a man of high rank, a
nobleman at the court of King Herod; but he was in deep
trouble over his son, who was very sick, and in danger
of dying. This nobleman went up the mountains in great
haste from Capernaum to Cana, to see Jesus. He rode
all night, and in the morning, when he found Jesus, he
begged him to come down to Capernaum and cure his son.
Jesus said to the man, "You people will not believe on
me as the Saviour, unless you continually see signs and
"O my lord," said the father, "do come down quickly, or
my child will die."
"You may go home," said Jesus, "for your son will
The man believed the words of Jesus, and went home, but
he did not hurry, nor did he ask Jesus to go with him.
The next morning, as he was going down the mountains,
his servants met him, and said, "Master, your son is
living, and is better."
"At what hour did he begin to grow better?" asked the
"It was yesterday, at seven o-clock in the morning,
when the fever left him," they answered.
 That was the very hour when Jesus had said to him,
"Your son will live." And after that the nobleman
believed in Jesus, and so did all who were living in
Jesus had come to Galilee to preach to the people, and
to tell them of his gospel. He thought that he would
begin his preaching in the town of Nazareth, where he
had lived so many years, where his brothers and sisters
were living still, and where all the people had known
him. He loved the men who had played with him when he
and they were boys together, and he longed to give them
the first news of his gospel.
THE WELL OF THE WISE MEN, NEAR BETHLEHEM
So Jesus went to Nazareth; and, as on the Sabbath-days
he had always worshipped in the synagogue, he went to
that place once more. He was no longer the carpenter,
but the teacher, the prophet, of whom all in the land
were talking, and the synagogue was filled with people
eager to hear him, and, especially, hoping to see him
do some wonderful works. Seated on the floor before
him were men who had known him since he was a little
boy, and perhaps some of his own sisters were looking
down from the gallery behind the lattice-screen.
Jesus stood up, to show that he wished to read from the
Scriptures, and the officer who had the care of the
books handed him the
 roll of the prophet Isaiah. Jesus
turned to the sixty-first chapter, and from it read:
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
Because he hath anointed me to preach good tidings to the poor.
He hath sent me to proclaim freedom to the captives,
And recovering of sight to the blind,
To set at liberty those that are bruised,
To proclaim the year of God's grace to men.
When Jesus had read these words he rolled up the book
and gave it again to the keeper of the rolls, and sat
down; for in the synagogue a man stood up to read the
Bible, and sat down to speak to the people. He began
"This day this word of the Lord has come to pass before
And then he showed how he had been sent to preach to
the poor, to set the captives free, to give sight to
the blind, to comfort those in trouble, and to tell men
the news of God's grace. At first the people listened
with the deepest interest, and they were touched with
the kind and tender words that he spoke.
But soon they began to whisper among themselves. One
said, "Why should this carpenter try to teach us?" And
another, "This man is no teacher! He is only the son
of Joseph! We know his brothers, and his sisters are
living here." And some began to say, "Why does he not
do here the wonders that they say he has done in other
places? We want to see some of his miracles!"
Jesus knew their thoughts, and he said, "I know that
you will say to me, 'Let us see a miracle like that on
the nobleman's son in Capernaum.' Of a truth, I say to
you, 'No prophet has honour among his own people.'
"You remember what is told of Elijah the prophet; when
the heavens were shut up, and there was no rain for
three years and six months. There were many widows in
the land of Israel at that time, but Elijah was not
sent by the Lord to any one of them. The Lord sent him
out of the land to Zarephath, a town near Zidon, to a
widow there; and there he wrought his miracles.
"And in the time of Elisha the prophet, there were many
lepers in Israel that Elisha might have cured; but the
only leper that Elisha made well was Naaman the
 All this made the people in the synagogue very angry;
for they cared only to see some wonderful work, and not
to hear the words of Jesus. They would not listen to
him; they leaped up from their seats upon the floor,
they laid hold of Jesus, and dragged him out doors.
They then took him up to the top of the hill above the
city, and they would have thrown him down to his death.
But Jesus, by the power of God, slipped quietly out of
their hands and went away, for the time for him to die
had not yet come.
Very sadly Jesus went away from Nazareth, for he had
longed to bring God's blessings to his own people. He
walked down the mountains to the city of Capernaum, by
the seashore, and there on the Sabbath-days he taught
the people in the synagogues.
You can read the story of Elijah the prophet and the
woman of Zarephath in Story 76, and
the story of Elisha healing Naaman the Syrian in Story
86. These were the stories of
which Jesus spoke to the people in the synagogue at
JACOB'S WELL AS IT IS NOW
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