The village Rabbi, hearing that Messiah was resting in a farm house on the edge of town,  resolved to bring unto Him free will offerings of the finest gold and linen.

The Rabbi, however, possessed neither gold nor linen. Naturally, he would not steal it, but rather following the example of the Children of the Exodus, he made an appeal

His sister was a well-known prostitute of much success in the intercourse of commerce. Donning the disguise he kept at the synagogue lest he be recognized at the brothel, the Rabbi approached his sister at her place of business.

Much as the followers of Moses requested gifts of gold and fabric from the idolatrous Egyptians prior to encountering the Lord at Sinai, the Rabbi requested gold and linen from his sister to present before Messiah.

Her heart filled with love for her brother, and wishing to him happiness, she complied with his request. Arriving at the farmhouse on edge of town, the Rabbi greeted the Messiah, saying, “I bring you my freewill offering of precious gold and fine linen.”

Messiah looked at the gifts. Then spoke, gently yet firmly. “The gold is tainted; the linen is soiled. The offering from you is impure.”

“But Messiah,” reasoned the Rabbi, “although the gold be tainted by prostitution, and the linen likewise soiled, are the gifts not sanctified as in the days of the exodus from Egypt?”

The Messiah, filled with compassion, explained:

“The gold and linen were gifted to you in pure intent. It was your desire to impress me that tainted the offering. Return to your sister, free of disguise, and express to her my blessing and acceptance of her freewill gift.”

The Rabbi arose to leave with heavy heart, but Messiah stayed him. “Whosoever leaves here must do so with gladsome heart,” he said, and bestowed upon the Rabbi a warm embrace that filled the Rabbi with untold joy.

 “Take with you on your return, this lesson,” said Messiah. “More important than the prayer is the spirit in which it is uttered, and more important than the spirit of its utterance is the authenticity and consecration with which it is realized in deeds. Know thou that it is preferable in the eyes of God to honestly serve on your knees in a brothel, than to stand before the Lord in selfish disguise.”

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