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Abner's Tale

Abner's Tale

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Published by Joe Pugh
A refugee fleeing from Herod's bloody reign finds asylum in a distant land...and more.
A refugee fleeing from Herod's bloody reign finds asylum in a distant land...and more.

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Published by: Joe Pugh on Jan 25, 2009
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Abner’s Tale
by Josephus Pugh
I
n the days of the Roman Empire there was a young man named Abner whofled from a tyrannical local government and hid himself in a small village of aforeign country. He took shelter with a family of three, themselves alsorefugees, and worked with them doing repairs and manual labor for the othervillagers. He lived quietly with them for a week. They shared what little theyhad but did not speak of their pasts. Then, on the seventh day, as they reclined to supper, his hostsencouraged Abner to tell his tale. After a moment’s hesitation, he began . . . .“I was a soldier in the service of my king. I lived comfortably and I wasrespected by my peers and the people. I had a captain I admired and ayoung girl whom I loved. I had everything that a young man could wish for. Then one day we received terrible news. The king had heard of a baby, bornin a village of his kingdom who, rumor had it, had a claim to the throne. Theking was livid. He had a son of his own and would not allow any rivalry in hiskingdom. Since no one had certain word of the identity of this child, therewas no way to distinguish him from any other boy in the town. We weregiven orders . . . ”At this point, Abner shook his head and clenched his teeth. His hostplaced a hand on his shoulder and he continued.
 
“We were given orders to ride to the town and kill . . . every baby boy .. . every one. I rode with my company on the way in anguish. I am not veryreligious man but I believe in the God of my people.”“I couldn’t do it. So when my captain said that guards would need tobe posted at the town exits, I volunteered, seeing a chance to slip away.Some of our company and myself broke off from the main force and Imanaged to get separated from my companions long enough to hide myself unnoticed.” His voice was almost a whisper now, his eyes on the floor. “Whenthe others were out of sight, I rode off. I abandoned my company, my oathand my king. I cannot . . . I cannot serve a king who kills babies. I fled. I rodewithout stopping until I reached the desert. Eventually I found myself here. Iheard your accent and knew you were also foreigners. It was foolish of mebut I wanted some company, so I approached you.”“If I ever go back, I will be put to death. I will spend the rest of my lifein exile.”At this point the wife of his host began to sob loudly, clutching her ownboy who was only a toddler himself. Abner blushed and hung his head.“I’m sorry; I should not tell such tales in the presence of a youngmother.”“You misunderstand,” His host assured Abner, his eyes moist as well.“She weeps with joy at your tale. Here we see the wisdom and kindness of the Lord revealed. You alone of all your company refused to seek the child,and now you alone of your company have found Him. You deserted yourearthly king because you honor your Heavenly King, and now He welcomesyou. For this is the child sought by Herod. The angel of the Lord has spoken

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