Jubal slipped out of the crowd.  This was the proof they needed.  This would be the end of the Rabbi Gamaliel and of Benjamin.  He grit his teeth.

I am not the betrayer.  They have betrayed us.  They have shamed us.

He made his way to the palace of the High Priest where he was to meet with Akbar again.  Benjamin had not seen him.  He had made sure of that.  Benjamin had been a friend but no longer.  They had talked of the war just that morning and Benjamin had seemed normal.  But Akbar was right, he had changed and for the worse.

They needed to be dealt with immediately before they spread their poison even more.  How could the Almighty God bless their battle against Rome if there was sin in the camp?  It must be removed.

There is no forgiveness without the shedding of blood.  Another ancient truth about to be fulfilled.

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The Temptations of the Cross by Bert A. Amsing
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