This is a story my Dad told me when I was young about a prophet who told God he would like to be the judge of the world and the lesson the prophet learnt. This story guided my life from an early age.
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This is a story my father told me when I was very young, probably before I was 10 years old, but the story stuck in my head ever since then. It is a story of why one should not judge anyone and why all judgment belongs to God.
The story goes something like this. There was a prophet of God who was very holy, pious and wise. He was considered good and wise and he was a judge for God’s people. The prophet then told God that considering his antecedents he would like to be the judge of the world.
The Lord then asked him if he was sure he would be able to be the judge of the world, of which the prophet said yes he would like to be.
So God then told him that he was going to show him a scene of an event and at the end of the day, the prophet should tell him who was in the wrong. The prophet agreed.
God then asked that in the morning he should climb a tree and observe everything that unfolds from morning till evening and at the end of the day, he should judge who was wrong
The prophet agreed and then climbed the tree and hid in the branches to observe everything that would happen as God commanded him.
Not too long he saw a merchant approaching, the merchant looked very rich and had some bags with him and his merchandise obviously going to the market. However, the merchant seemed tired and wanted to rest. He saw the tree the prophet was sitting on top (but did not notice the prophet) but he thought he could rest at the foot of the tree, so he laid his head down to rest.
Not too long afterwards came a mad man walking along the path, the mad man was walking around carrying a cutlass,
he then noticed the merchant sleeping under the tree and without any hesitation, killed the merchant and cut off the head of the merchant, just like that and walked away. The prophet was aghast but remained silent at the top of the tree.
After waiting for some time, a group of monkeys came to the scene, they were hungry and looking for food,
they rummaged through the merchants belongings and not finding anything saw a bag, which contained money, thinking there was banana in it they took it to a nearby emptying some of the content by the river bank looking for food but when the concluded there was no food in it they left the bag and the remaining money in it at the river bank and went their away.
The prophet all this while was still at the top of the tree observing everything
In the evening, a young man came to the river to fetch some water for him and his household, and then noticed the bag of money which the monkeys had left by the river bank, looking around he did not see anyone, he called and called, thinking the owner was around and would come to take the money but no one did,
he sat there and counted the money and thought to himself it must be more than luck but God’s favour, because the amount of money in the bag was the exact amount of money he had been defrauded of that, landed he and his sister in financial difficulty they were facing. Thanking God for his good fortune he ran home to tell his sister the good news.
At the end of the day, God asked the prophet to come down from the tree and to judge who was wrong.
The Prophet’s Judgement
The prophet started by saying it was the merchant, for he should not have slept in the first place, but God reminded him that the merchant was tired and only wanted to rest
The prophet then went on to say it was the madman who cut off the merchants head, but God said, well he was a mad man and did not know what he was doing and even in a court of law the madman would not be held liable for his actions
The prophet then thought and said, well the monkeys did have a part to play and should have left the man’s things intact and probably that man would not have taken advantage to take a dead man’s money left at the river bank, but God reminded him that there were just monkeys that were hungry and looking for food and the young man who saw the money was simply lucky after all the young man did call-out at the top of his voice for who left the bag.
The prophet after thinking for a while and cracking his brain to solve the mystery on who might be wrong finally gave up and asked God to tell him who was wrong.
God now told him that what happened there was for the scales to be balanced, the merchant had in a past life beheaded the madman and there had to be compensation, the madman was mad for another crime he had committed but still needed to behead the merchant’s head for the law of compensation to be balanced.
Secondly, the merchant had defrauded the young man and his sister of some amount of money and what the monkeys did was to empty the content of the bag to the exact amount of money that he defrauded the young man by providence, the young man came across the exact money he was defrauded and that is why he was thanking God thinking it was an answer to his prayers of which it was indeed.
God then told the prophet that he would never have known all that since he was a mere mortal who could not see past his own life let alone the lives of others, but he God the Omni-present, the beginning and the end and who sees all things and that is why he God could be the judge of the world and the prophet was limited could not.
The prophet was sorry for asking to be the judge of the world and concluded that one should never be the judge until he knows the full story of someone.
Moral of the story:
Don’t judge anyone. You do not know their heart, you do not know their full story unless God through his Holy Spirit reveals to you.
God says vengeance is his because he sees all and knows all.
Karma is real and everyone would receive judgement either in this life or the next life.