Summary:Yeshua and his disciples came upon a crucified man in the town of Khirbet
Shimon while traveling from Caesarea Philippi to the city of Tyre. Seeing that the
man was still alive, Yeshua directed his disciples to release him. One of his disciples
protested, stating that the man had been convicted of thievery and freeing him would
be punishable by crucifixion also. Asking the disciple for his sword (which the disciple
had thought to hide from Yeshua), Yeshua cut the ropes and released the man himself.
The man became a faithful follower of Yeshua from that day forth (Y:21:34). According
to Azrael’s Commentary, the disciple who warned Yeshua about freeing the thief and
whose sword Yeshua used, was Rufinius.
Azrael’s Commentary - Rufinius
[...] Rufinius became a devoted follower of Yeshua after the healing of his servant,
Albion. After the incident recorded in Yeshua 17:21-35, Rufinius resigned his commission
and followed Yeshua from that day forth. It was Rufinius’ intent to protect Yeshua
whether Yeshua thought he needed protecting or not. Rufinius presented a rather intimidating
presence. Abandoning his customary dress, Rufinius began to wear the robes of a Jewish
merchant; being careful to keep his short sword hidden beneath his robes so that
Yeshua would not see it. However, it was evident that Yeshua did know. If you will
read Yeshua 21:28-33, the disciple who warned Yeshua against releasing the crucified
man was none other than Rufinius. [...]
26. Now in Caesarea Philippi did Yeshua sit daily in the market place, teaching always
the coming forth of the kingdom of Heaven.
27. And many believed on him, and when he was completed, he took journey unto the
city of Tyre.
28. Now when Yeshua had passed through the town of Khirbet Shimon, he saw by the
way a man which was crucified; being bound to the cross by ropes strong and fresh.
29. And seeing that the man was yet alive, he commanded that his disciples release
30. But one answered him, saying: “Not so Lord, for this man is a thief and you know
also the penalty you must suffer if you save him.
31. For Vitellius which is governor of Syria has decreed the death against any man
which should take down the crucified before they are dead.”
32. But when Yeshua heard this, he said: “Give me the sword which you have hidden
33. And taking the sword, Yeshua cut asunder the cords which held fast the one which
34. And being let down upon the ground, the Lord comforted him and strengthened him,
and from that day the man followed after the Nazarene, being ever faithful unto him.