Samuel had just begun in the temple school when Miriam brought the baby to the temple. What he saw and heard and after meeting Miriam and Yosef his excitement over the apparent coming of the Messiah blossomed only to be met with rejection, ridicule and rebuke from his peers and Temple leaders in Jerusalem. Chastened Samuel left work at the temple, self-exiled to his home in Hebron. He returned years later with his family to resume service in the temple school. He was determined to protect his position and his family. But Yeshua begins his mission, and Samuel’s fears are awakened. In spite of his early experience and his knowledge of Scripture, he gives in to peer pressure. He becomes even more disturbed to find that his family is falling under Yeshua’s influence. Blinded by pride and rage he must take action and he strikes out. Caught in a web of scripture, tradition, Yeshua, his love for his country and his family, it seems as if a sword is tearing at his inner being.