The Director-General of Cherbourg Shipyards awaited his guest. A strange man walked in.
The stranger said, "I am told the French government has seized the missile boats that were being built here for the Israeli Navy".
The Director-General said, "It is so."
Then the stranger said, "I represent a Norweigian oil company. My company needs a vessel to explore for oil, I should like to negotiate the details for purchase."
The Director-general said, "That is reasonable. The boat is causing a fuss. I'll be glad to be rid of it."
The stranger said,"Here is our offer."
The Director-General said,"I shall have to make sure all the details are in order."
"Certainly", came the reply.
A few weeks later Asher and David, were watching while a crew of Israeli sailors steer the missile boats toward a dock in Tel-aviv.
Asher said,"Imagine having to steal our own property."
David replied, "Yet there is something pleasant about sneaking into a French harbor and stealing a boat from the French. As if we heard the story before somewhere."
Asher smiled, "Horatio Hornblower would be proud of us.
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