people and gave them a mission.He said "I'll ask you two
questions.Find the answers to these questions in a short
time! My first question: How long does it take to go from East
to West? My second question: What is the god doing at the
moment? If you can't find the answers to these questions in
three days I'll punish you all."
All the people in that country thought about these questions but
nobody could find the answers.After three days the king's men
gathered all the people in a big field in order to question
them.They were quite desperate.A shepherd saw the
crowd from a high mountain.He asked a passing by
horseman what was happening there.The man told
him everything.The shepherd thought for a while and
went straight to the field.
Suddenly the king appeared.He said "Have you found the answers to my questions?
Whoever has answers shall come here." All the people looked upset.They couldn't even
breathe.Then the shepherd came forward and said "Your majesty,I've found the answers to
your questions."The people were quite surprised.
The king asked " How long does it take to go from East to West?"
"It takes only one day,your majesty"answered the shepherd.
"How do you know? Are you sure?"asked the king.
"If there were two days from East to West the sun would be on the half way.But it rises in
the East every morning and sets in the West every evening so it only takes one day from
East to West." replied the shepherd.
The king continued "Well... What is god doing at the moment?"
"You majesty,stand up from your throne and give me your place.Then I'll answer your
question." said the shepherd.
The king stood up and gave the shepherd his place.The shepherd got on the throne and
loudly said "God is assigning a shepherd as a king and a king as a shepherd."
The king liked the clever shepherd's answers and said "One cannot meet such a clever boy
so often.I let everyone go home.I won't punish anyone."
From that day on all the people in that country respected the clever shepherd and
whenever they had a problem,they asked for help from him.