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Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Theme: The breath of inspiration

Readings from the Bible:

1) II Tim. 3:14 continue, 16, 17

The Bible ... continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; ... All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

2) Neh. 8:1, 3, 6

And all the people gathered themselves together as one man into the street that was before the water gate; and they spake unto Ezra the scribe to bring the book of the law of Moses, which the LORD had commanded to Israel. ... And he read therein before the street that was before the water gate from the morning until midday, before the men and the women, and those that could understand; and the ears of all the people were attentive unto the book of the law. ... And Ezra blessed the LORD, the great God. And all the people answered, Amen, Amen, with lifting up their hands: and they bowed their heads, and worshipped the LORD with their faces to the ground.

3) Ps. 33:6

By the word of the LORD were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth.

4) Ps. 150:6 (to 1st .)

Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. ...

5) I Kings 17:1 Elijah, 8, 9, 15, 17–19, 21 (to 2nd ,), 22, 23

... Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the inhabitants of Gilead, said unto Ahab, As the LORD God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my word. ... ... ¶ And the word of the LORD came unto him, saying, Arise, get thee to Zarephath, which belongeth to Zidon, and dwell there: behold, I have commanded a widow woman there to sustain thee. ... And she went and did according to the saying of Elijah: and she, and he, and her house, did eat many days. ... ... ¶ And it came to pass after these things, that the son of the woman, the mistress of the house, fell sick; and his sickness was so sore, that there was no breath left in him. And she said unto Elijah, What have I to do with thee, O thou man of God? art thou come unto me to call my sin to remembrance, and to slay my son? And he said unto her, Give me thy son. And he took him out of her bosom, and carried him up into a loft, where he abode, and laid him upon his own bed. ... And he stretched himself upon the child three times, and cried unto the LORD, ... And the LORD heard the voice of Elijah; and the soul of the child came into him again, and he revived. And Elijah took the child, and brought him down out of the chamber into the house, and delivered him unto his mother: and Elijah said, See, thy son liveth.

6) Isa. 42:5 2nd he, 6

... he that spread forth the earth, and that which cometh out of it; he that giveth breath unto the people upon it, and spirit to them that walk therein: I the LORD have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles;

7) Dan. 5:1, 5, 8, 13 (to 1st ,), 16–18 I, 20, 22, 23 8th and, 25, 31

Belshazzar the king made a great feast to a thousand of his lords, and drank wine before the thousand. ... ... ¶ In the same hour came forth fingers of a man's hand, and wrote over against the candlestick upon the plaster of the wall of the king's palace: and the king saw the part of the hand that wrote. ... Then came in all the king's wise men: but they could not read the writing, nor make known to the king the interpretation thereof. ... Then was Daniel brought in before the king. And the king spake and said unto Daniel, ... ... I have heard of thee, that thou canst make interpretations, and dissolve doubts: now if thou canst read the writing, and make known to me the interpretation thereof, thou shalt be clothed with scarlet, and have a chain of gold about thy neck, and shalt be the third ruler in the kingdom. ¶ Then Daniel answered and said before the king, Let thy gifts be to thyself, and give thy rewards to another; yet I will read the writing unto the king, and make known to him the interpretation. O thou king, the most high God gave Nebuchadnezzar thy father a kingdom, and majesty, and glory, and honour: ... But when his heart was lifted up, and his mind hardened in pride, he was deposed from his kingly throne, and they took his glory from him: ... And thou his son, O Belshazzar, hast not humbled thine heart, though thou knewest all this; ... and the God in whose hand thy breath is, and whose are all thy ways, hast thou not glorified: ... ... ¶ And this is the writing that was written, MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN. ... And Darius the Median took the kingdom, being about threescore and two years old.

8) Dan. 6:1, 2 (to :)

It pleased Darius to set over the kingdom an hundred and twenty princes, which should be over the whole kingdom; And over these three presidents; of whom Daniel was first: ...

9) John 2:1–3 there, 5, 7, 8, 9–11 4th the

... there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there: And both Jesus was called, and his disciples, to the marriage. And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith unto him, They have no wine. ... His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it. ... Jesus saith unto them, Fill the waterpots with water. And they filled them up to the brim. And he saith unto them, Draw out now, and bear unto the governor of the feast. And they bare it. ... the servants which drew the water knew;) the governor of the feast called the bridegroom, And saith unto him, Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse: but thou hast kept the good wine until now. This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth his glory; and his disciples believed on him.

10) John 5:15, 16 (to 1st ,), 19, 20

The man departed, and told the Jews that it was Jesus, which had made him whole. And therefore did the Jews persecute Jesus, ... Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise. For the Father loveth the Son, and sheweth him all things that himself doeth: and he will shew him greater works than these, that ye may marvel.

Readings from Science and Health:

1) SH 547:23–25, 28–5

and correlative passages from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy The Scriptures are very sacred. Our aim must be to have them understood spiritually, for only by this understanding can truth be gained. ... Inspired thought relinquishes a material, sensual, and mortal theory of the universe, and adopts the spiritual and immortal. It is this spiritual perception of Scripture, which lifts humanity out of disease and death and inspires faith. “The Spirit and the bride say, Come! . . . and whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.” Christian Science separates error from truth, and breathes through the sacred pages the spiritual sense of life, substance, and intelligence.

2) SH 281:14–26, 28–1

The one Ego, the one Mind or Spirit called God, is infinite individuality, which supplies all form and comeliness and which reflects reality and divinity in individual spiritual man and things. The mind supposed to exist in matter or beneath a skull bone is a myth, a misconceived sense and false conception as to man and Mind. When we put off the false sense for the true, and see that sin and mortality have neither Principle nor permanency, we shall learn that sin and mortality are without actual origin or rightful existence. They are native nothingness, out of which error would simulate creation through a man formed from dust. ... Our false views of matter perish as we grasp the facts of Spirit. The old belief must be cast out or the new idea will be spilled, and the inspiration, which is to change our standpoint, will be lost.

3) SH 192:32–14 (to 2nd .)

I was called to visit Mr. Clark in Lynn, who had been confined to his bed six months with hip-disease, caused by a fall upon a wooden spike when quite a boy. On entering the house I met his physician, who said that the patient was dying. The physician had just probed the ulcer on the hip, and said the bone was carious for several inches. He even showed me the probe, which had on it the evidence of this condition of the bone. The doctor went out. Mr. Clark lay with his eyes fixed and sightless. The dew of death was on his brow. I went to his bedside. In a few moments his face changed; its death-pallor gave place to a natural hue. The eyelids closed gently and the breathing became natural; he was asleep. In about ten minutes he opened his eyes and said: “I feel like a new man. My suffering is all gone.”

4) SH 194:2

Reviewing this brief experience, I cannot fail to discern the coincidence of the spiritual idea of man with the divine Mind.

5) SH 525:1–3

Does Mind, God, enter matter to become there a mortal sinner, animated by the breath of God?

6) SH 452:7–15

Walking in the light, we are accustomed to the light and require it; we cannot see in darkness. But eyes accustomed to darkness are pained by the light. When outgrowing the old, you should not fear to put on the new. Your advancing course may provoke envy, but it will also attract respect. When error confronts you, withhold not the rebuke or the explanation which destroys error. Never breathe an immoral atmosphere, unless in the attempt to purify it.

7) SH 65:1

Experience should be the school of virtue, and human happiness should proceed from man's highest nature. May Christ, Truth, be present at every bridal altar to turn the water into wine and to give to human life an inspiration by which man's spiritual and eternal existence may be discerned.

8) SH 53:16–18

The world could not interpret aright the discomfort which Jesus inspired and the spiritual blessings which might flow from such discomfort.

9) SH 454:17–22

Love for God and man is the true incentive in both healing and teaching. Love inspires, illumines, designates, and leads the way. Right motives give pinions to thought, and strength and freedom to speech and action. Love is priestess at the altar of Truth.

10) SH 262:14

These clearer, higher views inspire the Godlike man to reach the absolute centre and circumference of his being.

HYMNS: 144, 431, 266

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