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Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Theme: Wisdom that Satisfies

Readings from the Bible:

1) Prov. 1:1

The Bible The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel;

2) Prov. 4:7, 8

Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding. Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to honour, when thou dost embrace her.

3) Ex. 20:1, 12–17, 19 (to :)

And God spake all these words, saying, ... ... ¶ Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee. Thou shalt not kill. Thou shalt not commit adultery. Thou shalt not steal. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour's. ... And they said unto Moses, Speak thou with us, and we will hear: ...

4) Deut. 4:1 (to 4th ,), 6–9

Now therefore hearken, O Israel, unto the statutes and unto the judgments, which I teach you, ... Keep therefore and do them; for this is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the nations, which shall hear all these statutes, and say, Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people. For what nation is there so great, who hath God so nigh unto them, as the LORD our God is in all things that we call upon him for? And what nation is there so great, that hath statutes and judgments so righteous as all this law, which I set before you this day? Only take heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently, lest thou forget the things which thine eyes have seen, and lest they depart from thy heart all the days of thy life: but teach them thy sons, and thy sons' sons;

5) II Sam. 11:2–4 (to 2nd ;), 5, 6, 7–11 David, 14, 15, 26, 27

¶ And it came to pass in an eveningtide, that David arose from off his bed, and walked upon the roof of the king's house: and from the roof he saw a woman washing herself; and the woman was very beautiful to look upon. And David sent and inquired after the woman. And one said, Is not this Bath–sheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite? And David sent messengers, and took her; and she came in unto him, and he lay with her; ... And the woman conceived, and sent and told David, and said, I am with child. ¶ And David sent to Joab, saying, Send me Uriah the Hittite. And Joab sent Uriah to David. ... David demanded of him how Joab did, and how the people did, and how the war prospered. And David said to Uriah, Go down to thy house, and wash thy feet. And Uriah departed out of the king's house, and there followed him a mess of meat from the king. But Uriah slept at the door of the king's house with all the servants of his lord, and went not down to his house. And when they had told David, saying, Uriah went not down unto his house, David said unto Uriah, Camest thou not from thy journey? why then didst thou not go down unto thine house? And Uriah said unto David, The ark, and Israel, and Judah, abide in tents; and my lord Joab, and the servants of my lord, are encamped in the open fields; shall I then go into mine house, to eat and to drink, and to lie with my wife? as thou livest, and as thy soul liveth, I will not do this thing. ... ... ¶ And it came to pass in the morning, that David wrote a letter to Joab, and sent it by the hand of Uriah. And he wrote in the letter, saying, Set ye Uriah in the forefront of the hottest battle, and retire ye from him, that he may be smitten, and die. ... ... ¶ And when the wife of Uriah heard that Uriah her husband was dead, she mourned for her husband. And when the mourning was past, David sent and fetched her to his house, and she became his wife, and bare him a son. But the thing that David had done displeased the LORD.

6) II Sam. 12:13, 14

And David said unto Nathan, I have sinned against the LORD. And Nathan said unto David, The LORD also hath put away thy sin; thou shalt not die. Howbeit, because by this deed thou hast given great occasion to the enemies of the LORD to blaspheme, the child also that is born unto thee shall surely die.

7) Mark 10:35 (to 5th ,), 37 Grant, 38 (to ,), 40

¶ And James and John, the sons of Zebedee, come unto him, saying, Master, ... ... Grant unto us that we may sit, one on thy right hand, and the other on thy left hand, in thy glory. But Jesus said unto them, ... But to sit on my right hand and on my left hand is not mine to give; but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared.

8) Luke 7:19 John, 21, 22

... John calling unto him two of his disciples sent them to Jesus, saying, Art thou he that should come? or look we for another? ... And in that same hour he cured many of their infirmities and plagues, and of evil spirits; and unto many that were blind he gave sight. Then Jesus answering said unto them, Go your way, and tell John what things ye have seen and heard; how that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, to the poor the gospel is preached.

9) Ps. 23:1

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.

10) Ps. 107:9 he (to ,), 43

... he satisfieth the longing soul, ... Whoso is wise, and will observe these things, even they shall understand the lovingkindness of the LORD.

Readings from Science and Health:

1) SH 275:14

and correlative passages from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy All substance, intelligence, wisdom, being, immortality, cause, and effect belong to God. These are His attributes, the eternal manifestations of the infinite divine Principle, Love. No wisdom is wise but His wisdom; no truth is true, no love is lovely, no life is Life but the divine; no good is, but the good God bestows.

2) SH 373:15–21

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,” but the Scriptures also declare, through the exalted thought of John, that “perfect Love casteth out fear.” The fear occasioned by ignorance can be cured; but to remove the effects of fear produced by sin, you must rise above both fear and sin.

3) SH 322:14–15, 26–29

Man's wisdom finds no satisfaction in sin, since God has sentenced sin to suffer. ... The sharp experiences of belief in the supposititious life of matter, as well as our disappointments and ceaseless woes, turn us like tired children to the arms of divine Love.

4) SH vii:15–20

Contentment with the past and the cold conventionality of materialism are crumbling away. Ignorance of God is no longer the stepping-stone to faith. The only guarantee of obedience is a right apprehension of Him whom to know aright is Life eternal.

5) SH 56:15–3

Infidelity to the marriage covenant is the social scourge of all races, “the pestilence that walketh in darkness, . . . the destruction that wasteth at noonday.” The commandment, “Thou shalt not commit adultery,” is no less imperative than the one, “Thou shalt not kill.” Chastity is the cement of civilization and progress. Without it there is no stability in society, and without it one cannot attain the Science of Life.

6) SH 115:19–5

SCIENTIFIC TRANSLATION OF MORTAL MIND First Degree: Depravity. Physical. Evil beliefs, passions and appetites, fear, depraved will, self-justification, pride, envy, deceit, hatred, revenge, sin, sickness, disease, death. Second Degree: Evil beliefs disappearing. Moral. Humanity, honesty, affection, compassion, hope, faith, meekness, temperance. Third Degree: Understanding. Spiritual. Wisdom, purity, spiritual understanding, spiritual power, love, health, holiness. In the third degree mortal mind disappears, and man as God's image appears.

7) SH 203:26–27

Sin kills the sinner and will continue to kill him so long as he sins.

8) SH 289:8 (only)

A wicked mortal is not the idea of God.

9) SH 505:21–22, 26–29

Understanding is the line of demarcation between the real and unreal. ... This understanding is not intellectual, is not the result of scholarly attainments; it is the reality of all things brought to light. God's ideas reflect the immortal, unerring, and infinite.

10) SH 458:23

The Christianly scientific man reflects the divine law, thus becoming a law unto himself. He does violence to no man. Neither is he a false accuser. The Christian Scientist wisely shapes his course, and is honest and consistent in following the leadings of divine Mind. He must prove, through living as well as healing and teaching, that Christ's way is the only one by which mortals are radically saved from sin and sickness.

11) SH 241:9

Falsehood, envy, hypocrisy, malice, hate, revenge, and so forth, steal away the treasures of Truth. Stripped of its coverings, what a mocking spectacle is sin!

12) SH 64:1

Want of uniform justice is a crying evil caused by the selfishness and inhumanity of man. Our forefathers exercised their faith in the direction taught by the Apostle James, when he said: “Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father, is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.”

13) SH 27:1

Jesus sent a message to John the Baptist, which was intended to prove beyond a question that the Christ had come: “Go your way, and tell John what things ye have seen and heard; how that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, to the poor the gospel is preached.” In other words: Tell John what the demonstration of divine power is, and he will at once perceive that God is the power in the Messianic work.

14) SH 578:5

[DIVINE LOVE] is my shepherd; I shall not want.

15) SH 452:10–12

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.

HYMNS: 79, 343, 263

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