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Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Theme: The Sword of Truth

Readings from the Bible:

1) Rev. 1:10, 12, 13 (to 1st ,), 16 2nd and (to 2nd :), 17 (to ;)

The Bible I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet, ... And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks; And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, ... ... and out of his mouth went a sharp two-edged sword: ... And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; ...

2) Isa. 55:11, 13

So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. ... Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir tree, and instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree: and it shall be to the LORD for a name, for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.

3) Gen. 2:1 the, 2 (to ;), 3 (to :), 6, 9

... the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; ... And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: ... But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground. ... And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.

4) Gen. 3:22, 24

¶ And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever: ... So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.

5) Heb. 4:12 the, 16

... the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. ... Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

6) II Kings 6:8–17 the

... the king of Syria warred against Israel, and took counsel with his servants, saying, In such and such a place shall be my camp. And the man of God sent unto the king of Israel, saying, Beware that thou pass not such a place; for thither the Syrians are come down. And the king of Israel sent to the place which the man of God told him and warned him of, and saved himself there, not once nor twice. Therefore the heart of the king of Syria was sore troubled for this thing; and he called his servants, and said unto them, Will ye not shew me which of us is for the king of Israel? And one of his servants said, None, my lord, O king: but Elisha, the prophet that is in Israel, telleth the king of Israel the words that thou speakest in thy bedchamber. ¶ And he said, Go and spy where he is, that I may send and fetch him. And it was told him, saying, Behold, he is in Dothan. Therefore sent he thither horses, and chariots, and a great host: and they came by night, and compassed the city about. And when the servant of the man of God was risen early, and gone forth, behold, an host compassed the city both with horses and chariots. And his servant said unto him, Alas, my master! how shall we do? And he answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them. And Elisha prayed, and said, LORD, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the LORD opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.

7) Joel 2:1 (to 1st :), 7 3rd they, 8

Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: ... ... they shall march every one on his ways, and they shall not break their ranks: Neither shall one thrust another; they shall walk every one in his path: and when they fall upon the sword, they shall not be wounded.

8) Luke 22:22 truly, 31, 32, 39, 40, 47–51

... truly the Son of man goeth, as it was determined: but woe unto that man by whom he is betrayed! ... ... ¶ And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren. ... ... ¶ And he came out, and went, as he was wont, to the mount of Olives; and his disciples also followed him. And when he was at the place, he said unto them, Pray that ye enter not into temptation. ... ... ¶ And while he yet spake, behold a multitude, and he that was called Judas, one of the twelve, went before them, and drew near unto Jesus to kiss him. But Jesus said unto him, Judas, betrayest thou the Son of man with a kiss? When they which were about him saw what would follow, they said unto him, Lord, shall we smite with the sword? ¶ And one of them smote the servant of the high priest, and cut off his right ear. And Jesus answered and said, Suffer ye thus far. And he touched his ear, and healed him.

9) John 18:33 Pilate (to 3rd ,), 35 Thine, 36 (to 3rd ,), 37 To, 38 (to ?)

... Pilate entered into the judgment hall again, and called Jesus, and said unto him, ... ... Thine own nation and the chief priests have delivered thee unto me: what hast thou done? Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, ... ... To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice. Pilate saith unto him, What is truth? ...

10) Prov. 12:18, 19 (to :)

There is that speaketh like the piercings of a sword: but the tongue of the wise is health. The lip of truth shall be established for ever: ...

Readings from Science and Health:

1) SH 595:3 (only)

and correlative passages from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy SWORD. The idea of Truth; justice.

2) SH 20:25–26

The truth is the centre of all religion.

3) SH 93:22–27

In Christian Science, Spirit, as a proper noun, is the name of the Supreme Being. It means quantity and quality, and applies exclusively to God. The modifying derivatives of the word spirit refer only to quality, not to God. Man is spiritual. He is not God, Spirit.

4) SH 94:1–3

Jesus taught but one God, one Spirit, who makes man in the image and likeness of Himself, — of Spirit, not of matter.

5) SH 246:6–8, 12

Man is by no means a material germ rising from the imperfect and endeavoring to reach Spirit above his origin. ... ... Manhood is its eternal noon, undimmed by a declining sun. As the physical and material, the transient sense of beauty fades, the radiance of Spirit should dawn upon the enraptured sense with bright and imperishable glories.

6) SH 526:15–22

God pronounced good all that He created, and the Scriptures declare that He created all. The “tree of life” stands for the idea of Truth, and the sword which guards it is the type of divine Science. The “tree of knowledge” stands for the erroneous doctrine that the knowledge of evil is as real, hence as God-bestowed, as the knowledge of good.

7) SH 537:9–10, 14 (only)

A knowledge of evil was never the essence of divinity or manhood. ... Error excludes itself from harmony.

8) SH 538:3

Truth should, and does, drive error out of all selfhood. Truth is a two-edged sword, guarding and guiding. Truth places the cherub wisdom at the gate of understanding to note the proper guests. Radiant with mercy and justice, the sword of Truth gleams afar and indicates the infinite distance between Truth and error, between the material and spiritual, — the unreal and the real.

9) SH 19:12

The Master forbore not to speak the whole truth, declaring precisely what would destroy sickness, sin, and death, although his teaching set households at variance, and brought to material beliefs not peace, but a sword.

10) SH 27:6–8 (to in)

In other words: Tell John what the demonstration of divine power is, and he will at once perceive that God is the power in ...

11) SH 265:31

The pains of sense are salutary, if they wrench away false pleasurable beliefs and transplant the affections from sense to Soul, where the creations of God are good, “rejoicing the heart.” Such is the sword of Science, with which Truth decapitates error, materiality giving place to man's higher individuality and destiny.

12) SH 48:17–32

Judas had the world's weapons. Jesus had not one of them, and chose not the world's means of defence. “He opened not his mouth.” The great demonstrator of Truth and Love was silent before envy and hate. Peter would have smitten the enemies of his Master, but Jesus forbade him, thus rebuking resentment or animal courage. He said: “Put up thy sword.” Pale in the presence of his own momentous question, “What is Truth,” Pilate was drawn into acquiescence with the demands of Jesus' enemies. Pilate was ignorant of the consequences of his awful decision against human rights and divine Love, knowing not that he was hastening the final demonstration of what life is and of what the true knowledge of God can do for man.

13) SH 542:18–24

“They that take the sword shall perish with the sword.” Let Truth uncover and destroy error in God's own way, and let human justice pattern the divine. Sin will receive its full penalty, both for what it is and for what it does. Justice marks the sinner, and teaches mortals not to remove the waymarks of God.

14) SH 205:7

When will the error of believing that there is life in matter, and that sin, sickness, and death are creations of God, be unmasked? When will it be understood that matter has neither intelligence, life, nor sensation, and that the opposite belief is the prolific source of all suffering? God created all through Mind, and made all perfect and eternal. Where then is the necessity for recreation or procreation?

15) SH 410:9–17

The Scriptures say, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God,” showing that Truth is the actual life of man; but mankind objects to making this teaching practical. Every trial of our faith in God makes us stronger. The more difficult seems the material condition to be overcome by Spirit, the stronger should be our faith and the purer our love.

16) SH 458:14–15 (to 1st .), 17

Divinity is always ready. ... The two-edged sword of Truth must turn in every direction to guard “the tree of life.”

HYMNS: 292, 5, 175

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