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Wednesday, May 04, 2022

Theme: Some Wilderness Teachings

Readings from the Bible:

1) Isa. 35:1, 3, 4, 8 (to 1st ;)

The Bible The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose. ... ... ¶ Strengthen ye the weak hands, and confirm the feeble knees. Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come with vengeance, even God with a recompence; he will come and save you. ... And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; ...

2) Gen. 21:9–20 Sarah

... Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, which she had born unto Abraham, mocking. Wherefore she said unto Abraham, Cast out this bondwoman and her son: for the son of this bondwoman shall not be heir with my son, even with Isaac. And the thing was very grievous in Abraham's sight because of his son. ¶ And God said unto Abraham, Let it not be grievous in thy sight because of the lad, and because of thy bondwoman; in all that Sarah hath said unto thee, hearken unto her voice; for in Isaac shall thy seed be called. And also of the son of the bondwoman will I make a nation, because he is thy seed. And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and took bread, and a bottle of water, and gave it unto Hagar, putting it on her shoulder, and the child, and sent her away: and she departed, and wandered in the wilderness of Beer–sheba. And the water was spent in the bottle, and she cast the child under one of the shrubs. And she went, and sat her down over against him a good way off, as it were a bowshot: for she said, Let me not see the death of the child. And she sat over against him, and lift up her voice, and wept. And God heard the voice of the lad; and the angel of God called to Hagar out of heaven, and said unto her, What aileth thee, Hagar? fear not; for God hath heard the voice of the lad where he is. Arise, lift up the lad, and hold him in thine hand; for I will make him a great nation. And God opened her eyes, and she saw a well of water; and she went, and filled the bottle with water, and gave the lad drink. And God was with the lad; and he grew, and dwelt in the wilderness, and became an archer.

3) Matt. 17:1 Jesus (to 3rd ,), 14–16, 18

... Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, ... ... ¶ And when they were come to the multitude, there came to him a certain man, kneeling down to him, and saying, Lord, have mercy on my son: for he is lunatic, and sore vexed: for ofttimes he falleth into the fire, and oft into the water. And I brought him to thy disciples, and they could not cure him. ... And Jesus rebuked the devil; and he departed out of him: and the child was cured from that very hour.

4) Luke 11:20 if

... if I with the finger of God cast out devils, no doubt the kingdom of God is come upon you.

5) John 6:5, 7–9, 10–13 So, 22 (to 1st ,), 25 when, 26, 35 I, 57, 60, 61, 64–66 there

¶ When Jesus then lifted up his eyes, and saw a great company come unto him, he saith unto Philip, Whence shall we buy bread, that these may eat? ... Philip answered him, Two hundred pennyworth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may take a little. One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, saith unto him, There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves, and two small fishes: but what are they among so many? ... So the men sat down, in number about five thousand. And Jesus took the loaves; and when he had given thanks, he distributed to the disciples, and the disciples to them that were set down; and likewise of the fishes as much as they would. When they were filled, he said unto his disciples, Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost. Therefore they gathered them together, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves, which remained over and above unto them that had eaten. ... ... ¶ The day following, ... ... when they had found him on the other side of the sea, they said unto him, Rabbi, when camest thou hither? Jesus answered them and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled. ... ... I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst. ... As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me. ... Many therefore of his disciples, when they had heard this, said, This is an hard saying; who can hear it? When Jesus knew in himself that his disciples murmured at it, he said unto them, Doth this offend you? ... ... there are some of you that believe not. For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed not, and who should betray him. And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father. ¶ From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him.

6) Matt. 27:57, 58 (to 1st .), 60, 62, 63, 66

When the even was come, there came a rich man of Arimathæa, named Joseph, who also himself was Jesus' disciple: He went to Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus. ... And laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock: and he rolled a great stone to the door of the sepulchre, and departed. ... ... ¶ Now the next day, that followed the day of the preparation, the chief priests and Pharisees came together unto Pilate, Saying, Sir, we remember that that deceiver said, while he was yet alive, After three days I will rise again. ... So they went, and made the sepulchre sure, sealing the stone, and setting a watch.

7) Matt. 18:11 the

... the Son of man is come to save that which was lost.

Readings from Science and Health:

1) SH 265:26–28

and correlative passages from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy The loss of earthly hopes and pleasures brightens the ascending path of many a heart.

2) SH 266:6

Would existence without personal friends be to you a blank? Then the time will come when you will be solitary, left without sympathy; but this seeming vacuum is already filled with divine Love. When this hour of development comes, even if you cling to a sense of personal joys, spiritual Love will force you to accept what best promotes your growth. Friends will betray and enemies will slander, until the lesson is sufficient to exalt you; for “man's extremity is God's opportunity.” The author has experienced the foregoing prophecy and its blessings. Thus He teaches mortals to lay down their fleshliness and gain spirituality. This is done through self-abnegation. Universal Love is the divine way in Christian Science.

3) SH 597:16–17 (to ;)

WILDERNESS. Loneliness; doubt; darkness. Spontaneity of thought and idea; ...

4) SH 174:9

The footsteps of thought, rising above material standpoints, are slow, and portend a long night to the traveller; but the angels of His presence — the spiritual intuitions that tell us when “the night is far spent, the day is at hand” — are our guardians in the gloom. Whoever opens the way in Christian Science is a pilgrim and stranger, marking out the path for generations yet unborn.

5) SH 445:5–8

No hypothesis as to the existence of another power should interpose a doubt or fear to hinder the demonstration of Christian Science.

6) SH 130:9

It is unwise to doubt if reality is in perfect harmony with God, divine Principle, — if Science, when understood and demonstrated, will destroy all discord, — since you admit that God is omnipotent; for from this premise it follows that good and its sweet concords have all-power.

7) SH 373:1–5

If we are Christians on all moral questions, but are in darkness as to the physical exemption which Christianity includes, then we must have more faith in God on this subject and be more alive to His promises.

8) SH 494:30 (only)

Our Master cast out devils (evils) and healed the sick.

9) SH 7:6

The relinquishment of error deprives material sense of its false claims.

10) SH 216:11–18

The understanding that the Ego is Mind, and that there is but one Mind or intelligence, begins at once to destroy the errors of mortal sense and to supply the truth of immortal sense. This understanding makes the body harmonious; it makes the nerves, bones, brain, etc., servants, instead of masters. If man is governed by the law of divine Mind, his body is in submission to everlasting Life and Truth and Love.

11) SH 495:16

Let neither fear nor doubt overshadow your clear sense and calm trust, that the recognition of life harmonious — as Life eternally is — can destroy any painful sense of, or belief in, that which Life is not. Let Christian Science, instead of corporeal sense, support your understanding of being, and this understanding will supplant error with Truth, replace mortality with immortality, and silence discord with harmony.

12) SH 89:25 (only)

Matter is neither intelligent nor creative.

13) SH 90:2

How were the loaves and fishes multiplied on the shores of Galilee, — and that, too, without meal or monad from which loaf or fish could come?

14) SH 507:28–31

Creation is ever appearing, and must ever continue to appear from the nature of its inexhaustible source. Mortal sense inverts this appearing and calls ideas material.

15) SH 508:2–6

But the seed is in itself, only as the divine Mind is All and reproduces all — as Mind is the multiplier, and Mind's infinite idea, man and the universe, is the product. The only intelligence or substance of a thought, a seed, or a flower is God, the creator of it.

16) SH 36:10–11, 12–14

Jesus endured the shame, that he might pour his dear-bought bounty into barren lives. ... He was forsaken by all save John, the beloved disciple, and a few women who bowed in silent woe beneath the shadow of his cross.

17) SH 44:5

The lonely precincts of the tomb gave Jesus a refuge from his foes, a place in which to solve the great problem of being. His three days' work in the sepulchre set the seal of eternity on time. He proved Life to be deathless and Love to be the master of hate. He met and mastered on the basis of Christian Science, the power of Mind over matter, all the claims of medicine, surgery, and hygiene.

18) SH 45:7–10

Jesus' deed was for the enlightenment of men and for the salvation of the whole world from sin, sickness, and death.

HYMNS: 34, 121, 288

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