Last Wednesday’s Readings

THE BIBLE
Joshua 24:1–18
And Joshua gathered all the tribes of Israel to Shechem, and called for the elders of Israel, and for their heads, and
for their judges, and for their officers; and they presented themselves before God. And Joshua said unto all the
people, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Your fathers dwelt on the other side of the flood in old time, even Terah,
the father of Abraham, and the father of Nachor: and they served other gods. And I took your father Abraham from
the other side of the flood, and led him throughout all the land of Canaan, and multiplied his seed, and gave him
Isaac. And I gave unto Isaac Jacob and Esau: and I gave unto Esau mount Seir, to possess it; but Jacob and his
children went down into Egypt. I sent Moses also and Aaron, and I plagued Egypt, according to that which I did
among them: and afterward I brought you out. And I brought your fathers out of Egypt: and ye came unto the sea;
and the Egyptians pursued after your fathers with chariots and horsemen unto the Red sea. And when they cried unto
the LORD, he put darkness between you and the Egyptians, and brought the sea upon them, and covered them; and
your eyes have seen what I have done in Egypt: and ye dwelt in the wilderness a long season. And I brought you into
the land of the Amorites, which dwelt on the other side Jordan; and they fought with you: and I gave them into your
hand, that ye might possess their land; and I destroyed them from before you. Then Balak the son of Zippor, king of
Moab, arose and warred against Israel, and sent and called Balaam the son of Beor to curse you: But I would not
hearken unto Balaam; therefore he blessed you still: so I delivered you out of his hand. And ye went over Jordan,
and came unto Jericho: and the men of Jericho fought against you, the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the
Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Girgashites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites; and I delivered them into your hand.
And I sent the hornet before you, which drave them out from before you, even the two kings of the Amorites; but not
with thy sword, nor with thy bow. And I have given you a land for which ye did not labour, and cities which ye built
not, and ye dwell in them; of the vineyards and oliveyards which ye planted not do ye eat. ¶ Now therefore fear the
LORD, and serve him in sincerity and in truth: and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of
the flood, and in Egypt; and serve ye the LORD. And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this
day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the
gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD. And the people
answered and said, God forbid that we should forsake the LORD, to serve other gods; For the LORD our God, he it
is that brought us up and our fathers out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage, and which did those great
signs in our sight, and preserved us in all the way wherein we went, and among all the people through whom we
passed: And the LORD drave out from before us all the people, even the Amorites which dwelt in the land: therefore
will we also serve the LORD; for he is our God.
Proverbs 2:1–11
My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee; So that thou incline thine ear unto
wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding; Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for
understanding; If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures; Then shalt thou understand the
fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God. For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh
knowledge and understanding. He layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous: he is a buckler to them that walk
uprightly. He keepeth the paths of judgment, and preserveth the way of his saints. Then shalt thou understand
righteousness, and judgment, and equity; yea, every good path. ¶ When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and
knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul; Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee:
Proverbs 3:24–26
When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid: yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet. Be not afraid
of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it cometh. For the LORD shall be thy confidence, and
shall keep thy foot from being taken.
The Bible cont’d
Mark 5:25–42
And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years, And had suffered many things of many physicians,
and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse, When she had heard of Jesus, came
in the press behind, and touched his garment. For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole. And
straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague. And
Jesus, immediately knowing in himself that virtue had gone out of him, turned him about in the press, and said, Who
touched my clothes? And his disciples said unto him, Thou seest the multitude thronging thee, and sayest thou, Who
touched me? And he looked round about to see her that had done this thing. But the woman fearing and trembling,
knowing what was done in her, came and fell down before him, and told him all the truth. And he said unto her,
Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague. While he yet spake, there came
from the ruler of the synagogue’s house certain which said, Thy daughter is dead: why troublest thou the Master any
further? As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, he saith unto the ruler of the synagogue, Be not afraid,
only believe. And he suffered no man to follow him, save Peter, and James, and John the brother of James. And he
cometh to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and seeth the tumult, and them that wept and wailed greatly. And
when he was come in, he saith unto them, Why make ye this ado, and weep? the damsel is not dead, but sleepeth.
And they laughed him to scorn. But when he had put them all out, he taketh the father and the mother of the damsel,
and them that were with him, and entereth in where the damsel was lying. And he took the damsel by the hand, and
said unto her, Talitha cumi; which is, being interpreted, Damsel, I say unto thee, arise. And straightway the damsel
arose, and walked; for she was of the age of twelve years. And they were astonished with a great astonishment.
Acts 27:1, 4, 9–11, 14, 20–25
And when it was determined that we should sail into Italy, they delivered Paul and certain other prisoners unto one
named Julius, a centurion of Augustus’ band. …
And when we had launched from thence, we sailed under Cyprus, because the winds were contrary. …
Now when much time was spent, and when sailing was now dangerous, because the fast was now already past, Paul
admonished them, And said unto them, Sirs, I perceive that this voyage will be with hurt and much damage, not only
of the lading and ship, but also of our lives. Nevertheless the centurion believed the master and the owner of the
ship, more than those things which were spoken by Paul. …
But not long after there arose against it a tempestuous wind, called Euroclydon. …
And when neither sun nor stars in many days appeared, and no small tempest lay on us, all hope that we should be
saved was then taken away. But after long abstinence Paul stood forth in the midst of them, and said, Sirs, ye should
have hearkened unto me, and not have loosed from Crete, and to have gained this harm and loss. And now I exhort
you to be of good cheer: for there shall be no loss of any man’s life among you, but of the ship. For there stood by
me this night the angel of God, whose I am, and whom I serve, Saying, Fear not, Paul; thou must be brought before
Cæsar: and, lo, God hath given thee all them that sail with thee. Wherefore, sirs, be of good cheer: for I believe God,
that it shall be even as it was told me.
Romans 8:35, 37–39
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness,
or peril, or sword? …
Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither
death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor
depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

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Science & Health with Key to the Scriptures
256:6–7, 9–23
.. Mind, not matter, is the creator. …
The theory of three persons in one God (that is, a personal Trinity or Tri-unity) suggests polytheism, rather than
the one ever-present I AM. “Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God is one Lord.”
The everlasting I AM is not bounded nor compressed within the narrow limits of physical humanity, nor can He
be understood aright through mortal concepts. The precise form of God must be of small importance in
comparison with the sublime question, What is infinite Mind or divine Love?
Who is it that demands our obedience? He who, in the language of Scripture, “doeth according to His will in the
army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth; and none can stay His hand, or say unto Him, What doest
Thou?”
pp. 183:21–32
Divine Mind rightly demands man’s entire obedience, affection, and strength. No reservation is made for any
lesser loyalty. Obedience to Truth gives man power and strength. Submission to error superinduces loss of power.
Truth casts out all evils and materialistic methods with the actual spiritual law, — the law which gives sight to the
blind, hearing to the deaf, voice to the dumb, feet to the lame. If Christian Science dishonors human belief, it
honors spiritual understanding; and the one Mind only is entitled to honor. …
182:18–26
Mind’s government of the body must supersede the so-called laws of matter. Obedience to material law prevents
full obedience to spiritual law, — the law which overcomes material conditions and puts matter under the feet of
Mind. Mortals entreat the divine Mind to heal the sick, and forthwith shut out the aid of Mind by using material
means, thus working against themselves and their prayers and denying man’s God-given ability to demonstrate
Mind’s sacred power.
p. 393:30
A false belief is both the tempter and the tempted, the sin and the sinner, the disease and its cause. It is well to be
calm in sickness; to be hopeful is still better; but to understand that sickness is not real and that Truth can destroy
its seeming reality, is best of all, for this understanding is the universal and perfect remedy.
p. 158:1
It is recorded that the profession of medicine originated in idolatry with pagan priests, who besought the gods to
heal the sick and designated Apollo as “the god of medicine.” He was supposed to have dictated the first
prescription, according to the “History of Four Thousand Years of Medicine.” It is here noticeable that Apollo
was also regarded as the sender of disease, “the god of pestilence.” Hippocrates turned from image-gods to
vegetable and mineral drugs for healing. This was deemed progress in medicine; but what we need is the truth
which heals both mind and body. The future history of material medicine may correspond with that of its material
god, Apollo, who was banished from heaven and endured great sufferings upon earth.
420:10–27
Instruct the sick that they are not helpless victims, for if they will only accept Truth, they can resist disease and
ward it off, as positively as they can the temptation to sin. This fact of Christian Science should be explained to
invalids when they are in a fit mood to receive it, — when they will not array themselves against it, but are ready
to become receptive to the new idea. The fact that Truth overcomes both disease and sin reassures depressed
hope. It imparts a healthy stimulus to the body, and regulates the system. It increases or diminishes the action, as
the case may require, better than any drug, alterative, or tonic.
Mind is the natural stimulus of the body, but erroneous belief, taken at its best, is not promotive of health or
happiness. Tell the sick that they can meet disease fearlessly, if they only realize that divine Love gives them all
power over every physical action and condition.
p. 192:17
Moral and spiritual might belong to Spirit, who holds the “wind in His fists;” and this teaching accords with
Science and harmony. In Science, you can have no power opposed to God, and the physical senses must give up
their false testimony. Your influence for good depends upon the weight you throw into the right scale. The good
you do and embody gives you the only power obtainable. Evil is not power. It is a mockery of strength, which
erelong betrays its weakness and falls, never to rise.
p. 548:9–13
How little light or heat reach our earth when clouds cover the sun’s face! So Christian Science can be seen only
as the clouds of corporeal sense roll away. Earth has little light or joy for mortals before Life is spiritually
learned.
p. 205:15
Befogged in error (the error of believing that matter can be intelligent for good or evil), we can catch clear
glimpses of God only as the mists disperse, or as they melt into such thinness that we perceive the divine image
in some word or deed which indicates the true idea, — the supremacy and reality of good, the nothingness and
unreality of evil.
p. 472:9
Sickness, sin, and death, being inharmonious, do not originate in God nor belong to His government. His law,
rightly understood, destroys them. Jesus furnished proofs of these statements.
557:10–16
Christian Science reveals harmony as proportionately increasing as the line of creation rises towards spiritual
man, — towards enlarged understanding and intelligence; but in the line of the corporeal senses, the less a mortal
knows of sin, disease, and mortality, the better for him, — the less pain and sorrow are his.
p. 304:3–9
It is ignorance and false belief, based on a material sense of things, which hide spiritual beauty and goodness.
Understanding this, Paul said: “Neither death, nor life, . . . nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor
depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God.”
577:32–18
In the following Psalm one word shows, though faintly, the light which Christian Science throws on the
Scriptures by substituting for the corporeal sense, the incorporeal or spiritual sense of Deity: —
PSALM XXIII
[DIVINE LOVE] is my shepherd; I shall not want.
[LOVE] maketh me to lie down in green pastures: [LOVE] leadeth me beside the still waters.
[LOVE] restoreth my soul [spiritual sense]: [LOVE] leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s
sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for [LOVE] is with me;
[LOVE’S] rod and [LOVE’S] staff they comfort me.
[LOVE] prepareth a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: [LOVE] anointeth my head with oil; my
cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house [the
consciousness] of [LOVE] for ever.

 

May 29th 

Topic: All things work together for good to them that love God

The Bible

Psalms 33:1, 4, 5 the

Rejoice in the LORD, O ye righteous: for praise is comely for the upright. …

For the word of the LORD is right; and all his works are done in truth. 

… the earth is full of the goodness of the LORD.

Daniel 1:1, 3–6, 8–16, 18–20

In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah came Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon unto Jerusalem, and besieged it. …

... ¶ And the king spake unto Ashpenaz the master of his eunuchs, that he should bring certain of the children of Israel, and of the king’s seed, and of the princes; Children in whom was no blemish, but well favoured, and skilful in all wisdom, and cunning in knowledge, and understanding science, and such as had ability in them to stand in the king’s palace, and whom they might teach the learning and the tongue of the Chaldeans. And the king appointed them a daily provision of the king’s meat, and of the wine which he drank: so nourishing them three years, that at the end thereof they might stand before the king. Now among these were of the children of Judah, Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah: …

… ¶ But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself. Now God had brought Daniel into favour and tender love with the prince of the eunuchs. And the prince of the eunuchs said unto Daniel, I fear my lord the king, who hath appointed your meat and your drink: for why should he see your faces worse liking than the children which are of your sort? then shall ye make me endanger my head to the king. Then said Daniel to Melzar whom the prince of the eunuchs had set over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, Prove thy servants, I beseech thee, ten days; and let them give us pulse to eat, and water to drink. Then let our countenances be looked upon before thee, and the countenance of the children that eat of the portion of the king’s meat: and as thou seest, deal with thy servants. So he consented to them in this matter, and proved them ten days. And at the end of ten days their countenances appeared fairer and fatter in flesh than all the children which did eat the portion of the king’s meat. Thus Melzar took away the portion of their meat, and the wine that they should drink; and gave them pulse. …

Now at the end of the days that the king had said he should bring them in, then the prince of the eunuchs brought them in before Nebuchadnezzar. And the king communed with them; and among them all was found none like Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah: therefore stood they before the king. And in all matters of wisdom and understanding, that the king inquired of them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and astrologers that were in all his realm.

I Kings 3:5–14

¶ In Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream by night: and God said, Ask what I shall give thee. And Solomon said, Thou hast shewed unto thy servant David my father great mercy, according as he walked before thee in truth, and in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart with thee; and thou hast kept for him this great kindness, that thou hast given him a son to sit on his throne, as it is this day. And now, O LORD my God, thou hast made thy servant king instead of David my father: and I am but a little child: I know not how to go out or come in. And thy servant is in the midst of thy people which thou hast chosen, a great people, that cannot be numbered nor counted for multitude. Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people? And the speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon had asked this thing. And God said unto him, Because thou hast asked this thing, and hast not asked for thyself long life; neither hast asked riches for thyself, nor hast asked the life of thine enemies; but hast asked for thyself understanding to discern judgment; Behold, I have done according to thy words: lo, I have given thee a wise and an understanding heart; so that there was none like thee before thee, neither after thee shall any arise like unto thee. And I have also given thee that which thou hast not asked, both riches, and honour: so that there shall not be any among the kings like unto thee all thy days. And if thou wilt walk in my ways, to keep my statutes and my commandments, as thy father David did walk, then I will lengthen thy days.

Romans 8:16–25, 28

The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God. …For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body. For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it. …

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

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Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy

265:23–16

Who that has felt the loss of human peace has not gained stronger desires for spiritual joy? The aspiration after heavenly good comes even before we discover what belongs to wisdom and Love. The loss of earthly hopes and pleasures brightens the ascending path of many a heart. The pains of sense quickly inform us that the pleasures of sense are mortal and that joy is spiritual. 

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.” 

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.

443:1–12 (np)

When the discoverer of Christian Science is consulted by her followers as to the propriety, advantage, and consistency of systematic medical study, she tries to show them that under ordinary circumstances a resort to faith in corporeal means tends to deter those, who make such a compromise, from entire confidence in omnipotent Mind as really possessing all power. While a course of medical study is at times severely condemned by some Scientists, she feels, as she always has felt, that all are privileged to work out their own salvation according to their light, and that our motto should be the Master’s counsel, “Judge not, that ye be not judged.” 

If patients fail to experience the healing power of Christian Science, and think they can be benefited by certain ordinary physical methods of medical treatment, then the Mind-physician should give up such cases, and leave invalids free to resort to whatever other systems they fancy will afford relief. Thus such invalids may learn the value of the apostolic precept: “Reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.” If the sick find these material expedients unsatisfactory, and they receive no help from them, these very failures may open their blind eyes. In some way, sooner or later, all must rise superior to materiality, and suffering is oft the divine agent in this elevation. “All things work together for good to them that love God,” is the dictum of Scripture. 

If Christian Scientists ever fail to receive aid from other Scientists, — their brethren upon whom they may call, — God will still guide them into the right use of temporary and eternal means. Step by step will those who trust Him find that “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”

445:19–24

Christian Science silences human will, quiets fear with Truth and Love, and illustrates the unlabored motion of the divine energy in healing the sick. Self-seeking, envy, passion, pride, hatred, and revenge are cast out by the divine Mind which heals disease.

2:8–17

God is not moved by the breath of praise to do more than He has already done, nor can the infinite do less than bestow all good, since He is unchanging wisdom and Love. We can do more for ourselves by humble fervent petitions, but the All-loving does not grant them simply on the ground of lip-service, for He already knows all. 

Prayer cannot change the Science of being, but it tends to bring us into harmony with it. Goodness attains the demonstration of Truth.

4:3–9, 12

What we most need is the prayer of fervent desire for growth in grace, expressed in patience, meekness, love, and good deeds. To keep the commandments of our Master and follow his example, is our proper debt to him and the only worthy evidence of our gratitude for all that he has done. …

The habitual struggle to be always good is unceasing prayer. Its motives are made manifest in the blessings they bring, — blessings which, even if not acknowledged in audible words, attest our worthiness to be partakers of Love.

167:17

To have one God and avail yourself of the power of Spirit, you must love God supremely.

304:3–5, 9–14, 16–17

It is ignorance and false belief, based on a material sense of things, which hide spiritual beauty and goodness. … This is the doctrine of Christian Science: that divine Love cannot be deprived of its manifestation, or object; that joy cannot be turned into sorrow, for sorrow is not the master of joy; that good can never produce evil; that matter can never produce mind nor life result in death. …

Harmony is produced by its Principle, is controlled by it and abides with it.