Job too big? Thinking too small

The following citations from The Bible and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy were read during the March 17, 2010 Wednesday Testimony Meeting of First Church of Christ, Scientist, Chagrin Falls, OH. After the readings, those attending the meeting are encouraged to share proofs of God's care.  All are lovingly invited to attend the 7:30 p.m. Wednesday meetings at our church.

The Bible

II Cor. 9:8 God
God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:

Ex 3:9-12 (to ;)
Now therefore, behold, the cry of the children of Israel is come unto me: and I have also seen the oppression wherewith the Egyptians oppress them.  Come now therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh, that thou mayest bring forth my people the children of Israel out of Egypt.  #And Moses said unto God, Who am I, that I should go unto Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt?  And he said, Certainly I will be with thee;

Ex 4:10,11 (to 1st ?),12,17

And Moses said unto the Lord, O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither heretofore, nor since thou hast spoken unto thy servant: but I am slow of speech, and of a slow tongue.  And the Lord said unto him, Who hath made man's mouth?

Now therefore go, and I will be with thy mouth, and teach thee what thou shalt say.

And thou shalt take this rod in thine hand, wherewith thou shalt do signs.

Ex. 14:13,21-23,26 (to 2nd ,),27

And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever.

And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the Lord caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided.  And the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea upon the dry ground: and the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left.  #And the Egyptians pursued, and went in after them to the midst of the sea, even all Pharaoh's horses, his chariots, and his horsemen.

And the Lord said unto Moses, Stretch out thine hand over the sea,

And Moses stretched forth his hand over the sea, and the sea returned to his strength when the morning appeared; and the Egyptians fled against it; and the Lord overthrew the Egyptians in the midst of the sea.

Ex. 15:22 (to ;)
So Moses brought Israel from the Red sea, and they went out into the wilderness of Shur;

Ex. 16:2,3,11,12-15,35
And the whole congregation of the children of Israel murmured against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness: And the children of Israel said unto them, Would to God we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the flesh pots, and when we did eat bread to the full; for ye have brought us forth into this wilderness, to kill this whole assembly with hunger.

And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, I have heard the murmurings of the children of Israel: speak unto them, saying, At even ye shall eat flesh, and in the morning ye shall be filled with bread; and ye shall know that I am the Lord your God.  And it came to pass, that at even the quails came up, and covered the camp: and in the morning the dew lay round about the host.  And when the dew that lay was gone up, behold, upon the face of the wilderness there lay a small round thing, as small as the hoar frost on the ground.  And when the children of Israel saw it, they said one to another, It is manna: for they wist not what it was. And Moses said unto them, This is the bread which the Lord hath given you to eat.

And the children of Israel did eat manna forty years, until they came to a land inhabited; they did eat manna, until they came unto the borders of the land of Canaan.

Acts 7:35 (to Moses),35 the same
the same did God send to be a ruler and a deliverer by the hand of the angel which appeared to him in the bush.

John 3:14 even so
even so must the Son of man be lifted up:

Mark 1:14 Jesus
Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God,

Mark 6:1
And he went out from thence, and came into his own country; and his disciples follow him.

John 6:35,38 I,40-43,47-50,60,66

And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.

I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.

And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.  The Jews then murmured at him, because he said, I am the bread which came down from heaven.  And they said, Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? how is it then that he saith, I came down from heaven?  Jesus therefore answered and said unto them, Murmur not among yourselves.

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.  I am that bread of life.  Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead.  This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die.

Many therefore of his disciples, when they had heard this, said, This is an hard saying; who can hear it?

From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him.

Mark 10:32-34
And they were in the way going up to Jerusalem; and Jesus went before them: and they were amazed; and as they followed, they were afraid. And he took again the twelve, and began to tell them what things should happen unto him, Saying, Behold, we go up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man shall be delivered unto the chief priests, and unto the scribes; and they shall condemn him to death, and shall deliver him to the Gentiles: And they shall mock him, and shall scourge him, and shall spit upon him, and shall kill him: and the third day he shall rise again.

Mark 14:32-37

And they came to a place which was named Gethsemane: and he saith to his disciples, Sit ye here, while I shall pray.  And he taketh with him Peter and James and John, and began to be sore amazed, and to be very heavy; And saith unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful unto death: tarry ye here, and watch.  And he went forward a little, and fell on the ground, and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him.  And he said, Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup from me: nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt.  And he cometh, and findeth them sleeping, and saith unto Peter, Simon, sleepest thou? couldest not thou watch one hour?

Mark 15:1,25
And straightway in the morning the chief priests held a consultation with the elders and scribes and the whole council, and bound Jesus, and carried him away, and delivered him to Pilate.

And it was the third hour, and they crucified him.

Luke 24:1-9
Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them.  And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre.  And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus.  And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments: And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead?  He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee, Saying, The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.  And they remembered his words, And returned from the sepulchre, and told all these things unto the eleven, and to all the rest.

Acts 10:39-40 we
we are witnesses of all things which he did both in the land of the Jews, and in Jerusalem; whom they slew and hanged on a tree: Him God raised up the third day, and shewed him openly;

Mark 10:27 2nd with

with God: for with God all things are possible.

Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures

by Mary Baker Eddy

SH 258:25-26
Mortals have a very imperfect sense of the spiritual man and of the infinite range of his thought.

SH 256:30
A mind originating from a finite or material source must be limited and finite.  Infinite Mind is the creator, and creation is the infinite image or idea emanating from this Mind.  If Mind is within and without all things, then all is Mind; and this definition is scientific.

SH 199:9-12
Hence the great fact that Mind alone enlarges and empowers man through its mandate,--by reason of its demand for and supply of power.

139:6-8
Moses proved the power of Mind by what men called miracles; so did Joshua, Elijah, and Elisha.

SH 133:9-10

In the wilderness, streams flowed from the rock, and manna fell from the sky.

SH 191:16
The human thought must free itself from self-imposed materiality and bondage.  It should no longer ask of the head, heart, or lungs:  What are man's prospects for life?  Mind is not helpless.  Intelligence is not mute before non-intelligence.

SH 258:1-18
A mortal, corporeal, or finite conception of God cannot embrace the glories of limitless, incorporeal Life and Love.  Hence the unsatisfied human craving for something better, higher, holier, than is afforded by a material belief in a physical God and man.  The insufficiency of this belief to supply the true idea proves the falsity of material belief.
Man is more than a material form with a mind inside, which must escape from its environments in order to be immortal.  Man reflects infinity, and this reflection is the true idea of God.
God expresses in man the infinite idea forever developing itself, broadening and rising higher and higher from a boundless basis.  Mind manifests all that exists in the infinitude of Truth.  We know no more of man as the true divine image and likeness, than we know of God.

353:28 (only, to 2nd .)
Mind is limitless.  It never was material.

SH 34:18-26
Through all the disciples experienced, they became more spiritual and understood better what the Master had taught.  His resurrection was also their resurrection.  It helped them to raise themselves and others from spiritual dulness and blind belief in God into the perception of infinite possibilities.  They needed this quickening, for soon their dear Master would rise again in the spiritual realm of reality, and ascend far above their apprehension.

SH 136:29-137:7
The disciples apprehended their Master better than did others; but they did not comprehend all that he said and did, or they would not have questioned him so often.  Jesus patiently persisted in teaching and demonstrating the truth of being.  His students saw this power of Truth heal the sick, cast out evil, raise the dead; but the ultimate of this wonderful work was not spiritually discerned, even by them, until after the crucifixion, when their immaculate Teacher stood before them, the victor over sickness, sin, disease, death, and the grave.

SH 256:2

Advancing to a higher plane of action, thought rises from the material sense to the spiritual, from the scholastic to the inspirational, and from the mortal to the immortal.  All things are created spiritually.  Mind, not matter, is the creator.  Love, the divine Principle, is the Father and Mother of the universe, including man.

SH 502:29
There is but one creator and one creation.  This creation consists of the unfolding of spiritual ideas and their identities, which are embraced in the infinite Mind and forever reflected.  These ideas range from the infini-tesimal to infinity, and the highest ideas are the sons and daughters of God.

88:10-14 Ideas
Ideas are emanations from the divine Mind.  Thoughts, proceeding from the brain or from matter, are offshoots of mortal mind; they are mortal material beliefs.

SH 255:1-3

Eternal Truth is changing the universe.  As mortals drop off their mental swaddling-clothes, thought expands into expression.

SH 90:16-20
In dreams we fly to Europe and meet a far-off friend.  The looker-on sees the body in bed, but the supposed inhabitant of that body carries it through the air and over the ocean.  This shows the possibilities of thought.

SH 256:28-30
A limitless Mind cannot proceed from physical limitations.  Finiteness cannot present the idea or the vastness of infinity.

SH 547:28

Inspired thought relinquishes a material, sensual, and mortal theory of the universe, and adopts the spiritual and immortal.

SH 89:21-22
We are all capable of more than we do.

SH 128:4
The term Science, properly understood, refers only to the laws of God and to His government of the universe, inclusive of man.  From this it follows that business men and cultured scholars have found that Christian Science enhances their endurance and mental powers, enlarges their perception of character, gives them acuteness and comprehensiveness and an ability to exceed their ordinary capacity.  The human mind, imbued with this spiritual understanding, becomes more elastic, is capable of greater endurance, escapes somewhat from itself, and requires less repose.  A knowledge of the Science of being develops the latent abilities and possibilities of man.  It extends the atmosphere of thought, giving mortals access to broader and higher realms.  It raises the thinker into his native air of insight and perspicacity.

SH 90:24

The admission to one's self that man is God's own likeness sets man free to master the infinite idea.  This conviction shuts the door on death, and opens it wide towards immortality.  The understanding and recognition of Spirit must finally come, and we may as well improve our time in solving the mysteries of being through an apprehension of divine Principle.  At present we know not what man is, but we certainly shall know this when man reflects God.

SH 555:30-32
Knowing that God was the Life of man, Jesus was able to present himself unchanged after the crucifixion.

SH 509:4
Our Master reappeared to his students,--to their apprehension he rose from the grave,--on the third day of his ascending thought, and so presented to them the certain sense of eternal Life.

34:29
  What a contrast between our Lord's last supper and his last spiritual breakfast with his disciples in the bright morning hours at the joyful meeting on the shore of the Galilean Sea!  His gloom had passed into glory, and his disciples' grief into repentance,--hearts chastened and pride rebuked.  Convinced of the fruitlessness of their toil in the dark and wakened by their Master's voice, they changed their methods, turned away from material things, and cast their net on the right side.  Discerning Christ, Truth, anew on the shore of time, they were enabled to rise somewhat from mortal sensuousness, or the burial of mind in matter, into newness of life as Spirit.

SH 323:6-16
Through the wholesome chastisements of Love, we are helped onward in the march towards righteousness, peace, and purity, which are the landmarks of Science.  Beholding the infinite tasks of truth, we pause,--wait on God.  Then we push onward, until boundless thought walks enraptured, and conception unconfined is winged to reach the divine glory.  In order to apprehend more, we must put into practice what we already know.  We must recollect that Truth is demonstrable when understood, and that good is not understood until demonstrated.

135:17

There is to-day danger of repeating the offence of the Jews by limiting the Holy One of Israel and asking: "Can God furnish a table in the wilderness?" What cannot God do?

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