Wednesday Readings: Jesus's Two Great Commandments

The following citations from The Bible and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy were read during the Oct. 13, 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

Luke 10:27 Thou
Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.  

Ex. 20:1 God,3,13-17
God spake all these words, saying,

Thou shalt have no other gods before me.  

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.  

II Sam. 11:2-4 it (to 2nd ;),4-6 4th and,8 (to 1st .),9,10,11,14-17,26,27

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 Bathsheba, 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; for she was purified from her uncleanness: and she returned unto her house. 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.  

And David said to Uriah, Go down to thy house, and wash thy feet.

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 it came to pass, when Joab observed the city, that he assigned Uriah unto a place where he knew that valiant men were.  And the men of the city went out, and fought with Joab: and there fell some of the people of the servants of David; and Uriah the Hittite died also.  

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.  

II Sam. 12:1-9 (to ?)
And the Lord sent Nathan unto David. And he came unto him, and said unto him, There were two men in one city; the one rich, and the other poor.  The rich man had exceeding many flocks and herds: But the poor man had nothing, save one little ewe lamb, which he had bought and nourished up: and it grew up together with him, and with his children; it did eat of his own meat, and drank of his own cup, and lay in his bosom, and was unto him as a daughter.  And there came a traveller unto the rich man, and he spared to take of his own flock and of his own herd, to dress for the wayfaring man that was come unto him; but took the poor man's lamb, and dressed it for the man that was come to him.  And David's anger was greatly kindled against the man; and he said to Nathan, As the Lord liveth, the man that hath done this thing shall surely die: And he shall restore the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing, and because he had no pity.  #And Nathan said to David, Thou art the man. Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, I anointed thee king over Israel, and I delivered thee out of the hand of Saul; And I gave thee thy master's house, and thy master's wives into thy bosom, and gave thee the house of Israel and of Judah; and if that had been too little, I would moreover have given unto thee such and such things.  Wherefore hast thou despised the commandment of the Lord, to do evil in his sight?

Ps. 86:2 O (to 1st ,),10 thou,13 and,16

O thou my God,

thou art great, and doest wondrous things: thou art God alone.  

and thou hast delivered my soul from the lowest hell.  

O turn unto me, and have mercy upon me; give thy strength unto thy servant, and save the son of thine handmaid.  

Ps. 31:5
Into thine hand I commit my spirit: thou hast redeemed me, O Lord God of truth.  

Ps. 66:20
Blessed be God, which hath not turned away my prayer, nor his mercy from me.  

Deut. 6:4-6

Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.  And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:

I John 5:1-3
Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him.  By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.  For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.  

Matt. 4:23 Jesus (to 3rd ,),25
Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom,

And there followed him great multitudes of people from Galilee, and from Decapolis, and from Jerusalem, and from Judaea, and from beyond Jordan.  

Mark 12:28-34 (to 1st .)
And one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, and perceiving that he had answered them well, asked him, Which is the first commandment of all?  And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.  And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.  And the scribe said unto him, Well, Master, thou hast said the truth: for there is one God; and there is none other but he: And to love him with all the heart and with all the understanding, and with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love his neighbour as himself, is more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.  And when Jesus saw that he answered discreetly, he said unto him, Thou art not far from the kingdom of God.

James 2:8,19 (to :),11

If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well:

Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well:

For he that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill.  Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the law.  

Gal. 5:13 brethren (to 2nd ,),13-14 by
brethren, by love serve one another.  For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.  

Rom. 13:8-10 he
he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.  For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.  Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.  

Eccl. 12:13
Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.  

Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures

By Mary Baker Eddy

SH 9:17

Dost thou "love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind"?  This command includes much, even the surrender of all merely material sensation, affection, and worship.  This is the El Dorado of Christianity.  It involves the Science of Life, and recognizes only the divine control of Spirit, in which Soul is our master, and material sense and human will have no place.  

SH 467:3-8 The
The first demand of this Science is, "Thou shalt have no other gods before me."  This ^me^ is Spirit.  Therefore the command means this:  Thou shalt have no intelligence, no life, no substance, no truth, no love, but that which is spiritual.  The second is like unto it, "Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself."

SH 560:11-17

The great miracle, to human sense, is divine Love, and the grand necessity of existence is to gain the true idea of what constitutes the kingdom of heaven in man.  This goal is never reached while we hate our neighbor or entertain a false estimate of anyone whom God has appointed to voice His Word.

SH 405:5-11
  Christian Science commands man to master the propensities,--to hold hatred in abeyance with kindness, to conquer lust with chastity, revenge with charity, and to overcome deceit with honesty.  Choke these errors in their early stages, if you would not cherish an army of conspirators against health, happiness, and success.

SH 405:24-27
The abiding consciousness of wrong-doing tends to destroy the ability to do right.  If sin is not regretted and is not lessening, then it is hastening on to physical and moral doom.

SH 104:30
Is it not clear that the human mind must move the body to a wicked act?  Is not mortal mind the murderer?  The hands, without mortal mind to direct them, could not commit a murder.  

SH 56:15-57:3

  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.

SH 294:29
The thief believes that he gains something by stealing, and the hypocrite that he is hiding himself.  The Science of Mind corrects such mistakes, for Truth demonstrates the falsity of error.  

SH 5:3-6
  Sorrow for wrong-doing is but one step towards reform and the very easiest step.  The next and great step required by wisdom is the test of our sincerity, --namely, reformation.

SH 272:19

  It is the spiritualization of thought and Christianization of daily life, in contrast with the results of the ghastly farce of material existence; it is chastity and purity, in contrast with the downward tendencies and earthward gravitation of sensualism and impurity, which really attest the divine origin and operation of Christian Science.  The triumphs of Christian Science are recorded in the destruction of error and evil, from which are propagated the dismal beliefs of sin, sickness, and death.  

SH 4:3

  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.  Outward worship is not of itself sufficient to express loyal and heartfelt gratitude, since he has said: "If ye love me, keep my commandments."

SH 572:6-8
"Love one another" (I John, iii. 23), is the most simple and profound counsel of the inspired writer.

SH 35:30-36:1
The design of Love is to reform the sinner.  If the sinner's punishment here has been insufficient to reform him, the good man's heaven would be a hell to the sinner.

SH 257:24-27
Who hath found finite life or love sufficient to meet the demands of human want and woe,--to still the desires, to satisfy the aspirations?

SH 264:24
Spiritual living and blessedness are the only evidences, by which we can recognize true existence and feel the unspeakable peace which comes from an all-absorbing spiritual love.  

SH 57:23-24

Love enriches the nature, enlarging, purifying, and elevating it.

340:15-20
  "Thou shalt have no other gods before me."  (Exodus xx. 3.)  The First Commandment is my favorite text.  It demonstrates Christian Science.  It inculcates the tri-unity of God, Spirit, Mind; it signifies that man shall have no other spirit or mind but God, eternal good, and that all men shall have one Mind.

SH 205:22-23
  When we realize that there is one Mind, the divine law of loving our neighbor as ourselves is unfolded;

SH 340:4
  This text in the book of Ecclesiastes conveys the Christian Science thought, especially when the word ^duty^, which is not in the original, is omitted: "Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter:  Fear God, and keep His commandments:  for this is the whole duty of man."  In other words:  Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter:  love God and keep His commandments:  for this is the whole of man in His image and likeness.  Divine Love is infinite.  Therefore all that really exists is in and of God, and manifests His love.  

SH 55:16-21
My weary hope tries to realize that happy day, when man shall recognize the Science of Christ and love his neighbor as himself,--when he shall realize God's omnipotence and the healing power of the divine Love in what it has done and is doing for mankind.

SH 88:18 (only)
  To love one's neighbor as one's self, is a divine idea;

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  • Shut the Door on Error (6-23-10)
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