Wednesday Readings: Noah

The following citations from The Bible and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy were read during the March 9, 2011 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

Gen. 6:8 Noah,9 2nd Noah,11,13 (to 1st ,),14-17 (to ;),18-22 1st with
Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.  

Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.  

The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.  

And God said unto Noah,

Make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch.  And this is the fashion which thou shalt make it of: The length of the ark shall be three hundred cubits, the breadth of it fifty cubits, and the height of it thirty cubits. A window shalt thou make to the ark, and in a cubit shalt thou finish it above; and the door of the ark shalt thou set in the side thereof; with lower, second, and third stories shalt thou make it.  And, behold, I, even I, do bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh, wherein is the breath of life, from under heaven;

with thee will I establish my covenant; and thou shalt come into the ark, thou, and thy sons, and thy wife, and thy sons' wives with thee.  And of every living thing of all flesh, two of every sort shalt thou bring into the ark, to keep them alive with thee; they shall be male and female.  Of fowls after their kind, and of cattle after their kind, of every creeping thing of the earth after his kind, two of every sort shall come unto thee, to keep them alive.  And take thou unto thee of all food that is eaten, and thou shalt gather it to thee; and it shall be for food for thee, and for them.  Thus did Noah; according to all that God commanded him, so did he.  

Gen. 7:1,4 (to ;),5,7,15,17,19,24
And the Lord said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation.  

For yet seven days, and I will cause it to rain upon the earth forty days and forty nights;

And Noah did according unto all that the Lord commanded him.  

And Noah went in, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons' wives with him, into the ark, because of the waters of the flood.  

And they went in unto Noah into the ark, two and two of all flesh, wherein is the breath of life.  

And the flood was forty days upon the earth; and the waters increased, and bare up the ark, and it was lift up above the earth.  

And the waters prevailed exceedingly upon the earth; and all the high hills, that were under the whole heaven, were covered.  

And the waters prevailed upon the earth an hundred and fifty days.  

Gen 8:1-4,6,8-13 (to pass), 13 the waters,15-17 (to 1st ,),18-20 (to ;),21

And God remembered Noah, and every living thing, and all the cattle that was with him in the ark: and God made a wind to pass over the earth, and the waters asswaged; The fountains also of the deep and the windows of heaven were stopped, and the rain from heaven was restrained; And the waters returned from off the earth continually: and after the end of the hundred and fifty days the waters were abated.  And the ark rested in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, upon the mountains of Ararat.  

And it came to pass at the end of forty days, that Noah opened the window of the ark which he had made:

Also he sent forth a dove from him, to see if the waters were abated from off the face of the ground; But the dove found no rest for the sole of her foot, and she returned unto him into the ark, for the waters were on the face of the whole earth: then he put forth his hand, and took her, and pulled her in unto him into the ark.  And he stayed yet other seven days; and again he sent forth the dove out of the ark; And the dove came in to him in the evening; and, lo, in her mouth was an olive leaf pluckt off: so Noah knew that thewaters were abated from off the earth.  And he stayed yet other seven days; and sent forth the dove; which returned not again unto him any more. 

And it came to pass the waters were dried up from off the earth: and Noah removed the covering of the ark, and looked, and, behold, the face of the ground was dry.  

And God spake unto Noah, saying, Go forth of the ark, thou, and thy wife, and thy sons, and thy sons' wives with thee.  Bring forth with thee every living thing that is with thee,

And Noah went forth, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons' wives with him: Every beast, every creeping thing, and every fowl, and whatsoever creepeth upon the earth, after their kinds, went forth out of the ark.  #And Noah builded an altar unto the Lord;

And the Lord smelled a sweet savour; and the Lord said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man's sake; for the imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done.  

Gen. 9:1,8,9,12-15 This

And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth.  

And God spake unto Noah, and to his sons with him, saying, And I, behold, I establish my covenant with you, and with your seed after you;

This is the token of the covenant which I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations: I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth.  And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud: And I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh.  

Job 38:11 Hitherto
Hitherto shalt thou come, but no further: and here shall thy proud waves be stayed?  

Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures

By Mary Baker Eddy

SH 371:27-30
The necessity for uplifting the race is father to the fact that Mind can do it; for Mind can impart purity instead of impurity, strength instead of weakness, and health instead of disease.

SH 496:5

You will learn that in Christian Science the first duty is to obey God, to have one Mind, and to love another as yourself.  

SH 467:13
Having no other gods, turning to no other but the one perfect Mind to guide him, man is the likeness of God, pure and eternal, having that Mind which was also in Christ.  

SH 476:9
God is the Principle of man, and man is the idea of God.  Hence man is not mortal nor material.  Mortals will disappear, and immortals, or the children of God, will appear as the only and eternal verities of man.  Mortals are not fallen children of God.  They never had a perfect state of being, which may subsequently be regained.  They were, from the beginning of mortal history, "conceived in sin and brought forth in iniquity."  Mortality is finally swallowed up in immortality.  Sin, sickness, and death must disappear to give place to the facts which belong to immortal man.  

SH 592:22

 NOAH.  A corporeal mortal; knowledge of the nothingness of material things and of the immortality of all that is spiritual.  

SH 20:20
Yet he swerved not, well knowing that to obey the divine order and trust God, saves retracing and traversing anew the path from sin to holiness.  

SH 58:7
Unselfish ambition, noble life-motives, and purity,--these constituents of thought, mingling, constitute individually and collectively true happiness, strength, and permanence.  

SH 304:14
The perfect man--governed by God, his perfect Principle--is sinless and eternal.  

SH 516:19
Man, made in His likeness, possesses and reflects God's dominion over all the earth.  Man and woman as coexistent and eternal with God forever reflect, in glorified quality, the infinite Father-Mother God.  

SH 183:21

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.  

SH 550:5-7
God is the Life, or intelligence, which forms and preserves the individuality and identity of animals as well as of men.

SH 518:13-15
God gives the lesser idea of Himself for a link to the greater, and in return, the higher always protects the lower.

SH 514:28-31
All of God's creatures, moving in the harmony of Science, are harmless, useful, indestructible.  A realization of this grand verity was a source of strength to the ancient worthies.

SH 581:8-14

 ARK.  Safety; the idea, or reflection, of Truth, proved to be as immortal as its Principle; the understanding of Spirit, destroying belief in matter.   God and man coexistent and eternal; Science showing that the spiritual realities of all things are created by Him and exist forever.  The ark indicates temptation overcome and followed by exaltation.

SH 387:27
The history of Christianity furnishes sublime proofs of the supporting influence and protecting power bestowed on man by his heavenly Father, omnipotent Mind, who gives man faith and understanding whereby to defend himself, not only from temptation, but from bodily suffering.  

SH 505:16-20

Spirit imparts the understanding which uplifts consciousness and leads into all truth.  The Psalmist saith: "The Lord on high is mightier than the noise of many waters, yea, than the mighty waves of the sea."

SH 413:19-20
Water is not the natural habitat of humanity.

SH 507:1-3
In metaphor, the ^dry land^ illustrates the absolute formations instituted by Mind, while ^water^ symbolizes the elements of Mind.

SH 570:24
The waters will be pacified, and Christ will command the wave.  

SH 585:5 (to 1st .),7

  EARTH.

  To material sense, earth is matter; to spiritual sense, it is a compound idea.  

SH 209:16
  The compounded minerals or aggregated substances composing the earth, the relations which constituent masses hold to each other, the magnitudes, distances, and revolutions of the celestial bodies, are of no real importance, when we remember that they all must give place to the spiritual fact by the translation of man and the universe back into Spirit.  In proportion as this is done, man and the universe will be found harmonious and eternal.  

SH 263:32-264:3

  The fading forms of matter, the mortal body and material earth, are the fleeting concepts of the human mind.  They have their day before the permanent facts and their perfection in Spirit appear.

SH 263:7-10
  When mortal man blends his thoughts of existence with the spiritual and works only as God works, he will no longer grope in the dark and cling to earth because he has not tasted heaven.

SH 316:21

Christ illustrates that blending with God, his divine Principle, which gives man dominion over all the earth.  

SH 597:27-29
  WIND.  That which indicates the might of omnipotence and the movements of God's spiritual government, encompassing all things.

SH 598:1-5

  The Greek word for ^wind^ (^pneuma^) is used also for ^spirit^, as in the passage in John's Gospel, the third chapter, where we read: "The wind [^pneuma^] bloweth where it listeth. . . . So is every one that is born of the Spirit [^pneuma^]."

SH 109:32-3
  The three great verities of Spirit, omnipotence, omnipresence, omniscience,--Spirit possessing all power, filling all space, constituting all Science,--contradict forever the belief that matter can be actual.

SH 167:17
To have one God and avail yourself of the power of Spirit, you must love God supremely.  

SH 249:6-10

Let us feel the divine energy of Spirit, bringing us into newness of life and recognizing no mortal nor material power as able to destroy.  Let us re-joice that we are subject to the divine "powers that be." Such is the true Science of being.

SH 584:26
  DOVE.  A symbol of divine Science; purity and peace; hope and faith.  

SH 486:32 calamities

calamities often drive mortals to seek and to find a higher sense of happiness and existence.  

SH 322:26-30

  The sharp experiences of belief in the supposititious life of matter, as well as our disappointments and ceaseless woes, turn us like tired children to the arms of divine Love.  Then we begin to learn Life in divine Science.

SH 83:7-9
Mortals must find refuge in Truth in order to escape the error of these latter days.

SH 262:10

We must reverse our feeble flutterings--our efforts to find life and truth in matter--and rise above the testimony of the material senses, above the mortal to the immortal idea of God.  These clearer, higher views inspire the Godlike man to reach the absolute centre and circumference of his being.  

SH 323:6
  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.  

SH 247:24
It is Love which paints the petal with myriad hues, glances in the warm sunbeam, arches the cloud with the bow of beauty, blazons the night with starry gems, and covers earth with loveliness.  

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.

SH 55:21-22
The promises will be fulfilled.

Hymn 85  
God of Truth, eternal good,....
 
 Hymn 297  

Science, the angel with the flaming sword, ....

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