Wednesday Readings: Our Daily Bread

The following citations from The Bible and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy were read during the May 18, 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

Give us this day our daily bread
Give us grace for today, feed the famished affections
Matt 6:9 Our (to 1st ,)
Our Father which art in heaven,

Matt. 6:11
Give us this day our daily bread. 

Eph 4:7 unto
unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ. 

I Kings 17:1-6 Elijah
Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the inhabitants of Gilead, said unto Ahab, As the Lord God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my word.  And the word of the Lord came unto him, saying, Get thee hence, and turn thee eastward, and hide thyself by the brook Cherith, that is before Jordan.  And it shall be, that thou shalt drink of the brook; and I have commanded the ravens to feed thee there.  So he went and did according unto the word of the Lord: for he went and dwelt by the brook Cherith, that is before Jordan.  And the ravens brought him bread and flesh in the morning, and bread and flesh in the evening; and he drank of the brook. 

I Kings 17:8-16
And the word of the Lord came unto him, saying, Arise, get thee to Zarephath, which belongeth to Zidon, and dwell there: behold, I have commanded a widow woman there to sustain thee.  So he arose and went to Zarephath. And when he came to the gate of the city, behold, the widow woman was there gathering of sticks: and he called to her, and said, Fetch me, I pray thee, a little water in a vessel, that I may drink.  And as she was going to fetch it, he called to her, and said, Bring me, I pray thee, a morsel of bread in thine hand.  And she said, As the Lord thy God liveth, I have not a cake, but an handful of meal in a barrel, and a little oil in a cruse: and, behold, I am gathering two sticks, that I may go in and dress it for me and my son, that we may eat it, and die.  And Elijah said unto her, Fear not; go and do as thou hast said: but make me thereof a little cake first, and bring it unto me, and after make for thee and for thy son.  For thus saith the Lord God of Israel, The barrel of meal shall not waste, neither shall the cruse of oil fail, until the day that the Lord sendeth rain upon the earth.  And she went and did according to the saying of Elijah: and she, and he, and her house, did eat many days.  And the barrel of meal wasted not, neither did the cruse of oil fail, according to the word of the Lord, which he spake by Elijah. 

Ps 23:1-3 (to :)
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.  He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.  He restoreth my soul:

Ps 107:9
For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness. 

Ps 37:3-5
Trust in the Lord, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.  Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.  Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass. 

Luke 12:32
Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom. 

John 6:1-13 Jesus
Jesus went over the sea of Galilee, which is the sea of Tiberias.  And a great multitude followed him, because they saw his miracles which he did on them that were diseased.  And Jesus went up into a mountain, and there he sat with his disciples.  And the passover, a feast of the Jews, was nigh.  #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?  And this he said to prove him: for he himself knew what he would do.  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?  And Jesus said, Make the men sit down. Now there was much grass in the place. 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. 

Mark 8:13-17,18 do,19-21
And he left them, and entering into the ship again departed to the other side.  #Now the disciples had forgotten to take bread, neither had they in the ship with them more than one loaf.  And he charged them, saying, Take heed, beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, and of the leaven of Herod.  And they reasoned among themselves, saying, It is because we have no bread. And when Jesus knew it, he saith unto them, Why reason ye, because ye have no bread? perceive ye not yet, neither understand?  have ye your heart yet hardened? 

do ye not remember?  When I brake the five loaves among five thousand, how many baskets full of fragments took ye up? They say unto him, Twelve.  And when the seven among four thousand, how many baskets full of fragments took ye up? And they said, Seven.  And he said unto them, How is it that ye do not understand? 

Luke 12:28 O (to faith),29-31 seek
O ye of little faith

seek not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind.  For all these things do the nations of the world seek after: and your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things.  #But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you. 

John 6:27,30( to 1st ?), 31-35 (to :),51 (to 2nd :), 58 not
Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed. 

They said therefore unto him, What sign shewest thou then, that we may see, and believe thee?

Our fathers did eat manna in the desert; as it is written, He gave them bread from heaven to eat.  Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven.  For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world.  Then said they unto him, Lord, evermore give us this bread.  And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life:

I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever:

not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live for ever. 

John 1:15 (to John), 15 cried (to 4th ,),16,17
John cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake,

And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace.  For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. 

Luke 14:15 Blessed
Blessed is he that shall eat bread in the kingdom of God. 

Rev. 22:21
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen. 

Science and Health With Key to the Scriptures


By Mary Baker Eddy

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? 

SH 494:10
Divine Love always has met and always will meet every human need.  It is not well to imagine that Jesus demonstrated the divine power to heal only for a select number or for a limited period of time, since to all mankind and in every hour, divine Love supplies all good. 

SH 518:19
Love giveth to the least spiritual idea might, immortality, and goodness, which shine through all as the blossom shines through the bud.  All the varied expressions of God reflect health, holiness, immortality--infinite Life, Truth, and Love. 

SH 530:5
  In divine Science, man is sustained by God, the divine Principle of being.  The earth, at God's command, brings forth food for man's use.  Knowing this, Jesus once said, "Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink,"--presuming not on the prerogative of his creator, but recognizing God, the Father and Mother of all, as able to feed and clothe man as He doth the lilies. 

SH 442:22-25,26-29 Jesus
Christ, Truth, gives mortals temporary food and clothing until the material, transformed with the ideal, disappears, and man is clothed and fed spiritually.

Jesus said, "Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom."  This truth is Christian Science.

SH 410:9
The Scriptures say, "Man shall not live by bread ^alone^, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God," showing that Truth is the actual life of man; but mankind objects to making this teaching practical. 

SH 319:7-12
Having faith in the divine Principle of health and spiritually understanding God, sustains man under all circumstances; whereas the lower appeal to the general faith in material means (commonly called nature) must yield to the all-might of infinite Spirit.

SH 139:4-8
  From beginning to end, the Scriptures are full of accounts of the triumph of Spirit, Mind, over matter.  Moses proved the power of Mind by what men called miracles; so did Joshua, Elijah, and Elisha.

SH 149:28-29
Whatever guides thought spiritually benefits mind and body.

SH 490:12
  The Science of Mind needs to be understood.  Until it is understood, mortals are more or less deprived of Truth.  Human theories are helpless to make man harmonious or immortal, since he is so already, according to Christian Science.  Our only need is to know this and reduce to practice the real man's divine Principle, Love. 

SH 494:15 (only)
  The miracle of grace is no miracle to Love.

SH 4:3-5
  What we most need is the prayer of fervent desire for growth in grace, expressed in patience, meekness, love, and good deeds.

SH 15:26-27
Self-forgetfulness, purity, and affection are constant prayers.

SH 234:4
  Whatever inspires with wisdom, Truth, or Love--be it song, sermon, or Science--blesses the human family with crumbs of comfort from Christ's table, feeding the hungry and giving living waters to the thirsty. 

SH 60:29-31
  Soul has infinite resources with which to bless mankind, and happiness would be more readily attained and would be more secure in our keeping, if sought in Soul.

SH 206:15
  In the scientific relation of God to man, we find that whatever blesses one blesses all, as Jesus showed with the loaves and the fishes,--Spirit, not matter, being the source of supply. 

SH 42:28-29
Jesus had taught his disciples the Science of this proof.

SH 42:29-31
He was here to enable them to test his still uncomprehended saying, "He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also."

SH 42:31
They must understand more fully his Life-principle by casting out error, healing the sick, and raising the dead, even as they did understand it after his bodily departure. 

SH 33:6-10
Their bread indeed came down from heaven.  It was the great truth of spiritual being, healing the sick and casting out error.  Their Master had explained it all before, and now this bread was feeding and sustaining them.

SH 390:4
  We cannot deny that Life is self-sustained, and we should never deny the everlasting harmony of Soul, simply because, to the mortal senses, there is seeming discord.  It is our ignorance of God, the divine Principle, which produces apparent discord, and the right understanding of Him restores harmony.  Truth will at length compel us all to exchange the pleasures and pains of sense for the joys of Soul. 

SH 222:8 1st mortal
mortal mind makes a mortal body, whereas Truth regenerates this fleshly mind and feeds thought with the bread of Life. 

SH 35:26-27
Our bread, "which cometh down from heaven," is Truth.

SH 17:4-5
Give us this day our daily bread;
  ^Give us grace for to-day; feed the famished affections;^

vii:1-2
  To those leaning on the sustaining infinite, to-day is big with blessings.

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