Wednesday Readings: See Thee More Clearly

The following citations from The Bible and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy were read during the August 24, 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

Ps. 119:18
Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law. 

Ex. 3:1-5 (to 1st ,),6 I am
Now Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father in law, the priest of Midian: and he led the flock to the backside of the desert, and came to the mountain of God, even to Horeb.  And the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed.  And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt.  And when the Lord saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses. And he said, Here am I.  And he said,

I am the God of thy father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. And Moses hid his face; for he was afraid to look upon God. 

Ex. 33:12 (to 1st ,)
And Moses said unto the Lord,

Ex. 33:13 if (to 3rd ,)
if I have found grace in thy sight,

Ex. 33:18 I,19 (to 2nd ,),21-23, 20 for
I beseech thee, shew me thy glory.  And he said, I will make all my goodness pass before thee,

for there shall no man see me, and live.  And the Lord said, Behold, there is a place by me, and thou shalt stand upon a rock: And it shall come to pass, while my glory passeth by, that I will put thee in a clift of the rock, and will cover thee with my hand while I pass by: And I will take away mine hand, and thou shalt see my back parts: but my face shall not be seen. 

Ex. 34:2-3 (to 1st ,),4 and Moses,5,6,8
And be ready in the morning, and come up in the morning unto mount Sinai, and present thyself there to me in the top of the mount.  And no man shall come up with thee,

and Moses rose up early in the morning, and went up unto mount Sinai, as the Lord had commanded him, and took in his hand the two tables of stone.  And the Lord descended in the cloud, and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the Lord.  And the Lord passed by before him, and proclaimed, The Lord, The Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, And Moses made haste, and bowed his head toward the earth, and worshipped.  

Ex. 34:27,28
And the Lord said unto Moses, Write thou these words: for after the tenor of these words I have made a covenant with thee and with Israel.  And he was there with the Lord forty days and forty nights; he did neither eat bread, nor drink water. And he wrote upon the tables the words of the covenant, the ten commandments. 

I Kings 18:46 (to ;)
And the hand of the Lord was on Elijah;

I Kings 19:9-13 (to .)
And he came thither unto a cave, and lodged there; and, behold, the word of the Lord came to him, and he said unto him, What doest thou here, Elijah?  And he said, I have been very jealous for the Lord God of hosts: for the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.  And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the Lord. And, behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the Lord was not in the earthquake: And after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.  And it was so, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle, and went out, and stood in the entering in of the cave.

I Kings 19:15 (to 1st :)
And the Lord said unto him, Go, return on thy way to the wilderness of Damascus:

I Kings 19:19 (to Elisha)
So he departed thence, and found Elisha

I Kings 19:19 4th and
and cast his mantle upon him. 

I Kings 19:20 (to 2nd ,)
And he left the oxen, and ran after Elijah,

II Kings 2:1 it,8-12 (to :),14
it came to pass, when the Lord would take up Elijah into heaven by a whirlwind, that Elijah went with Elisha from Gilgal. 

And Elijah took his mantle, and wrapped it together, and smote the waters, and they were divided hither and thither, so that they two went over on dry ground.  #And it came to pass, when they were gone over, that Elijah said unto Elisha, Ask what I shall do for thee, before I be taken away from thee. And Elisha said, I pray thee, let a double portion of thy spirit be upon me.  And he said, Thou hast asked a hard thing: nevertheless, if thou see me when I am taken from thee, it shall be so unto thee; but if not, it shall not be so.  And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.  #And Elisha saw it, and he cried, My father, my father, the chariot of Israel, and the horsemen thereof. And he saw him no more:

And he took the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and smote the waters, and said, Where is the Lord God of Elijah? and when he also had smitten the waters, they parted hither and thither: and Elisha went over. 

Isa. 40:5 1st the (to :)
the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together:

Matt. 9:35
And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people. 

Matt. 13:3 (to 1st ,),10-11,13-17
And he spake many things unto them in parables,

And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables?  He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. 

Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.  And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive: For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.  But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear.  For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them. 

Matt. 5:8
Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. 

Luke 4:18 (to 4th ,)
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind,

Luke 7:21
And in that same hour he cured many of their infirmities and plagues, and of evil spirits; and unto many that were blind he gave sight. 

John 11:40 (to saith)
Jesus saith

John 11:40 Said
Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God? 

Luke 10:21-22 Jesus
Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes: even so, Father; for so it seemed good in thy sight.  All things are delivered to me of my Father: and no man knoweth who the Son is, but the Father; and who the Father is, but the Son, and he to whom the Son will reveal him. 

Matt. 17:1-8
And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart, And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light.  And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with him.  Then answered Peter, and said unto Jesus, Lord, it is good for us to be here: if thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias.  While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.  And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their face, and were sore afraid.  And Jesus came and touched them, and said, Arise, and be not afraid.  And when they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no man, save Jesus only. 

Luke 24:45
Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures,

Prov. 20:13 open (to satisfied)
open thine eyes, and thou shalt be satisfied

Ps. 95:3
For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods. 

Science and Health With Key to the Scriptures

By Mary Baker Eddy

SH 140:4-8
  That God is a corporeal being, nobody can truly affirm.  The Bible represents Him as saying: "Thou canst not see My face; for there shall no man see Me, and live."  Not materially but spiritually we know Him as divine Mind, as Life, Truth, and Love.

SH 113:16 God (only)
God is All-in-all.

SH 15:7-9
The Father in secret is unseen to the physical senses, but He knows all things and rewards according to motives, not according to speech.

SH 213:9-10
God, good, is self-existent and self-expressed, though indefinable as a whole.

SH 331:18 God
God is individual, incorporeal.  He is divine Principle, Love, the universal cause, the only creator, and there is no other self-existence.  He is all-inclusive, and is reflected by all that is real and eternal and by nothing else.  He fills all space, and it is impossible to conceive of such omnipresence and individuality except as infinite Spirit or Mind.  Hence all is Spirit and spiritual. 

SH 109:4
  Christian Science reveals incontrovertibly that Mind is All-in-all, that the only realities are the divine Mind and idea.  This great fact is not, however, seen to be supported by sensible evidence, until its divine Principle is demonstrated by healing the sick and thus proved absolute and divine.  This proof once seen, no other conclusion can be reached. 

SH 204:30-205:13; 205:15
  The belief that God lives in matter is pantheistic.  The error, which says that Soul is in body, Mind is in matter, and good is in evil, must unsay it and cease from such utterances; else God will continue to be hidden from humanity, and mortals will sin without knowing that they are sinning, will lean on matter instead of Spirit, stumble with lameness, drop with drunkenness, consume with disease,--all because of their blindness, their false sense concerning God and man. 
  When will the error of believing that there is life in matter, and that sin, sickness, and death are creations of God, be unmasked?  When will it be understood that matter has neither intelligence, life, nor sensation, and that the opposite belief is the prolific source of all suffering?  God created all through Mind, and made all perfect and eternal.

  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. 

SH 167:1-6
  Should we implore a corporeal God to heal the sick out of His personal volition, or should we understand the infinite divine Principle which heals?  If we rise no higher than blind faith, the Science of healing is not attained, and Soul-existence, in the place of sense-existence, is not comprehended.

SH 374:13-15
This mortal blindness and its sharp consequences show our need of divine metaphysics.

167:6-7
We apprehend Life in divine Science only as we live above corporeal sense and correct it.

SH 284:15-23,28-29
Can Deity be known through the material senses?  Can the material senses, which receive no direct evidence of Spirit, give correct testimony as to spiritual life, truth, and love? 
  The answer to all these questions must forever be in the negative. 
  The physical senses can obtain no proof of God.  They can neither see Spirit through the eye nor hear it through the ear, nor can they feel, taste, or smell Spirit.

  According to Christian Science, the only real senses of man are spiritual, emanating from divine Mind.

SH 274:12-20
  The senses of Spirit abide in Love, and they demonstrate Truth and Life.  Hence Christianity and the Science which expounds it are based on spiritual understanding, and they supersede the so-called laws of matter.  Jesus demonstrated this great verity.  When what we erroneously term the five physical senses are misdirected, they are simply the manifested beliefs of mortal mind, which affirm that life, substance, and intelligence are material, instead of spiritual.

SH 481:8-12
Through spiritual sense only, man comprehends and loves Deity.  The various contradictions of the Science of Mind by the material senses do not change the unseen Truth, which remains forever intact.

SH 486:27-32 (to ;)
If the five corporeal senses were the medium through which to understand God, then palsy, blindness, and deafness would place man in a terrible situation, where he would be like those "having no hope, and without God in the world;

SH 491:12
It is only by acknowledging the supremacy of Spirit, which annuls the claims of matter, that mortals can lay off mortality and find the indissoluble spiritual link which establishes man forever in the divine likeness, inseparable from his creator. 

SH 119:21
God is natural good, and is represented only by the idea of goodness; while evil should be regarded as unnatural, because it is opposed to the nature of Spirit, God. 

SH 596:3
  Paganism and agnosticism may define Deity as "the great unknowable;" but Christian Science brings God much nearer to man, and makes Him better known as the All-in-all, forever near. 

SH 140:25-27
The Christian Science God is universal, eternal, divine Love, which changeth not and causeth no evil, disease, nor death.

275:12,26 (only)
Spirit, Life, Truth, Love, combine as one,--and are the Scriptural names for God.  All substance, intelligence, wisdom, being, immortality, cause, and effect belong to God.  These are His attributes, the eternal manifestations of the infinite divine Principle, Love.  No wisdom is wise but His wisdom; no truth is true, no love is lovely, no life is Life but the divine; no good is, but the good God bestows. 

The true understanding of God is spiritual.

SH 300:31
God is revealed only in that which reflects Life, Truth, Love,--yea, which manifests God's attributes and power, even as the human likeness thrown upon the mirror, repeats the color, form, and action of the person in front of the mirror. 

SH 324:7-12
  Unless the harmony and immortality of man are becoming more apparent, we are not gaining the true idea of God; and the body will reflect what governs it, whether it be Truth or error, understanding or belief, Spirit or matter.  Therefore "acquaint now thyself with Him, and be at peace."

SH 127:16-19
Christian Science reveals God, not as the author of sin, sickness, and death, but as divine Principle, Supreme Being, Mind, exempt from all evil.

SH 342:24-26
It causes the deaf to hear, the lame to walk, and the blind to see.

SH 337:14-16 Christian
Christian Science demonstrates that none but the pure in heart can see God, as the gospel teaches.

SH 487:10
The apprehension of this gave sight to the blind and hearing to the deaf centuries ago, and it will repeat the wonder. 

SH 241:24-26 (to ;)
We should strive to reach the Horeb height where God is revealed;

Hymn 246:2
 So shall the glory of God be revealed, 
 All flesh shall see it and all shall be healed;
 In word and deed declare Him and adore Him.
 God's will is done, and all is plain before Him.
                [Refrain]

Hymn 64:1
 From sense to Soul my pathway lies before me, 
   From mist and shadow into Truth's clear day;
 The dawn of all things real is breaking o'er me,
   My heart is singing:  I have found the way.

Hymn 85:1
 God of Truth, eternal good, 
   Lift our hearts to revelation,
 That Thou mayst be understood,
   Thou, the Rock of our salvation;
 All Thy love we have for loving,
 All Thy truth is ours for proving.

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