Wednesday Readings: Women in Business

The following citations from The Bible and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy were read during the Oct. 27, 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

Ps. 54:4 (to :)
Behold, God is mine helper:

Numbers 27:1 the (to 1st ,), 1 Mahlah, 2 stood,3-7
the daughters of Zelophehad,

Mahlah, Noah, and Hoglah, and Milcah, and Tirzah stood before Moses, and before Eleazar the priest, and before the princes and all the congregation, by the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, saying, Our father died in the wilderness, and he was not in the company of them that gathered themselves together against the Lord in the company of Korah; but died in his own sin, and had no sons.  Why should the name of our father be done away from among his family, because he hath no son? Give unto us therefore a possession among the brethren of our father.  And Moses brought their cause before the Lord.  #And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, The daughters of Zelophehad speak right: thou shalt surely give them a possession of an inheritance among their father's brethren; and thou shalt cause the inheritance of their father to pass unto them.  

Ps. 25:9-10
The meek will he guide in judgment: and the meek will he teach his way.  All the paths of the Lord are mercy and truth unto such as keep his covenant and his testimonies.  

Ruth 1:1-6,8,10,16,18,19 (to 1st .),22
Now it came to pass in the days when the judges ruled, that there was a famine in the land. And a certain man of Bethlehemjudah went to sojourn in the country of Moab, he, and his wife, and his two sons.  And the name of the man was Elimelech, and the name of his wife Naomi, and the name of his two sons Mahlon and Chilion, Ephrathites of Bethlehemjudah. And they came into the country of Moab, and continued there.  And Elimelech Naomi's husband died; and she was left, and her two sons.  And they took them wives of the women of Moab; the name of the one was Orpah, and the name of the other Ruth: and they dwelled there about ten years.  And Mahlon and Chilion died also both of them; and the woman was left of her two sons and her husband.  #Then she arose with her daughters in law, that she might return from the country of Moab: for she had heard in the country of Moab how that the Lord had visited his people in giving them bread.  

And Naomi said unto her two daughters in law, Go, return each to her mother's house: the Lord deal kindly with you, as ye have dealt with the dead, and with me.  

And they said unto her, Surely we will return with thee unto thy people.  

And Ruth said, Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God:

When she saw that she was stedfastly minded to go with her, then she left speaking unto her.  #So they two went until they came to Bethlehem.

So Naomi returned, and Ruth the Moabitess, her daughter in law, with her, which returned out of the country of Moab: and they came to Bethlehem in the beginning of barley harvest.  

Ps. 31:3 thou
thou art my rock and my fortress; therefore for thy name's sake lead me, and guide me.  

Ruth 2:1-3,5-9 (to :),10-12

And Naomi had a kinsman of her husband's, a mighty man of wealth, of the family of Elimelech; and his name was Boaz.  And Ruth the Moabitess said unto Naomi, Let me now go to the field, and glean ears of corn after him in whose sight I shall find grace. And she said unto her, Go, my daughter.  And she went, and came, and gleaned in the field after the reapers: and her hap was to light on a part of the field belonging unto Boaz, who was of the kindred of Elimelech.  

Then said Boaz unto his servant that was set over the reapers, Whose damsel is this?  And the servant that was set over the reapers answered and said, It is the Moabitish damsel that came back with Naomi out of the country of Moab: And she said, I pray you, let me glean and gather after the reapers among the sheaves: so she came, and hath continued even from the morning until now, that she tarried a little in the house.  Then said Boaz unto Ruth, Hearest thou not, my daughter? Go not to glean in another field, neither go from hence, but abide here fast by my maidens: Let thine eyes be on the field that they do reap, and go thou after them:

Then she fell on her face, and bowed herself to the ground, and said unto him, Why have I found grace in thine eyes, that thou shouldest take knowledge of me, seeing I am a stranger?  And Boaz answered and said unto her, It hath fully been shewed me, all that thou hast done unto thy mother in law since the death of thine husband: and how thou hast left thy father and thy mother, and the land of thy nativity, and art come unto a people which thou knewest not heretofore.  The Lord recompense thy work, and a full reward be given thee of the Lord God of Israel, under whose wings thou art come to trust.  

Prov 31:10,16,18-20,24,26,31
Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.  

She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.  

She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night.  She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff.  She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.  

She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant.  

She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.  

Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.  

Isa. 58:9 (to 4th ,),10-12,14 (to 1st ,)

Then shalt thou call, and the Lord shall answer; thou shalt cry, and he shall say, Here I am. If thou take away from the midst of thee the yoke,

And if thou draw out thy soul to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted soul; then shall thy light rise in obscurity, and thy darkness be as the noonday: And the Lord shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.  And they that shall be of thee shall build the old waste places: thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in.  

Then shalt thou delight thyself in the Lord; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth,

Ps 132:15 (to :)

I will abundantly bless her provision:

Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures

by Mary Baker Eddy

197:26
Many of the effeminate constitutions of our time will never grow robust until individual opinions improve and mortal belief loses some portion of its error.  

SH 597:3-4
  The Judaic religion consisted mostly of rites and ceremonies.

SH 596:29

  The Jewish women wore veils over their faces in token of reverence and submission and in accordance with Pharisaical notions.  

SH 18:10
Jesus acted boldly, against the accredited evidence of the senses, against Pharisaical creeds and practices, and he refuted all opponents with his healing power.  

SH 362:1-12
  It is related in the seventh chapter of Luke's Gospel that Jesus was once the honored guest of a certain Pharisee, by name Simon, though he was quite unlike Simon the disciple.  While they were at meat, an unusual incident occurred, as if to interrupt the scene of Oriental festivity.  A "strange woman" came in.  Heedless of the fact that she was debarred from such a place and such society, especially under the stern rules of rabbinical law, as positively as if she were a Hindoo pariah intruding upon the household of a high-caste Brahman, this woman (Mary Magdalene, as she has since been called) approached Jesus.

SH 363:8-9
  Did Jesus spurn the woman?  Did he repel her adoration?

SH 296:4 (only)
  Progress is born of experience.

SH 240:19-22

If mortals are not progressive, past failures will be repeated until all wrong work is effaced or rectified.  If at present satisfied with wrong-doing, we must learn to loathe it.

SH 524:17-19
With a single command, Mind had made man, both male and female.

SH 249:5 (only)

  Let the "male and female" of God's creating appear.

SH 28:11-12 (to ;)
In conscience, we cannot hold to beliefs outgrown;

SH 368:1-2
The greatest wrong is but a supposititious opposite of the highest right.

SH 63:12

  Civil law establishes very unfair differences between the rights of the two sexes.  Christian Science furnishes no precedent for such injustice, and civilization mitigates it in some measure.  Still, it is a marvel why usage should accord woman less rights than does either Christian Science or civilization.  

SH 63:18
  Our laws are not impartial, to say the least, in their discrimination as to the person, property, and parental claims of the two sexes.  If the elective franchise for women will remedy the evil without encouraging difficulties of greater magnitude, let us hope it will be granted.  A feasible as well as rational means of improvement at present is the elevation of society in general and the achievement of a nobler race for legislation,--a race having higher aims and motives.  

SH 63:28

  If a dissolute husband deserts his wife, certainly the wronged, and perchance impoverished, woman should be allowed to collect her own wages, enter into business agreements, hold real estate, deposit funds, and own her children free from interference.  

SH vii:13-17

  The time for thinkers has come.  Truth, independent of doctrines and time-honored systems, knocks at the portal of humanity.  Contentment with the past and the cold conventionality of materialism are crumbling away.

SH 226:14-15
  God has built a higher platform of human rights, and He has built it on diviner claims.

SH 517:8
The ideal man corresponds to creation, to intelligence, and to Truth.  The ideal woman corresponds to Life and to Love.  In divine Science, we have not as much authority for considering God masculine, as we have for considering Him feminine, for Love imparts the clearest idea of Deity.  

SH 107:1-3
  In the year 1866, I discovered the Christ Science or divine laws of Life, Truth, and Love, and named my discovery Christian Science.

SH 109:11-22

  For three years after my discovery, I sought the solution of this problem of Mind-healing, searched the Scriptures and read little else, kept aloof from society, and devoted time and energies to discovering a positive rule. The search was sweet, calm, and buoyant with hope, not selfish nor depressing.  I knew the Principle of all harmonious Mind-action to be God, and that cures were produced in primitive Christian healing by holy, uplifting faith; but I must know the Science of this healing, and I won my way to absolute conclusions through divine revelation, reason, and demonstration.

SH viii:24-26; ix:12-24; x:3-4,11-17

  In the author's work, RETROSPECTION AND INTROSPECTION, may be found a biographical sketch, narrating experiences which led her, in the year 1866, to the dis

Certain essays written at that early date are still in circulation among her first pupils; but they are feeble attempts to state the Principle and practice of Christian healing, and are not complete nor satisfactory expositions of Truth.  To-day, though rejoicing in some progress, she still finds herself a willing disciple at the heavenly gate, waiting for the Mind of Christ.  
  Her first pamphlet on Christian Science was copyrighted in 1870; but it did not appear in print until 1876, as she had learned that this Science must be demonstrated by healing, before a work on the subject could be profitably studied.

  The first edition of SCIENCE AND HEALTH was published in 1875.

  The author has not compromised conscience to suit the general drift of thought, but has bluntly and honestly given the text of Truth.  She has made no effort to embellish, elaborate, or treat in full detail so infinite a theme.  By thousands of well-authenticated cases of healing, she and her students have proved the worth of her teachings.

SH xi:25-0:20
  The first school of Christian Science Mind-healing was started by the author with only one student in Lynn, Massachusetts, about the year 1867.  In 1881, she opened the Massachusetts Metaphysical College in Boston, under the seal of the Commonwealth, a law relative to colleges having been passed, which enabled her to get this institution chartered for medical pur-poses.  No charters were granted to Christian Scientists for such institutions after 1883, and up to that date, hers was the only College of this character which had been established in the United States, where Christian Science was first introduced.  
  During seven years over four thousand students were taught by the author in this College.  Meanwhile she was pastor of the first established Church of Christ, Scientist; President of the first Christian Scientist Association, convening monthly; publisher of her own works; and (for a portion of this time) sole editor and publisher of the Christian Science Journal, the first periodical issued by Christian Scientists.  She closed her College, October 29, 1889, in the height of its prosperity with a deep-lying conviction that the next two years of her life should be given to the preparation of the revision of SCIENCE AND HEALTH, which was published in 1891.  She retained her charter, and as its President, reopened the College in 1899 as auxiliary to her church.

SH 464:21-23,10
  In founding a pathological system of Christianity, the author has labored to expound divine Principle, and not to exalt personality.

She therefore remains unseen at her post, seeking no self-aggrandizement but praying, watching, and working for the redemption of mankind.  

SH 126:22-29
  I have set forth Christian Science and its application to the treatment of disease just as I have discovered them.  I have demonstrated through Mind the effects of Truth on the health, longevity, and morals of men; and I have found nothing in ancient or in modern systems on which to found my own, except the teachings and demonstrations of our great Master and the lives of prophets and apostles.

SH 149:31
To-day there is hardly a city, village, or hamlet, in which are not to be found living witnesses and monuments to the virtue and power of Truth, as applied through this Christian system of healing disease.  

SH 256:1 (only)

  Progress takes off human shackles.

SH 253:9-14

  I hope, dear reader, I am leading you into the understanding of your divine rights, your heaven-bestowed harmony,--that, as you read, you see there is no cause (outside of erring, mortal, material sense which is not power) able to make you sick or sinful; and I hope that you are conquering this false sense.

SH vii:1-2

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

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