FEBRUARY 14, 2018
SCIENCE & HEALTH WITH KEY TO THE SCRIPTURES
BY MARY BAKER EDDY
91:1 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.
9 Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation;
10 There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.
11 For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.
4:8 ¶ And it fell on a day, that Elisha passed to Shunem, where was a great woman; and she constrained him to eat bread. And so it was, that as oft as he passed by, he turned in thither to eat bread.
9 And she said unto her husband, Behold now, I perceive that this is an holy man of God, which passeth by us continually.
10 Let us make a little chamber, I pray thee, on the wall; and let us set for him there a bed, and a table, and a stool, and a candlestick: and it shall be, when he cometh to us, that he shall turn in thither.
11 And it fell on a day, that he came thither, and he turned into the chamber, and lay there.
12 And he said to Gehazi his servant, Call this Shunammite.
13 … Say now unto her, Behold, thou hast been careful for us with all this care; what is to be done for thee?
14 And Gehazi answered, Verily she hath no child, and her husband is old.
15 And he said, Call her. And when he had called her, she stood in the door.
16 And he said, About this season, according to the time of life, thou shalt embrace a son.
17 And the woman conceived, and bare a son at that season that Elisha had said unto her, according to the time of life.
And Love is reflected in love;
From Love and from the light and harmony which are the abode of Spirit, only reflections of good can come.
2:23 … rejoice in the Lord your God: for he hath given you the former rain moderately, and he will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain in the first month.
24 And the floors shall be full of wheat, and the vats shall overflow with wine and oil.
25 And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, …
8:1 Then spake Elisha unto the woman, whose son he had restored to life, saying, Arise, and go thou and thine household, and sojourn wheresoever thou canst sojourn: for the Lord hath called for a famine; and it shall also come upon the land seven years.
2 And the woman arose, and did after the saying of the man of God: and she went with her household, and sojourned in the land of the Philistines seven years.
3 And it came to pass at the seven years’ end, that the woman returned out of the land of the Philistines: and she went forth to cry unto the king for her house and for her land.
4 And the king talked with Gehazi the servant of the man of God, saying, Tell me, I pray thee, all the great things that Elisha hath done.
5 And it came to pass, as he was telling the king how he had restored a dead body to life, that, behold, the woman, whose son he had restored to life, cried to the king for her house and for her land. And Gehazi said, My lord, O king, this is the woman, and this is her son, whom Elisha restored to life.
6 … So the king appointed unto her a certain officer, saying, Restore all that was hers, and all the fruits of the field since the day that she left the land, even until now.
SH 13:15-16 God
…God knows our need before we tell Him or our fellow-beings about it.
Step by step will those who trust Him find that “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”
To those leaning on the sustaining infinite, to-day is big with blessings.
27:4 One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in his temple.
84:10 I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.
9:35 … 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.
8:19 And a certain scribe came, and said unto him, Master, I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest.
20 And Jesus saith unto him, The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head.
1:1 … it came to pass in the days when the judges ruled, that there was a famine in the land. And a certain man of Beth–lehem–judah went to sojourn in the country of Moab, he, and his wife, and his two sons.
2 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, …
3 And Elimelech Naomi’s husband died; and she was left, and her two sons.
4 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.
5 And Mahlon and Chilion died also both of them; and the woman was left of her two sons and her husband.
6 ¶ 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.
8 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.
16 And Ruth said, Entreat 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:
19 ¶ So they two went until they came to Beth–lehem.
2:1 And Naomi had a kinsman of her husband’s, a mighty man of wealth, of the family of Elimelech; and his name was Boaz.
2:2 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.
8 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:
11 … 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.
12 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.
4:13 ¶ So Boaz took Ruth, and she was his wife:
SH 58:21-22 (to 1st ,)
Home is the dearest spot on earth, …
SH 387:23-24 one
…one cannot suffer as the result of any labor of love, but grows stronger because of it.
The understanding, even in a degree, of the divine All-power destroys fear, and plants the feet in the true path, — the path which leads to the house built without hands “eternal in the heavens.”
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house [the consciousness] of [love] for ever.
15:1 Lord, who shall abide in thy tabernacle? who shall dwell in thy holy hill?
2 He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart.
5 For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock.
7:24 ¶ ,,,, whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:
25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.
26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:
27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.
Mortals must find refuge in Truth in order to escape the error of these latter days.
The testimony of the material senses is neither absolute nor divine. I therefore plant myself unreservedly on the teachings of Jesus, of his apostles, of the prophets, and on the testimony of the Science of Mind. Other foundations there are none. All other systems — systems based wholly or partly on knowledge gained through the material senses — are reeds shaken by the wind, not houses built on the rock.
One must abide in the morale of truth or he cannot demonstrate the divine Principle.
5:1 … we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.
6 Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord:
21:1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.
2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.
32:18 … my people shall dwell in a peaceable habitation, and in sure dwellings, and in quiet resting places;
17 And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance for ever.
Heaven represents harmony, and divine Science interprets the Principle of heavenly harmony.
This spiritual, holy habitation has no boundary nor limit, but its four cardinal points are: first, the Word of Life, Truth, and Love; second, the Christ, the spiritual idea of God; third, Christianity, which is the outcome of the divine Principle of the Christ-idea in Christian history; fourth, Christian Science, which to-day and forever interprets this great example and the great Exemplar.
This kingdom of God “is within you,” — is within reach of man’s consciousness here, and the spiritual idea reveals it. In divine Science, man possesses this recognition of harmony consciously in proportion to his understanding of God.
In the words of St. John: “He shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever.” This Comforter I understand to be Divine Science.
Pilgrim on earth, thy home is heaven; stranger, thou art the guest of God.
By George Shaw Cook
The Christian Science Journal
In the endeavor to arrive at the true concept or right idea of home as it exists in divine Mind it is helpful first to eliminate from one’s thinking the finite or limited concepts of home which appear to exist in the so-called human mind. It is well, therefore, to see first of all that home, absolutely speaking, is not a material house, a flat, a hotel room, or anything existing in time or finite space.
Home, in reality, is not something within four walls, or that exists objectively, but on the contrary, it exists subjectively as idea. It is not a place in which man abides; it is an abiding consciousness of harmony— heaven—and is within man. Man, the compound idea of God, includes the true or spiritual concept of home.
Since home in the absolute sense is synonymous with heaven, it must of necessity be within, as Jesus said the kingdom of God is. And in part of her definition of “Jerusalem,” on page 589 of “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures,” Mary Baker Eddy uses these words—home and heaven —synonymously.
Since home is a divine state of consciousness and is within man, who reflects, includes, or embodies this divine concept, he is never without home and never could be in doubt about where home is. Where man is, home is, and for this reason man is never separated from home or deprived of it. Man is, therefore, never homeless or homesick.
Home is not something which man has to acquire either by purchase or otherwise. It is not something which can be leased, bought, sold, mortgaged, or lost. It does not have to be maintained materially or by means of human effort, with difficulty or otherwise. Home exists solely as idea and is maintained, sustained, and provided for by the Mind which creates it and perpetuates it.
“One Need Never Be Without a Home”
By Frances Figgins
The Christian Science Sentinel
October 14, 1967
Mrs. Eddy brings out the spiritual truth of home when she writes, “The real house in which ‘we live, and move, and have our being’ is Spirit, God, the eternal harmony of infinite Soul.” In her experience Mrs. Eddy proved that true home is not a physical place but a state of consciousness. Circumstances forced her to move many times, but she was never without a sense of home. From simple houses to the one with the little attic, where she finished writing Science and Health, and on to her beautiful, spacious home in Chestnut Hill, each move exemplified her trust in divine Love, God, to care for her every need.
If one believes he is a mortal, he will continue to seek a material home. All he will have is a finite, limited sense of home. Christian Science has proved convincingly the mental nature of all things. Home is the outward manifestation of that which is held in thought.
We can never be without a home when we understand that we carry within ourselves our eternal home, already established in Spirit.