WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2017
73:3 I saw the prosperity of the wicked.
6 …pride compasseth them about as a chain;
8 They are corrupt, and speak wickedly concerning oppression:
11 And they say, How doth God know? and is there knowledge in the most High?
12 Behold, these are the ungodly, who prosper in the world;
37:9 … evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the Lord, they shall inherit the earth.
12:1 … the Lord sent Nathan unto David. And he came unto him, and said unto him, There were two men in one city; the one rich, and the other poor.
2 The rich man had exceeding many flocks and herds:
3 But the poor man had nothing, save one little ewe lamb, which he had bought and nourished up: and it grew up together with him, and with his children; it did eat of his own meat, and drank of his own cup, and lay in his bosom, and was unto him as a daughter.
4 And there came a traveller unto the rich man, and he spared to take of his own flock and of his own herd, to dress for the wayfaring man that was come unto him; but took the poor man’s lamb, and dressed it for the man that was come to him.
5 And David’s anger was greatly kindled against the man; and he said to Nathan, As the Lord liveth, the man that hath done this thing shall surely die:
7 ¶ And Nathan said to David, Thou art the man. Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, I anointed thee king over Israel, and I delivered thee out of the hand of Saul;
8 And I gave thee thy master’s house, and thy master’s wives into thy bosom, and gave thee the house of Israel and of Judah;
9 Wherefore hast thou despised the commandment of the Lord, to do evil in his sight? thou hast killed Uriah the Hittite with the sword, and hast taken his wife to be thy wife, and hast slain him with the sword of the children of Ammon.
11 Thus saith the Lord, Behold, I will raise up evil against thee out of thine own house, and I will take thy wives before thine eyes, and give them unto thy neighbour, and he shall lie with thy wives in the sight of this sun.
12 For thou didst it secretly: but I will do this thing before all Israel, and before the sun.
13 And David said unto Nathan, I have sinned against the Lord. And Nathan said unto David, The Lord also hath put away thy sin; thou shalt not die.
5:1 … Naaman, captain of the host of the king of Syria, was a great man with his master, and honourable, because by him the Lord had given deliverance unto Syria: he was also a mighty man in valour, but he was a leper.
5:9 So Naaman came with his horses and with his chariot, and stood at the door of the house of Elisha.
10 And Elisha sent a messenger unto him, saying, Go and wash in Jordan seven times, and thy flesh shall come again to thee, and thou shalt be clean.
14 Then went he down, and dipped himself seven times in Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God: and his flesh came again like unto the flesh of a little child, and he was clean.
15 ¶ And he returned to the man of God, he and all his company, and came, and stood before him: and he said, Behold, now I know that there is no God in all the earth, but in Israel: now therefore, I pray thee, take a blessing of thy servant.
16 But he said, As the Lord liveth, before whom I stand, I will receive none.
19 So he departed…
20 ¶ But Gehazi, the servant of Elisha the man of God, said, Behold, my master hath spared Naaman this Syrian, in not receiving at his hands that which he brought: but, as the Lord liveth, I will run after him, and take somewhat of him.
21 So Gehazi followed after Naaman. And when Naaman saw him running after him, he lighted down from the chariot to meet him, and said, Is all well?
22 And he said, All is well. My master hath sent me, saying, Behold, even now there be come to me from mount Ephraim two young men of the sons of the prophets: give them, I pray thee, a talent of silver, and two changes of garments.
23 And Naaman said, Be content, take two talents.
25 … (Then Gehazi) went in, and stood before his master. And Elisha said unto him, Whence comest thou, Gehazi? And he said, Thy servant went no whither.
26 And he said unto him, Went not mine heart with thee, when the man turned again from his chariot to meet thee? Is it a time to receive money, and to receive garments, and olive yards, and vineyards, and sheep, and oxen, and menservants, and maidservants?
27 The leprosy therefore of Naaman shall cleave unto thee, and unto thy seed for ever. And he went out from his presence a leper as white as snow.
23:1 Then spake Jesus to the multitude, and to his disciples,
2 Saying, The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat:
3 All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not.
4 For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers.
5 … all their works they do for to be seen of men:
13 ¶ … woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men:
28 Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.
38 Behold, your house is left unto you desolate.
27:1 When the morning was come, all the chief priests and elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put him to death:
2 And when they had bound him, they led him away, and delivered him to Pontius Pilate the governor.
3 ¶ Then Judas, which had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders,
4 Saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood. And they said, What is that to us? see thou to that.
5 And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself.
18: … if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother.
16 But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.
20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.
17 And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican.
2:9 The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished:
12 … these, as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of the things that they understand not; and shall utterly perish in their own corruption;
1 … in the last days perilous times shall come.
2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud,…
3… false accusers,… despisers of those that are good,…
4 … highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
14 But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them;
15 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.
21:9 …when ye shall hear of wars and commotions, be not terrified:
25 ¶ and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity;
26 Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth:
36 Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.
13:37 …what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.
SCIENCE & HEALTH WITH KEY TO THE SCRIPTURES
BY MARY BAKER EDDY
Science only can explain the incredible good and evil elements now coming to the surface.
The broadcast powers of evil so conspicuous to-day show themselves in the materialism and sensualism of the age, struggling against the advancing spiritual era.
Many are willing to open the eyes of the people to the power of good resident in divine Mind, but they are not so willing to point out the evil in human thought, and expose evil’s hidden mental ways of accomplishing iniquity.
The history of our country, like all history, illustrates the might of Mind, and shows human power to be proportionate to its embodiment of right thinking.
Tyranny, intolerance, and bloodshed, wherever found, arise from the belief that the infinite is formed after the pattern of mortal personality, passion, and impulse.
Covering iniquity will prevent prosperity and the ultimate triumph of any cause.
Ignorance, subtlety, or false charity does not forever conceal error; evil will in time disclose and punish itself.
The mistake of thinking that error can be real, when it is merely the absence of truth, leads to belief in the superiority of error.
Evil is a negation, because it is the absence of truth. It is nothing, because it is the absence of something. It is unreal, because it presupposes the absence of God, the omnipotent and omnipresent.
Evil thoughts and aims reach no farther and do no more harm than one’s belief permits. Evil thoughts, lusts, and malicious purposes cannot go forth, like wandering pollen, from one human mind to another, finding unsuspected lodgment, if virtue and truth build a strong defence.
We should become more familiar with good than with evil, and guard against false beliefs as watchfully as we bar our doors against the approach of thieves and murderers.
Uncover error, and it turns the lie upon you. Until the fact concerning error —namely, its nothingness — appears, the moral demand will not be met, and the ability to make nothing of error will be wanting.
SH 6:23-24, 29-31
Jesus uncovered and rebuked sin before he cast it out.
It is believed by many that a certain magistrate, who lived in the time of Jesus, left this record: “His rebuke is fearful.”
Be firm in your understanding that the divine Mind governs, and that in Science man reflects God’s government.
Expose and denounce the claims of evil and disease in all their forms, but realize no reality in them.
Resisting evil, you overcome it and prove its nothingness
Let Truth uncover and destroy error in God’s own way, and let human justice pattern the divine.
“Gossip under the Guise of Uncovering Error”
By Hermann S. Hering
Christian Science Sentinel
October 1, 1938
One of the essentials in Science is to learn to differentiate between the real and unreal, between Truth and error. Whenever any thought, argument, or evidence presents itself to us, whether it comes from within or from without, our first duty as Scientists is to determine whether it is true or false. If it comes from God it reflects the nature and character of God and will bring us peace, harmony, unity, and healing. If any thought or argument produces friction, dissension, division, disruption, and discord, and if it wounds without healing, then we know it is not of God, and hence is not true, but is a false belief.
Christian Science uncovers error as nothing, not as something; as a false claim or lie that has no existence. If we uncover error as something, we are not working aright, but are making that seem real which is unreal—dealing with falsities as though they were truths and so heaping up “wrath against the day of wrath.” Our only object in uncovering error should be its destruction—to have it seen as nothing and to prevent its deceiving others. If error is uncovered as something real, is circulated, propagated, magnified, exaggerated, and used to deceive and injure others, we fail in our duty as Scientists and are aiding the enemy of Christian Science in creating and maintaining, in belief, a wrong mental atmosphere.
We must also be careful to bear in mind that error is always impersonal, and never personal; yet it most frequently expresses itself through persons. The personification of evil gives it its seeming power. Error is never a person, but always a lie. Scientific handling of error can be accomplished only by recognizing all error and its beliefs as false, and as impersonal.