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Here are Cobbey Crisler insights on some citations for “Soul"
(the Christian Science Bible Lesson for February 18, 2018)

A poem "Elijah and the Still Small Voice" by Ken Cooper was custom written around the Responsive Reading for this week. To download it go to the online version and click on the PDF file in upper right.]

Warren’s (W’s) PS#1—Psalm 4:6 (GT): the healing light of seeing God face to face

“The treatment in Psalms 4, verse 6 is the “light of God’s countenance.” Despite the fact that in verse 6 the question is raised, the prognosis, we might say, which is very ill-boding, says, “Who will show us [any] good?” What’s the use? (Intimated.) Why is God’s countenance a medicine? “The light of God’s countenance.” We find this all the time that we are to seek God’s face, face-to-face. You know what Paul says face-to-face is? To know as you are known. It’s a mental face-to face then, isn’t it? Face to face with God is to know as God knows. To be God-like.”
“Leaves of the Tree: Prescriptions from the Psalms”, by B. Cobbey Crisler**

W’s PS#2—new transcription from Warren’s notes from a Cobbey Crisler talk on Exodus 3: 1-7, 10 (B3): Moses & the burning bush

Verse 2. When we “beat around the bush” we are like Moses—“… and he looked, and, behold the bush burned with fire and was not consumed.” The bush was not consumed, otherwise it would have been “I was.” This “I am” continuity protection and principle was exemplified later by three young men in the fiery furnace—Principle operating unspent. Imagine if man ever took seriously this kind of dominion.

Verse 3. Like a laboratory scientist, Moses was using scientific inquiry—“And Moses said… I will see WHY the bush is not burnt.”

Verse 6. “I AM the God of thy father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, the God of Jacob.” Jesus emphatically makes this original point about that: therefore God was telling Moses that in his time, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob were not dead either! No I WAS God. Or I will be God. There’s nothing relevant about such a God. This is what resurrects religion form deadness! No Death or shadow of death in the meridian light of daystar.

Verse 7. ”… for I know their sorrows.” God knows and hears when we call out in perceived need. As Mary Baker Eddy puts it “If He is All, He can have no consciousness of anything unlike Himself; because, if He is omnipresent, there can be nothing outside of Himself. …Now this self-same God is our helper. He pities us. He has mercy upon us, and guides every event of our careers. He is near to them who adore Him.” (Unity of Good, p. 3)
[Transcribed from the margins of Warren Huff’s Bible from notes taken during several talks by B. Cobbey Crisler]**

W’s PS#3—Cobbey Crisler on Acts 7:22-26 (B4): Stephen on the divine revelation to Moses that “I AM God!”

[In Stephen’s answer to his accusers] he was drawing God’s design as he saw it, that silver, if not golden, thread through the scriptures. Starting with Abraham and working through to Moses in Acts 7, verse 32, notice that he selects for his example Moses’ beautiful view of God when “he stopped and looked to see why the bush was burning.” (paraphrased from Exodus 3:2 (B3) below)

Acts 7:32 Saying, I am the God of thy fathers, the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. Then Moses trembled, and durst not behold.

Ex 3:2 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.

That’s a very important intersection for mankind because between Genesis and Exodus, there may be maybe nearly 400 hears of silence between Joseph and Moses.

What caused the silence? Wasn’t God revealing? Wasn’t God communicating? Well, where did the fault lie? (Answers heard as murmurs in the background) Since communication has that prefix co, the fault lies either with the source or the receiver. And we almost find an abrupt change as Moses becomes a receiver. And it took him some while before he became a receiver.

And there he was in the mostly unlikely place in the middle of Sinai, and here is a bush burning. But somehow it wasn’t consumed. If that were happening in the middle of Times Square the local commuters and pedestrians would merely rustle their “Wall Street Journals” and walk on by,

But Moses stops to find out why. That makes him an inquirer and immediately casts him as an important scientific observer in the history of humanity. That’s scientific inquiry, isn’t it? He wants to know why that the bush hasn’t burned.

And, at that moment, he receives communication. And he receives one of the greatest breakthroughs about God, one that every one of us must have today before we can progress in any comprehension of the Godhead, I AM.

Why is that such a breakthrough? Because here those children of Israel for nearly 400 years in bondage had been worshiping the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, who lived hundreds of years before. After many centuries of long, tired prayers to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and nothing happening currently, what happens to any concept of God as I AM? It really becomes you’re worshipping not an I AM God, but what? an I WAS God.

And that’s a God who is dead. And not too long ago, “Time” magazine, on their cover, brought that back again. That’s a I WAS God. Here the tremendous pushing aside, waiting for the receiver, Moses, to get that point: “I AM, the God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob, and I AM has sent me unto you.” (See below, Partial)

I’m still I AM. I’m not a God of the past.

Ex 6 Moreover 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 3:14 And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.

Now, what’s so beautiful about that is that Jesus took the statement a little further later in the gospels. He said that that’s the proof that there’s a resurrection, that man is eternal. You remember that in his argument with the Sadducees? He made the point that since God said, “I AM the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob,” what did that do for Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob?” (See above, Partial)

If “I AM the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac…” where are Isaac and Jacob? (See below, Partial)

Ex 1:6 Moreover 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.

They are still living. So, you see, Jesus elevated manhood to eternality just as Moses saw, in the revelation from God, that God was eternal and always I AM.

Jesus added that God was now revealing that makes man eternal. Now, what does that do to church and the concept of man working together cooperatively? An immense breakthrough!”
After the Master What? The Book of Acts,” by B. Cobbey Crisler**

W’s PS#4—Cobbey Crisler on Psalm 103: 2-6 (B6):

“We're all covered by insurance policies, perhaps life and health insurance. The Canadian spelling is probably better, "assurance" as far as biblical therapy is concerned. If you've ever wanted to know what benefits we have, Psalm 103 lists them: Verse 2, "Forget not all his benefits." We have "Forgive us iniquities," that's sin removed from man. "Disease," all of them, Verse 3. Removed from man's experience and nature.” Verse 4, “Redeemeth thy life from destruction,” death no longer the arbiter of man’s potential and capability. Those are the benefits. They’re not only individual; they’re collective because verse 6 says, “The Lord executeth righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed.”
“Leaves of the Tree: Prescriptions from the Psalms”, by B. Cobbey Crisler**

[W’s PS#5—Cobbey Crisler on Revelation 21: 1-4 (B19)—no tears in the Holy City

“Revelation 21 and 22. We’ve already been over it, haven’t we? We’ve seen it in previous Scripture but we find that it is the chosen Scriptural summary, the peak, the ultimate, and Jesus is associated with it. How much purer could Scripture be, coming from God through Jesus to John to us? And John saw that “new heaven and new earth” [Revelation 21:1]. …
John saw the Holy City, New Jerusalem. We know its origin, coming from God prepared as a bride. Finally, the bride prepared, adorned for her husband. [Verse 2] The tabernacle of God with men, [Revelation 21] Verse 3.
“Verse 4, there is a check-off list in this Holy City. There’s no more tears, no more salty reminders of the sea in our bodies chemically. We’ve been told there’s “no more sea” in Verse 1. No more sea, no more tears, no more death, no sorrow, crying or pain, not in this consciousness. It’s the Holy City. That also means that it’s whole. There’s nothing that can fragment it. The tribes embrace it at the gates. The restored and regenerated tribes. The collective idea of you and me working together as chords under the divine principle of a grand music that fills the universe and all eternity….”
“The Holy City: Its Biblical Basis and Development,” by B. Cobbey Crisler**

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