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Warren Huff's (W's) proposed additional application ideas on select citations
the Christian Science Bible Lesson about “Unreality” for October 1, 2017

from Bible talks by Christian Science Bible scholar B. Cobbey Crisler

W’s PS1 — Cobbey Crisler on Matthew 9:2-8 (B6), the healing value of good cheer and forgiveness:
“Verse 2, Chapter 9: ‘We have a man in bed with the palsy.” Can you imagine Jesus going by a man who had been that long without moving and telling him to “be of good cheer”? But there’s nothing Jesus said that he didn’t discern was needed. What that man needed, more than physical movement, was to be of good cheer. Jesus said, “Thy sins be forgiven thee.” Jesus knew at a glance the whole history of a case.”
(Verse 3). The scribes say, “This man blasphemes.” In order to get the healing, he has to eliminate the theological obstruction to healing first.
(Verse 5). He says, “What is easier? To say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and walk?”
(Verse 6). “Because the Son of man does have power on earth to forgive sins, (then saith he to the sick of the palsy), Arise, take up thy bed, and he goes.”
"The Book of Matthew, A Tax Collector’s Account, Auditing the Master" by B. Cobbey

W’s PS2—Cobbey Crisler insights for Acts 10:28-34 (B8) and
Peter’s comments in context about not calling any man unclean
“Entering into Cornelius’s house, Peter finds he is surrounded by all Gentiles and a large group. Peter is being faced now with a major challenge, because it is his training, as you can see in Acts 10, verse 28, that “it is unlawful for him to enter in and eat and keep company with Gentiles.” (See below, paraphrased)

Acts 10:28 And he said unto them, Ye know how that it is an unlawful thing for a man that is a Jew to keep company, or come unto one of another nation; but God hath shewed me that I should not call any man common or unclean

Then it is Peter’s vision comes clear. If God had told him in that vision that “what God hath cleansed, that call not thou common.” (Acts 10:15)

And that applied to animals, what about men? Is it possible that Christianity is designed for anyone and everyone? If that’s what the Holy Spirit or Holy Ghost has revealed to Peter, let’s see what the result is.

Acts 10, verse 34, begins a lecture or sermon to the first group of Gentiles. And the opening statement that Peter makes is one that could be well considered by every denomination of Christianity today. “Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons.” (Acts 10:34)  
Here Peter expressed his new view of God, that God is no respecter of persons—that God speaks to receptivity.

This new view of God, of course, leads to this next question: Should man as well be no respecter of persons? This is a tradition-shattering concept.
After the Master What? – The Book of Acts” by B. Cobbey Crisler

W’s PS3 on a Cobbey Crisler insight for Matt. 9:18-26 (B13) and the Christ putting the funereal thought of paid mourners out of the house before raising Jairus’ daughter.
In context, after Jairus asks Jesus to come heal his daughter who was “at the point of death” (in the version related in Mark 5:23), a woman in the crowd presses though it to touch the fringes of Jesus’ prayer shawl. Although she’d been “unclean” with non-stop hemorrhaging for 12 years (the age of Jairus’ daughter), “The woman was made whole that very hour.”… Jesus stops, realizing that one healing does not affect the outcome of the other.”
“(Verse 23) ‘And he goes into the ruler’s house, with all sorts of instruments and noise.’ There were paid mourners. We’re told by Josephus that even the poorest family had at least two pipes and a couple of horns playing at a funeral. So you can imagine what a ruler of the synagogue would have sounded like, probably like a symphony by Shostakovich. He comes in there. Just think of the atmosphere that’s going on. Jesus alters the atmosphere before he heals.
(Verse 24) ‘He says the maid is not dead but sleepeth.’ That apparently means he felt unable to affect a cure, a raising of the dead, in the presence of the weight of grief. If he’d kicked everybody out while they were crying, he would not have been supported by the social custom of that day or this, would he?
You don’t go into a funeral and sweep everybody out who’s crying. That’s why they’re there. They came to cry. Notice what Jesus does. This was pointed out to me by someone who is really respected for her Scriptural insight. I’d really missed the point. Jesus changed the whole environment.
He made a statement that was perfectly true to him but which was ridiculous to the average human thought. He said “The maid is not dead, she’s only sleeping in there.” So, notice how deep the grief ran. They all suddenly laughed. You and I know, you don’t laugh at funerals.
(Verse 25) ‘He could clear everybody out who was laughing. Then proceeds to raise the child.’

“Book of Matthew, Auditing the Master, a Tax-Collector’s Report”, by B. Cobbey Crisler

W's PS4 on a Cobbey Crisler insights for Revelation 22:14 (B23)
Here's the closing paragraph of a Cobbey Crisler talk that I sent Rick and that he chose as a wrap-up for this Bible Lesson Met on Unreality.

“Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.” (Rev 22:14)

"Accepting that divine invitation, we sit down at the feast which has been promised to us throughout the Bible — the Agape, the feast of Love in the now fully revealed tabernacle of God and His two witnesses. Are we members of that church? Are we even now a part of that remnant, keeping the commandments and imbued with the spirit of spiritual prophesy? If we can respond affirmatively to that, not one single picture of “Tohu and Bohu”**, confusion and emptiness, of chaos, crisis, curse, tragedy, tears, ruin, pain, decay, death, or parody can any longer impress itself on human consciousness and develop there. The mark of the beast is effaced – the seal of God is in our foreheads – our names are written in heaven where nothing tampers with the majesty that God bestows. In the beginning of the Bible, God said, “Let there be light.” The divine shutter snapped, and our nature was recorded in apocalyptic pictures. It may have seemed unenduringly long for these pictures to develop in human consciousness, but He is our God, and we are His people, and that is the apple, the Apocalypse of gold in our pictures. – The End"
"Apocalyptic Pictures: Prophesy and Parody" by B. Cobbey Crisler
**Rick's PS
(Tohu wa bohus, or Tohu va vohu (תֹ֙הוּ֙ וָבֹ֔הוּ), is a Biblical Hebrew phrase found in the Book of Genesis 1:2 that describes the condition of the earth before God said, "Let there be light" (Gen. 1:3). The words tohu and bohu also occur at Isaiah 34:11, which the King James Version translates with the words "confusion" and "emptiness".)

**You can buy your own transcripts and audio recordings of most of Cobbey’s 28 talks at a new website: Please email your order or inquiry to, or directly to Janet Crisler, at]

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