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Here are Cobbey Crisler and MBE Library insights on some citations on “Mind"
(the Christian Science Bible Lesson for February 25, 2018)

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Warren’s (W’s) PS#1—Cobbey Crisler on James 1.6 and 1.8 and 3.17 Responsive Reading (RR)
James 1:6 tells us how we should pray. You'll find when prayer is not prayer… "Let him ask in faith nothing wavering." Wavering suggests this to-and-fro state of mind… James 1:8 "A double-minded man is unstable in all his ways."…
James 3:17 (RR) "But the wisdom that is from above" all stems from the commitment to oneness."
The Case of Job by B. Cobbey Crisler**

W's PS#2—Receive God’s “instruction… & knowledge” that’s better than Olympic “gold & silver” (RR, Proverbs 8:10, silver, B1). Click the link below to hear a great “Daily Lift” on “The Spiritual Gold of the Olympics” with an inspired application of the last line of “Joy to the World” (Hymn 417) “He rules the world with truth and grace, And makes the nations prove The glories of his righteousness And wonders of his love.

God’s rule of “truth and grace” is “expressed” on the jumps, slopes and ice in “…height, might, majesty and glory” (S5). Team events and this collectively coming together that “the whole family of man would be brethren” (S12) cannot be tainted by inharmony or national agendas so “that there be no divisions among you, but that ye be perfectly joined together” (B9). Let’s treasure the healing potential of God’s rule of “truth and grace” and “any fellowship of the Spirit” (B10) to “unfold the foundation of fellowship in which one mind is not at war with another” (S13) on the Korean Peninsula—where hopefully “war will cease and the true brotherhood of man will be established.” (S14)

W’S PS#3—Cobbey Crisler insights on Mark 1:1, 2 (B5)
Mark, Chapter 1. We get into the real character of Mark as a witness to these very early events by just noting that Verse 1, which sets the tone, tells us a lot of information that we might miss if we go over it too rapidly.”The beginning of the gospel,” Professor Dodd says we might translate that as normally good news. But it has a more technical meaning, the good news of victory.

It is already forecasting or presaging to us where we will arrive before the gospel is over. This is the beginning of the good news of victory of Jesus, the Messiah. It announces right away that he is the fulfillment of Scriptural prophesy, the long-expected Messiah of the Jews. That the Messiah has this direct link or relationship to God. He is the Son of God

The next thing that we see gives us the tenor of the whole approach Mark is making here. Remember, when I say Mark, one can also understand Peter. According to the earliest tradition, this is the way that Peter presented the gospel message when he went around to the various cities of the Roman Empire. It is how he delivered the message.

… even in translation, we are being introduced to a document that originally was probably delivered orally. And it still has that excitement of oral delivery about it.

Verse 2. One of the next things we have to recognize, one of the foundational aspects of the gospel, is the quotation, “As it is written in the prophets.” This we know is one of the key things that gospel writers, all four, are convinced are part of the basic message. It’s almost as if the good news of victory reflects the fulfillment of prophesy of the same good news of victory which occurred in the Old Testament. That the Old and New Testaments are absolutely inseparable in their messages.”
What Mark Recorded, by B. Cobbey Crisler**

W’s PS#4—Cobbey Crisler on Luke 2:40-52 (B6): Jesus in the temple at 12
“We’re told in verse 40 that the child “grew and waxed strong in spirit.” The next thing and the last thing we know and learn about Jesus in the infancy period concludes Chapter 2. Jesus is in the temple discussing with those rabbis who were schooled in every single literal word of the law. We find in verse 46 that Jesus is not only listening to them, but he is asking them questions. That is the rabbinical method. Rabbis did that among themselves. They did that with their students.

For them to hear a twelve-year-old boy utilizing the rabbinical method, brilliantly dealing with Scriptural exegesis, must have fascinated them, to say the least. For three days this phenomenon was observed. During that period of time his parents were searching in vain for him. They had already gone out of Jerusalem, “a day’s journey,” according to verse 44. They looked for him, couldn’t find him, had to come back. That’s another day. The third day, apparently, is when they locate him in the temple.

As human parent would they ask him where he’d been and why (Verse 48). Didn’t he realize the effect that it had on his parents?

This is the first public pronouncement we hear from Jesus’ lips (in Verse 49), “Wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business?” Notice his definition of his father’s business has something to do with church, because that’s where he is, in the temple. (It reminds us of Samuel who was also dedicated to the temple and was about his father’s business.) But do even his human parents comprehend what he is saying?

It says in Verse 50, “No, they didn’t understand what he meant.” They would have understood it in the ordinary sense. If he were about his human father’s business, he would be a carpenter. An apprentice working with his father like many young boys did, learned their father’s trade. They certainly failed to understand what he was doing in the temple as far as carpentry is concerned.

Verse 51 shows us that, despite that awareness and foresight of that twelve-year-old boy, he, nevertheless, went home and fulfilled his role as a small boy until he came to maturity.

Jesus’ opening statement you notice relates himself to God, Father-son relationship, something that he recognized that early.

Verse 52 tells us “Jesus increased in wisdom and vigor, and in favour,” or grace, “with God and man.” Kay Kyser, CSB once pointed out in a talk that when it states that Jesus increased in favor with God and man, that it implies quite strongly that he grew in both of the Commandments that he later gives us, love for God and love for man.”
Luke the Researcher, B. Cobbey Crisler**

W’s PS#5—This lesson in Section 2, like the Christian Science Sentinel for February 19, 2018, has a “pullout section” for youth about the fuller freedom of their spiritual identity.

Proverbs (B1 and B4) are written to “My son” so that each father will rejoice in “a wise child” (B4). In Luke’s story of Jesus “when he was twelve years old” (in PS#2) we see Jesus manifesting his spiritual identity and his desire from early childhood to “be about his Father’s business” (S8) where “he increased … in favour with God and man.” (B6)

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W’s PS#6—Cobbey Crisler on John 7:14 (B7) cross referenced to Mark 6.2,3:

“Verse 2 of Chapter 6. See the play on word, “”What wisdom is this which is given to him, that even mighty works are wrought by his hands?” That’s what a carpenter does. There’s really kind of an insidious thing there. How can he, a manual laborer, accomplish something that is out of the manual realm? And using those terms to answer itself or presume to answer itself.

Verse 3 of Chapter 6 shows us that his home town is quite and obstacle. “Is not this the carpenter?” Let’s remember, the word “carpenter” here may not be “carpenter,” whether it refers to Jesus or Joseph. It’s tekton. That’s actually part of our word “architect.” In the ancient world, it could mean “architect.” It’s also been used for “physician,” “ship builder,” “sculptor,” and any craftsman of considerable skill. To narrow it down to “carpenter” is something that we have read into the text.”
What Mark Recorded by B. Cobbey Crisler**

W’s PS#7 — Cobbey Crisler on Matthew 4.23 (B12): kingdom solves all problems
Verse 23. And “healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease.” Here are human problems that had defied solution, and Jesus solved them all based on his concept of theology, namely the kingdom. Remember a kingdom is not chaos. It’s an ordered government of heaven and harmony at hand.”
The Book of Matthew, A Tax Collector’s Account, Auditing the Master by B. Cobbey Crisler**

W’s PS#8—Cobbey Crisler on Matt. 9:2-8 (B19), good cheer & forgiveness heal:
“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 Crisler**

W’s PS#9—Cobbey Crisler on Matt. 14-14-21: Jesus feeding 5,000 men
Matthew 14: “(Verse 13, before the verses in the lesson). Jesus hearing that John the Baptist had been beheaded, decides to make himself scarce, leaves into a desert place apart.
(Verse 14). “But the multitudes followed him.” Instead of saying, “Look, will you let a man be alone for once,” he turned around with compassion and healed their sick.”
Verse 15-20). And out comes the famous loaves-and-fishes incident in which everyone is fed, with a balance left over despite the fact that we’re dealing with thousands of people. Only the gospel of John (6:9) says it came out of a little boy’s lunch box.
He [the boy] apparently was the only one who thought that he might be interested enough in Jesus to stay beyond his supper time. But it was out of the thought of that young boy that Jesus was able to build a defeat of limitation for everyone who was there.
(Verse 21). Remember if you call it “the feeding of the five thousand,” that you are forgetting that they had forgotten, themselves, the women or the children under 20 years of age. So, if there were five thousand men there over 20 years of age, you can imagine how big “the miracle” really was. There were thousands more.”
[And, right after this “(Verses 24-33) We have the walking-on-the-sea incident.”]
The Book of Matthew, Auditing the Master, A Tax-Collector’s Report, by B. Cobbey Crisler**

W’s PS#10—Cobbey Crisler on John 6. 12-15 (B15) “that prophet” uses child thought to feed 5,000
John 6:12. "And everyone is filled."

John 6:13. When they go around collecting what's left over, there are twelve baskets, and that's how many disciples there are. Each disciple had his role in the demonstration. Jesus has everyone involved in working out the solution on earth. As he sees it, it doesn't really need to be worked out in heaven. As Sons of Men become aware what Sons of God are capable of doing, can you imagine what happens?

In John 6:14, the people say, “This is of a truth that prophet that should come into the world. "What prophet? The one that Moses spoke of. What makes the people think of that? We know they expected a prophet. Why, suddenly, sitting out here in this lonely deserted place with all the grass? Because the prophecy had said what? The prophet would be like unto Moses. Had anything occurred in their history since the Manna incident that was of this magnitude? Did this miracle remind them of something that Moses had done? This shows how the understanding of prophecy is a key to Scripture. Because you know why the people said, "this is of a truth that prophet should come into the world.” Part of the prophetic description is "that prophet" is he who would remind them of Moses, and here the loaves and fishes were shared.

Do you ever think of looking at this whole incident from the standpoint of the little boy who had his lunch box taken away from him? That childlike thought as participation is receptivity. He was working with a childlike thought that far out­ranked adult accessibility to God. Not because God determined that the accessibility of that little child was greater, but because there were fewer obstacles in the way. The child was tuned in.

John 6:15. They want to make him a king right away. That means, "they wanted him to be the Messiah, to try to force him to be the human Messiah, the king that they were expecting. Instead, Jesus leaves them. "
“Book of John: A Walk with the Beloved Discipleby B. Cobbey Crisler**

W’s PS#11—Mary Baker Eddy Library research on the evolution of the 6th TENET can be downloaded (upper right of CedarS online version of this page) See also its Biblical sources in Micah 6:8 and Philippians 2:5 (B19) and references to it in citations S14 and S27.

W’s PS#12 (S29)the validity of this scientific statement of being.” (Ret. 93.17):
“St. Paul said to the Athenians, “For in Him we live and move and have our being.” (Acts 17:28) This statement is in substance identical with my own: “There is no life, truth, substance, nor intelligence in matter.” It is quite clear that this great verity has not yet been fully demonstrated, but it is nevertheless true. If Christian Science reiterates Paul’s teaching, we, as Christian Scientists, should give to the world convincing proof of the validity of this scientific statement of being. Having perceived, in advance of others, this scientific fact*, we owe to ourselves and to the world a struggle for its demonstration.” Retrospection and Introspection, 93: 17

*It was legendary (but not proven) in the Christian Science community around Princeton University (where I graduated well after Dr. Albert Einstein taught there), that he greatly appreciated Christian Science. Einstein worked at the university for ~25 years, and once is reputed to have said “in substance” that Mary Baker Eddy’s scientific statement of being (S29 in part) was “the most profound statement ever uttered by mankind.” (See the 3rd attached Download online for this quote from page 220 of Physics, Metaphysics and God, by Jack W. Geis.)

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