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Here are Cobbey Crisler and other insights on some citations for
“God the Preserver of Man”
The Christian Science Bible Lesson for June 17, 2018

"The Widow of Nain" poem (citation B24) is an inspiring offering with illustrations and a map.

Warren’s (W’s) PS#1—Cobbey Crisler on Ps. 107:1 (RR) pay your bill—give praise
“I'm going to give you an assignment in Psalm 107 because it's a very rewarding one to work with. In the first 22 verses, for example, when you are studying this independently at home, work out the steps that are being given us, the symptoms, the appointment with the Great Physician, the treatment, the complete remedy, and then paying your bill. That happens to be a refrain, "Pay your bill. Pay your bill." In this particular Psalm, in Verse 8, [and Verses 15, 21, 31] "Oh that [men] would praise the LORD [for] his goodness, and [for] his wonderful works to the children of men!" Follow that all the way through and you'll find three different sets of prescriptions and treatments that can be quite relevant to our own experience.”

[Woman's question on audio unclear except for "symptoms"] “The appointment with the Great Physician and then, of course, when you're in front of the Physician, that's face-to-face, seeing God's face, get the treatment, let His face shine upon thee, then the remedy, go out and have the prescription filled. The remedy solves the whole problem; then pay your bill. Follow that through and see what comes.”
Leaves of the Tree: Prescriptions from Psalms, by B. Cobbey Crisler**

W’s PS#2—Cobbey Crisler on Psalm 107:20, 21 (RR):
“In Psalm 107, Verse 20. This has even been made into a hymn [#101, Christian Science Hymnal, 1932 edition]. “He sent his word and healed them, and delivered [them from their destructions.” Look at the plea. In the next line [Verse 21], “Oh than [men] would praise the Lord [for] his goodness, and [for] his wonderful works to teh children of men!” instead of blaming him for the opposite in our insurance policies [for “acts of God”], or thinking perhaps, that diseases are coming as God’s will.”
“Heal the Sick”: A Scriptural Record,
by B. Cobbey Crisler**

W’s PS#3—Cobbey Crisler on Isaiah 66:13, 14 (B3):
“Chapter 66:13, where God is referred to as “mother” and the motherhood of God “comforting”—that comforting coming from an understanding of the motherhood of God. In the beginning of our discussion we were talking about results coming from a newer and wider understanding of God. If part of that wider understanding of God is that God is mother as well as father, then what results will flow from that greater comprehension of God’s nature?

Verse 14 shows us, “when ye see [this], your heart shall rejoice, and your bones shall flourish like an herb.” It will even have a physical effect of healing to see the completeness of God’s nature and comprehend it.”
“Heal the Sick”: A Scriptural Record, by B. Cobbey Crisler**

W’s PS#4—Cobbey Crisler on Psalms 17:15 (B4): Find satisfaction and health only in the original!
“Verse 15 of Psalms 17 [tells us] that God’s prescriptions, precisely filled, bring satisfaction. Satisfaction because “we awake in God’s likeness.” But that results first from the prerequisite of “beholding God’s face in righteousness.” That requires us to go back to the theology of Genesis 1 to comprehend what that means. If we indeed are image, or likeness, and God is the original, the only way we can find out about our nature is to spend our time studying the original. Then we know the image. We also know what’s not the image by studying the original.

Just as Treasury Department experts know counterfeit bills, not because they have studied all the many thousands of counterfeit attempts, from poor work to expert work, but rather, simply study the original and you will know the counterfeit immediately. That’s in a sense akin to surgically removing in a mental way, or taking the purgative cathartic Word of God to remove what does not belong to our nature. Imagine the joy of letting go what has burdened us for so long. It’s part of that darkness that is ignorance, that the light, the laser beam of revealed truth, simply removes, and not painfully at all. It just does what light is supposed to do. It removes any rationale for the existence of darkness.”
“Leaves of the Tree: Prescriptions from Psalms” by B. Cobbey Crisler**

W’s PS#5—Cobbey Crisler on Jeremiah 31:3 (B7):

“In Chapter 31, which is Jeremiah’s greatest chapter, he predicts the new covenant will come. He defines it. In Verse 3 he shows that the new covenant is definitely based on the comprehension of God as love. It’s that very “lovingkindness” that will draw all mankind to God for the solution of the whole world’s problems.

But look who will respond. Not the great, not the mighty, not the arrogant, not the self-satisfied, but in Verse 8 those that need help and who recognize it. That’s quite a group. Many churches would relegate them to their balconies or maybe not even welcome them in, or would shudder to have their friends come in and see these people occupying the pews. But this is the whole meaning of the new covenant. It’s reaching the “blind, the lame, the woman with child and her that travaileth with child.” Religion has become an answer to those with problems.”
“Heal the Sick”: A Scriptural Record, by B. Cobbey Crisler**

W’s PS#6—Cobbey Crisler on Psalm 121:3, 8 (B9) No off-hours, built-in security system
“Psalm 121, Verses 3 and 4. Let’s remember that the Bible tells us that the Great Physician has no off-hours; “He that keepeth thee will not slumber.” There are no busy circuits, no vacations, no fully booked calendars. You can get right to God, and there is a security system built in Verse 8*, “The Lord shall preserve thy going out* and thy coming in* from this time forth, and for ever.”
“Leaves of the Tree: Prescriptions from Psalms” by B. Cobbey Crisler**

*[W: Psalm 121:8 is annually a key metaphysical citation for CedarS Express. We all apply it to help affirm divinely-safe arrivals and departures when hundreds are travelling to and from CedarS from all over the world.]
**[Here’s a semi-humorous Warren’s wordplay offering: “Psalm 121.8 establishes a helpful divine basis for those seeking right relationships and supply. “You can rest easy that it’s God who cares for your “going out” (your dating) and who provides for your “coming in”(or your in-come) forever!”]

W’s PS#7— Cobbey Crisler on Matt. 14-14-21 Jesus feeding 5,000 men (B15):
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.”]

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

W’s PS#8—Cobbey Crisler on Psalm 71:18: strength and power in old age
“Those interested in geriatrics. It’s in Psalm 71, Verse 18. That's also been isolated out as a special problem. No one ever expects that old age is going to be like it is until one arrives. No preventive medicine has been taken. Nothing seems to be possible. Once again, it is submission to the inevitable. Verse 18 shows that's also included in biblical therapy. "Now also when I am old and gray headed, 0 God, forsake me not; until "I have shewed" two things that seem to be taken from those in that category, "strength and power."

The New York Herald Tribune many years ago came out with a study that originated in the De Couri Clinic in Cincinnati. The opening line in the article reporting their findings is "Time is not toxic." It has no effect in bringing about degenerative disorders. Anyone who thinks that because he or she is getting along in years, that loss of vigor, disability, or degenerative disorders should be experienced is suffering from a time neurosis which may be more effective in physical conditions in producing the effect of fear. It went on [along] that [line]. So there's another discovery. Again, as the other doctor we quoted said, "We're waking up to things that have been really known inherently all along." The Bible has never budged from its position. We have vacillated. God hasn't moved.”
“Leaves of the Tree: Prescriptions from Psalms” by B. Cobbey Crisler**

W’s PS#9—Cobbey Crisler on Luke 7:11-16 (B24): Nain widow’s dead son raised (poem)
“Were it not for Luke, we would not have had preserved for us one of three recorded times that Jesus raised someone from the dead (Luke 7:11-17). There is a significant fact about the accounts of raising the dead in the Bible. They are not all in the New Testament. The significance is that not all healings made a sufficient impact at the time to have impressed upon human memory the location where it occurred. This is why you will find statements mentioning when Jesus went to a particular village.

However, in every case of raising the dead, from the Old Testament all the way through the New Testament, the human mind was startled by seeing what it accepted as the impossible, occur. This is what is in common about Zeraphath. Shunam, Nain, Capernaum. Bethany, Jerusalem, Lydda, and Troas. They didn't forget where it happened. The details of the healing are particularly sharp.

In this case we have a city called Nain, probably a village as it is today. There is still an ancient cemetery outside the gate. There was a lonely widow at the head of this procession. Jesus, detecting thought again, saw her entire situation at one glance. He came to her and said, "Weep not" (Verse 13). He dealt with the heavy weight of grief on thought, touched the coffin (Verse 14), strictly forbidden under Jewish law, and then said, "Young man.”
Notice the radical nature of that. The only one supposedly there who could not hear was the one Jesus addressed. He must have expected that man's faculty of hearing to be normal. "Young man, I say unto thee, Arise." He doesn't help him either.
Dominion over death is part of that unqualified dominion God gave to man. As a matter of fact, dominion, as a word, as a concept, simply can't be qualified. If it is, you no longer have dominion. (Verse 15,) "He that was dead sat up, and began to speak. Ile delivered him to his mother. "
Also, it might be interesting for you to recall that of the three times Jesus raised the dead, womanhood played a prominent role every time. It was Jesus' compassion and awareness of the thought of this woman that lead him to raise her son. In the case of Lazarus (John 11:1-46), Mary and Martha urgently had requested Jesus to come. In the case of Jairus it was his twelve-year-old daughter (Luke 8:41, 42, 49-56).
These things don't just happen. If Jesus is dealing with mentality, if he is requiring much out of the patient's thought, then there must be receptivity in order to get a result. I think that we can derive a certain conclusion about the receptivity of womanhood, especially on the subject of resurrection. For if you move ahead a few chapters in your thought right now, you will recall there was no man anywhere near the tomb, including those who are reputed to have been Jesus' closest disciples. But the women were there and receptive to
“Luke, the Researcher”
by B. Cobbey Crisler**

**You can buy your own transcripts of most of Cobbey’s 28 talks at a new website: www.crislerlibrary.co.uk Email your order or inquiry to office@crislerlibrary.co.uk, or directly to Janet Crisler, at janetcrisler7@gmail.com

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