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Here are Cobbey Crisler and other insights on some citations for
The Christian Science Bible Lesson for July 8, 2018

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Warren’s PS#1 Cobbey Crisler on Matt. 14:14 (B4) Jesus’ compassion enabled him to heal, feed 1000s and walk on water:
Matthew 14: “(Verse 13, before the verse 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. …
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**

PS#2Cobbey Crisler on Matt. 5:1, 2, 16 (B5)
“Chapter five is the beginning of the Sermon on the Mount which goes all the way through to the end of Chapter 7. Whether Jesus delivered all these statements at once is a matter of conjecture. No other gospel has it treated as kind of an anthology of Jesus' statements. Whether he even delivered the Sermon on a Mount, or not, is a matter of dispute because Luke (6:12) says he spent the night before on the mountain, but came down to the plain the next day (Luke 6:17) and delivered this sermon.

So, it must not be the geographical point that's important. The sermon has to be on a mount is one way of looking at it. That's what? From the altitude of inspiration from which Jesus delivered this magnificent sermon, sometimes called the Diamond Sermon…

Let's just touch base here or there with the verses beyond the Beatitudes…

(Verse 15). One about "men do not light a candle and put it under a bushel but on a candlestick or lamp stand." It's a lamp and lamp stand rather than candles. They didn't have wax candles then. They had very small ceramic lamps. You may have seen one of them lit with a tiny little wick dipped in olive oil coming out this narrow little spout. Imagine, that's all the light they had when the sun went down. ·

It's a narrow little land and the days are short in much of it because hills are on either side. So it takes longer for the sun to be seen and the sun sets very quickly.

(Verse 16). In asking them to "let your light so shine · before men," that often is given out of context by itself. That word "so" means "thus," let your light thus shine before men. It requires the preceding Verse 15 to explain how the light should shine. So it could be seen and its light could project and light the darkness of the house.”
“Book of Matthew, Auditing the Master, A Tax-Collector’s Report”, by B. Cobbey Crisler**

W’s PS#3—Cobbey Crisler on John 4:23 (B6) on true worshippers
John 4:23, ''The hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshipers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him." Look at the definition of worship. "True worship is spiritual, "not structural, not geographical, not ritualistic. Why? Because worship of God can only properly be done by partaking of God's own nature.”
“John, the Beloved Disciple” by B. Cobbey Crisler**

PS#4—Here’s a Christie Hanzlik tip on a key to the structure of this week’s Bible Lesson:
Have you noticed that the subsequent sections feature these traditional elements of sacrament mentioned by Mary Baker Eddy in citation S4?“He (Jesus) knew that men can be baptized [2nd section], partake of the Eucharist [3rd section], support the clergy [4th section], …” Science & Health 20:10 (S4)

PS#5—Cobbey Crisler on Acts 11:16 (B9)
“When early Christians looked for authority to back up a step of growth or progress that the church must take, they do what? They turn to the scriptures. Is God’s revelation endorsing what they’re doing?

And here in Acts 11, verse 16, you find Peter using that same technique for he says “Then I remembered the word of the Lord.” That’s Jesus he’s referring to there, how that Jesus had said “John indeed baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost,” that higher baptism, that same baptism that had just occurred with Cornelius and his friends…

And now, see how clever Peter is in his own defense here. In Acts 11, verse 17: “Since God gave them…” – in other words, the Gentiles – “the same gift he gave to us. What was I, that I could withstand God?” …

Whose idea was it? It wasn’t mine, Peter says. I was just talking. It was the Holy Ghost’s decision, the Holy Ghost’s own choice to fall upon the Gentiles and baptize them.

Well, when his audience hears that explanation by Peter, the church accepts it, and we have evidence which we will see other examples of later that church policy and church action follows individual vision. Peter was receptive to this idea of including the Gentiles and therefore it is through Peter’s thought we find that the church grows.”
After the Master What? – The Book of Acts by B. Cobbey Crisler**

PS#6—Cobbey Crisler on John 6 and Jesus and the symbolism of bread… (B12)
John 6:48. He goes into a lengthy discussion of bread and what it means symbolically.

John 6:51. He discusses this bread like he did the living water with the woman of Samaria in John, Chapter Four. He says, "Whoever eats the bread I am talking about will live for ever." This is similar to what he was saying. We need to go back behind the object to discover the meaning. He gets involved in things which, literally interpreted, sound revolting. Out of context, they even sound cannibalistic, "he that eateth my flesh and drinketh my blood." Even today, the Jews find the concept disturbing. So what does he really mean by these things?

How often have we said to ourselves that when we hear an important idea, we want to digest it? Don’t we use terms, eating and drinking terms, "I want to eat it up" or "drink it in”? We use these terms quite regularly.

We also find that the concept of logos should not be too far from us here. There is a theme running through the Scriptures, starting very early in the Torah, or first five books, and going practically through Revelation. We are presented with "the Word of God." What must we do with it? Remember what the lesson was in the wilderness for Moses? He was told, in Deuteronomy 8:3, "that man does not survive by bread alone but by every Word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God."

What had Jesus said this meat was? In John 4:34, "To do his Fathers will. Now we're getting his own explanation here on what he means by food and imbibing it. It's really what sustains us. If this bread is going to sustain us eternally, it's obviously not what we buy in the local store.

The same is true for the water, or the cup of wine. Moses said that in Deuteronomy 8:15. And Job 42:3 says it. And in Ezekiel, the angel says, “Son of Man, eat this scroll.” (Ezekiel 3:1) That’s not scanning it, is it? Make it a real part of you.

The Word was made flesh,” (John 1:14) So, eat that flesh, which now is the Word. Partake of that word. Share that Word. Because, this is my body.” (Matthew 26:26, Mark 14:22, Luke 22:19). And they couldn’t do a thing with I, even tack it to a cross. How can you nail the Word on a cross? The living Word, the flesh that is so thoroughly responsive to the Word, cannot be tacked to the cross.

John 6:62, "What and if ye shall see the Son of Man ascend up where he was before?" Nativity in the Spirit. There can't be the magnetic pull back to earth if that connection has been severed or proved never to have been a real connection.

In John 6:63, Jesus impinges upon what has been considered laws of physics because he views matter in a radical way. He makes the statement, "It is the spirit that quickeneth. That is where you find life. So if you want to talk about nativity anywhere, you better deal with origin and Spirit. "The flesh profiteth nothing.

You see how close one needs to be to Jesus in thought to understand what has been referred to as the Communion Supper. If he is accurate in saying, "the flesh profiteth nothing, "neither would symbolically eating it profit anything. So, it must not be the flesh he is talking about, but that great transformation that he is proving in his life to be possible to the Son of Man. John 1:14 refers to it as "the Word that was made flesh. The Word connects us to Spirit, not flesh. Here is part of that Word underscoring the message that, "It is the Spirit that quickeneth, the flesh profiteth nothing."
“Book of John, A Walk with the Beloved Disciple,” B. Cobbey Crisler**

W’s PS#7–Cobbey Crisler insight on salvation thru inspiration, not perspiration (Matt 26:2, 36-45, B15):
Chapter 26, (Verse 2). Again what is Jesus telling people? He is going to be crucified…
(Verse 36-45) “His Gethsemane hour he faces.” You have to read every gospel account of Gethsemane to appreciate it. The oil press (Greek meaning of “Gethsemane”), that forced out of Jesus, according to Luke, sweat that looked like drops of blood pouring on the ground.
Jesus was fighting the Adam-myth of man’s origin, where the curse on Adam was, that from the sweat of his brow he would survive. Here Jesus was overcoming that claim on man of perspiration and relying on man’s salvation through inspiration.”

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

W’s PS#8—KEN COOPER BONUS ADDITION (on citation B19) IS A DOWNLOAD IN UPPER RIGHT ONLINE! Ken sent the attached poem, "LET" for "SacramentBible Lesson.Ken wrote about it, Looking at the map shown in the poem made me realise just how much of a sanctuary Jesus has sought and obtained when he was in the Garden of Gethsemane. The streets of Jerusalem were all around him, "sensuality, envy, oppression, tyranny", yet he was still able to find "Home, heaven."(S&H 589:14-15). No matter what surrounds us, we are able to shut the door on what is outside, and find God inside. What a blessing.

W’s PS#9—Cobbey Crisler on John 21: 1-13 (B20) “Cast your net on the right”, morning meal
“John 21, the last chapter of John, is considered by some scholars to be a later addition, but still, very possibly, by the same author.

John 21:1. We're told that Jesus appears at the Sea of Tiberias, which is Galilee.

John 21:2, "Already assembled there were seven disciples, all had left the profession of fishing, we thought: Peter, Thomas, Nathaniel, the sons of Zebedee, unnamed here, James and John, and two other of his disciples."

John. 21:3. They apparently had nothing to do. Discipleship returns to the fishing boat. "Peter," with his fingers almost audibly drumming against the side of his boat, "says I have an idea. I’m going fishing." Nobody else had any better suggestion. "So they all go fishing. They spent that entire night fruitlessly. The very fishes avoided them.” Isn't it interesting that the Anchor Bible makes this comment on the disciples' profession, "It is notable that never in the gospels do the disciples catch a fish without Jesus’ help."

But notice the contrast between Verse 3 and Verse 4.
John 21:3, "That night they caught nothing."

John 21:4, "But when the morning was now come, Jesus stood on the shore."

What patience Jesus had with discipleship! Waiting for them to realize the importance of carrying on his work. But, once again, without that realization, "they did not even recognize Jesus humanly".

John 21:5. Jesus asked them an important question. You’ve spent the entire night out there. "Children, do you have any results? Do you have any meat? No is their answer. "

Now it is obvious when one is fishing using a net that there's very little difference between the right side and the left side. The factor then brought out in John 21:6 must be the obedience to Jesus' word, the concept that he has exhibited throughout in his approach to economics and supply. "Cast the net, "he says, "on the right side of the ship, and ye shall find." They are obedient. They do exactly what Jesus requests of them. Now, instantly, they find their net is filled with fishes. They could have saved themselves that entire night.

Then John 21:7 refers once again to "the disciple whom Jesus loved. He recognizes Jesus. It is the Lord, he says." He must have recognized that sign of dominion over all, that mastery that he introduced even into the profession of fishing but was attempting to elevate them from profession to practice of Christianity. What had happened to his invitation to them, and expectation of them, to become fishers of men?

Edgar Lee Masters (1869-1950), U.S. poet and novelist, says this about the impetuous Peter, "O, Peter, gnarled branch of the vine." Peter throws his fisher's coat around him and plunges into the sea. We must remember that the Sea of Galilee has a shoreline that drops off quickly. So, he probably had to swim part of the way. Traditionally, sailors and fishermen aren’t the best swimmers. But, ignoring that, just as Peter had burst into the tomb to be there first, he casts himself into the sea

John 21:8, "While the other disciples bring the ship ashore. It says they were not far from land, but as it were two hundred cubits, that’s about a hundred yards, dragging the net with fishes."

John 21:9. Here's all that time they could have spared by giving priority to the lessons Jesus had already taught them. Jesus hadn't toiled all night He didn't even have to use the fish that they brought in. "For when they arrived there was a charcoal fire there." In fact, the Greek word is anthrakian which is the root of our word anthracite. "And .fish, already there, laid thereon, and bread " Toast and fish all ready.

John 21:10. But Jesus wanted them to participate in this, "and said, Bring of the fish which ye have now caught. ''

John 21:11, "So, Simon Peter, who was already on shore, goes to the net personally, and pulls it to shore." Who but a fisherman would remember this detail? "There were one hundred fifty three fishes in that net. " Someone counted. It might be just the sign of the authenticity of authorship here by an eye witness. "And still, the net was not broken." Remember, back in Luke 5:6, at another incident, the net broke.
John 21:12, ''Jesus' invitation is to Come and dine. Now they know who he is.

John 21:13. "Jesus," in his characteristic gesture, "took bread, and gave them, and fish likewise.” This was indeed a breakfast, but how different from that last supper! This breakfast was celebrating his victory over death. Not looking forward to tragedy, death, and lack of comprehension by the disciples, the dawn was in the disciples thought as well as over the Sea of Galilee on that special morning.”

“John, the Beloved Disciple” by B. Cobbey Crisler**

W’s PS#10—Cobbey Crisler on Acts 5: 12-16 (B25)
Acts 5:12 And by the hands of the apostles were many signs and wonders wrought among the people; (and they were all with one accord in Solomon’s porch.

You see, they’re still connected with the temple. It’s still effective Judaism really.

Acts 5:13 And of the rest durst no man join himself to them: but the people magnified them.

Acts 5:14 And believers were the more added to the Lord, multitudes both of men and women.)

Now, Acts 5, verse 15, shows that healing is occurring all over. As a matter of fact, the indiscriminant public sense of it was “that even Peter’s shadow passing on people seemed to heal people.” It was that easy in those early days.

“Many came out bringing sick people,” in verse 16.”
After the Master What? – The Book of Acts by B. Cobbey Crisler**

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