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GEMs = God Expressed Meekly/Mightily in you to sparkle brightly with insights from Cobbey Crisler & others as inspired by God and
The Christian Science Quarterly Bible Lesson on

“Are Sin, Disease, and Death REAL?”
for Sunday, October 8, 2023

(Cobbey’s insights are shared with the blessing of Janet Crisler
by Warren Huff, CedarS Executive Director Emeritus, warren@cedarscamps• 314-378-2574

Cobbey Crisler on Ps. 56:4
/Responsive Reading

 [Cobbey:] “Speaking of fear, look at Psalm 56, Verse 4, “I will not fear what?”  “What flesh can do unto me.”  So, flesh isn’t the problem.  But guess what is?  Fear.  It’s fearing what flesh can do unto me.  Flesh is not the patient, then.  One of the most radical discoveries in Biblical therapy: we’ve been treating the wrong patient.  That’s not the problem in Biblical thought.  [It] wants to be absent from the flesh, not even weigh it in, factor it in to Biblical healing.  The flesh has naught to say, but completely submits to what the mental state dictates.  That’s dominion.”
“Leaves of the Tree: Prescriptions
from Psalms,”
by B. Cobbey Crisler**

Cobbey Crisler on Psalm 16:8, 9 +/cit. B13

[Cobbey Crisler:] Psalm 16, Verse 8, “I have set the LORD always before me: because [he is] at my right hand, I shall not be moved.

 Verse 9, “My heart is glad,” and guess what else happened; what follows? “My flesh also shall dwell confidently.”   How does “flesh dwell confidently”?   That’s a mental state, but it’s been subdued by a mental state. “My heart is glad.” What medicine do we want more than anything else?   What leads us to a glad heart?

Then the flesh simply subsides as the significant bellwether as far as health is concerned.

What is the dosage of gladness in Verse 11?  “In thy presence [is] fullness of joy.” That’s the dosage, ‘fullness.” There’s no room left for anything else.

Someone asked me during intermission about a marauder of a disease called Tuberculosis.  The fact that there was a great emotionalism in that because it’s taking family members. In the spirit of our investigation of Scripture, going to it for the answers; perhaps this should apply to each and every one of us since we’re the ones to search the Scriptures. The Bible will not dwell on the problems of tuberculosis, but it will dwell on the solutions.  That’s what you want as far as any disease is concerned.  Since the problem of breathing is involved, to translate such a concept into terms appropriately employed in biblical therapy, we find out that that is one of the maximum treatments in the Bible

The Holy Ghost, the Holy Spirit, the original meaning of both terms, ghost and spirit, being breath, you can tell it must mean that simply by studying all the references to the Holy Ghost.   You’ll find that people are filled with the Holy Ghost.  The only thing like that we can relate to anatomically is lungs.  What are we being filled with?  What does the pharmacy of the Bible indicate Is the cure for improper breathing or lungs?   If we can be filled, if we can take in, if we can inhale nothing but the atmosphere of God, we are getting pollutant-free environment. We are taking in purity. We can’t just inhale.  We must utilize that breath and send back out purity utilized. This is the sequence of breathing in its highest spiritual form when we run into it in the Bible. Perhaps, a good dose of searching the divine intent behind the term, the Holy Ghost, will translate that into our nature. The divine nature has no tubercular problems. The divine nature is the nature of solution to problems.”
“Leaves of the Tree: Prescriptions from Psalms” by B. Cobbey Crisler*

[W. Luke 5:18-25, citation B14 has the same healing described in Matthew 9:2-8, except Luke records how the paralyzed man’s friends got him through the crowd by tearing off the roof & lowering him to Jesus to experience this remarkable healing.
a moving reenactment of it in The Chosen, Episode 6 ]

[Cobbey Crisler:] “Matthew 9, Verse 2: ‘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**


Cobbey Crisler on Acts 9:36+/cit. B16 & Peter raising Tabitha when all believed her dead:

[As a prequel in Acts to the raising of Tabitha, Cobbey said:] “at nearby Lydda, Peter heals a man named Aeneas who for eight years has been paralyzed, unable to move. It didn’t take long for the news to get around that this kind of healing work was being accomplished by the early Christians [and for Tabitha’s friends to send for Peter].

“In a neighboring “town of Joppa we find a woman named Tabitha. … She had had an exemplary life, had done much good for many.” (See Acts 9:36) …

Acts 9:39 Then Peter arose and went with them. When he was come, they brought him into the upper chamber: and all the widows stood by him weeping, and shewing the coats and garments which Dorcas made, while she was with them.

“Do you recall back in the narratives of the gospel where a similar situation occurred, and Peter was there? (Mark 5:22, 36-42, Matt. 9:24, 25) It was the raising of Jairus’ daughter… Do you remember when Jesus came into that environment that you could almost cut it into square blocks of moisture, the grief was so thick? There were paid mourners at that point. As a matter of fact, we are told that even the poorest individual was entitled to at least three instruments at the funeral service. You can imagine Jairus, being a ruler of the Synagogue, the extent of noise, and activity, and mourning that must have occurred at the passing of Jairus’ daughter.” [W: Peter clearly had an indelible image of what Jesus did and followed the Master’s method as shown in another video as portrayed by The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints
( ) Peter began by following Jesus’ method shown here by clearing out the funereal thought of the mourners.]

Acts 9:40 But Peter put them all forth, and kneeled down, and prayed; and turning him to the body said, Tabitha, arise. And she opened her eyes: and when she saw Peter, she sat up.

Acts 9:41 And he gave her his hand, and lifted her up, and when he had called the saints and widows, presented her alive.

Acts 9:42 And it was known throughout all Joppa;” [Click here for a narrated slide show with much more background on: Joppa; Tabitha’s name and multicultural roots; the connection of Peter healing of paralyzed Aeneas in nearby Lydda; and the effect of Dorcas/Tabitha’s raising from the dead on his ongoing outreach to all after it.]
“After the Master, What? – The Book of Acts,” by B. Cobbey Crisler**

applied to your PAST, PRESENT & FUTURE–“to infinity & beyond!”
(as themed in several citations in next week’s Lesson, especially: “
This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them;” (cit. B4/Hebrews 10:16)

AS PROMISED to CedarS Bible Workshop attendees last week who requested this be sent, you can CLICK here for how to set up and play a new 10 Commandments Frisbee Golf game that was introduced in CedarS Bible Lands Park between sessions of Madelon Maupin’s deep-dive Bible Workshop on the 10 Commandments It takes an inspiring look at the law as seen with a “spiritual spin” by Jesus as to how to practice the grace of joyously living our love for God and our fellow man. That love lived in our hearts and minds “inspires, designates, and leads the way.” (cit. S12 for 10-8-23/454:17)

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