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Harvest Healings—Now! (PS#11 poem) plus Cobbey Crisler insights on select citations for Reality
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Warren’s (W’s) PS#1—Cobbey Crisler on Matthew 10:7, 8
(Verse 7). "Say," Look at the first words there to say. Is that a coincidence, or is that essential? Where have we run into that statement before? "The kingdom of heaven is at hand." Who said it? Jesus' first statement (Matthew 4:17) after "Repent."

The assignments given to the disciples would not be assignments they were incapable of doing, or Jesus would have been unwise.

(Verse 8). He said, "Heal the sick." What do you expect them to do? He said, "Cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, and cast out devils." Notice the sequence. The things he did. Even putting casting-out-devils at a higher level of what was required of prayer than raising the dead. Then stating, "Freely ye have received, freely give."
“Book of Matthew, Auditing the Master: A Tax-Collectors Report,by B. Cobbey Crisler**


W’s PS#2—Cobbey Crisler on Psalms 145:11 (B3) Stop talking of illness!
“Psalm 145, Verse 11. A receptive, spiritually-educated human race going to God with total commitment for the answer to all ills will no longer talk about illnesses. "They shall speak of the glory of God's kingdom, and talk of thy power."’
“Leaves of the Tree: Prescriptions from Psalms” by B. Cobbey Crisler**


W’s PS#3–Cobbey Crisler on Ps. 33:9 (B3) instantaneous healing with no relapse (+verse 11)
Psalms 33:9

Chapter 33, Verse 9, we’ve already alluded to. The swiftness of God’s treatment. It’s not a process, according to the Bible. It’s not recuperation. It’s not convalescence, or gradual recovery. “He spake, and it was [done],” In case we have had room in our thinking for a possibility of relapse, it is stated, “He commanded, and it stood fast.” No side effects, no after effects.

Psalms 33:11
In Verse 11, “The advice or counsel of the LORD stands” for how long? “For ever.” What good I that, if we aren’t there forever to receive such advice? “The thoughts of his heart to all generations.” What good are God’s thoughts unless those are the potions we are supposed to be taking, imbibing, ingesting. God’s thoughts, His potions. Take them, eat them up, drink them in. That makes the Bible a pharmacopoeia which is a word the dictionary says describes “preparations issued by official authority and recognized as a standard.” [Voice from audience] Pharmacopoeia, which is a word that in its ordinary meaning without uplifting it to what the Bible would require of the term anew would just simply be an authority to which one would turn to know where the remedies all are.”
“Leaves of the Tree: Prescriptions from Psalms” by B. Cobbey Crisler**


W’s PS#4—Cobbey Crisler on Job 3:2, 3, 25 (B11) on handling thoughts of suicide and fear

“At the end of chapter 2 of Job the prose ends and the poetry begins in chapter 3. You can tell Hebrew poetry often because of a parallelism it appears and even in translation. Some of you may have been somewhat annoyed or puzzled over the fact that in much of the poetry there is often repetition in the Bible when one line repeats itself. It’s a sure sign that it’s probably poetry because the Hebrews rather than using rhymed sound, they use rhymed thought, with very good reason. The same thing repeated in slightly different words will likely stick in human memory. It’s known as inculcation to a teacher in the school classroom to bring back by repetition points that need to be recalled. By the same token we remember hymns because the music helps us remember the words.

Job 3:3 That’s why we see “let the day perish when I was born, and the night in which it was said there is a man child conceived.” It’s the same point, isn’t it, phrased slightly differently? Where does he go back? He goes right back to what? His thoughts are so dismal at the end of the seven-day period, scratching his boils, no sympathy really from his friends, who are just adding to his problems. His family wiped out. None of his wealth remaining. He goes back “that the day should perish when I was born.”

He starting, very conveniently inappropriately, back where it all claims to start, right back at the beginning. The search for original man it’s probably not too far beneath the surface of all of our thinking. Where are we really? How did we begin? How did we start? Is dust our origin?

We either originated as the image and likeness of God in Genesis 1:26 or as in Genesis 2:7 and 22 and Genesis 3:17 and 20 we came out of dust.

Job is going to go in depth into that second possibility. Notice what his frame of thought is like. Go through chapter 3 of Job and list many of the words and you can describe his mental attitude.

(They include perish…darkness…shadow of death…cloud…blackness…solitary…no joyful noise…mourning…dark…sorrow…Why didn’t I die…

What we see here are really arguments on behalf of suicide as the last way out. Unless we discount this as a thought. Remember that human nature looks pretty much like whenever we run into it. Because the fountain rises no higher than its source unless human nature responses to and yields to a higher source, namely divinity, we find generally the same things occurring in it. Suicide then it is in the thought of human nature. Therefore it is in our thoughts and it comes in various guises. Statistics are beginning to show that more than ever before. Never have young people have such high suicide rates as just in recent years. Never have women over 65 had statistics showing the proportion of suicides has risen so dramatically. Why? The arguments for suicide are all put it right out there. Why did it all have to begin? You start out as a biological egg and you end up scrambled.

Job 3:25. Finally Job says the very well-known statement, one of the most well-known in the entire Bible, “the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me.“ The Hebrew literally is this, “I feared a fear and it came upon me.“ The second part of the verse repeats it because it’s poetry, “and that which I was afraid of is come unto me.“ Look at the revelation, if we can use that word here about the nature of fear that we have. Had we already identified fear in Job’s thought earlier? (Voice: “Yes.”) Why did he get up every morning and go through that (ritual in Job 1:5 of offering burnt offerings for his children)? He says, the thing I greatly feared,” way behind, suppressed very deeply.

He was just keeping ahead of that fear through his religion. Nothing happened, and therefore he was very religious. Now everything is blown sky high. What’s going to happen to his religion?

What about this fear? What effect did it have? He saying, “the thing which I have greatly feared.“ What is its relationship to the fear itself?

(Sound of writing on the chalkboard) Here is the fear. And here is the thing we fear. Resting in the thought of everyone, especially today, with so many things that seem to be happening unexpectedly. Is that all accumulating in the form of suppressed fear? Look at what Job says happens. What is the relationship between the fear and the thing? (Voice: “Attraction.”) It is, isn’t it? In other words, this thing heads in the direction of the fear. It’s magnetic.

If we understand that to be true about the quality of fear in thought, would anyone be afraid again? Would anyone in his right mind want to be afraid again? If we that all that fear was doing, was attracting the thing that we were afraid of, right to us? Just think of the disservice so many Hollywood movies do, if this is correct. Also, ask yourself, if it is a coincidence, that right after we see certain movies, that we suddenly find the same disasters are occurring? The focus is human thought!

This is one of the most beautiful exposures of the nature of this to-and-fro evil to attack humanity. Our effort must be to break that magnetism so that the thing feared cannot come to man individually or collectively, because there’s nothing in thought to attract it.

The textbook gives us the solution to fear, the textbook of the Bible. Because I John (4:18) gives us the solution to fear. What is it? “Perfect Love castest out fear:” What kind of love? It’s got to be perfect, not a chink in it, in the armor. Is that stating to us that only in thought is a complete defense, or panoply (a complete suit of armor), with the threat of something that otherwise would be fearsome indeed?

One of my Sunday School students once had the rest of the class on the edges of their chairs as a result of an experience she had just that week. It illustrates this. She was walking home very late at night after an extension course at a local college in a very poor area of town, not lit very well. As she was walking through suddenly she heard a car behind her. It squealed its brakes, stopped at the curb, and out jumped four leather-jacketed “gentlemen.” They ran right towards her, grabbed her, and started dragging her into the nearby woods.

Here comes the big question, like it came from Noah, like it came for Daniel, like it came for Job. Here it is still a question mark in her thought. That girl had been used to studying the Bible. She was pretty good with it theoretically. Here came an opportunity to see if it had any practical value. Of course, you don’t think too intellectually at times like that. She said to the class that all that came to her was something she hadn’t even recognized was from the Bible. She never even remembered reading it. It was (from Isaiah 43:5) “Fear not for I am with you.” She kept shouting that at the top of her lungs, “Fear not for I am with you.”

Here was a mob scene. Something in the human nature of one of those boys was touched by that higher sense because it broke the mob up slightly. He said, “Hey, wait a minute, let’s let her alone. She’s not that kind of a girl.” That brief stopping of what looked like the inevitable was sufficient for car, just coming around to catch the scene in its headlights. It was a police car. The boys dropped her fast, got into their car and took off. The policemen, sizing it up quickly, stopped, went over to this gal and picked her up and said, “Would you like a ride home? Are you alright?” She said, “Yes, thank you very much.” She rode in the car with the policemen back to her house and the driver said, “You know, little lady, how lucky you are. This isn’t our regular beat. Our beat’s one block up from here. But my buddy said, ‘Hey, tonight, why don’t we just go down and check that area?’ So, I agreed and we went.”

That gal, in really reaching out for the only possible help—there was no human help — had apparently touched the solution for her experience that could be the solution for all of us. What needed to be counteracted in thought was fear, because look what came to her, “Fear not!” Why? The textbook answer, “For I am with thee.” Just that mustard seed was able to counteract what would have been the magnetic attraction to the thing she greatly feared. It was also apparently enough to, not only reach the thought of one boy, but perhaps even to alert the policemen to an idea that they had not contemplated on the previous night.

And everything arrived at once. You can imagine what that meant to the kids when they heard that in Sunday School and to me as well. I’ve always kind of taken it as a beautiful example of what Job is saying here in revealing the nature of fear.

There’s a movie ad I read not too recently showing that we’re almost gluttons for punishment as far as human nature is concerned. That movie ad—maybe you’ve seen it—it promises audiences in big, bold headlines, “AT LAST—TOTAL TERROR!” (Laughter) Who wants total terror? But people are paying money for it! When they leave that theater, what’s dancing on their eyelids and their mental memory as far as these things are concerned? What does a knock on the door, or a scream in the night, or anything else now mean in terms of the helplessness of man and man shoved back into no-dominion-at-all, but fatalistically waiting for what comes?”
“The Case of Job,” by B. Cobbey Crisler**


PS#5—Cobbey Crisler on Job 38:1-10, 33-36 (B12)

The thing we see in Elihu’s testimony is what we see in the three friends earlier. There are some wonderful statements, beautiful statements, and there are also the reverse. You have that to-and-fro mixture in the testimony of all four "friends," if we can add them together.

In Job 36:2 [Elihu] says, "[I have} yet to speak on God's behalf." Even though he’s done a lot of talking up to this point, apparently he feels he hasn’t convinced Job.

Elihu disappears at the end of Chapter 37. We get down to the real dialogue that we've all been waiting for.

Chapter 38 is the examination, the only examination higher than a self-examination. That is what?
God’s examination of us.

In Job 38:1 we find "the LORD answering Job out of the whirlwind.” What's the whirlwind? It's a beautiful example of to-and-fro and what's been going on in Job’s thought all the way up to this point.

This chapter is one series of questions. Once again you can wonder how does God communicate to man?
Here [in] chapter 38 it tells us by question which requires an answer from us. That's rather interesting, isn't it?
A question requires an answer from Job.

[Job 38:2] "Who [is] this that darkeneth counsel by word, without knowledge?”

We have to answer that question. To fulfill communication. God makes demands on us and we are expected to fulfill those demands, and that's our relationship with God.

Look how Jesus applied that when he healed his cases and man was equipped to respond.

In Job 38:3 look at the authoritative statement which sounds like so many of the statements Jesus made when he healed. "Gird up now thy loins like a man:" What did Job look like down there on all fours on the ash heap'?

Like an animal. "Gird up your loins like a man; Get into your manhood.

"I will demand of thee and answer thou me.

Now, back to the last chapter of Job and we'll see what occurs [there]

In Job 42:2 Job says, "I know that you can do every [thing}, and no thought can be withholden from thee."

Job 42:5 says. "I’ve heard of thee by the hearing the ear: Guess what “My eye sees You." Not just a rumor that God is around, but what else?

[Voice: The healing.''] The evidence of God’s presence being in his healing.

··Deck thyself [with] glory and majesty and beauty" [Job 40:10].

In Job he says something that sounds like you're sorry he says it.

Wherefore I abhor [myself], and repent in dust and ashes." But notice what’s in italics/brackets there. [Voice: "It's not in the original."] Alright. Remember that "repent" really conveys what? [Voice: "Change your concept."] Changing your concept. Now read it this way. "Wherefore I abhor and change my concept about dust and ashes." ···

In Job 42:7 we’re introduced to the three friends again. Elihu never appears.

What are the three "friends'' doing? We're told that God says. "they have not spoken of Me what was right, " incorrect false theology, in other words. You know what they're still doing?

[In Job 42:8] they're out making burnt offerings. That’s where we ran into Job. Way back in that primitive concept of worship [Job 1:5].

But Job isn’t making burnt offerings anymore. In fact, God says for Job to pray for his 'friends" and Job is now "praying," a word which was not used when we first met Job. He was making a burnt offering. So, in Job 42: 10 we're told that "the LORD turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: and he received twice as much as he had before” You remember Jesus parable [Matthew 7:24-27] of the house built on a rock and the house built on sand? Everything is the same in that parable except the results, and where the house was built. Rock or sand? Had Job all the wealth, all those possessions, everything before, but built on what he thought maybe was a self-made foundation? Which turned out to be sand.

Now look. Everything he had doubled! But perhaps built on a right concept of where it comes from.”

“Finally, Job 38:33 requiring man thought to get to what level? Look at the demand and question in this verse. Do you know the ordinances of heaven? Do you know the laws of heaven? We have to answer that. Do we? Because if our answer is “Yes,” look at the next one. Can you set that very same dominion on the earth? Can you exercise that dominion in heaven? What does the Lord’s Prayer (in Matthew 6:10) say? “Thy kingdom come” where? “Thy will be done” where?

Taking that heavenly law and exercising it on earth, God is suggesting to man, not suggesting but inspiring, man, with His concept of dominion here in Genesis 1 (verse 26). Isn’t it appropriate that God is the first to introduce that dominion?”
“The Case of Job,” by B. Cobbey Crisler**


W’s PS#6—Cobbey Crisler on Job 40:10 (B13)

“In Job 40:10 look at that beautiful requirement of manhood. Remember where Job is, his clothes stuck to him, months of agony, the boils from head to toe, and God saying, “Deck thyself now with majesty and excellency and array thyself with glory and beauty.“ What else could characterize the appearance of the image of God? What was God saying about the disease? Had he sent it? Is that what’s his image was, “Deck thyself now (with) majesty and excellency.”
“The Case of Job,” by B. Cobbey Crisler**


W’s PS#7—Cobbey Crisler on Job 42:2-5 (B14)

“Now, back to the last chapter of Job and we’ll see what occurs (there).

In Job 42:2 Job says, “I know that you can do every (thing) and that no thought can be withholden from thee.”

Job 42:5 says, “I’ve heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now,” Guess what? “My eye sees You.” Not just a rumor that God is around, but what else? (Voice: “The healing.”). The evidence of God’s being present is in his healing.”
“The Case of Job,” by B. Cobbey Crisler**


W’s PS#8—Cobbey Crisler on Matthew 12:22-28 (B16)

“Matthew 12 (Verse 22).”Now we have someone brought possessed with a devil and healed."

(Verse 25). Jesus talks about "a kingdom divided against itself " which we have already discussed.

(Verse 26). "How could he use Satan to cast out Satan?"

(Verse 29). He makes a very interesting parallel in referring to a strong man's house. "To enter into a house, and spoil the goods, you have to really render the strong man powerless."

To do this means giving priority to the strong man before you begin to mess around in his house. Then the strong man would resist the healing. Was it mentality arrayed against the possibility, both in the environment and in that man? Did Jesus bind that mental resistance first, and then heal the case?”
Book of Matthew, Auditing the Master: A Tax-Collectors Report, by B. Cobbey Crisler**


W’s PS#9—Cobbey Crisler on Luke 4:14 (B20)
“Luke indicates that he understands this [Jesus’ period of temptations in the wilderness] has been a power test for Jesus because in Verse 14 he uses that word, "Jesus returned" not in any form of power that Satan had tried to impose upon him [“to To take personal power, political power, and priestly power”]. But rather, "in the power of the Spirit into Galilee"—[“in the law that relates man directly to God, the source of the only power there is. (CC)]
“Luke the Researcher,”
by B. Cobbey Crisler**


W’s PS#10—Cobbey Crisler on Mark 1: 14-15(B23) Foundational points for Jesus

Mark 1, Verse 14. We have "John put in prison." He has already disappeared from the scene.

And, ‘‘Jesus comes into Galilee, and his work begins."
Verse 15. There are four foundational aspects to the gospel we need to study. Normally, an architect might refer to just one cornerstone in a building. But let's remember that all four of the corners have cornerstones. To that degree, let's ask ourselves if this is not a clue to understanding Mark. We have a foursquare gospel, and at each corner we have a particular point. If this is true, you should be able to compile the information that follows in the gospel under one of the following four headings.
(1) The announcement that, "the time is fulfilled." What does this mean? Prophecy. The time for the fulfillment of prophesy has arrived. So, everything is just brimming in the gospel of Mark with this great news. All of the expectation is over for the Messianic prophecy: We have a fulfillment now. ‘What could be more exciting than to be living in an era of fulfilled prophecy? Nothing, apparently, because this is what impels the gospel writers to pick up their pens….
Study Mark as if it were a textbook, filled with data that Jesus needed us to know in order to follow him. It is a handbook, so to speak, a textbook where we can find data that can be applied. Those four foundational points, under "the time is fulfilled," you will see over and over again, explicit or implicit, in the text.

(2) The second one, “the kingdom of God is at no distance.” It is right here. Even that idea is radical to Christendom today often because the kingdom of God, or often heaven, is considered to be so far away from any of us now. It is out of reach, and we’re not really behaving ourselves sufficiently to get there. It takes Palomar’s 200 inch reflecting telescope to even get a glimpse of it. But we find the founder of Christianity saying, ''Not so." His theology is based on the fact that "the kingdom of God is at hand."

Do we act like it is? We moan and we groan most of the time. We wouldn't if our state of mind was the “kingdom-of-God-is-at-hand" and the “prophecies-are-fulfilled." But those are only two of the cornerstones.

(3) The third one is “Repent!" …

This might be where maybe we temporarily get off the train leading to Jesus' theology. We may say to ourselves, if our bodies are riddled with cancer, of what avail would it be to change our concept? How would that affect the body? The implication is that this is the panacea. Repent ye. Change your concept about things.

Do you realize what kind of a religion that suggests? It's very revolutionary in this respect: nothing is incurable from the point of view of Jesus ' theology. If you can change your concept, then everything is curable. That's some good news of victory that has yet to hit the human race with any impact like Mark, the hammer.

(4) The fourth and final cornerstone is to "believe the gospel," That "believe" is not just to hold an opinion that waves in the breeze. This is a conviction on and a trust in the pronouncements of the gospel of the kingdom of God, and that "kingdom of God is at hand."

With that structure of the gospel in mind, we can do this kind of work together. As a matter of fact, the reward comes from doing this work individually and meeting each other that way. It affects the world's climate by doing this kind of deep research. In your own individual study, try those four columns.

The time is fulfilled,

The kingdom of God is at hand,

Repent ye,

Believe the gospel,

and see how you can outline the whole gospel in that way.

We may just discover that Peter becomes one of the most polished orators of all time. Yet he is regarded as a rather simplistic fisherman who probably stumbled in Greek and was more at home in his Aramaic.”

“What Mark Recorded,by B. Cobbey Crisler**


W’s PS#11—Ken Cooper offering this week for the Christian Science Bible Lesson on “REALITY” springs from the theme running from the Golden Text through the lesson that “the kingdom of heaven is at hand”—and that “the fields are white already to harvest” NOW! He calls it “The Harvest Is Now.” It can be seen and downloaded in either its color or black-ink version via this link to the online version of Warren's PS additions by clicking on the DOWNLOADABLE PDF FILE in the UPPER RIGHT-HAND CORNER.

When Ken sent this poem, he commented: “Both John and Jesus shared this message “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven (God) is at hand!” It may not have seemed apparent, but throughout the Bible this consistent truth was seen and proved. Once we accept the infinity of God, the here-and-now presence of His kingdom is inevitable and sure. We never have to wait. Jesus said to “Lift up your eyes” urging us to see with spiritual vision the abundant reality of life in God. In similar vein, the waving fields ripe for harvest are a present fact, and when we reach out they are already at hand. All of creation is waving!”

The poem can be found as an audio version, [read by Ken himself,] with music background on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fIE3da_x8Ck for The Harvest Is Now and https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCv6edwM4E2y4wJ98jGEPUOw for the full series on Ken G Cooper Poetry You Tube


**You can buy your own transcripts of most of Cobbey Crisler’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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