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Here are insights from Cobbey Crisler and others on some citations for
“Matter”
The Christian Science Bible Lesson for September 23, 2018

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Warren’s (W’s) PS#1A—Anyone interested in architecture and the built environment will hopefully enjoy reading an online article about the correlation between “the great Architect’s” Ten Commandments and the ten traditional categories of architectural specifications. This perspective shows the Commandments not as ten restrictions on your freedoms, but rather as ten ways to safeguard your ability to “walk at liberty” (B6) and to preserve the perfection of your divinely designed being. This new view of the laws or statutes of God as your “specs” (specifications) allows you to take a new daily delight and interest in how keeping them blesses and saves you in every needed way as promised in the Golden Text: “In thee, O Lord, do I put my trust:… thou hast given commandment to save me;” (Psalm 71:3)

W’s PS#1B—On the ChristianScience.com website, under Sunday School Resources, you can see and hear an engaging, animated series of podcasts about the Ten Commandments written by Barry Huff, our son who teaches Bible Studies at Principia College. While TMCYouth “rated” this animated series as designed “for Sunday School students ages 11-14,” after you read PS#5 on the priceless gift of child-like receptivity, you are sure to find it connecting with the child in you in many new, fun ways that bring out deeper meaning to many citations throughout this lesson. For instance, just the animated podcast of the First Commandment more deeply explains citations in the Responsive Reading and citations S8, B9, S15, S21, S22 and S24—and especially citation B20 about the roots in Deuteronomy and Leviticus of the answer given by “a certain lawyer” in response to Jesus’ question about what was written in the law about how to inherit eternal life.

https://www.christianscience.com/youth/sunday-school/resources/ten-commandments-animated-series


W’s PS#2—Cobbey Crisler on Psalms 19:7, 8 (B3):
“Read Psalms chapter 19:7-9 and you will discover there are quality controls as far as God’s “medicine”[—his healing commandments—] is concerned: all the things you would want to see on the label. Look at the words “perfect,” “sure,” right,” “pure,” “clean,” and “true,” which has the meaning in Hebrew of stable. You want a stable product. You want a clean product. You want it pure. You want it right. You don’t want the wrong remedy. You want it sure. You want it perfect.”
“Leaves of the Tree: A Prescription from Psalm,”
by B. Cobbey Crisler**


W’s PS#3— Ken Cooper offering this week for the Christian Science Bible Lesson on “Matter” springs from the story about the Fall of the walls of Jericho in citation B7. He calls it “The Fall of Jericho.” 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, he commented: “The fall of Jericho is such an inspiration! It was like a final hurdle, – either “How unfair!!” Or “Let’s clear it!” The Bible says “In thee, O Lord, do I put my trust..” and that’s all we have to do. Trust God’s ALL POWER. Joshua’s calm instruction was with authority, and despite no evidence of any change over six days, the seventh day saw the shout like the joy of all completed creation and the absolute nothingness of error proved. Joshua was saying “Trust me because I trust God”. The walls fell flat, they were no more! It brought to mind my favourite definition of error:

When we believe and prove that God has all power, we prove that error has none. It does not enter the Kingdom of Heaven. That is why we can say:
"There is no problem that won't go,
We just remember Jericho!" No problem…..”

Readers may also like to refer to Ken’s related, published article at:

https://journal.christianscience.com/issues/2015/11/133-11/the-fall-of-jericho

The poem can be found as an audio version, [read by Ken himself,] with music background on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w5qow3WNeFI&t=5s and the full range on https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCv6edwM4E2y4wJ98jGEPUOw (Ken G Cooper Poetry You Tube)”


W’s PS#4—A “diving deeper” opportunity recommended by MyBibleLesson.com this week to Miscellaneous Writings where Mary Baker Eddy shares insight into the significance of marching around the walls of Jericho seven times (B7):

My students, three picture-stories from the Bible pre‐sent themselves to my thought; three of those pictures from which we learn without study. The first is that of Joshua and his band before the walls of Jericho. They went seven times around these walls, the seven times corresponding to the seven days of creation: the six days are to find out the nothingness of matter; the seventh is the day of rest, when it is found that evil is naught and good is all.

The second picture is of the disciples met together in an upper chamber; and they were of one mind. Mark, that in the case of Joshua and his band they had all to shout together in order that the walls might fall; and the disciples, too, were of one mind.

We, today, in this class-room, are enough to con‐vert the world if we are of one Mind; for then the whole world will feel the influence of this Mind; as when the earth was without form, and Mind spake and form appeared.

The third picture-lesson is from Revelation, where, at the opening of the seals, one of the angels presented him‐self with balances to weigh the thoughts and actions of men; not angels with wings, but messengers of pure and holy thoughts that say, See thou hurt not the holy things of Truth.

You have come to be weighed; and yet, I would not weigh you, nor have you weighed. How is this? Because God does all, and there is nothing in the opposite scale. There are not two, — Mind and matter. We must get rid of that notion. As we commonly think, we imagine all is well if we cast something into the scale of Mind, but we must realize that Mind is not put into the scales with matter; then only are we working on one side and in Science.
Miscellaneous Writings, p. 279:13


W’s PS#5—Cobbey Crisler on Matthew 4:23 (B18)
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.”
“Book of Matthew, Auditing the Master, A Tax Collector’s Report,”
by B. Cobbey Crisler**


W’s PS#6 Cobbey Crisler on Matt. 18:1-4 (B19) — the priceless gift of child-like receptivity!
Chapter 18: The disciples are busy fighting among each other.

(Verse 1). Saying, “Who’s the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”

(Verse 2). That’s the time “Jesus called a little child,”

(Verse 3). “And said, Unless you’re converted, and become as little children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.”

There it is, again. What “Abba” does in the Lord’s Prayer. It makes us little children in that prayer. He has a lot to say about children and the child-like receptive thought in that chapter.”
“Book of Matthew, Auditing the Master, A Tax Collector’s Report,”
by B. Cobbey Crisler**


W’s PS#7—Cobbey Crisler on Revelation 12:3, 7-10 (B25): Fight the flood with the No-and-Yes Love of the Commandments and Beatitudes!

Our defense against the dragon and its FLOOD in Rev.12:1-3 (B16) is the "No-and-Yes" Love found in the Commandments and Beatitudes: (See Warren's PS#4 in online posting after this email blast.)
“The red dragon has seven heads and ten horns [Revelation 12:3]. What would that perhaps relate to? Methodius, an early Christian, writing at the last of the Third Century, indicates to those to whom he is writing that the ten horns of the dragon are the opposites of the Decalogue. What could gore us, lay us absolutely open, completely open to the world’s weapons than to deny the Commandments, fail to use them, or openly live in opposition to them?’

“Take the Commandments [Exodus 20: 3-5, 7, 8, 12, 13-17]. Reverse each one. Look what’s happening to our world today. See if the dragon’s horns are not goring humanity freely and with license.

“Thou shalt commit adultery” [Exodus 20:14]. Beginning to look like the rule rather than the exception. When that happens, that’s one of the dragon’s horns, if Methodius is correct.

“Thou shalt kill” [Exodus 20:13]. There’s hardly a television program in which we don’t come up with some fictionalized representation of murder.

“Thou shalt steal” [Exodus 20:15]. Time magazine reports shoplifting as the key crime in our country.

“What are the rules? Why are we ignoring the Commandments? What would the seven head, perhaps, relate to in Revelation 12:3? They have crowns on them. They’re claims to sovereignty when the crowns are on those heads.

“In the Book of Revelation we started right out with John saying [in Chapter 1, Verse 1] that the revelation was coming to him from Jesus and through Jesus from the seven Spirits of God [Verse 4]. Not eight, not six, but you find the seven Spirits of God mentioned throughout the Book of Revelation. Like the seven branches of the menorah, like Zechariah’s [4:2] beautiful vision of the Godhead in that way, seven lamps and seven pipes. These seven aspects of God, if denied, opposed, vilified, held up to ridicule, is that what those heads are claiming such sovereignty, is that what they’re doing within?

… “We find [in Revelation 12:1] womanhood “clothed with the sun, the moon under her feet.” Interestingly enough, the moon had a linguistic relationship to the curse upon woman, being the root of monthly. Yet woman is seen with total dominion over all material influences. Her feet are on the moon. That’s the symbol of dominion in the Bible; [it’s] to have everything under your feet.
That crown of twelve stars leaves no doubt that woman is seen here as a total remedy for Eve…”

… “Eve lost the battle with the serpent. Womanhood in the twelfth chapter of Revelation is the remedy for Eve’s loss. Woman has been blamed throughout centuries by theologians many for being the reason for the downfall of the race… If, as usual, we have things upside down, the remedy would have to see woman responsible for the salvation of the race. Interestingly enough we find her in Jesus’ parable [Matthew 13:33] putting the leaven in the within.”

“This dragon [Revelation 12:3], is again the nature of our enemy here. What are the weapons? The dragon has heads, horns, crowns on the heads, a tail, flood. All these are weapons… And the tail. We talk about Star Wars, and here it is! One third of the stars of heaven cast to the earth [Revelation 12:4]. “The brilliant potential of those stars! Cast down! Trod under foot! Trampled upon! Because the tail of the dragon got them and they probably were defending themselves against the hypnotic heads, the hydra head, where flame and all that was coming out. Is our attention toward the head of the dragon?
And is the sting in the tail? That’s where Moses was told to pick up the serpent [Exodus 4: 3, 4]. Then the defense system of our within must involve knowing what the tail of the dragon would do as well as the head. Not just the obvious approach in this warfare, but the ambushments, the deceits, the smokescreens. Being surrounded by the enemy, to watch against that.”

The flood. In Isaiah [59:19] we’re told when the enemy comes in like a flood, what happens? “The Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him.” The enemy does come in like a flood. Overwhelmed, one problem after the other. You get through treating one part of your body and it moves to another part. Or it combines in some kind of weird crescendo leading towards total disaster or death.”

“As this flood of propaganda, as well in effect, reaches towards our house where we live, where did Jesus tell us to build? On the rock [Matthew 7: 24, 25]. Then if the flood comes, and the flood still comes, but when it subsides and is through, we discover that our home is still there. Our foundation then is important in resisting this flood in our mental warfare. It is a flood. It’s not a trickle. The intent of the flood is to drown everything before it. “

“What is the standard that God lifts up? In Song of Solomon the bride, womanhood, symbolized in Song of Solomon [2:4], says, “his banner,” and an alternate word in Hebrew there, is “standard,” “over me [was] love.” Then the eighth chapter of Song of Solomon, [Verse 7] adds, almost tying in with our symbolism of Revelation 12 [Verses 15 and 16], “Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it.”

Weapon, then? Love. To the human sense of things it appears the most helpless type of weapon to use in a battle of what would seem to be between forces of a mentally galactic struggle. But instead, we discover Love to be the real and only weapon. It’s what resists the virus. It cannot come in and break up the host. Love then must be the leaven that gradually changes the whole lump of human thought…”

“…Why is this adversarial position set up to try to cast us down as one of the stars of heaven? Is our potential under draconian pressure to be cast down? Are we going to submit to what Eve listened to? Or are we going to accept the leaven? And love is the banner, remember, we’re told [in Song of Solomon 2:4] over us. And Verse 4 [of Psalm 109], “For my love they are adversaries; but I give myself unto prayer.”

“Another verse on Psalms tells us what we have already learned: “Through thy commandments thou hast made me wiser than mine enemies” [B8, Psalm 119: 98]. We all know the avenues of approach through the Commandments. That’s what keeps our eyes open.

“After all, to have God’s kingdom [“the reign of divine Truth, Life, and Love be established” (Manual 41:10)] within us requires rules. That’s the basis of the government within. What is disease, but a state of bodily insurrection? Where did it come from? Where did that rebellion originate that decides that it will go independent of the rest of the system?

“When God has told us this doesn’t fit in with the holistic approach we see some physicians reaching for “All things work together for good” [in Romans 8:28]? But there’s a qualification, “to them who love God,” who are at the state of receiving His role, His prophesied role in such a wholeness.

“No wonder the dragon has got ten horns [Revelation 12:3] because the Commandments are our defense. We know what NOT to do. That’s what the Commandments [in Exodus 20: 3-5, 7, 8, 12-17] have told us. We also know what TO do. That’s what the Beatitudes [in Matthew 5:3-11] have told us.

“That ability of being able to say “yes” and “no” is the simplest mental defense that we have. Jesus knew it. He said, “Let your communication be yea, yea, and nay, nay.” [Matthew 5:37]. He said “Anything else cometh of evil.” No and yes, when to say either or both.

“Mental defense and Commandments and Beatitudes readymade, spiritually given to us so that we may never be in doubt what to say “no” to and what to say “yes” to. But the beast would break our commitment to such a standard. It’s the only standard that resists the flood of the enemy, even by the Spirit of the Lord.”
“War in Heaven”: Conquest of Inner Space, by B. Cobbey Crisler


W’s PS#8—Cobbey Crisler on Revelation 22:14-17 (B26)
“Revelation is like a smorgasbord: it has everything, but it is not meant to be devoured all at once. Bite full by bite full, when we are ready, when we have digested our earlier courses, when we begin to chew upon the meat of scripture, because we are weaned from its milk, we will be nourished, and sustained, and understand why Jesus made his appointment with John on Patmos. What mystery remains in the Bible? …

…Could there be any greater revelation than one uniting us to our God and to one another. Here, in the presence of the throne, we throw off our crowns of divisive opinions. We worship on our mental knees, not from self-appointed seats disputing who should be greatest. This meeting with our God takes place scripturally only in the temple’s Holy of Holies in heaven itself, where our high priest has entered before us and both Cherubim sit on the right and on the left hand of God. This is the Father’s house where Jesus assured us there are many mansions. Access has been won for us, but we also have had to earn our entry. For Rev 22:14 (B8) states, “They that do his commandments… have right to the tree of life.” Blessed are they that do his commandments—that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.” Accepting that divine invitation, we sit down at the feast which has been promised to us throughout the Bible – the Agape, the feast of Love in the now fully revealed tabernacle of God and His two witnesses. Are we members of that church? Are we even now a part of that remnant, keeping the commandments and imbued with the spirit of spiritual prophesy? If we can respond affirmatively to that, not one single picture of Tohu and Bohu, of chaos, crisis, curse, tragedy, tears, ruin, pain, decay, death, or parody can any longer impress itself on human consciousness and develop there. The mark of the beast is effaced – the seal of God is in our foreheads – our names are written in heaven where nothing tampers with the majesty that God bestows. In the beginning of the Bible, God said, “Let there be light.” The divine shutter snapped, and our nature was recorded in apocalyptic pictures. It may seem unendurably long for these pictures to develop in human consciousness, but He is our God, and we are His people, and that is the apple, the Apocalypse of gold in our pictures. – The End”
Apocalyptic Pictures: Prophecy and Parody, by B. Cobbey Crisler


PPS: Remember with more significance now the underlined, healing concepts in last week’s PS#6—Warren’s background note on touching the fringes of Jesus’ prayer shawl (B20):
In
Numbers 15:38-40, God tells Moses to have Hebrew men attach fringes to the wings of their prayer shawl garments —like the one pictured in Download 1—to remind them to abide by God’s Ten Commandments and to ‘be holy unto your God’ (Numbers 15:40). The woman healed of her 12-year issue was rewarded for exercising her faith that Christ Jesus was fulfilling this prophesy about him in Malachi: “But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; (Mal. 4:2).

Many others in Jesus’ day were also rewarded for exercising their faith in Jesus being the fulfillment of the scriptural promise of the healing power connected to the keeping of God’s law… Mark 6:56 records about Christ Jesus’ healing that “whithersoever he entered, into villages, or cities, or country, they laid the sick in the streets, and besought him that they might touch if it were but the border of his garment: and as many as touched him were made whole.” (or “perfectly whole” in the account in Matthew 14:36) Here’s to perfect wholeness for you thanks to your faithful following of the science of the Christ as expounded and fulfilled in God’s laws and Decalogue.]


**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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