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Here are insights from Cobbey Crisler and others on some citations for
The Christian Science Bible Lesson for August 19, 2018

Warren’s (W’s) PS#1Cobbey Crisler on Isaiah 35.3-6 (RR)
"Does this sound like an adequate preparation for the opinion of our New Testament and the events which follow? Almost as a fulfillment of prophesy. This is a question we’re going to have to answer later as we study the New Testament. Does Jesus feel that the healings which he accomplishes are the direct fulfillment of prophesy? We’ll just have to see by not only his words but by his acts.”

In Chapter 35, Verses 5 and 6 we have detailed specific healings in prophesy where “the eyes of the blind shall be opened.” Did that happen? What about the ears of the deaf unstopped”?

What about “the lame man leap as an hart”? If you recall that is exactly what happens in the book of Acts [3:8]. The first thing the lame man does before he even walks is leap up. The great joy of overcoming that bondage of years, expressing itself in the form of leaping. Total victory over the condition even before he walked. One often neglects to notice in that event the fact that he did leap before he walked is a specific fulfillment of prophesy. “The lame man shall leap,” is what Isaiah [35:6] said.”
“Heal the Sick”: A Scriptural Record," by B. Cobbey Crisler**

Watch for a BONUS edition that will include notes on the oral tradition passed along to CedarS staff about CedarS Isaiah 35-defined purpose by Founder Ruth E. Huff and Directors Warren Huff and Holly Huff Bruland: "In asking God what His/Her purpose was in founding CedarS Camps near Lebanon, Missouri, I (Ruth) opened the Bible "at random" for divine answers and the first words that I saw were "the glory of Lebanon." (Isaiah 35:2) Since that first summer in 1962, every Counselor Training course has featured the vital importance of following each word of all ten verses of Isaiah 35 as CedarS divinely-directed "marching orders." (Details to come in BONUS edition)

W’s PS#2—Ken Cooper’s poem offering this week for the Christian Science Bible Lesson on “Soul” he calls “Sing Praise to God.” It can be reached 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. In citation B4 (Psalm 47:6, 7) “Sing praises” is mentioned three times, as it is in Ken’s poem which can be sung as a hymn to the tune of “Fight the Good Fight,” Hymn 59. It’s very appropriate for this lesson that includes the words song or sing eleven times before we even get into Section 2! The last citation of Section 1 (S5) leads us into Section 2 with “changing… discord into the music of the spheres.” (255:5)

This music of Soul theme is carried throughout the lesson. Section 2 features David’s soulful playing on the harp that refreshed Saul and caused “the evil spirit to depart from him.” (B7, I Samuel 16:23) Section 5 features a midnight Hymn Sing (after a beating) that freed Paul and Silas from prison… (Watch in the BONUS edition to come for details of another life-saving Hymn Sing!)

W’s PS#3 –Cobbey Crisler’s on Job 23:13 (B5):
“In Job 23:13 we find two revelations from God to Job about God’s nature. Because there’s only one way that you and I can ever find out anything out about God who is the only one who knows who God is, God [Himself/Herself]. God must do the revealing and here Job has two concepts revealed to him about God. And you know we don’t get anything unless we’re ready for it. Job is ready. He needs this, doesn’t he?… Why does Job need to know God as “one [mind], and as soul”?
What’s been his problem? One problem is identity. He said (in Job 9:21, 22) even “[if I said] I am perfect… Though I were perfect, yet would I not know my soul:” Here if soul is identified with God, where does one find one’s identity? The, whatever he was thinking about as his soul, if he had it, would have to image forth the One Soul. How many souls are there? If you relate the word “soul” to God, there is no other possible alternative than for a monotheist to see one, with whatever is revealed to us about God. That may be tough logic, but if soul is related to God, as a synonym, then there can only be One. So, to seek his identity in that oneness-of-God will tell him more about himself.
What about one mind? Why did he need to know that?[Voice: Because it was God?”] That’s right. And he’d been having a dialogue with many minds, hadn’t he? Nothing but just One Mind as opposed to many, polytheistic gods, or many minds, many opinions… Just think of that beautiful revelation that comes as a solution to all that.”
“The Book of Job: A Mental Court Case”
by B. Cobbey Crisler**

W’s PS#4—Cobbey Crisler on Isaiah 42.1 (B12)
“Chapter 42:1, in a prophesy of a servant who should come, the “elect of God” who would have “the Spirit of God upon him.” You will notice in Verse 7 what the assignment of this servant would be, “To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, [and] them that sit in darkness out of the prison house.”

Isn’t it interesting that the prophet Isaiah foresees this prophesied individual in the terms of “a servant” when the Greek word most often in the New Testament for healing has the classical Greek meaning of “to serve.” You remember how Jesus defined his ministry in those terms, “I came not to be ministered unto but to minister” [Matthew 20:28; Mark 10:45]. Healing is serving by definition in Greek. Serving whom? God and man.”
­“Heal the Sick”: A Scriptural Record,”
by B. Cobbey Crisler**

PS#5—Cobbey Crisler on Mark 7:32-35 (B14)

“Mark 7 , Verse 32. Here we have peculiar to Mark, a healing of one who is deaf and has speech impairment. This may be considered, according to commentators, as too crude by the other gospel writers to include, but it contains a great lesson. Again we have three treatments.

Verse 33 has treatment Number One. We shouldn't be surprised to see, "He took him aside from the multitude.” Why? In an apocryphal book called Recognitions of Clement, Peter is quoted as saying, “Nothing is more difficult, my brethren, than to reason concerning the truth in the presence of a mixed multitude of people." There's a privacy of prayer. ''Pray to thy Father in secret,’’ Jesus said about prayer in Matthew 6:6.

So, the Second Treatment, “He put his fingers into his ears, spit, and touched his tongue.” We may say, “Jesus, why did you have to do it that way,” right? It seems to argue against the way he had already established.

What does he do with the one he is dealing with? He is meeting a mental state that is dualistic and confused. It needs the tender lesson and mercies of the Christ, to summon it to that purity that can see God and, therefore, be like God. Thus it can have every vestige of the mixed nature of impurity removed. You have a deaf man. You can’t communicate to a deaf man, not audibly. So, what does he do? He knows what the problem of that individual happens to be. He’s not going to alarm that man any more than he did the twelve-year-old girl who woke up from that so-called terminal sleep. He simply goes to that individual and tenderly points to the areas that he knows constitute the problem, and that he is going to deal with. Nothing defensive by the man. No alarm expressed. He simply “put his fingers in his ears, spit, touched his tongue.”

Verse 34. Then the Third treatment, “Ephphatha,” Aramaic for “Be opened.”

Verse 35, “And immediately.” We don’t have Jesus assigning him months with a speech therapist in order to learn how to phrase the language which he hasn’t spoken or heard from others, “He spake plain. No surgical operation.
“What Mark Recorded” by B. Cobbey Crisler**

W’s PS#6 Cobbey Crisler on Acts 15:40 (B21) –and the prequel Acts 15.36-39

And it isn’t very long however before Paul says to Barnabas, in Acts 15, verse 36, “Let us go again and visit our brethren in every city where we have preached the word of the Lord, and see how they do.”

Paul acts almost more as a mother than a father in one way, to go back and see how the infant churches are doing.

Now, we’re going to have another dissension. Now these men we’re talking about in most Renaissance paintings have halos over their heads. And if you’ve ever had problems in your own church corporate or committee meetings, remember that you aren’t setting any precedent, that the target is the unity of the church, and if we can be dragged into dividing it, so much the better who has made church unity the target.

Here Barnabas says, “I’m going to take my cousin with me, John Mark.” And Paul says, “You are, are you? I don’t think that’s such a hot idea,” because if you recall on our last trip, he decided to leave us at Pamphylia and head back home. (Acts 15:37, 38)

The implication is it might be getting hot in the kitchen, and John Mark thought he might go home. Now, Paul needed reliability, and therefore, he felt it may not have been the right time to take John Mark again. But Barnabas being a cousin of Mark, look in Acts 15, verse 39, look what happens between them.

“The contention was so sharp that they departed asunder. Barnabas took Mark and went to Cyprus.”

Acts 15: 40 And Paul chose Silas, and departed, being recommended by the brethren unto the grace of God.

41 And he went through Syria and Cilicia, confirming the churches.

This time going over the land route rather than going ‘this’ way, Barnabas and Mark sailed for Cyprus, but Paul and Silas go over the land route to visit the same towns that he was visiting before.

Follow-up context:
Cobbey: “Now, lest we feel that division is a lasting one, you will see in Paul’s epistles where Mark is with him, and he also urges at one point to bring Mark so that he could see him.

So, this is one of those passing things but Paul apparently so conscious of the need of reliability at this point that they part company.”
“After the Master, What? – The Book of Acts,” by B. Cobbey Crisler**

W’s PS#7–Cobbey Crisler on Acts 16:16-29 (B8), +surrounding context verses:
Prequel: “Now, …therefore a woman becomes apparently our first convert in Europe. And, “Lydia welcomes them into her house” which may be the first church in Europe, first Christian church. (Acts 16:15 paraphrased)

Again, after that step of progress, we’ve got opposition. “A sad young girl who is being abused and taken advantage of with a mental condition that, because of the soothsaying, it permitted her…made large sums of money for those who had taken control of her, follows Paul and identified him (like many of the unclean spirits that identified Jesus).” (Acts 16:16-17 paraphrased)

“Paul heals the young girl.” (Acts 16:18 paraphrased)

“The masters worried only about economics”. (They) bring Paul and Silas right to the agora to the rulers.” (Acts 16, verse 19 paraphrased)

“And they whip them,” in verse 23, “throw them into prison in Philippi,” and once again we have a prison scene. “They are in the inner area, their feet fast in the stocks…” (Acts 16:22-24 paraphrased)

“and at midnight, Paul and Silas pray and sing hymns.” (Acts 16:25 paraphrased)

Acts 16:26 And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one’s bands were loosed.

Part of the follow-up story for context and conversions:
And everything occurred as it had with Peter (getting out of prison) in that sense, “except that no one moved.” “Paul and Silas remained in the prison.” Acts 16:27 And the keeper of the prison awaking out of his sleep, and seeing the prison doors open, he drew out his sword, and would have killed himself, supposing that the prisoners had been fled.

Do you understand why the “keeper of the prison nearly killed himself?” (See above)

What was the Roman custom if he didn’t? There were a lot of others who would have accommodated him.

“Paul said ‘Don’t do yourself any harm.’” (Acts 16:28, paraphrased)

Calling for a light, this jailor (along with his whole family) become converts to Christianity. (Acts 16:29-32 paraphrased)

“And he washes their wounds and brings them into his own house and feeds them.” (Acts 16:33-34 paraphrased)
“After the Master, What? – The Book of Acts,” by B. Cobbey Crisler**

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