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[Use Jesus’ Road Map of Grace and Love to Boldly “Do Right, Fear Not!” (4th s.)]

[Use Jesus’ Road Map of Grace and Love to Boldly “Do Right, Fear Not!” (4th s.)]
Metaphysical Application ideas for the Christian Science Bible Lesson on

“Christ Jesus”
for September 1, 2013

by Kerry Jenkins, CS, House Springs, MO
(Kerry is subbing for Craig Ghislin, CS who is addressing a C.S. Association soon)
 (314) 406-0041   kerry.helen.jenkins@gmail.com
[bracketed inserts by Warren Huff]

[Intro: Road Trip!]
This week's Bible lesson on Christ Jesus, our Master, gives us a precious opportunity to discover more of the path he laid out for us and a number of ways we can follow it. A beautiful daily “road trip” is set before us; it is full of roadside wonders and calls for us to embrace the qualities that Jesus embodied so that we can heal and preach and teach as he did these things, and bless all mankind on our travels.

Our keynote, the Golden Text tells us that we can only come to God through our obedience to the road rules that Jesus made clear to us. We can only gain access to God's kingdom of heaven, through expressing the Christ-like qualities that Jesus exemplified. This keynote is followed by the prophecy from Isaiah about Jesus' coming. If these qualities are more signs along our trip then we can look to this prophecy for ideas of how we should behave. For example: “He shall not cry nor lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the street.”  I thought of this as: the Messiah wouldn't be doing anything for show, nothing just to be noticed or admired.  Every act of his was for healing and blessing and for glorifying his Father, not himself.  He constantly turned admirers and critics alike to his Father for the source of all his good works.  “He shall not fail nor be discouraged, till he have set judgment in the earth; and the isles shall wait for his law.”  How are we combating the evil suggestion that we should become discouraged when we don't achieve the success we are hoping for.  Whether this is in a situation of a disease that seems unyielding, or another stubborn challenge in our experience, we can remember that the path that Jesus led never followed the “yield” sign that said “you might as well give up”.  With the second half of that statement I was taken with the thought of those “isles”; another translation (NLT), states it this way: “far flung ocean islands will wait expectantly for his teaching”.  Certainly this is true in a literal way, but also it is a beautifully poetic way to think of people in general, or even our own selves, who feel “far flung” in our activities or thought–not on that particular road trip that the Master showed us.  We are all waiting expectantly, whether we are aware of it or not. Remember this when you see someone who seems far from the “path”.  They too want that same path, they may know this and are finding it hard to head that way, or they may not, but will head that way at some point.  This promise is for us, the Christ that Jesus embodied is never discouraged, never gives up on us, no matter what!

Section 1: The anointed one.
This section dwells on the special position Jesus held and still holds today. We have to recognize the nature of Jesus' coming and not think of him as an “especially great” man. He was chosen and he arrived in a unique and holy way. He must hold in our hearts and lives a holy and sacred position. We can, at the same time, get a deeper understanding of what he revealed to man about our own position with God. We too are children of God, we are spiritual ideas with missions of our own. These missions are revealed in individual ways and can be found as we follow Christ Jesus' path. Citation B1 tells us that “Butter and honey shall he eat, that he may know to refuse the evil, and choose the good.” The “my Bible lesson” tells us that butter and honey referred to a food that was considered very refined, something wealthy would eat, something of high quality. Metaphorically, are we choosing a refined and high quality view of ourselves? Are we nurturing in ourselves the knowledge from Christ that we are worthy, anointed, cherished ideas of God? Are we permitting entry into our thinking only those things that are truly good, of God? As we practice this “path” of Jesus, we will begin to understand who we are as God's children. We have to be willing to refuse to entertain evil thoughts about ourselves and others, and choose only the good/true.

Section 2: The wisdom to discern the difference between the real and unreal man.
How did Jesus “develop”? Did he go through stages like babyhood, toddler, “terrible twos”, etc.? While he certainly experienced all the “ages” of a normal child into adulthood, the Bible describes him as “wax(ing) strong in spirit”, in wisdom, in grace and in favor with God. What if we all were to describe and think of ourselves, our children if you have them, as growing in these ways. No difficult young adult eras of rebellion, angst, unhappiness and insecurity. Every ounce of our development springs from God, is showing itself in wisdom, satisfaction, security, certainty, joy and so on. These qualities are available to us on the path Jesus set for us. They are common “highway rest stops”.  We need only heed the signs and directions he set out for us and we too can discern our true and joyously free identity.  Jesus demonstrated more than normal wisdom for a twelve year old.  He was aware of his special purpose and set about demonstrating that purpose early on, even if it meant distressing his human parents. His discernment and wisdom is illustrated in the idea of the “firmament” here described in citations B4 and S6. The passage in citation S6 is from p. 505, and while it's not included in the lesson this week it might be helpful to look at the entire passage to bolster this understanding that we are developing about our origins as God's children.  She quotes the passage from Genesis about the “firmament in the midst of the waters”, and follows with this interpretation: “Spiritual understanding, by which human conception, material sense, is separated from Truth, is the firmament.” Jesus understood that his conception was not material, so it was easier for him to grasp his spiritual and true nature. We too, however, can strive to understand this separation of material sense or human conception from Truth, from the way that God has conceived of us as reflection.  Citation S8 summarizes these ideas by listing all the spiritual qualities that belong to God, not to our parents and handed down to us as genetic code.  This spiritual sense or understanding of ourselves is divine, not derived from intellect, education, or experience.  It is divinely bestowed wisdom.

Section 3: Grace of Christ reveals Jesus' path!
Grace is often associated with Jesus.  He stopped at nothing, not even death, to teach us of God's love for each of us. This is certainly an example of great grace. In this section he speaks to people in the synagogue with unexpected grace. The people would have assumed that he would be illiterate, having had no schooling because of his position in Jewish society. Only certain people were trained in reading and interpreting the Hebrew Scriptures. This was unexpected in the same way that he wasn't expected to know the things he knew when he stayed behind in the temple when he was twelve. How can we expect this grace to help us in our own endeavors? First, what are our endeavors? Are they for personal gain (see comments on Responsive Reading? Or are they for the glory of God? I love citation B7 for its beauty and promise: “grace is poured into thy lips:”, it reminds me of last week's lesson and the story of Moses having to speak to the Children of Israel and to Pharaoh. We can expect this same “pouring” of grace into our lives as we stay the path on our “road trip”. We can also discover the power of this grace as Jesus demonstrated it. Citation S13 tells us that “Grace and Truth are potent beyond all other means and methods.” (italics mine). When we are tempted to think that we need power—socially, or education or intellect or experience, we can know that grace and Truth/God give us all the power we need, to speak to an entire population and a great and powerful Pharaoh, or to deliver a speech in our classroom!  This section also tells us how to prepare our consciousness for this grace. To recognize this gracious Christ we must do as it tells us in citations S10 and S12: pray with fervent desire for growth in grace, and have that expressed, or demonstrated in our patience, meekness, love and good deeds. Also to “Let unselfishness, mercy, justice, health holiness, love—the kingdom of heaven—reign within us…”

Section 4: “Do right, fear not!”
“Do right, fear not!” was a favorite motto of Mary Baker Eddy's that she hung in several of her homes and that Ruth Huff put up many years ago in Dawn Lodge where it remains as a favorite CedarS motto today.  I was reminded forcibly of this sentence when I read this section.  When we are truly doing God's will, we can be bold and fearless.  God has anointed us to carry out His work, and we have nothing to fear in this activity. Jesus illustrates this boldness by healing the man with the withered hand on a Sabbath. He berates the congregation for using their heads rather than their hearts to determine their thought about this act of healing. In John 7 (a similar situation not contained in the Bible lesson), he rails on the church officials for their determination to follow every detail of Moses' law, thinking only of the “head” and not the “heart”.  The Message translates it this way: “Moses prescribed circumcision—….and so you circumcise a man, dealing with one part of his body, even if it's the Sabbath. You do this in order to preserve one item in the Law of Moses. So why are you upset with me because I made a man's whole body well on the Sabbath? Don't be nitpickers; use your head—and heart!–to discern what is right, to test what is authentically right.”  Don't overlook the moral courage that Jesus demonstrated when facing many angry crowds in his experience.  Citation S16 talks about “soiling our garments with conservatism”.  Conservatism can take some rather innocent seeming forms. Fear and shyness are forms of conservatism and can be healed through doing right and understanding that God is with you in this endeavor. One way in which to demonstrate this boldness or fearlessness is to follow Mrs. Eddy's direction in citation S18 where she commands us to “Take possession of your body, and govern its feeling and action.”  She goes on with this line of thought.  Helping us see that moral courage, boldness is in demonstrating what might seem to us to be impossible. In this way our faith in God is built on demonstration, and our demonstration is built on faith as well. We had a lovely and quick healing that proved this statement just a month ago or so.  Huck, our oldest son, dropped a significantly big rock on his toe while playing in a river.  He was barefoot at the time and the evidence that it might be broken looked solid.  We never had it x-rayed so this was just appearance I'm talking about but he was really struggling to put any weight on his foot and he couldn't sleep for the discomfort.  When I tucked him in finally, late that night, we talked about the statement in citation S18 and I read to him from Science and Health (p. 393). He fell asleep in minutes, where before he was still really struggling.  It was obvious that the fear that he had felt was melting away. We worked with this same statement the next day and continued until he clearly was not fearful any more. Within three days he had started to run around a bit and the following Saturday (a week after the incident) he ran a 5k and came in 2nd in his age group. It was proof positive that when we leave fear behind we have great, divine authority to witness the presence of Christ.

Section 5: Can you be a Good Samaritan this week?
This section tells us of real, Christ-like love in action through Jesus' parable of the Good Samaritan. Besides the obvious level of this story, (the man who offered assistance was a member of a race reviled by the Jews (who were listening to this story), while the poor man that was beaten was by-passed by the so-called righteous priest and Levite), there is another element that was made clear in the “my Bible lesson” commentary. The “righteous men” passed by the mortally wounded Jew, because they didn't want to become contaminated, which they would have become according to Jewish law, by touching this man. The Samaritan didn't turn away from the man either for reasons of his “contamination” or because there was no love lost between Jews and Samaritans. Here is another example of the “head” vs. “heart” approach that we must be aware, is most definitely not part of our road trip! This section is about real love; are we willing to demonstrate this kind of love, even if it means we might seem “contaminated” by visiting or helping an unpopular or annoying or mean classmate at school? If we are not willing to “risk” this kind of “contamination” then we are not on the path that Jesus showed us. We are on some other conservative and material path that will yield limited, temporary, and unrewarding fruit.

Section 6: How we show our Christ-like love.
Finally, we get a summation of the love that we must express if we are really to follow Christ Jesus' path. It must be a love that is full of mercy and compassion, empathy and like-mindedness. We have to look at others as “better” than ourselves, not in a self-deprecating way, but in a way that allows us to view our fellow man with deep empathy and compassion. We can do this by having the mind that was in Christ Jesus. Then we all share Mind and know as we are known by God. We have, then a common heritage, lineage even.  God is referred to in this section as the Father of “our Lord Jesus Christ”.  Throughout the lesson we are seeing Jesus' works that demonstrate this lineage.  I think this points to how we need to demonstrate this lineage in our own lives, just as Jesus did.  And Mrs. Eddy shares this view in each statement of hers included in this section.  We can express the qualities that Christ Jesus is known for: justice, mercy, compassion, love, healing, right judgment, wisdom, understanding and so on.  We possess these because we are of a common parent, Love.  And as brothers and sisters in Christ, we are all on a common path! See you on the path!


[Bonus Met: Follow Jesus as YOUR example!  Live His Boldness, Grace, Love…]
Additional Metaphysical Application ideas for the Christian Science Bible Lesson on

“Christ Jesus”
for September 1, 2013

by Jake Lowe, CS, Houston, TX
[Resident Christian Science Practitioner @ J.L. in 2013]
 (832) 612-7000  jakelowecs@gmail.com
[bracketed inserts by Warren Huff]

[Jake's Bonus Edition Met:  a divine "mistake!" Not knowing that Warren had asked Kerry Jenkins to fill in for Craig's "normal" 1st Sunday Met week, the CedarS practitioner who was initially asked to take Craig's turn (who could not do it) just yesterday asked Jake to do it.  Jake, who is 20-something and has been Journal-listed for just over a year, has wonderful enthusiasm, healings and perspectives to share in this and future Mets!] 
[Jake's Intro:]
This week’s lesson is full of the demand to live a Christly life, examples on how to do that (primarily stories of Jesus, go figure), and the comfort that we CAN do it all. Keep in mind while reading this lesson and this met, that when we identify Jesus as being an example for US, not just his twelve disciples, it will be a powerful message.

I’m reminded of an experience of how I was affected by someone else living a Christly life. I was working at a summer camp about 3 years ago. All the staff members went on long runs in the morning to stay fit and to bond with one another. One particular morning we ran by a rather large set of stairs.  Perhaps over-zealous, we decided to run up and down the stairs in single file over and over again.  On the way down the person in the front of the line tripped and we all got caught in a big tumble that ended at the bottom of the staircase.  Nobody seemed to be hurt, so we all laughed it off and continued running up a hill.  I found myself towards the back of the pack as we began running up this hill.  That was surprising to me because normally I was one of the first people to finish the hills.  Looking for an explanation I glanced at my foot and noticed it was completely deformed.  My shoe was bulging from the top and I began to feel IMMENSE pain.  Reaching out in my thought for help, almost immediately two of my co-workers put their arms around me on either side.  One of them looked me in the eyes and said, “Jake, you are so loved.”  WOW!!! That was so wonderful to hear!  Despite this problem I had with my foot, Love was right there doing what it does best… LOVING!  All of a sudden my fear and worry washed away!  And just as quick as my thought had changed, my foot went back to its natural shape and I powered up that hill!  I haven’t had a problem with that foot since!  This experience was over two years ago.

That co-worker who stated to me how loved I was expressed many aspects of the Christ that are brought up in this lesson.  Boldness, grace, and brotherly and neighborly love are all things that we can do.  Just like the story just mentioned, we can embrace these qualities from Christ, and it will naturally have a healing effect! Hope you enjoy!

[Bonus Met Golden Text:]
This Golden Text from John is from the voice of Jesus. When he says that he is, “[…] the way, the truth, and the life” he is not talking about his body. Jesus is talking about the Christ! This verse is all about stating that it is the Christ we must grab on to!

[Bonus Met for Responsive Reading:]
Isaiah goes on and on with his prophesy of Jesus.  I will often think of Jesus as the guy who “had it all together” and that he must have been so calm.  It is almost as if, without realizing, I begin to think that he had it easy.  He didn’t!  Jesus had to deal with A LOT of stuff!  People constantly asking to be healed, priests trying to trick him and make him contradict what he was saying.  Don’t forget that he was eventually betrayed and killed!  When I take the time to remember all that Jesus went through, I really begin to appreciate what Isaiah has to say about him. “He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the street.”  Think of the humility that he had!  The beauty of all of this, is that those amazing qualities he expressed (the Christ), we can express them too!

[Bonus Met for Section 1:]  
In Hebrews it reads, “[God] hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son.”  I don’t know about you, but I have felt that sometimes I am really struggling to hear what God has to say.  What a gift for folks in Jesus’ time and since!  We all still get to benefit from reading what God has said to mankind, through Jesus!  It’s not just what Jesus said, but what he did that we can learn from!  Even from the beginning Jesus was born of a virgin!  His origin or starting point can be seen as God showing us that we are not made from matter.  Science and Health states, “Jesus’ spiritual origin and his demonstration of divine Principle richly endowed him and entitled him to sonship in Science.”  Both his spiritual origin AND demonstration are, quite literally, an example to us all.

[Bonus Met for Section 2:]
This section highlights one of my favorite stories about Jesus. As a 12 year old boy, his family and the community took a trip to Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover.  When the group heads back home, Jesus’ parents realize that they don’t know where he is!  As you can imagine, these loving parents go back to Jerusalem to find their son.  After three days they find Jesus in a temple answering questions asked by the best trained (adult) scholars of the day!  In talking about his parents’ response, Luke writes, “And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers.” 12 YEARS OLD!!!  When we acknowledge Christ Jesus as our Example, we can learn so much from every story about him.  Understanding Christian Science and how to do what God needs is not something we realize by age or human logic.  Mary Baker Eddy writes, “[…] understanding is not intellectual, [and is not the result of scholarly attainments; it is the reality of all things brought to light.”  Clearly, to express wisdom, maturity, and confidence, you don’t need to be a certain age.  Why?  Because those qualities belong to the Christ, not to matter!  That’s right kid’s, we are looking up to YOU!  Science and Health says, “From early boyhood he was about his “Father’s business.’”  Don’t wait to start!

[Bonus Met for Section 3:]
Imagine how you would feel if the morning of the Super Bowl the quarterback from your favorite football team told you personally that, “today is the day when our team will win the Super Bowl.”  Or picture that after years of talking and thinking about sending a man to Mars, a man comes to your school or workplace and tells you that, “today is the day that mankind will set foot on Mars.”  How cool would that be?!  I bet it would be something that you would never forget.  Well, you may have a “little” bit of an idea of how the people felt in the story of Jesus in this section.  Jesus (by now very well-known) returns to his hometown of Nazareth.  In the church he stands up to read scripture to the congregation.  He reads the words of the prophet Esaias where the prophet prophesies the coming of Jesus.  Jesus reads the prophesy about himself!  After that he tells the people, “This day is this scripture fulfilled in our ears.”  Here is the thing though, the prophesy of the Christ is STILL being fulfilled today.  Here is the really crazy part, it’s being fulfilled by US!  Mary Baker Eddy says, “…  the Christ is without beginning of years or end of days.”  The amazing work of Christ is continuing!  Don’t be shy about being a part of it!

We may find ourselves being so grateful for the work that Jesus has done.  Mrs. Eddy has something to say about that gratitude.  She says, “To keep the commandments of our Master and follow his example, is our proper debt to him and the only worthy evidence of our gratitude for all that he has done.”  Here is the bonus, Ephesians says, “unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.”  The more we embrace the Christ, the more grace we experience!  

I’ll often think about being Christly in this way: when I am at a pool or a lake I’ll frequently see kids dipping their toe in the water to see how cold it is.  On the other hand I’ll also see kids just jump in without a second thought.  For the kids who just jump in, they will find out VERY quick if the water is too cold, and they will hop right on out just as fast as they went in.  On the flip side of that, if the water is a good temperature, they will be enjoying themselves so quickly.  Those other kids almost waste time either way.  The “toe-dipping” method will soak up time whether it’s too cold or not.  Sometimes we can do less thinking and more doing!  When we have a chance to be nicer, express patience, forgiveness, or joy, I have found it much more satisfying to take the “just jump in” approach, rather than the “toe-dip” way.  Jump into the Christ!

[Bonus Met for Section 4:]
What a powerhouse of a section this is!  It starts off with a line from Proverbs that reads, “the righteous are bold as a lion.”  Similar to the “just-jump-in” approach mentioned in section three. the concept is illustrated beautifully with a story of Jesus.  The law at the time was to not work on the Sabbath day.  This particular Sabbath Jesus is in the temple and there is a man with a withered hand.  Also standing in the temple are some Pharisees chomping at the bit to see Jesus “break the law.”  With the boldness of a lion, Jesus says, “Is it lawful t do good on the Sabbath days, or to do evil?  To save life, or to kill?”  That shut the mouths of the Pharisees immediately!  Then, in an equally bold manner, Jesus heals the man with the withered hand.  Mrs. Eddy writes, “Jesus acted boldly, against the accredited evidence of the sense, against Pharisaical creeds and practices, and he refuted all opponents with his healing power.”  We can learn SO MUCH from this bold example.  It reminds me of an experience I once had.

I was in 8th grade.  Three or four friends and I thought it would be cool to go to our old elementary school and play on the playground at midnight.  We were having a good time when we noticed that there were some older “shady” looking guys in the other corner of the field.  They were smoking and I’m sure doing other stuff that we didn’t know much about, but they were far enough away that it wasn’t anything to be concerned about.  On top of that there were just a couple of them.  Within minutes, it seemed as if we were being surrounded by these older kids.  Soon there were roughly twenty of them, and now they didn’t seem to be that far away.  We all felt trapped, and it was clear that we were worried.  In thinking about this same concept that we discussed above, I was thinking that whether it’s in a busy street, a grocery store, or on a packed bus, all those folks I would be rubbing elbows with were my brothers and sisters in Love!  Even in this scary situation, I could love, and so could they!  I found myself yelling out loud to everyone within earshot, “I LOVE YOU GUYS!”  All activity on their part stopped, and they began to approach us.  This one guy in particular was walking very quickly towards me, and he got about two inches away from my face and then said, “Jake, is that you? It’s me, Ben!”  As it turned out, my first-year attending the elementary school where we were located, was his last year at that school.  He remembered me from all those years ago, with such a big age difference!  He gave me a hug and escorted my little group back to my house!  Talk about Love being recognized and expressed!  What a protection!

Citation 15 in Science and Health reminds of the experience when Mary Baker Eddy states, “Moral courage is requisite to meet the wrong and to proclaim the right.”

We can take this same bold stand to any thoughts that come into our heads that try to say we aren’t okay.  We can say, “NO!” to the claim that we are guilty of being material.

[Bonus Met for Section 5:]
It doesn’t take very long, and you don’t have to look very hard when reading about Jesus, to find the concept of love brought up.  Citation 15 in the Bible has Jesus telling the parable of the Good Samaritan.  The context of Jesus telling this story is very important.  A lawyer approaches Jesus with intent to tempt Jesus by asking, “what shall I do to inherit eternal life?”  Jesus then asks him to recite what the law says a man should do.  (Cue the mentioning of love)  The lawyer then says, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.”  The lawyer continues to ask, “who is my neighbor?” Then Jesus teaches him by telling him the parable of the good Samaritan.  When the lawyer identifies the Samaritan as the example of what it means to be a “neighbor” Jesus instructs him to, “Go, and do thou likewise.”  I have found this story not only as an example of how to be a nice man and to be a neighbor, but just like the lawyer, I sometimes need to remember that I can’t just say I know what it means, I have to “Go, and do … likewise.”   By doing that, it doesn’t just help others, it helps me too!

Another experience I am reminded of was about a year ago in Boston.  I was riding the trolley home from church on this particular Sunday.  The trolley was just about empty so I had lots of space to myself!  About six stops from home, a gentleman came on.  Mid-thirties, blue jeans, windbreaker, your typical Joe Shmoe.  Out of ALL the empty seats… he sat right next to me!!  Our hips were touching!  My “knee-jerk” reaction in my head was to be angry!  What on earth was this guy thinking!?  He had a whole train of seats to pick from, and he sat next to me, invading MY space!  But then, I silenced my thought.  I thought about the same idea I had on the playground years ago.  This guy was my “love-brother”!  Who wouldn’t sit next to his brother?  He was willing to sit with me, when, at first, I wasn’t willing to do the same.  My thought filled up with gratitude for this fella!  How nice of him to sit next to me!  I’m sure I had this goofy-looking smile on my face by then.  We ended up making eye contact not too much later.  He put his arm around me, gave me a squeeze, and wished me a good weekend! 

I think the BEST way to be a good “neighbor” like the Samaritan is to love!  Citation 16 from the Bible says, “be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous.”

[Bonus Met for Section 6:]
This section, both in the Bible and Science and Health urges us to have the same Mind that Jesus expressed.  The sixth tenet (or principle that we found our work on as Christian Scientists) says, “And we solemnly promise to watch, and pray for that Mind to be in us which was also in Christ Jesus; to do unto others as we would have them do unto us; and to be merciful, just, and pure.”

In short, Jesus left a magnificent example on what it looks like to live a life of the Christ.  The time is NOW for us to do the same.  We can do it!  Take comfort in knowing that Jesus has done it!  We can know it is possible because he did it!  All it takes is Love.  The worlds needs some Love, so don’t hold back!


Bonus #2: Don’t Give Up on Anyone or on Anything otherwise Destined for the Dump!

[Bonus #2 from Tori Fredrickson, CS as requested by Warren on the Responsive Reading (RR) passage on the “bruised reed and smoking flax” (Isaiah 42:3). 
I called Tori this morning and asked her to write-up what I remembered hearing her and Mishi Neubach say about this RR verse from Isaiah.  It had inspired me at that time with the application idea to be more Christ-like by never giving up on people and by also repurposing items otherwise destined for the dump, such as the basketball court bleachers and T-room greenhouse that we are so grateful to be using at CedarS.]

[Tori: Several years ago, Mishi Neubach, an Israeli tour guide who helped guide the first CedarS youth Holy Land trip, gave a talk in St. Louis and referenced the “bruised reed” and the “smoking flax” in Isaiah 42:3.  He spoke of how the reeds from tall and short grasses were used for many purposes in ancient Israel.  If a sturdy reed was crushed, bent, or bruised, many people would consider the bruised reed to be useless and thus break it and throw it away.  In contrast, the servant of the Lord referred to in Isaiah would not break or throw away the bruised or damaged reed, but would rather strengthen it.  In other words, the servant would not see any individual as too damaged for God’s use, but would seek to bind up and strengthen each individual. 

This week’s lesson has further citations explaining the Christly approach to those who are bruised or broken.

Bible citation 8 includes Jesus’ reading of the words of Isaiah chapter 61 in the synagogue in Nazareth, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised.” (Luke 4:18)

Science and Health citation 23 states in part, “If we would open their prison doors for the sick, we must first learn to bind up the broken-hearted.” (SH 366:30-31)

In his talk, Mishi went on to explain that the oil lamps in biblical time used a flax wick.  Isaiah 42:3 speaks of the servant of the Lord, “the smoking flax will he not quench.”  When the oil is low in an oil lamp, the wick will begin to smoke.  God’s servant would not quench or extinguish the dimly-burning flax wick, but instead he would provide more oil and gently blow on the wick until it reached a full flame again.  In other words, God’s servant would not let the faith and devotion of individuals die out but would rekindle in each one a renewed faith and devotion.

The following three commentaries have passages that support the spiritual insights shared above.  Jamieson, Faussett and Brown Commentary describes God’s servant’s

tenderness in cherishing the first spark of grace in the penitent (ch 40:11). Reed– fragile: easily “shaken with the wind” (Matt 11:7). Those who are at best feeble, and who besides are oppressed by calamity or by the sense of sin.  Break – entirely crush or condemn. Cf “bind up the broken-hearted” (ch 50:4,61:1 Matt 11:28)… The believer is the lamp (so the Greek, Matt 5:15, John 5:35): his conscience enlightened by the Holy Ghost is the wick.  “Smoking” means dimly burning, smouldering, the flame not quite extinct… Broken-hearted in himself, but not without some spark of a flame: lit., from above. Christ will supply such a one with grace as with oil.

Abingdon Commentary writes of God’s servant, “He is to be very careful not to quench any little wavering burning light of religion among these Gentiles, nor, as later appears, among Israel.  He is not to be discouraged but to wait patiently until this religion is set up in the earth…”

Matthew Henry’s Commentary explains that the servant of God is tender. “Those that are as a reed oppressed with doubts and fears, as a bruised reed, that are as smoking flax, as the wick of a candle newly lighted, which is ready to go out again, he will not despise… He will not break the bruised reed, but will strengthen it, that it may become as a cedar in the courts of our God.  He will not quench the smoking flax, but blow it up into a flame.”

Mrs. Eddy shows us how to do this in Science & Health citation 23, “The tender word and Christian encouragement of an invalid, pitiful patience with his fears and the removal of them, are better than hecatombs of gushing theories, stereotyped borrowed speeches, and the doling of arguments, which are but so many parodies on legitimate Christian Science, aflame with divine Love.” (SH 367:3-9)

[Warren again: Tori Fredrickson, CS, of St. Louis, MO served this and prior summers as a resident CS Practitioner for CedarS CIP (Compound Idea Program) for Middle School campers.  You can reach her at 314-477-3515 or at tori.fredrickson@gmail.com]


[The above application ideas are from 2 Christian Science Practitioners who have both served as Resident Practitioners at CedarS Camps. They are provided primarily to help CedarS campers and staff (as well as friends) see and daily demonstrate the great value of studying and applying the Christian Science Bible lessons throughout the year, not just at camp!  YOU CAN ALSO SIGN UP for weekly emails from past CedarS staff of possible ways to share Bible Lesson applications with older, as well as younger, Sunday School classes by clicking the "Subscribe Now" button (lower left) athttp://www.cedarscamps.org/metaphysical/

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CAMPERSHIPS: Wonderful contributions needed for camperships have recently been given! CedarS was able to fulfill its top priority of having camp filled with (over 1,200 different) Sunday School students this summer having fun experiences in applying Christian Science to take home in transformed lives to 40 states and 16 countries!  
Warren Huff, CedarS Director & editor of these notes & of the bracketed, italic additions.]


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[Additional Director's Note: You can sign up to have these application ideas emailed to you free — by Monday each week in English; or by each Wednesday you can get a FREE TRANSLATION: in German, thanks to Helga and Manfred; or in Spanish, thanks to a team of Ana, Erick, Claudia and Patricio, or in Portuguese, thanks to helpers of Orlando Trentini in Brazil.  A voluntary French translation by Rodger Glokpor, a Christian Scientist from Togo (West Africa) has just been offered.  Thank you, Rodger and all translators! Go to http://www.cedarscamps.org/ and click "Newsletters" to sign-up for a free translation into these languages.  This sharing is the latest in an ongoing, 13-year series of CedarS Bible Lesson "Mets" (Metaphysical application ideas) contributed weekly by a rotation of CedarS Resident Practitioners and occasionally by other metaphysicians.  (Ask and look for "Possible Sunday School Topics "and "Possible Younger Class Lessons" in emails to follow.) These weekly offerings are intended to encourage further study and application of ideas in the lesson and to invigorate Sunday School participation by students and by the budding teachers on our staff. Originally sent JUST to my Sunday School students and to campers, staff and CedarS families who wanted to continue at home and in their home Sunday Schools the same type of focused Lesson study, application and inspiration they had felt at camp, CedarS lesson "Mets "and Sunday School ideas are in no way meant to be definitive or conclusive or in any way serve as a substitute for daily study of the lesson. The thoughts presented are the inspiration of the moment and are offered to give a bit more dimension and background as well as new angles (and angels) on the daily applicability of some of the ideas and passages being studied. The weekly Bible Lessons are copyrighted by the Christian Science Publishing Society and are printed in the Christian Science Quarterly and in a variety of useful formats as available at Christian Science Reading Rooms or online at eBibleLesson.com or myBibleLesson.com. The citations referenced (i.e.B-1 and S-28) from this week's Bible Lesson in the "Met" (Metaphysical application ideas) are taken from the Bible (B-1 thru B-26) and the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health With Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy (S-1 thru S-32). The Bible and Science and Health are the ordained pastor of the Churches of Christ, Scientist.  The Bible Lesson is the sermon read in Christian Science church services throughout the world. The Lesson-Sermon speaks individually through the Christ to everyone, providing unique insights and tailor-made applications for each one.  We are glad you requested this metaphysical sharing and hope that you find some of the ideas helpful in your daily spiritual journey, in your deeper digging in the books and in closer bonding with your Comforter and Pastor.]

 

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