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W's Post Scripts: Deep-clean Your Universe! Sort out and put an end to mixed-up messes! (PS#8a)
Insights from Cobbey Crisler, Ken Cooper, Warren Huff & others on select citations for
“Is the Universe, Including Man, Evolved by Atomic Force?”—
the Christian Science Bible Lesson for December 23, 2018


Warren’s (W’s) PS#1Cobbey Crisler on Ps. 33:9 (RR) instantaneous healing (forever v. 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.

In Verse 11 (not in RR), “The advice or counsel of the LORD stands” for how long? “For ever.”
“Leaves of the Tree: Prescriptions from Psalms” by B. Cobbey Crisler**


W’s PS#2Cobbey Crisler on Psalms 8 (B4): “What is man?”
“Psalms 8, Verse 4. What is the presumption behind biblical therapy? What is its premise? We know it would be based on the question in verse 4 in part, “What is man?” That has been the most elusive answer to any question for the human race, except, perhaps, what is God? Who am I? The great unanswered question. Or does the Bible provide answers that fill that gap in thought, that vacuity? The answer given here biblically is “Thou madest him to have dominion.”
You need to have a premise on which to base the whole idea or concept of biblical healing or therapy. It’s based on the fact that man has dominion.

Of course, that reference to dominion immediately recalls to us God’s pronouncement of that effect in Genesis 1 [Verse 26]. If dominion is part of the nature of man, what does that say about man’s ability to get rid of disease? We can’t have dominion and be dominated simultaneously. The logic of that premise requires us to search out more deeply what the Bible is telling us about man’s nature as it relates to God because it’s on that basis that we are having these prescriptions filled…

If it’s God’s theology, according to the Bible, it works. God’s theology in the Bible can never be confined to theory. When God spake, what happened? It was done. That’s how quickly His medicine works…
“In biblical terms, [Psalms 8:6], “Thou makest him to have dominion.” What is there about this fact that we can apply? Are the Psalms, in part, the threshold of our discovery of this throughout the entire Bible?”
“Leaves of the Tree: Prescriptions from Psalms”
by B. Cobbey Crisler**


W’s PS#3—Cobbey Crisler on Luke 1: 5-14 (B14) the prophesied birth of John the Baptist
“We know that Zacharias and Elisabeth had a reputation for being extremely religious and deeply devoted to the monotheism of Judaism. They had one domestic tragedy however. They had no children, and for a woman in that day and age, as well as throughout the Old Testament, it was a tragedy. If one tried to explain it surgically, there may have been a physical obstruction that prevented the normal operation of her reproductive capacity physically. That would be bad enough. But Elizabeth was well beyond the age of child bearing. Biology was completely against anything occurring as of this moment.

Did biology stop such things before when you remember some of the Old Testament precedents? Remember Sarah and the wives of Abimelech. Also Hannah, Rachel and Sampson's mother.

The whole attitude of the time used to be that if a woman could not bear a child and in the early Old Testament, you remember, they did have several wives—she moved all the way down the ladder as far as priority. In fact, her husband was fully justified to separate himself, to divorce her. She was looked down upon by the other wives.

You remember when Sarah realized she could not bear a child, she offered Hagar as Abraham's second wife. And Abraham married Hagar and had a child by Hagar, who is Ishmael.

In those days sterility was entirely blamed on the wife. Consequently the wife took it very much to heart—feeling that God was punishing her for something. Do you remember the deep sense of sorrow that Hannah was in when she prayed to have a child (I Sam. 1:1-20)? Elisabeth undoubtedly went through some of that same agony.

Something completely different is now going to occur after centuries of an absence of this sort of intervention. In fact, between the Old and New Testament we have about a four-hundred-year gap. Prophecy had declined to the point where it finally disappeared altogether. Ritual had increased. The ceremonial law became primary. And ecclesiasticism lost the Spirit that breaks through the inspired Word of the Bible.

In Luke 1:8-11, Zechariah went through the motions of his office in the Temple, burning the incense. The people waited outside for Zechariah to bless them. While he was in there, he had a vision. In Verse 12, it says "he is troubled." Luke uses that word a lot. Mary is troubled when the angel comes to her (Luke 1:29). Zacharias is troubled here. He doesn't know what to make of what he is seeing and hearing while in a trancelike state.

The announcement comes in Verse 13. Notice how angels begin their opening lines, "Fear not." Does that sound familiar? Who else said that? In Greek it's phobeomai, the root of our word "phobia." The phrase "fear not" appears 158 times in the New Testament: phobeomai 95 times, phobos 47 times·(p. 1275, in the One volume Theological Dictionary of the New Testament, 1985). The angel deals with that negative condition of thought right away, "Fear not" or sometimes translated, "Be not afraid.” This changes the mentality which might obstruct the next spiritual move forward.

Then, very often you find, after dealing with that minus-side of human thinking, he moves to support the plus-side, saying, "Be of good cheer," or "only believe." Those are two opposing states of mind.

Jesus would say, "Decide on one of them. Don't remain a divided kingdom." "Fear not," "Remove the sense of fear." "Believe." "Be of good cheer." "Be of good comfort." Remember the states of some of those he said it to, for instance telling the paralyzed man to "Be of good cheer.'' What obviously had accumulated was an obstruction in the thought of that man.

If Jesus is the incisive healer that the gospels inform us he was, then every word he uttered gives us his method.

Every thought he expresses allows you and me to follow as an example, as he apparently expected us to do. Remember, anyone who believed on him would do the works that he did (John 14:12).

Zacharias hearing these words (Luke 1:13), "Fear not, for thy prayer is heard;” gives another bit of information. We really hadn't been told that this has been a matter of domestic prayer. They had actually been praying, as a couple, in order to have a child. The angel assures Zechariah that his wife "will bear a son and that his name should be John.”

… In Malachi 3:1, you will find another well known verse quoted in the New Testament referring to John the Baptist, "I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way," and so forth.

John the Baptist had been predicted hundreds of years earlier and Zacharias and Elisabeth were to be his human parents. Zacharias, just like Abraham, said, “How can this happen?" In fact, in Verse 18, the question, “Whereby shall I know this?is word-for-word what Abraham said in Genesis 15:8.

The angel Gabriel is used as the name of this angel, identifying the character of the angel. Gabriel also appears in the Book of Daniel. Every time Gabriel appears, this angel has a special characteristic. It appears in order to assist human thought so that it will be able to comprehend, understand, and yield to the divine.

Gabriel says to Daniel, "I have come that man might understand" (Daniel 9:22), our link, then, to the intelligent, divine plan. Gabriel begins to give some of that plan to Zacharias (Luke 1:19)…

Elisabeth conceives (Verse 24). In Verse 25 you get some hint about how women felt when they were unable to have a child. She calls it "reproach, “that her having a child "takes away her reproach among men."

“Luke the Researcher,” by B. Cobbey Crisler**


W’s PS#4Offering Each Commandment as Spirit’s Spec written for you by "Spirit, the great architect"(S&H 68, S15)
by Warren Huff as inspired by this citation in studying for his architectural licensing exam

Architects use 10 categories or Specifications (Specs) to guarantee the quality and longevity of their work. As our master architect and sole "builder and maker," Spirit, God, has done the same for us as His temple—“Gods building” (SH 428:12, Heb. 10:11, I Cor.3:9). I hope you enjoy finding and applying the fun links between these 10 Specs, the 10 Commandments and the healings of your own body and others’.

The 10 God's-eye views of the spiritual you that follow—written by “*the finger of God”— bring health to the body by looking AWAY from it to God, instead of looking AT the body or TO it, as if it were in control. (*Deut. 9:10, Luke 11:20) In these powerful, 10-Commandments views of the real you, you can see how they work as your Divine Identity Protection Plan set up and upheld by "Spirit, the great architect." (S&H 68, S15)

Click on the 1st DOWNLOAD at the upper right online for a 4-PAGE Word doc on
The 10 Commandments as The Great Architect’s SPECS for YOU as His building.


W’s PS#5Cobbey Crisler on Luke 1, Verses 26-47 on the Nativity (B15):
“Gabriel has another assignment (Verse 26), to go to Nazareth. Luke is a gospel that tells us quite plainly that Mary was a virgin… (Verse 27), “To a virgin espoused to a man.” That means we are dealing with a contract period prior to marriage, an engagement that nevertheless had that sanctity of marriage attached to it legally. If that contract were broken, especially through immorality, it was very severe. A capital execution by stoning could be carried out.
“Gabriel announces to Mary that she is to be the mother of the Messiah. Verse 29 shows that Mary does not take it entirely calmly. She was “troubled at that saying,” and did not really know what to make of it, very similar to what we read of Zacharius.
The human doesn’t know what to do in the presence of angels. Of course, all it needs to do is listen. That’s why it’s so hard for the human mind. But, Gabriel, true to character, begins the conversation (Verse 30) with “Fear not,” calming the fear, any sense of alarm in Mary’s thought.
“The announcement is clear in Verse 31, including the name of Jesus, just as the name of John (later, the Baptist) had been given ahead of time to Zacharius.
“Verse 32 gives us some of the things that actually were synonymous with the Messiah in the expectations of the Jews, namely that he would be “the son of God.”
“Would he be the only son of God? Do we have any Scriptural authority for that, or for its opposite? We do have the announcement (Matthew 3:17) as he came after baptism, “This is my beloved son.” What about unique or “only begotten”?
“When you realize that every Jewish mother prayed daily to be selected for that role, imagine when it came to Mary how overwhelmed and very deeply humble she must have felt.
“Mary, in Verse 34, asks the only reasonable question one can ask, “How can it be possible, an immaculate conception?…
“…Mary yields (in Luke 1:38) to this event, “be it unto me according to thy word.” And the angel leaves.
“Mary immediately goes to help her cousin (Verses 30 and 40). It’s about 100 miles away from Nazareth…”
“Our third use of Holy Ghost. Elisabeth is filled with the Holy Ghost (Luke 1, Verse 41). Imagine that major human laws of life on earth are being set aside… a very precious encounter for the whole human race…
“Mary begins in Verse 46 what the Latin Church refers to as the “Magnificat.” Let’s study some of those words. Mary said, “My soul doth magnify the Lord.” That word “soul” in the Hebrew is very close to our word “identity.” In this case we find that Mary is discussing her being as if it were a lens for God, a magnifying lens. What a beautiful way to describe identity. Would that we ourselves could look through our identity, and every time we did, we only saw the magnification of God and all the qualities associated with the divine nature, increasing more and more as the lens magnifies…”
“Luke the Researcher,” B. Cobbey Crisler**


W’s PS#6—Cobbey Crisler on Matthew 2:1-11 (B16), Herod and the Wisemen
Chapter 2 [of Matthew] is entirely original with Matthew. No other gospel has what we read in this chapter. Without Matthew’s record we would be ignorant of the following facts.

(Verse 1). “Jesus was born in Bethlehem.” Does that ring any bells? Let’s assume that we are a first century Jewish audience. We’ve been handed a copy of Matthew’s gospel. It says “Jesus was born in Bethlehem.” What does that mean to us? What does that immediately conjure up in terms of our history? David’s birthplace was in Bethlehem. Again, what does that say to those who are expecting a Messiah? …

(Verse 2).Therefore, when we see that "wise men" suddenly show up, have an audience with Herod and say to him, "Where is he that is born King of the Jews?" How would a man like Herod receive any news about another king of the Jews? After all, that's what he was. "Where is he that is born King of the Jews? We have seen his star in the east." Practically every king of that period employed soothsayers. Chaldeans from the area of Babylon, whose very profession was to predict, were astrologers, star-gazers and prognosticators. They would attempt to give their particular employer, king or governor, some insight into the future so he could plan. I'm sure if this kind of profession were recognized today widely, the stock exchange would employ a few of them.

Herod must have been impressed by the three. I'm sorry, I said three, but if you will notice no number is given. So you see I was influenced by the Christmas carol which has no Scriptural authority here. Nor does it say they were kings, just wise men from the east, following what they felt was a guiding, directing star.”

(Verse 3). When it says "he was troubled,'' Herod was basically troubled much of the time…

(Verse 4). So, "he calls the chief priests and scribes.” Herod is not a Jew. He's really a foreign ruler. One of his parents was Idumean, or from Edom. The other of his parents may have been Arab. Herod really never was received by the Jews very fondly. He had support of the Roman emperors, however. He was a close friend of Caesar Augustus, and Augustus gave him his position. He had been a close friend of Mark Antony before that. You can see how clever a politician he was. Herod apparently was able to shift his allegiance from Mark Antony over to Augustus just in time so Augustus could back him.

He calls the chief priests and scribes and he says, "Now tell me what tradition do we have anywhere that a Messiah is to be born? Is there anything that I can tell about a geographical location, or what?"

Verse 5 is the answer that the Bible scholars of the nation give. "They say to him, in Bethlehem of Judea: for thus it is written by the prophet." Now, here's the quote. You know how Matthew does this. This is his characteristic. It's happening because prophecy said it would happen.

“That seems to be the key reason why Matthew wrote his gospel. To show his generation, and, of course, future generations like us, that every event in the New Testament is a fulfillment of what was written in the Old Testament, therefore, dovetailing both Testaments into what would eventually become the Bible. But now Matthew is virtually saying this happened because it's a fulfillment of prophecy.

We are able to date the general time when Jesus was born, the general chronology, because it gives Herod the king as being the reigning monarch. There are a lot of Herods. It is like the name Caesar. It's a dynastic name. This is Herod the Great. Again we have a the problem with chronology. Herod the Great died in 4 B.C. What you obviously see is a rather insoluble point. How could Jesus have been born in the days of Herod the Great, if Herod died four years before the generally accepted birth date of Jesus? Very frankly, it couldn't have happened. Not that Jesus wasn't born in the days of Herod the Great. That is undoubtedly accurate. But whoever figured out our calendar figured it out inaccurately: It has been determined that it is possible that Jesus was born as early as 7 B.C. but certainly no later than 4 B.C. if he were born during the time of Herod the Great.

Herod was a weird king. He had that combination of plus and minus that exists in human nature wherever you run into it. Herod certainly brought the nation of Jews to a peak of prosperity and beauty. He had cities in Palestine that rivaled any in the Roman world.

The capitol of Syria/Palestine was in Caesarea on the Mediterranean. He built that city right from the ground up. It was described by Josephus (historian, 37/38-100 AD). Coming from the sea it was just a magnificent white marble city that caught the sun and sparkled for many miles into the Mediterranean. My wife, Janet, and I have dug at that spot. There's not much on the surface but I know some of you have seen the theater on television because Leonard Bernstein has conducted many orchestras in the theater which has been excavated at Caesarea.

“As a matter of fact, one of the stones that was found in the theater had inscribed on it the name Pilate and the name Tiberius Caesar. It is the only epigraphical evidence of Pilate that has been uncover in the Holy land, other than coins. It was found right in that theater. Herod built the magnificent Temple in Jerusalem, far exceeding Solomon's in its magnificence: It was all white stone and then gilded, covered with gold. So that Josephus said, when the sun came up in the morning and hit that Temple, if one didn't shield his eyes, he would be temporarily blinded because it flashed. From a distance, the Temple of the Jews looked like a snow covered mountain but with sun glinting off the gold. This is what Herod did on the plus side.

On the negative side, as you will learn, he went around killing and slaughtering. He murdered members of his family and was very suspicious that someone was plotting his assassination or attempting to replace him. This we know of Herod's character from other records of the period.

“Can the Old Testament stand alone then, as far as Matthew's point of view is concerned? It can't.

It is prophecy. But prophecy needs to have the Old Testament comprehended; it needs to be fulfilled. Can the New Testament stand alone? No, not without the fulfillment. Prophecy is the key to the fulfillment. They are inseparable.

This quotation comes from Micah 5, Verse 2. It is the only verse regarded by the first century Jews, at least, as giving any geographical location for a coming Messiah, Bethlehem named specifically.

There is one thing we should just think about as far as the virgin birth is concerned, despite all the intellectual turmoil around all the arguments relating to it. If Jesus, as an individual, has had such a tremendous impact on humanity—uplifting the standards of humanity, healing all the wounds and illnesses that humanity had been unable to solve up to his time—then from the standpoint of what we might call spiritual criticism (since the fountain rises no higher than its source), could Jesus have had any source other than the most pure origin available on earth? Could Jesus have emerged on the human scene in disobedience to the Ten Commandments? Could there have been, in other words, immorality, as some critics have urged, connected with the conception of Jesus on earth?

In one way, Jesus' birth is the most spiritually conspicuous in all history. Isn't that star in the heavens which the wise men thought they were following astrologically really symbolic of prophecy? Isn't it essentially prophecy that led the wise men? Herod wanted to know why they were even there. And he went to the chief priests and scribes and the chief priests and scribes went where for their answer? To prophecy. So, once again, we see the high regard for prophecy which Matthew had, and all the New Testament writers have.

So Herod hears that prophecy indicates Bethlehem is the spot. The wise men needed help. They followed the star as far as they could and then wanted to know where this Messiah-king was to be born. Herod consults prophecy and finds out that it is Bethlehem. It is really prophecy that directs the wise men to Bethlehem.

(Verse 8). Herod, who wants to know exactly where this child is located, says the wise men are "to bring news back to him where this child is located." Do the wise men obey Herod? No, fortunately.

(Verse 11). They go to Bethlehem and "find the young child with Mary his mother, falling down, and worshiping him, presenting gifts, gold, frankincense, and myrrh." If there is deeper meaning to those gifts of the wise men to an infant, what perhaps, could it symbolize? Or we would be reading something into it that we shouldn't?

In Isaiah 60, I think you will find how the tradition began that (these wise men were kings.

(Verse 1). I'm sure you're familiar with its opening verse, "Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee." What parallel might exist already? Light and the star, perhaps.

(Verse 3). Then we find that "the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising," See how kings entered into the tradition here. It so happens that an early Christian writer saw this and suggested that the coming of the wise men was prophesied here in Isaiah.

In Verse 6 it says, "The multitude of camels shall cover thee, the dromedaries of Midian and Ephrah; all they from Sheba shall come: they shall bring gold and incense; and they shall shew forth the praises of the LORD." So, we do have early Christian commentators seeing a connection between these passages and the coming of the wise men.

Justin Martyr (A.D. 100-163) is the first commentator we know of to introduce this concept.

Here's what one of our greatest American Bible scholars of recent years has written. Here's what he suggests. He goes beyond what the text would tell us but it's an interesting thing to consider. We're talking about Professor William Foxwell Albright. Professor Albright has made the comment, first, "that myrrh is used at the anointing of a king." The wise men bring myrrh. Does this have any implication of the Messiah? Remember they said (Matthew 2:2), "Where is he that is born King of the Jews?"

Also, Albright says that "magical charms were written with myrrh ink," and adds "the items brought by the wise men were regarded as the tools of a trade. Offerings of the magi would not be gifts of homage," he suggests, "but a declaration of dissociation from former practices."

Suggesting what? That these wise men made their living off of magical charms. See, "magi" and "magic." Although at that time those weren't related, but magi were wise men and some of the results they were able to come up with later got the term "magic."

Were these wise men bringing what represented the tools of their trade and dissociating themselves from them at the inauguration of a new era represented by the infant child who was to bring the Christ-solution to mankind?

Remember the magi were very concerned about astrology, predicting the future. If they were convinced that here was a child that came as a direct result of the fulfillment of prophecy, then those who were truly wise men would exercise the option to go for this new method and give up the old.

That, again as I indicate, is just an idea presented by Professor Albright. He is a man I have found to be of deep insight and probably the most respected scholar of recent years. He passed away a few years ago and anything you can get authored by Professor Albright is worth studying. For one thing, he had a very deep humility in the presence of the Scripture.”

Book of Matthew, Auditing the Master, a Tax-Collector’s Report”, by B. Cobbey Crisler**


W’s PS#7Cobbey Crisler on Luke 2:40-52 (B17): Jesus in the temple at age 12
“We’re told in verse 40 that the child “grew and waxed strong in spirit.” The next thing and the last thing we know and learn about Jesus in the infancy period concludes Chapter 2. Jesus is in the temple discussing with those rabbis who were schooled in every single literal word of the law. We find in verse 46 that Jesus is not only listening to them, but he is asking them questions. That is the rabbinical method. Rabbis did that among themselves. They did that with their students.

For them to hear a twelve-year-old boy utilizing the rabbinical method, brilliantly dealing with Scriptural exegesis, must have fascinated them, to say the least. For three days this phenomenon was observed. During that period of time his parents were searching in vain for him. They had already gone out of Jerusalem, “a day’s journey,” according to verse 44. They looked for him, couldn’t find him, had to come back. That’s another day. The third day, apparently, is when they locate him in the temple.

As human parent would they ask him where he’d been and why (Verse 48). Didn’t he realize the effect that it had on his parents?

This is the first public pronouncement we hear from Jesus’ lips (in Verse 49), “Wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business?” Notice his definition of his father’s business has something to do with church, because that’s where he is, in the temple. (It reminds us of Samuel who was also dedicated to the temple and was about his father’s business.) But do even his human parents comprehend what he is saying?

It says in Verse 50, “No, they didn’t understand what he meant.” They would have understood it in the ordinary sense. If he were about his human father’s business, he would be a carpenter. An apprentice working with his father like many young boys did, learned their father’s trade. They certainly failed to understand what he was doing in the temple as far as carpentry is concerned.

Verse 51 shows us that, despite that awareness and foresight of that twelve-year-old boy, he, nevertheless, went home and fulfilled his role as a small boy until he came to maturity.

Jesus’ opening statement you notice relates himself to God, Father-son relationship, something that he recognized that early.

Verse 52 tells us “Jesus increased in wisdom and vigor, and in favour,” or grace, “with God and man.” Kay Kyser, CSB once pointed out in a talk that when it states that Jesus increased in favor with God and man, that it implies quite strongly that he grew in both of the Commandments that he later gives us, love for God and love for man.”
“Luke the Researcher,”
by B. Cobbey Crisler**


W’s PS#8aCobbey Crisler on Mark 1: 8-11… (B20)—[W. God’s pleased with your deep cleaning]
[W: Make this your Merriest Christmas and Happiest New Year yet with an all-new you—baptized into newness in Christ’s way—from the inside out. Check out Christ’s ultimate “DRY-cleaning” method of baptism!]
Mark 1: 8
“I indeed have baptized you with water: but he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost”… John the Baptist never healed the sick as part of his theology. Here it’s not baptism with water that is ultimately going to count on earth, but baptism with the Holy Ghost… We find John the Baptist… removing the focus from physical cleanliness as being the means by which we would enter a heavenly state… You know water can’t reach what’s within, what is in consciousness, what is mental and really needs cleaning…

Mark 1, verse 10… “the Spirit like a dove descends upon him” in this baptism. It shows he is coming out of the watery baptism into the higher sense of baptism of the Spirit. The spiritual sense of man is what emerges after the carnal sense is washed from consciousness…

Mark 1:11 The announcement comes, “Thou art my beloved son in whom I am well pleased,” shows that sonship and relationship to God is not in a fleshly context… It is a very emphatic point of our relationship to God.” [W. Consider the lifelong, spiritual confidence our children get from our saying this blessing each night to our beloved children, in whom we and God are well pleased.]

Remember the consistency of the Scripture. This is what turns us into students. The consistency of the Scripture would force us to study in depth how we please God. Take “Here is My beloved Son in whom I am well pleased.” How do we please God? Do you remember any particular Scriptural statements on that?… One of the things that Paul says about it in Romans 8:8 is, “They that are in the flesh (they that are earthly minded, who obey the lower nature) cannot please God.”
What Mark Recorded, by B. Cobbey Crisler**

[W. The preceding verses, Romans 8:5-7, with other translations shed more light on the challenge of earthly-minded body worship that seems so accepted and prevalent today. It may show up in preoccupations or obsessions with diet, fitness, revealing selfies… After the King James in italics is Goodspeed’s translation of Romans 8:5 “For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh: but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.” = “People who are controlled by the physical think of what is physical: and people who are controlled by the spiritual think of—give their attention to—what is spiritual.” Goodspeed]

For a couple of Mary Baker Eddy’s insights that I’ve found helpful to shine a Christ-light light on trending bodily-mindedness, click on my P.S. at the end of a January 2014 Met on Sacrament, also by Kathy Fitzer, at https://www.cedarscamps.org/metaphysical/articles/2014/1/sacrament/
In this 2014 Met —at the upper right under Download— you can also click on a pdf file that outlines Matthew’s version of Jesus’ baptism of “the Holy Ghost and fire.” It –and BETTER YET Cobbey’s full talk transcript available below through his wife, Janet Crisler—give a hands-on way to separate any mixed-up messes of good (facts) and bad (fables) by taking them up to the highest point (God). That allows Spirit, God, the Pneuma or Wind—NOT you with tweezers—to sort out any mixed-up mess and to put an end to the fables.
In the Glossary of Science and Health with Key to the Scripture, Mary Baker Eddy defines FAN as “Separator of fable from fact; that which gives action to thought.” SH 586

At CedarS Bible Lands Park where thought is put into action, we take in hand a separating fan and climb Mt. Nebo where an actual fire is built downwind. There—with using the wind of Spirit and a separating “FAN in hand”(Matt. 3:12) —we sort-out and burn-up the fables—written on crumbled scraps of papers —to put an end to every mixed-up mess.]

W’s PS#8bCobbey Crisler on Mark 1: 32-41 (B20)—[W. Jesus’ love instantly cleanses a leper & all] [W. interim verses not in the lesson] Then "at even," Verse 32. What that tells you is that it's now after sunset and other people can come and be healed. It was a Sabbath day we find out from another gospel. They all come and the Sabbath is over and he heals a great multitude. In fact, in Verse 34, "He [even] healed many who were sick of divers diseases." That's not the bends. That's simply "diverse diseases and casts out many devils;"

Verse 40. A leper comes to him. We already know what the early message in the Scriptures is about healing leprosy? Notice what the patient does. Study the patient's role. Then study the healer's role, namely Jesus. The leper comes, "beseeching, kneeling, and saying, If thou wilt, thou canst make me clean." What does that show is occurring in his thinking? Is he ready? Again, there's your key. Receptivity is the key to healing. You know, a leper was not supposed to approach anyone. He was to remain at least six feet away and ringing a bell. He was supposed, according to the Torah, to shout everywhere he went, "Unclean, unclean." Imagine the label one attached to oneself. No wonder it was incurable. You never got off the subject. Unclean, unclean.

Here, he's breaking through that ritually required barrier and saying, "If thou wilt, thou canst make me clean." Look at the difference just in thought there. From "Unclean, unclean" [to] "if thou wilt thou canst make me clean." Jesus noticed how the healer here works. [Verse 41,] "Moved with compassion, put forth [his] hand, and touched him.” That's a no-no. You know what the ritual law said he had to do after that? Go home and bathe. And send out all his clothes to the laundramat and stay there for at least seven hours before he could even mingle with humanity again, because touching a leper made you unclean. [Voice:"…took the serpent by the tail."] Took the serpent by the tail, good point. No fear.

Also, if we're studying the healing method of Jesus. If we're saying that this course on Heal the Sick: A Scriptural Record is the record of how we, too, should heal the sick, if this is what Jesus had in mind, or what God is revealing to humanity through the Bible, then what else happened when Jesus touch that leper?

Just ask yourself. Put yourself in that leper's position. Then stand back and appreciate deeply Jesus' humanity. How long had it been since that leper had felt a human touch? Did Jesus have to touch him humanly to heal him? [Voice: "No, he didn't."] He's proved in other cases he did not have to. [Voice: "I think he wanted to prove that he wasn't afraid of leprosy, and nobody should be."] Alright, that's also a good point. But look at it from the leper's point of view. Did Jesus do everything from his own point of view? In other words, like, "I'm gonna do this because I want to show you all I'm not afraid of this dread disease"? No. That's part of it. [Voice: "Love"] But that great love that saw the man's need. The love that meets the human need Jesus was expressing there. That man must have just responded in such a way that he was healed immediately.

Jesus makes him do something. It's a rare case where Jesus ever does it all for the patient. He says, "Be thou clean." Whose responsibility? [Voice: "His."] "Be thou clean."

Let's remember now as we see these things occurring in the early moments of Jesus' earthly career, that within them, this is not just something that's springing full blown. There is a continuity, isn't there? We've spend the whole morning with the continuity, the promise, the prophecy, the indications of healing to come up to Jeremiah's [31:33] prediction of the New Covenant and it would be "written within on our hearts."

When Jesus touches this leper and heals him, there comes with it all that authority of God's revelation behind him, nothing new, as old as God and His revelation to man. Yet, don't we hark, in a way, to some of the earlier records? For instance, when Jesus tells this man in Verse 44 to go "to the priest, and offer for thy cleansing those things which Moses commanded." Maybe behind that stands that statement of God to Moses [Exodus 4:8] that if they do not believe "the voice of the first sign that they will believe the voice of the latter sign," or healing? What greater evidence of one's religion or understanding could you have than the evidence of a healed case? Especially of one that could very well have been a form of incurable leprosy.
“Heal the Sick”: A Scriptural Record, by B. Cobbey Crisler**


W’s PS#8cKen Cooper illustrates this healing with a monologue by the leper cleansed (in citation B20). His offerings this week can be accessed under Downloads near the upper right corner of the online version of Warren’s Application Post Scripts. When Ken emailed this week’s contributions to me, he added:

“Please find attached two PDF monologues, one colour, one B&W, relating to the leper who was cleansed [in citation B20].

The monologue can be listened to on https://youtu.be/ptMi0ZM9E7s – it is a similar style to "The Withered Hand Restored", – and shares the joy of healing, the recognition of what true son-ship really means. Despite Jesus' request to "Tell no man" (not in the lesson) the leper, now cleansed, just had to "Tell all the nations"!!!

May I also share the musical link to the Christmas video "Joy to the World" https://youtu.be/fpYoiem-n6A, – I have also attached the PDF copies. The full range of videos can be found by clicking Ken G Cooper Poetry YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCv6edwM4E2y4wJ98jGEPUOw


**You can buy your own transcripts of most of Cobbey Crisler’s 28 talks at this 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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