Bible Study from February 20th, 2021
To Everything There is a Season — Part 1
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Bible Study Questions and Readings
In unctuous unison with nature, mortals are hoping and working, putting off outgrown, wornout, or soiled garments — the pleasures and pains of sensation and the sackcloth of waiting — for the springtide of Soul. For what a man seeth he hopeth not for, but hopeth for what he hath not seen, and waiteth patiently the appearing thereof. The night is far spent, and the day is not distant in the horizon of Truth — even the day when all people shall know and acknowledge one God and one Christianity.
— From “Pastor’s Message to the Mother Church, on the Occasion of the June Communion 1898” in, Christian Science versus Pantheism,
Mary Baker G. Eddy, page 1
Topic: “For everything there is a season”, Part 1
Moderator: Luanne from NY.
Give an explanation of Solomon’s poem (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8), using references from Jesus’ teachings and express how he brought light to each verse.
- To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
- A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
- A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
- A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
- A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
- A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
- A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
- A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.
Notes from the Discussion
Unctuous: Fatty, oily smooth and greasy in texture or appearanceHaving, revealing, or marked by a smug, ingratiating, and false earnestness or spirituality.
Is unctuous positive or negative?
Nowadays, unctuous usually has a negative connotation, but it originated as a term describing a positive act, that of healing. The word comes from the Latin verb unguere (“to anoint”), a root that also gave rise to the words unguent (“a soothing or healing salve”) and ointment. The oily nature of ointments may have led to the application of unctuous to describe things marked by an artificial gloss of sentimentality. An unctuous individual may mean well, but his or her insincere earnestness can leave an unwelcome residue with others, much like some ointments.
— From 1828 Webster’s Dictionary
TIME. Mortal measurements; limits, in which are summed tip all human acts, thoughts, beliefs, opinions, knowledge; matter; error; that which begins before, and continues after, what is termed death, until the mortal disappears and spiritual perfection appears.
CHURCH. The structure of Truth and Love; whatever rests upon and proceeds from divine Principle.
— from the Glossary of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, page 595
YEAR. A solar measurement of time; mortality; space for repentance. “One day is with the Lord as a thousand years.” (II Peter iii. 8.) One moment of divine consciousness, or the spiritual understanding of Life and Love, is a foretaste of eternity. This exalted view, obtained and retained when the Science of being is understood, would bridge over with life discerned spiritually the interval of death, and man would be in the full consciousness of his immortality and eternal harmony, where sin, sickness, and death are unknown. Time is a mortal thought, the divisor of which is the solar year. Eternity is God’s measurement of Soul- filled years.
— from the Glossary of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, page 598-599
Season: A fit or suitable time; the convenient time; the usual or appointed time; as, the messenger arrived in season; in good season. Any time, as distinguished from others. A time of some continuance, but not long.
— From 1828 Webster’s Dictionary
My times are in thy hand:
— From Psalm 31: 15 in the King James Bible
Article — “The Power of a Right Idea” in Addresses by Martha Wilcox
As you journey, and betimes sigh for rest “beside the still waters,” ponder this lesson of love. Learn its purpose; and in hope and faith, where heart meets heart reciprocally blest, drink with me the living waters of the spirit of my life-purpose,—to impress humanity with the genuine recognition of practical, operative Christian Science.
Chapter 7: Pond and Purpose, from Miscellaneous Writings by Mary Baker Eddy, page 207
The human history needs to be revised, and the material record expunged.
— from Retrospection and Introspection by Mary Baker Eddy, page 22
He rebuked sinners pointedly and unflinchingly, because he was their friend; hence the cup he drank.
— from Science and Health, 1910, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 53/p>
There are no greater miracles known to earth than perfection and an unbroken friendship.
— from Miscellaneous Writings by Mary Baker Eddy, page 80