Bible Study from June 5th, 2021

Bible Study Questions and Readings

O the Love divine that plucks us
From the human agony!
O the Master’s glory won this,
Doth it dawn on you and me?

And the bliss of blotted-out sin,
And the working hitherto –
Shall we share it – do we walk in
Patient faith the way thereto?

From Message for 1901  by Mary Baker Eddy, page 35

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Topic: “Troubled on every side, yet not distressed”

Moderator: Thomas from NY

Bible Readings: Matthew 9: 18-26; Luke 8: 40-56; Mark 5: 21-43

Questions:

  1. Jairus was a ruler in a synagogue in Galilee. While it is not known which synagogue, some commentators think it could have been Capernaum. What is known about the synagogue in Capernaum?
  2. “Who touched me?” – how was the touch of the woman different than the multitude that pressed Jesus?
  3. “Weep not!” What can be learned from what Jesus said when he arrived at Jairus’ house and after Jairus’ daughter was healed?
  4. When considered together, what is instructive about both events?

Notes from the Discussion




Some of Mrs. Eddy’s Thoughts Regarding Raising the Dead: The only trouble is we limit God’s power. We could even raise the dead from the grave if we did not limit Him. (Collectanea, page 223)

“My angels are exalted thoughts, appearing at the door of some sepulchre, in which human belief has buried its fondest earthly hopes.” (Science and Health, 299). Mrs. Eddy told Miss Robertson that this passage in the textbook, understood, would raise the dead. (Collectanea, page 182)

The most scientific man of whom we have any record, Jesus of Nazareth, called the mortal body that we suppose substance, ‘ghost’; and his body that others called spirit, ‘flesh and bones’; showing that substance to his understanding was the deathless Principle that embraces man and is forever inseparable from Soul. (Science and Health, First Edition, page 41)

“God grant that the trembling chords of human hope shall again be swept by the divine Talitha cumi, ‘Damsel, I say unto thee arise,’ — then shall Christian Science again appear to light our sepulchres with immortality.” (The People’s Idea of God). This prayer works as an important watch, especially when combined with Mrs. Eddy’s affirmations found in her book, Unity of Good, chapters entitled, “Is There No Matter?” and “Is There No Death?”

— from Bible Study, Submitted by Parthens




Weep not!

Despite the crowd’s wailing, comments, jesting and opinions about Jairus’s so-called dead daughter, Jesus healed her. Mortal mind put up many distractions. Before the healing took place, Jesus tried to instruct the crowd that the Christ knows nothing of death. When she was healed, the news spread quickly, even though Jesus asked that the healing of a so-called dead girl be kept quiet. He understood to mortal belief the healing of a dead girl was miraculous and dumbfounding. What is the instructive lesson of both events?

1. Know what Christ Consciousness or Divine Science is up against … a lie that controls thought via universal mortal mind. The lie is the issue, not the person.

2. Pride goes before the true vision appears and before faith can ‘move a mountain’.

3. Christ, Divine Mind or Christian Science is available to everyone.

4. Cruel people are only ignorant of the Truth. They are engulfed in mortal mind’s illusion of things. Have mercy.

5. Do not humanize Christ. Christ is the Truth that sets you free of mortal mind as reality.

6. Faith is its own proof of God Power. What can stand in the Presence of God?

7. Long term serious health issues and death are not real to Christ Consciousness. Changing your base from BELIEF in sin, disease and death via FAITH in Divine Science is a tremendous commitment, and a labour of Love.

8. Faith relies upon the principle of Eternal Life: Omnipresence, Omnipotence and Omniscience.

When Jesus came to the ruler’s house, he found all the paraphernalia of mourning which the customs and requirements of death could muster. The “minstrels and the people were making,” no doubt, a great “noise;” but he reckoned it all as the mere vagary and presumption of error, and in a tone of authority he said, “Give place!” No declaration of death was tolerable to the Life that was in Him, and when these false witnesses were put forth, he went in, and took her by the hand, and the maid arose.

Thus, too, when his disciples are called to heal the sick, and to enter mentally the abode of personal consciousness, they ofttimes find its corridors crowded with the loudmouthed assertions of material sense, which, as of old, persistently declare for the reality of present disease and prospective death; but if the Mind of the Master be ours, we shall not fear, nor doubt for one moment the continuity of perfect being.

— from “The Passing of Error” Christian Science Sentinel, July 31, 1902, by W.




“God grant that the trembling chords of human hope shall again be swept by the divine Talitha cumi,’Damsel, I say unto thee, arise.’ Then shall Christian Science again appear, to light our sepulchres with immortality.”

— Excerpt from The People’s Idea of God A Sermon Delivered at Boston by Mary Baker Eddy


from The People’s Idea of God, as given by Mary Baker Eddy




When Jesus moved to Capernaum after he was rejected in Nazareth, he brought hope to a part of God’s land that was in desperate need of it. The dark basalt stones around the sea of Galilee that were usually used in building were a tangible expression of the darkness felt by: “The land of Zebulon and the land of Naphthali [Nephthalim], by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles,” under constant threat of invasion. Jesus’ arrival in the city was a fulfillment of the prophesy of Isaiah: “The people that walked in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up.” (Matt. 4:16)

— from Website, Ritmeyer Archaeological Design, The Synagogue of Capernaum in which Jesus taught.







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