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Discover the substantial blessings of heavenly happiness in the practical and enriching nature of pure Substance that “forever waits to bless”!

Rick Stewart, C.S., Dresden, Germany
Posted Monday, September 5th, 2016

[Discover the substantial blessings of heavenly happiness in the practical and enriching nature of pure Substance that “forever waits to bless”! (Hymn 270)]
Metaphysical Application Ideas for the Christian Science Bible Lesson on

“Substance”

for Sunday, September 11, 2016

by Rick Stewart C.S., Dresden, Germany
+49 351 312 4736 rickstewartcs@aol.com

This week's Golden Text is from Proverbs, sometimes known as the Proverbs of Solomon. Proverbs is a collection of Biblical wisdom tradition that is found in the Hebrew Bible and also in the Christian Old Testament. It is believed that Solomon, the son of David, may have written over three thousand proverbs, but also included in this book are proverbs from other wisemen of the time. And there may have been actually a period of several hundred years when some of the proverbs contained in Proverbs were written. But what you will find in Proverbs are some great recommendations for successful living. Throughout Proverbs you will find questions about values, morals, what human life really means, and “doing the right thing.” The wisdom of God in guiding us to prosperity is our real goal according to Proverbs, but it is not just material prosperity, it also is abiding by our ultimate goal of living in the wisdom of God. Seeking this wisdom is what blesses as is promised in this week’s Golden Text, the blessings that ultimately grow into the greatest collection of blessings, The Beatitudes. [Check out today's "Daily Lift"-- "We are blessed" by a CedarS alum that ties in with the Bible Lesson perfectly.]

Proverbs 10:22 “The blessing of the Lord, it maketh rich and he addeth no sorrow with it.”

So is Proverbs just about getting rich? Or, is it about finding a way in life that blesses each of us through understanding the great riches of divine Substance.

The Responsive Reading (RR) is drawn from two locations in the Bible addressing God’s desire to bless us. Luke 6:20-23 and Deuteronomy 28:2-6. The Luke 6 verses are from what is often known as the Sermon on the Plain. Yes, Sermon on the Plain as in Sermon on the Mount! Both occasions included Jesus’ sharing of what we commonly call, The Beatitudes. Both events share elements and Biblical scholars are not exactly sure if there were two distinct events or simply different renderings of the same events. It is indeed worth a little study and research. And in the spirit of both events, you will certainly be “blessed.”

Jesus’ words from both Luke and Matthew are guides to a profound spiritual blessing. The words beatitude and blessing all have to do with a supreme happiness. The setting for the blessings promised in Deuteronomy is just a little different. After all the original audience for the Deuteronomy blessings are a people who had just endured 400 years of slavery and were trudging through a wilderness. Promises of practical blessings such as fruitfulness in the form of descendents, bountiful harvests, and increasing flocks would certainly be welcomed by the Children of Israel.

Here are some beautiful insights into Luke’s verses from Bible Scholar and Christian Scientist, B. Cobbey Crisler that CedarS’ Executive Director, Warren Huff has shared with us. Cobbey shares the substance of four states of thought ready for divine happiness…

Starting in Verse 20 we have the Beatitudes. They are not the same number we have in Matthew. That shouldn’t disturb any of us. It should be refreshing to us to see that the gospels are different. If any four of us had written the gospels, they would have been different, too. If they looked alike, then I would begin to suspect something. Rather than keeping hands off, there may even be signs that one editor tried to conform one gospel to the other because they thought there was a contradiction. That’s one thing human nature is not used to doing, keeping hands off”

“We have these four “blessed” statements made in sequence, beginning in Verse 20. The Greek word is actually “happy.” You find here in shocking contrast, Jesus describing those as happy who we would describes as [at} the utter, desperate end of the scale. How? How possibly can we reconcile those two things? For Jesus to have been consistent, he would have to live what he said. He would have to be more of a practitioner than he would a professor. He could not simply profess. He had to practice what he was saying, or he would have ended up charged with hypocrisy, as he had to do frequently with the pharisaical, the ritual, ceremonial approach to religion.”

“He sees those in need. In what condition are they? If anybody’s ready for a solution, who is? If anybody’s ready for a healing, it’s a man in pain saying, “I’m ready for anything now.” God and prayer are frequently the last resort. Try everything else first, then God. But Jesus is reversing all of human thinking. Radically, he’s requiring it to reverse. He’s now urgently exhorting humanity to try it as the first resort, first and only. And if done correctly, he sees no need for any other”.

“Therefore, those who are weeping are ready for comfort. They’re not going to put up all kinds of obstruction to comfort, nor to Christianity and what it’s offering: “Those that are hungry, those that are poor, those that are hated, and have been separated from others.” Those with serious relationship problems, leaving them in a weak, helpless, and solitary state.”

Excerpted in part from a transcript of a talk by B. Cobbey Crisler entitled “Book of Luke: Luke the Researcher” You can buy your own transcripts of most of Cobbey’s talks at this website, https://bcobbeycrisler.com/collected-works-of-b-cobbey-crisler/ It’s maintained by his widow, Janet Crisler, who can be reached by email at janetcrisler7@gmail.com You can get audio CDs from The Daycroft School Foundation by calling 203-321-2119 or emailing info@daycroftschool.org ]

Section 1: The substance of divine and practical blessings.

This section lays the groundwork for understanding that an understanding of God’s true substance brings wonderful spiritual blessings and inspiration, but also satisfies our practical needs as well. As in the first two citations from the Bible and Science and Health.

B1 | Psalms 68:19 19 Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation.

SH1 | vii:1–2 1”To those leaning on the sustaining infinite, to-day is big with blessings.”

Warren had this to share from some further insights of Cobbey Crisler, this time regarding Matthew 4, Verse 23, (B4), “and Jesus “healing all manner of sickness “with the harmony of the kingdom of God at hand.” “Here are human problems that had defied solution, and Jesus solved them all based on his concept of theology, namely the kingdom. Remember a kingdom is not chaos. It’s an ordered government of heaven and harmony at hand.”

Cobbey’ insights are also so helpful regarding the overall Beatitudes,

B5 5 | Matthew 5:1–3 1 “And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him: 2 And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying, 3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

Cobbey Crisler insights on Matthew 5, Verse 1-3 (B5)—Jesus lays out the rules of how to demonstrate the substance of divine happiness. “The beatitudes, the blessings. The word “blessed” in our sermon on the mount is not really the accurate translation of the Greek. The word is “makarios” which means “happy.”
Just think of the search for happiness among humanity. Here are rules laid down by Jesus simply stating that happiness can be obtained in the following ways…
… we should remember that Jesus never uttered anything that he hadn’t practiced.
The Sermon on the Mount is in essence a description of the life of Jesus…
The Sermon begins with the Beatitudes. (Verse 3). “Happy are the poor in spirit.” Doesn’t sound like they should be does it? But we find out the reason. Because such humility gets what results? And where is the kingdom of heaven? What was Jesus’ first announcement? “Right at hand” (Matthew 4:17). Later he says, “Within” (Luke 17:21).
We’ve talked about mathematics. How would you like to view Jesus as a mathematician par excellence? You can take his beatitudes and make equations out of them. Which shows how much of a mathematical thinker he was. For instance,
“Blessed are the poor in spirit.” Thus, B x PS = KH. When you invest on the left side of the equation, what is the yield on the right side? The “Kingdom of Heaven.” “B” multiplied times “PS” equals “KH,” i.e., B x PS = KH.
You have measurable results. Do you see a difference here in Jesus’ approach to religion? When we stop to examine theology, even in our century, is there that much expectation for results in theological thinking? Yet here is the essence of Jesus’ thinking. And we have results.”

Section 2: The comfort of true Substance.

Our Master assured that those that mourn will be comforted. Citation B8 states ”Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.“ (Matt 5:4)

We have all felt what it is to mourn, to be sad, to be left feeling empty and lost. But our Master’s promise was that we will be comforted. In the meantime, before the Comforter moves on our heart, perhaps we have allowed ourselves to be discouraged, disheartened, disappointed. Sometimes the discomfort seems to outweigh the Comforter. But look up, look to God, look to the Comforter, look to eternal Substance. The Citations in this section will wipe away every single tear, and all mourning will cease.

We will not be tempted to mourn over a lost job, a mistake made, a lost opportunity, a special vacation coming to an end, or even the profound loss of a loved one. We will simply be brought to the Comforter and we will be blessed and we will remember our blessings. This past week I was reminded of these facts by a dear friend when she asked about an experience I had shared in a CedarS Met in 2012.

Some years ago I had been away from home almost an entire year lecturing in South America. The day of my last lecture, Thursday, June 30, I called home and my dad answered. We rejoiced together in the successful completion of the lecture tour and that I would be home in just three days. Then on Sunday my mom reached me in the Dominican Republic and asked for my prayerful support. My dad had just quietly passed away at home. When I returned home my mom and brothers and I supported each other with our prayers and "loving one another." We were doing okay, not great, but okay.

My mom was really staying on top of the "facts" of divine Life. One day she commented, “Would I be upset if I was in my office and your father was in the kitchen! Absolutely not. So he changed his address, but he is always one with God.”

Then at one point I began to slip into gloom and grief. I was not rising up to a sense of certainty in eternal Life. One Sunday afternoon I was watching a movie on TV. It was a Western with Lee Marvin, "Monty Walsh." The main character, a real cowboy, was offered lots of money to portray a "fancy cowboy" in a Wild West Show. He was just about to accept the offer because of all it would make possible— including marrying his long time girl friend, when he realized it was not for him. He turned down the offer with a simple statement, "You are asking me to spit on my whole life!" In other words by accepting the offer Monty would be denying what his entire life had been about. He had been a real cowboy. Every day he lived freedom, adventure, and a simple love of life. He was not going to give that up for lots of money and the life of a "fancy Dan," a pretend cowboy in fancy clothes.

When I heard that statement it was as if my dad had said it to me, "Are you going to spit on my whole life?" My dad had always lived with a great appreciation of life and its adventure. He had loved being in nature, hunting, fishing. He had loved and appreciated people. He had lived with a great spirit of adventure in all things. And I realized in that moment that my gloom and grief did not honor my dad. In that moment, in that realization, I felt a sense of peace and also the obligation to obey both my dad, and my heavenly Father in honoring the true sense of Life, a true sense of Substance, never limited by mortal gloom.

As promised “Blessed are that that mourn: for they shall be comforted!” (B8)

Section 3: “Supreme blessedness, exalted happiness, yours for the being.”

Have you ever wished to experience what it would be like to live in the kingdom of heaven? Well, this section is based on three Beatitudes that give you that opportunity. Be these attitudes and you will be able to put your feet up and settle into your true home, “The Kingdom of Heaven!”

The King James Version translate Matthew 5:5–7 “Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.” (B11)

Eugene Peterson in the Message shares a spunky version of these Beatitudes,

5 “You’re blessed when you’re content with just who you are—no more, no less. That’s the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that can’t be bought. 6 “You’re blessed when you’ve worked up a good appetite for God. He’s food and drink in the best meal you’ll ever eat. 7 “You’re blessed when you care. At the moment of being ‘care-full,’ you find yourselves cared for.” (Matthew 5: 5-7 MSG)

Reading Eugene’s version makes me think that the woman from Canaan that sought Jesus’ blessing for her daughter had a little of that spunkiness. She was asking and was not going to be denied. Expectant, eager, certain of her right to request. And she was rewarded; the Master said, “O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour.” (B12)

I love it when a patient comes to me with that kind of hunger, that kind of certainty, that kind of readiness to be filled. So often I have noted that in the very same day, different people will call, write or text for prayerful help. And in the very same day there are those that will rejoice in what they receive from God in their importunate demanding and others who believe they have received nothing. Now I do want to help everyone that calls, and I pray that they will receive the help, but it is not always the same.

So the assurances from citation SH 12 (12:27–29, 31–1) are such an encouragement to a practitioner! “Does Deity interpose in behalf of one worshipper, and not help another who offers the same measure of prayer? In divine Science, where prayers are mental, all may avail themselves of God as “a very present help in trouble.” (A little note in My Bible Lesson this week points out that this is a quote from Psalm 46. That is a good Psalm to look at it!)

I know God loves, comforts, and encourages all His beloved children. He loves to bless us all. And we all have the right to live continually in the Kingdom of Heaven all determined by the attitudes we decide to embrace. Jesus’ be attitudes open the door.

Section 4: Pond and purpose and purity!

Citation B16 promises “Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.” (Matt 5:8)

Our Master certainly puts a lot of weight on this “be attitude.” The promise, seeing God, seeing God in our lives, in our experience, the tiniest details of our day, how? To be pure in heart!

Mary Baker Eddy also knew the value of this attitude of thought, purity; she wrote, “By purifying human thought, this state of mind permeates with increased harmony all the minutia of human affairs. It brings with it wonderful foresight, wisdom, and power; it unselfs the mortal purpose, gives steadiness to resolve, and success to endeavor. Mis. 204:23-27

That quotation is from, “Pond and Purpose,” a chapter in Miscellaneous Writings. Mrs. Eddy took the occasion of receiving the gift of a beautiful little pond at her Pleasant View home to write this profound article. She loved her little pond. She even wrote of visiting the pond and having the little fish in the water come to the edge to greet her. And that love of a little pond is something I share with her.

I lived until I was 11 next to a little pond in Leesburg, Florida. It was probably only 150-200 meters in diameter. But it was a wonderland of a playground. We loved to swim, fish, and run all around that pond. And sometimes we played enthusiastically in the areas of thick gooey mud, muck, that were in some parts of the pond. Oh, what a joy for a little boy. But one time I badly cut my big toe in knee deep mud. So I worked my way out of that deep muck and then swam across the pond to my home. When I came in my mom, a full time Christian Science Practitioner, a professional Christian Healer, cleaned the wound with soap and water, bandaged it up, and sent me on my way with her effective prayer. One hour later I was eager to go outside and play. And Mom gave me permission. The toe was fine and soon I took off the protective sock she had me wear to keep it clean. All was well. Now I would shudder to think of what a medical prognosis and treatment would have been nowadays. The dangerous, unclean substances and microbes to be found in a hot Florida pond and mud! But my thought was pure and unaffected by such medical theories and beliefs at that time. And my mom had dedicated herself to purifying thought through spiritual education.

I have been blessed by that healing my entire life. Visiting four continents, surfing, swimming, scuba diving, and sometimes wading through swamps and bogs to get to some secret spots, with no fears of danger or contamination. Forty years of healing practice sometimes being asked to visit or attend patients in seemingly dangerous settings environmentally or contagiously in complete freedom and dominion. And seeing that purity of thought protecting my family and our four children.

And most recently we have for several years been able to enjoy a special pond here outside of Dresden. We fondly call it Ricos Teich after its owner. We swim, we play with inflatable boats, in winter ice skate and generally enjoy it the same way I did as a child with no fears or worries, just pure joy.

As Paul wrote the Philippians, “whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. and the God of peace shall be with you.“ (B17)

Keeping this mental purity in thought enables us all to enjoy this beautiful earth with no fear, just pure joy.

Section 5: Pure religion, undefiled without sectarian bitterness.

It's not The true substance of religious thought is not about hatred and strife is it? Often people speak of tragic histories of religious strife and even countless wars started by religion. But is this the true substance of religion.

This section begins with citation B18, “Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.” (Matt 5:9)

In Acts 15 we read of a debate among the early Christians, with “much disputing” about what it took to really be “saved.” There was a teaching from those in Judaea that unless your followed Moses’ requirements to the letter, which included circumcision, you “cannot be saved.” Paul, Barnabas, and Peter spoke to the fact that God through the Holy Ghost “put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith.”…”We believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they.”

We might ask ourselves, “What can I do to curtail sectarian bitterness and strife?” Mrs. Eddy writes in Citation SH22,”The Christian era was ushered in with signs and wonders. Reforms have commonly been attended with bloodshed and persecution, even when the end has been brightness and peace; but the present new, yet old, reform in religious faith will teach men patiently and wisely to stem the tide of sectarian bitterness, whenever it flows inward.” (139:8)

My mom first joined church at the age of 13 in Perry, Iowa. Her first vote was to build a new church building. I have travelled back to Perry to see that little brick structure that still stands. And after that wherever my mom lived she made it her habit to be an active member of the local church. There was one occasion she shared of a great stir in the church. She had moved to Florida and many of the church members had come from other churches, mostly in the north. So there was a great array of different ideas about what was needed in church. It seemed everyone wanted to “do it the way we did it back home.” As the controversy raged, and tempers were heating up, and everyone had their own view of “the way it had to be done,” my mother stood up. When she was recognized she stated, “I would like to move that the church purchase four brand new snow shovels to prepare for the coming winter.” There was a dead silence, finally someone said, “But Glatha we don’t need any snow shovels, it never snows here.” And my mom simply said, “Well you want to do everything else like you did it back home, why not the snow shovels? With that, the controversy, the desire of each to do it exactly like back home, ended. And the meeting proceeded in harmony with the business at hand. We can find ways to wake up human consciousness and find common ground, we can be led how to be peacemakers.

As Citation SH25 puts it, “It should be thoroughly understood that all men have one Mind, one God and Father, one Life, Truth, and Love. Mankind will become perfect in proportion as this fact becomes apparent, war will cease and the true brotherhood of man will be established. Having no other gods, turning to no other but the one perfect Mind to guide him, man is the likeness of God, pure and eternal, having that Mind which was also in Christ.” (467:9)

Don’t we end sectarian bitterness and strife as we discover and demonstrate the presence of divine Mind, the purity of one Father, one Life, one Source. Let us be that voice praying for that oneness and start with this Lesson.

Section 6: Don’t be persecuted, be happy you are in the kingdom of heaven!

Now, if the kingdom of heaven is mine because of being persecuted, bring it on! Citation B21 promises, “Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” (Matt 5:10) Golly, if my choice is to be persecuted and be able to claim the kingdom of heaven, or be un-persecuted and be in hell? I just have to say bring it on!

But should we always think of persecution as personal? [CedarS counselors are given Q-TIPs as a reminder to “Quit Taking It Personally!”] Is it just other people that persecute us? Aren’t we often battered about, abused, attacked, and persecuted by fears, doubts, worries, mortal beliefs in all their attempts to deny God’s allness? Doesn’t the belief of evil persecute us when it tries to get us to believe that all is not well, that we have no hope, that we are alone, lost, and struggling?

So every attempt of evil attempt of evil to claim legitimacy has to be squelched. And God shows us how. Citation SH28 states “At all times and under all circumstances, overcome evil with good. Know thyself, and God will supply the wisdom and the occasion for a victory over evil. Clad in the panoply of Love, human hatred cannot reach you. The cement of a higher humanity will unite all interests in the one divinity.” (571:15)

There was a time, very early in my public practice that I felt everything was arrayed against me trying to get me simply to throw in the towel, simply give up. Certainly there were moments of great joy and victory for God. But other times it seemed like it would just be easier to live life the normal way, make my way in a normal job, and reap the fruits that everyone else was reaping. I was tempted to look at friends I had gone to school with and measure their income and success with mine. Some I would reason had not done as well as I did in school and yet now look at how much better they were doing than me. It was a subtle, evil temptation and it seemed substantiated in some of my shortfalls.

But I have always been grateful for early lessons from Sunday School—among them the Beatitudes. They were early a part of my thinking and along with the certainty that looking to God as a source for spiritual understanding and practical guidance in life were inseparable. I remember a time when I was praying, not for a particular patient, but actually where my next practical evidence of supply was going to come from. I had no money. I had parked my car in a little park near my home and simply asked God, “What next?” There appeared to be no money. At one point I was reminded of the days when as a little boy I would collect discarded soda bottles and turn them in for the deposit. My buddies and I would buy candy or drinks with our “found” money. That little memory came to me as I was recounting all that I had to be grateful for, including the fact that through the grace and love of relatives I did have a roof over my head. But there was the need of some jingle in my pocket so to speak, a little money. And at that moment there appeared to be no source. As I prayed to increase my sense of spiritual substance, recounting many blessings, I found myself asking “but what do you have?” I was seeking to shift from what I did not seem to have, to what I had. As I listened and reasoned from that standpoint, the memory of the soda bottles returned for the deposit suddenly reminded me that I had four large empty plastic chlorine containers I had stored in the garage. Those four containers of chlorine each had a deposit value of $2.50. So I immediately took those containers in and got my deposit back. And with that money I was able to buy some groceries and fixed dinner for myself and my house mates.

I still look to God to supply all my needs, but I have even more consistently reminded myself that my need is always really spiritual. And as I spiritualize my thought, I find my practical needs supplied. And supplied in a way that is almost beyond human belief— so beautiful! As Mary Baker Eddy, our Leader, encourages in a little Miscellaneous Writings article in entitled, “Angels”, ”God gives you His spiritual ideas, and in turn, they give you daily supplies. Never ask for to-morrow: it is enough that divine Love is an ever-present help; and if you wait, never doubting, you will have all you need every moment.” (Mis. 307:1-5)

So if sometimes you seem to be in the middle of persecution whether from persons or beliefs, please get ready to claim your spot in the kingdom of heaven, right here, right now!

Section 7: God blesses all, with true Substance, that is worth being happy about!

As we make these happy-beyond-belief blessings ours, as we claim them through the understanding of the Substance of Spirit, what a joy it is to be able to share them with all mankind. Isn’t that what our beloved Master did? He saw, he understood, he demonstrated, and he shared.

Like the little boy in Argentina that rejoiced, “I never knew I was the son of God.” Or the man faced with a diagnosis of certain death coming to my house to say with a big smile, “I have never felt so good in all my life. Nothing hurts!” Or the ninety-year-old that had not been able to see, who saw the words in the Christian Science Journal pop out at her in absolute clarity and then drove herself to my mom’s house and said, “I can see everything. And without glasses.” (I was there to hear her say that!) And I guess that is why I do what I do. I did hear that declaration. I knew it happened. I saw what real happiness and blessedness is in that dear lady’s eyes. And as so many of us at CedarS this past summer witnessed, healing after healing, of whatever claim popped up. Some instantly—some with a little work—but all with a lot of Love. The Substance of Spirit was manifest with great, great joy, the happiness of blessedness. And with a whole lot of be attitude, that is “Be what you is, don’t be what you ain’t.”

As our friend and scholar Cobbey Crisler encourages us,

“… As you go down the Beatitudes, read them all, scan them as they are in front of you. See if you can find results in every one of them. See if you can analyze them for those results. That becomes a very practical clue for how to lead one’s life.
The Commandments and Beatitudes have often been placed side by side. Many parallels have been used. Is that justified?
For instance, we are told in the Book of Revelation that those who have overcome the beast will stand on the sea of glass with harps. They’re singing two things representative of what has been given them. The victory over the beast, the animal origin of man. How can we overcome that animal connection?
Those who have overcome are said to be singing two things: the song of Moses and the song of the Lamb. That sounds like they’re inseparable. They operate together. Do you know why? Because it’s part of the heavenly mathematics.
Why did the Commandments say, “Thou shalt not,” taking care of the minus aspects in human nature? And the Beatitudes, “happy are they” that do certain things, are plus? What do you do with the minus in thought, the chaff? It is dealt with by fire. You deal with the plus in thought through the Holy Ghost.
They operate together for a single purpose and a unique commitment to the totality of One infinite, God, good. The Beatitudes must be considered in conjunction with the Commandments in your study.
These Beatitudes took the same forty days preparation of Jesus in the wilderness as the Commandments took forty days of preparation in the wilderness for Moses. It may take the same wilderness experience for you and me to really appreciate what really is there behind the Commandments and the Beatitudes. They are really the staff on which we lean. If we try to go very far without that staff it must discipline us. {Discipline is] The same root word as disciple. We must come back and learn how to deal with the plus factors and the minus factors in our own thinking. That’s the baptism of the Holy Ghost and fire…
Let me make recommendations for your own research. I have previously assigned my high school students to see on their own, through their own Scriptural research, whether there was any Old Testament precedent for each Beatitude. In other words, is this something that Jesus is saying, “Hey, here is a new idea of humanity, why don’t you consider it?” Or was he pointing out stones already in the foundation that had been neglected?
These are interesting things. I’ll give you one as a lead. Verse 5 of chapter 5, “Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth.” You’ll see in Psalms 37, Verse 11, that almost word for word, we find that Beatitude there.
So you see, it’s not always being original, but recalling human attention to something that has been already revealed, already discovered, but essential to our progress and growth.”


Excerpted in part by Warren Huff for you from a transcript of a talk by B. Cobbey Crisler entitled “Book of Matthew, Auditing the Master” You can buy your own transcripts of most of Cobbey’s talks at this website, https://bcobbeycrisler.com/collected-works-of-b-cobbey-crisler/ It’s maintained by his widow, Janet Crisler, who can be reached by email at janetcrisler7@gmail.com You can get audio CDs from The Daycroft School Foundation by calling 203-321-2119 or emailing info@daycroftschool.org ]

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