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Claim the riches of God’s creation as your eternal substance!

Rick Stewart, C.S., Dresden, Germany
Posted Monday, September 4th, 2017

[Claim the riches of God’s creation as your eternal substance!]
Metaphysical Application Ideas for the Christian Science Bible Lesson on


“Substance”
for Sunday, September 10, 2017

by Rick Stewart, CS, Dresden, Germany
(+49 351 312 4736) rickstewartcs@aol.com

NEEDS OF THE WEEK:

There is one lesson that you learn very soon when you speak a few languages. Translation is tough. It is often very difficult to get the real sense when translating from one language to another. Accurate translation is a science and an art. A good translator is a treasure beyond description. That is why we are so grateful for our volunteer translation teams that translate these CedarS Camps Metaphysical Newsletters into German, French, and Spanish. And we would of course love to expand that translation effort if there are any volunteers out there just waiting to contribute in other languages!

But this question of translation is not just about our Mets, it is indeed concerned with the Bible Lesson this week, in particular, the Golden Text. A dear friend and fellow practitioner was really irritated with the King James Bible last week. Karenlee Mannerino, CS from Chico, California wrote me, “This lesson has been a challenge. We know that the King James Version is often not accurate in its translations of the original texts. And it really isn’t in regards to the Golden Text this week! None of the other translations mentions “riches” in Psalm 104:24.” (Karenlee puts together each a very helpful compilation of Bible translations that relate to each current Bible Lesson. She then shares them free of charge through email.)

Golden Text Psalms 104; 24 . . . “O Lord, how manifold are thy works! in wisdom hast thou made them all: the earth is full of thy riches.

Inspired by Karenlee’s comments I went through about 20 different translations and found that she was basically right. Most translations did not include “riches” in their translation of Psalm 104:24. Several translations that are based on the King James Version did include the word riches, not many. Some included “riches” with qualification and many others did not have “riches” at all. So, was the Golden Text misleading in what the lesson was going to be about? Not really because as you get into this week’s lesson you see it has to do with the richness of God’s creation. And that is what many of the other translations of Psalm 104:24 bring out. For example, here are a few:

Golden Text | Psalms 104:24 MSG - 24 What a wildly wonderful world, God! You made it all, with Wisdom at your side, made earth overflow with your wonderful creations.

CEB - Lord, you have done so many things! You made them all so wisely! The earth is full of your creations!

Luther Bibel 1545 (LUTH1545) 24 HERR, wie sind deine Werke so groß und viel! Du hast sie alle weislich geordnet, und die Erde ist voll deiner Güter. (24 O LORD, how great and bountiful are your works. You have ordered them all wisely, and the earth is full of your goods.)

GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)24 What a large number of things you have made, O Lord! You made them all by wisdom. The earth is filled with your creatures.

Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)24 What variety there is in your works, Adonai! How many [of them there are]! In wisdom you have made them all; the earth is full of your creations.

Amplified Bible (AMP) O Lord, how many and varied are Your works!
In wisdom You have made them all;
The earth is full of Your riches and Your creatures.

Now the Responsive Reading does begin to point towards the glorious nature of God’s creation and His creatures, and you could say seeing this creation is God’s riches. And there is a very positive acclaim regarding “The Word” being given by God and then praise for those that published it. But another very powerful message that is not found in the King James Versioin does appear in several other translations. And I guess you could call it, “Let’s give it up for the girls!” I found this a fun, and enlightening little discovery.

It is the translation of Psalms 68:11 that is found in the Responsive Reading. King James Version says, (KJV) 11” The Lord gave the word: great was the company of those that published it.”

But now check out these translations:

Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC) 11 The Lord gives the word [of power]; the women who bear and publish [the news] are a great host.

GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)11 The Lord gives instructions.
The women who announce the good news are a large army.

Good News Translation (GNT) 11 The Lord gave the command,
and many women carried the news:

The Voice (VOICE) 11 The Lord gives the word;
there are very many women ready to tell the good news:

Go girls!

So with a full understanding of the Golden Text and the introduction of the Responsive Reading we are ready to discover the riches of God’s creation and creatures. And we are going to know this is not a male-dominated discovery, this is for the guys and gals!

Section 1: Hezekiah, a righteous dude, discovers spiritual substance is true treasure!

According to the Hebrew Bible, Hezekiah, the son of Ahaz was the 13th king of Judah. It is thought that his reign was between c. 715 and 686 BC. (Edward Thiele, Archeologist) The author of the Book of Kings describes him as a righteous king. And the Hebrew Bible considers him one of Judah’s most prominent kings. He is even mentioned in the genealogy of Jesus in Matthew. According to the Hebrew Bible he saw the Assyrians destroy the northern Kingdom of Israel in 722 BC and also the invasion of Jerusalem around 701 BC. Hezekiah ordered worship of the one God and forbad worship of other deities in the Temple. The Prophets Isaiah and Micah were active during Hezekiah’s reign.

Bible Citations, B2 | II Kings 18:1 Hezekiah, 3, 6, 7 (to :) 1 and B3 | II Chronicles 32:27 (to :), 29, 32 27 tell us that Hezekiah was obedient in following God and because of his righteous actions he prospered in everything he did and was very rich and honored.

Hezekiah is a really good example that success is to be found in doing the right thing. That is why I called him a righteous dude!

Paul writes to Timothy, his young friend and a follower of Jesus, that “godliness” makes you happy and is an absolute plus in life. See B4 | I Timothy 6:6 godliness, 17, 18 6 “godliness with contentment is great gain.” (TMC’s myBibleLesson points out in a “Quickfact”, “Godliness,” or Eusebeia in Greek, means holiness as well as love and deep respect for God.”)

Citations S1 to S5 in this section from Science and Health are like a seminar in the true substance of life and what is really valuable.

We might ask ourselves, “What spiritual riches are we treasuring today?”

Making the pursuit of a true worship or understanding of God a daily task can be very practical in daily life. Godliness, or eusabeia, is a valuable investment in your future success and daily provision. Learning that true worth is not necessarily what is in your bank account or purse opens the door to true riches, the riches and bounty of God’s creation.

For example, two friends of my mom’s planned a quiet weekend retreat to a very remote cabin outside of Chicago. They took a train and then a taxi to this isolated spot. Far from any stores they brought their food with them. Both looked forward to the peace and quiet and planned on deep study and prayer time there in the wilderness. But, as they opened up the cabin they realized they had left their bags of food and also their hand bags in the taxi. It looked to be a long three days without food.

Both were earnest students of Christian Science and as they began to pray it occurred to them, “what hast thou in thy house.” They knew their house was their consciousness and they both began to know that they had what they needed, right at hand. And as they looked in the cabinets of the cabin, they found little. There was some salt and also some corn meal that still appeared good. But…that did not promise to be very tasty.

They realized they had to be radical in their affirmation that they were not “without.” So they affirmed the presence of all of God’s bounty right there, right then. They began to open up the cabin and air it out. Cleaning and dusting. In a few minutes a man passed by and stopped as he saw the cabin was wide open. He was coming up from the lake and had a very successful catch in hand. After a pleasant exchange he offered nine of his fresh caught fish and the ladies eagerly accepted. They already had salt and corn meal, and now they had fish to go with it. They had a delicious meal washed down with crystal clear water from the well. Where it had appeared they were without resources, grace and God’s bounty had fed them. But they had to utilize their talents at looking beyond material lack to spiritual riches.

As citation S5 states, “The testimony of the corporeal senses cannot inform us what is real and what is delusive, but the revelations of Christian Science unlock the treasures of Truth.” (70:2–5)

When the taxi driver discovered their bags the next day he returned with all their provisions. It was a beautiful weekend and included a great lesson in the ever-present source of spiritual supply.

Section 2: Substance increases in the sharing and then we can build for God.

Citation B6 relates the story of King Joash from II Chronicles 24:1–13. Now this is one of those stories where you say, “Wow, I don’t remember this one.”

What an incredible story it is of a seven-year-old who became king. But there is a back story. Joash or Jehoash was the only surviving son of the royal family of Ahaziah. He was secreted away into the temple by his Aunt Jehosheba. She was married to the high priest, Jehoiada. And after hiding Joash for seven years in the Temple, Jehoiada had him crowned and anointed king in a coup against his grandmother, Athaliah. Athalia, who had killed all of Joash’s family, was killed in the coup. Evidently with Jehoiada’s guidance Joash renewed the covenant between God and the nation and they destroyed the altars for worshipping Baal. For the first time in Judah’s history the temple in Jerusalem and the priesthood were of national importance. For 40 years as Joash listened to Jehoiada Judah remained faithful and it says in (2 Chronicles 24:2) Joash is said to have been righteous "all the days of Jehoiada the priest.”

(You can read about Joash or Jehoash in 2 Kings and 2 Chroncles. Also by following this link : http://www.internationalstandardbible.com/J/jehoash-joash.html )

What we read in the Bible Lesson is a king that was inspired to rebuild the temple. This was Solomon’s temple or the temple in Jerusalem. It had fallen into disrepair and Joash evidently used voluntary contributions to rebuild it.

Since you are probably not going to be the sponsor to rebuild a temple, how can we put the lessons from Joash’s building into practice?

Well, first there were voluntary contributions given. When we give in the service of our Maker we are told it does not deplete us. “Giving does not impoverish us in the service of our Maker, neither does withholding enrich us.” (S9, p. 79:31–32)

A recent experience involving church and service to God helped me see this fact.

I was going to be in the USA for two weeks for a wonderful time of service at CedarS Camps as practitioner. And three of my children were going to be with me. Noah as a CIT Counselor in Training. Johann at Ski Camp. And Alma at Junior Riding Camp. But being gone those two weeks meant that our rather new Christian Science Reading Room in Dresden would be closed. I could find no one locally that was free to open the doors 5 days a week as I had been doing. The idea came to me to ask my brother, Gary, to come and serve. He immediately agreed and I paid for him to come over to Germany. Not only did he keep the Reading Room open, he expanded the hours to seven days per week from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

At one point I was being tempted to believe that those travel expenses were depriving me of needed funds. I prayed with the statement about giving (above) from Science and Health citation S9. And here is what happened. Noah is a new student at Principia College. We have received wonderful financial assistance and scholarships, but Noah still had a $3,000 bill for school. He could not start classes unless the first installment of the bill was paid! As Noah and I prayed about the situation I asked Gary for some prayerful support, which he was glad to give, and then he volunteered to cover that first installment from his Social Security. What goes around comes around. Or, cast your bread upon the water and it comes right back. Interesting that Gary’s travel costs were almost exactly what Noah needed that first month’s installment.

And the “Temple,” the Reading Room is now open 7 days a week with Gary’s continuing help.

Section 3: Jesus’ healing, the Beatitudes, and treasures of the Sermon on the Mount.

Three times CedarS founder, Ruth Huff, took the opportunity to travel with tour groups led by Janet and Cobbey Crisler, a Christian Science Bible researcher. The insights into the Bible that Ruth garnered from these tours and Cobbey’s talks were true treasures. She became a great fan of Cobbey’s and shared that respect with her family and many friends, sponsoring dozens of his talks and even selling them in CedarS store. As a result we CedarS Met subscribers have the opportunity weekly to enjoy some of Cobbey’s research through CedarS Executive Director, Warren Huff. (Ruth’s son.)

Here are some precious excerpts that Warren quotes from Cobbey’s works regarding citations found in this section.

On citation B10, Matthew 4:23: “And “healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease.” 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.”
Book of Matthew, Auditing the Master, B. Cobbey Crisler

And, on citation B11 (Matthew 5:1-3) Cobbey translates the Beatitudes into mathematical rules of 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 (happy) 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…”
[For more insights on this citation, see PS#2 of Cobbey’s insights online.]

Reminding ourselves or others of practical, wonderful truths is certainly the manner of instruction often practiced in the Bible. Oral traditions or truths that are made your own. Some of my favorite spiritual tools I remember from instruction in Christian Science Sunday School. And this is what we also practice at CedarS Camps. I love the reference to Jesus’ Beatitudes as “Be Attitudes.” That phrase was first brought to my attention at CedarS!

Section 4: The Kingdom of Heaven found through understanding true substance.

In this section we have parables (B16) that speak of the Kingdom of Heaven. Science and Health offers this definition: “KINGDOM OF HEAVEN. The reign of harmony in divine Science; the realm of unerring, eternal, and omnipotent Mind; the atmosphere of Spirit, where Soul is supreme.” (S16, 590:1)

Isn’t this what our Master, Christ Jesus yearned for us to discover, the Kingdom of Heaven as a present fact, demonstrable and attainable right here. Click here and check out PS#3 for some great insights with the results of acoustical tests that Cobbey undertook in the actual possible locations where Jesus spoke and the physical attributes contributing to the reception of his ideas and total priority parables (B16).

Section 5: Faith in God as true substance that heals.

There are those that lovingly read the Scriptures, the healings of Christ Jesus, his powerful instruction and are inspired by what they read. They try to live in accord with his teachings and carry them into their daily lives. But when it comes to experiencing and expecting to duplicate the healing works, they often stop right there. These healings to them are for the past. But not for a practicing Christian Scientist. They expect to “obtain a good report” on healing like “the elders” did as St. Paul states in citation B18:

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good report.” (B18, Hebrews 11:1, 2)

Citation B20 chronicles such prophesied healing work as shared in further insights by Cobbey in PS#5) “And there sat a certain man at Lystra, impotent in his feet, being a cripple from his mother’s womb, who never had walked: The same heard Paul speak: who stedfastly beholding him, and perceiving that he had faith to be healed, Said with a loud voice, Stand upright on thy feet. And he leaped and walked.” (Acts 14:8–10)

In citation S16 Mary Baker Eddy recaps the powerful healing effect of such scientific mental healing: “Christian Science brings to the body the sunlight of Truth, which invigorates and purifies… Working out the rules of Science in practice, the author has restored health in cases of both acute and chronic disease in their severest forms. Secretions have been changed, the structure has been renewed, shortened limbs have been elongated, ankylosed joints have been made supple, and carious bones have been restored to healthy conditions. I have restored what is called the lost substance of lungs, and healthy organizations have been established where disease was organic. Christian Science heals organic disease as surely as it heals what is called functional, for it requires only a fuller understanding of the divine Principle of Christian Science to demonstrate the higher rule.” (162:4–5, 16)

A few weeks ago I received a call from my son, Johann. He and a buddy had been having fun with their bikes on a sort of natural motocross course riding and jumping.
On one hill where there was also a tree root Johann got some major air, but in trying to avoid the root he crashed. The result seemed to be that the bike and Johann were pretty banged up. When I arrived with the car Johann was obviously having problems with one arm and his shoulder. We loaded up the bike. And headed home. I also called a Christian Science Practitioner for immediate prayerful help. I had to make a couple calls to reach him, but I persisted. I knew his prayers would effectively support the healing.

When I reached my wife, we made plans to have it examined at the nearby hospital’s emergency room. Their verdict was a broken wrist and broken collar bone.

I was keeping in mind the following ideas presented by Mrs. Eddy in Science and Health in the last paragraph of page 401, “Until the advancing age admits the efficacy and supremacy of Mind, it is better for Christian Scientists to leave surgery and the adjustment of broken bones and dislocations to the fingers of a surgeon, while the mental healer confines himself chiefly to mental reconstruction and to the prevention of inflammation. Christian Science is always the most skilful surgeon, but surgery is the branch of its healing which will be last acknowledged. However, it is but just to say that the author has already in her possession well-authenticated records of the cure, by herself and her students through mental surgery alone, of broken bones, dislocated joints, and spinal vertebrae.”

“The time approaches when mortal mind will forsake its corporeal, structural, and material basis, when immortal Mind and its formations will be apprehended in Science, and material beliefs will not interfere with spiritual facts. Man is indestructible and eternal.” SH 401:27-13

At the hospital they diagnosed that the wrist had been broken and they put on a sort of cast. When we went in two weeks later to a private surgeon that we have known for at least ten years to have a look at the wrist he told Johann, “Well this bone was never broken.”

I kind of laughed when I heard those words because that is exactly what the practitioner and I had been knowing since day one. We had affirmed that man’s relationship with God’s harmony can never be interrupted. Man cannot fall out of God’s care. And I loved the message I got from my friend, the practitioner, when I shared the report. He wrote, “I feel urged to shout YIPPEEEEEE again. Love to you all.”

And I am certain the report on the collar bone will be exactly the same. Johann has experienced absolutely no pain during the entire process. He has not been sore, he has been soaring!

Section 6: Spirit the substance of true gifts.

I love the following alternate versions of Bible citation B23, “I pray that you may know God’s power in practice 14,15 As I think of this great plan I fall on my knees before the Father (from whom all fatherhood, earthly or heavenly, derives its name), and 16 I pray that out of the glorious richness of his resources he will enable you to know the strength of the Spirit’s inner reinforcement--- 17 that Christ may actually live in your hearts by your faith. 18 And I pray that you, rooted and founded in love yourselves, may be able to grasp (with all Christians) how wide and long and deep and high is the love of Christ--19 and to know for yourselves that love so far above our understanding. So will you be filled through all your being with God himself! 20 Now to him who by his power within us is able to do infinitely more than we ever dare to ask or imagine--- 21 to him be glory in the Church and in Christ Jesus for ever and ever--- (Ephesians 3:14–21, PHIL)

The Message Bible puts it this wayMy response is to get down on my knees before the Father, this magnificent Father who parcels out all heaven and earth. I ask him to strengthen you by his Spirit—not a brute strength but a glorious inner strength—that Christ will live in you as you open the door and invite him in. And I ask him that with both feet planted firmly on love, you’ll be able to take in with all Christians the extravagant dimensions of Christ’s love. Reach out and experience the breadth! Test its length! Plumb the depths! Rise to the heights! Live full lives, full in the fullness of God. (Eph. 3:14-211, MSG)

Yes, that is our goal, the direction we are walking in our lives and our Christian practice.

As our Leader writes in citation S30, “Man walks in the direction towards which he looks, and where his treasure is, there will his heart be also. If our hopes and affections are spiritual, they come from above, not from beneath, and they bear as of old the fruits of the Spirit.” (451:14)


Click to enjoy CedarS Online version of Cobbey Crisler insights on select Bible citations from this Christian Science Bible Lesson on “Substance” for September 10, 2017.


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