July 6, 2016

bible study imageSubject: Careers

Golden text: Ecclesiastes 12:13*

When all has been heard, the end of the matter is: fear God [worship Him with awe-filled reverence, knowing that He is almighty God] and keep His commandments, for this applies to every person.

Exodus 35: 29-35**

 All the men and women, the people of Israel, whose heart moved them to bring anything for the work that the Lord had commanded by Moses to be done brought it as a freewill offering to the Lord.

30 Then Moses said to the people of Israel, “See, the Lord has called by name Bezalel the son of Uri, son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah; 31 and he has filled him with the Spirit of God, with skill, with intelligence, with knowledge, and with all craftsmanship, 32 to devise artistic designs, to work in gold and silver and bronze, 33 in cutting stones for setting, and in carving wood, for work in every skilled craft. 34 And he has inspired him to teach, both him and Oholiab the son of Ahisamach of the tribe of Dan. 35 He has filled them with skill to do every sort of work done by an engraver or by a designer or by an embroiderer in blue and purple and scarlet yarns and fine twined linen, or by a weaver—by any sort of workman or skilled designer.

From 21st Century Science and Health***

To reach heaven, the harmony of being, the divine Principle of being needs to be understood and the talents[1] given to us by God must be improved. God is not separate from the wisdom bestowed.

The neglected or unused talent rots or is lost.

It takes effort not to bury the spirit of divine Science in the burial clothes of its letter. If we would open the prison doors for the sick, we must first learn to bind up the broken-hearted. If we would heal by the Spirit, we must not hide the talent of spiritual healing behind ostentatious status, ritualistic activities, or even somber piety.

You should practice skillfully the good you know, and you will then advance to the extent of your honesty and fidelity—qualities which assure success in this Science.

Christian Science is consistently revealing to human beings the perpetual divine Principle. We can sense the unfolding Life and universe, ever present and eternal. Our sense of Spirit cognizes Life as permanent.

God’s child, spiritually designed, is not illusive and mortal.

Human mind is the acknowledged seat of human motives; it designs limited concepts and produces all bodily malfunctions. Action proceeding from erring human mind is inappropriate and ends in sin, sickness, and death. Appropriate action proceeds from the divine Mind. Those two opposite thought sources never mingle in cause or effect.

The website designer is not in the website. The website is the designer’s thought objectified. Human beings fancy themselves able to actualize matter and images because they believe they are creators. Matter is nothing more than human mind-force, vulnerable to mistakes and crashes. The divine potter is not in the clay[2] to mistake or crash. We can understand and see the form, substance, and color of spiritual thoughts, without material objectifications because God is self-acknowledged Mind and expresses all.

Exodus 36:1-7

“Bezalel and Oholiab and every craftsman in whom the Lord has put skill and intelligence to know how to do any work in the construction of the sanctuary shall work in accordance with all that the Lord has commanded.”

And Moses called Bezalel and Oholiab and every craftsman in whose mind the Lord had put skill, everyone whose heart stirred him up to come to do the work. And they received from Moses all the contribution that the people of Israel had brought for doing the work on the sanctuary. They still kept bringing him freewill offerings every morning, so that all the craftsmen who were doing every sort of task on the sanctuary came, each from the task that he was doing, and said to Moses, “The people bring much more than enough for doing the work that the Lord has commanded us to do.” So Moses gave command, and word was proclaimed throughout the camp, “Let no man or woman do anything more for the contribution for the sanctuary.” So the people were restrained from bringing, for the material they had was sufficient to do all the work, and more.

From 21st Century Science and Health

As Love corrects us we advance toward justice, peace, and purity, which are the milestones of Science. Beholding the infinite tasks of truth, we pause—wait on God. Then we make every effort to improve for the better. Spiritualized thought feels creative, free, and inspired, touching the divine glory.

In order to understand more, we must put into practice what we already know.

Infinite Mind creates and governs all, from the mental molecule to infinity. This divine Principle of all expresses Science and art throughout Spirit’s entire work including the immortality of spiritual being and the universe.

God’s work is done. Prayer doesn’t motivate God to do what has already been done. The Infinite can do nothing less than give all goodness since God is absolute good, wisdom, and Love—the all-knowing. God’s manifestation doesn’t appear simply on the ground of lip-service; however, modest fervent affirmations of God’s presence can kick-start prayer.

Spiritual being exists. Meditation is not meant to activate immortal existence, but it can bring us into sync with immortality.

John 7:14-24

About the middle of the feast Jesus went up into the temple and began teaching. 15 The Jews therefore marveled, saying, “How is it that this man has learning, when he has never studied?” 16 So Jesus answered them, “My teaching is not mine, but his who sent me. 17 If anyone’s will is to do God’s will, he will know whether the teaching is from God or whether I am speaking on my own authority. 18 The one who speaks on his own authority seeks his own glory; but the one who seeks the glory of him who sent him is true, and in him there is no falsehood. 19 Has not Moses given you the law? Yet none of you keeps the law. Why do you seek to kill me?” 20 The crowd answered, “You have a demon! Who is seeking to kill you?” 21 Jesus answered them, “I did one work, and you all marvel at it. 22 Moses gave you circumcision (not that it is from Moses, but from the fathers), and you circumcise a man on the Sabbath. 23 If on the Sabbath a man receives circumcision, so that the law of Moses may not be broken, are you angry with me because on the Sabbath I made a man’s whole body well? 24 Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgment.”

From 21st Century Science and Health

Our courts recognize evidence to prove the motive as well as the act of a crime. Clearly, the human mind must move the body to a wicked act. Isn’t mortal mind the murderer? The hands, without human minds to direct them, could not commit a murder.

Can wave/particles commit a crime? Can material atoms be punished? Can you separate the mentality from the body over which courts hold jurisdiction? Human mortal mind, not matter, is the criminal in every case; and human law rightly estimates crime, and courts reasonably pass sentence, according to the motive. Courts and juries judge and sentence human beings in order to restrain crime, to prevent violence, or to punish the wrongdoer. To say that these courts have no jurisdiction over the human or mortal mind would be to contradict precedent. It doesn’t make sense to admit that law is restricted to matter or physical bodies, while the real outlaw, the human mortal mind, defies justice and is recommended to mercy.

Our laws will eventually take cognizance of mental crime and no longer apply legal rulings entirely too physical offences. It will go down in history that how we think, or what we think, directly or indirectly affects action, including the action of what we call physical bodies. The medical field is even somewhat recognizing the power of metaphysics.

Whoever uses their developed mental energies or powers to commit opportune atrocities is never safe. God will arrest those people. Divine justice will confine them. Their sins will be millstones about their necks, weighing them down to the depths of disgrace and death. The aggravation of error foretells its doom and confirms the ancient axiom: Whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad.

Spirituality causes people to turn naturally from temporal wave/particles to eternal Spirit, as the flower turns from darkness to light. People then secure those things which “no eye has seen, no ear has heard.”[3] Paul and John realized that as human beings achieve worldly honor only by sacrifice, so they must gain heavenly riches by forsaking all worldliness. Then people will have nothing in common with the worldly inclinations, goals, and outcomes. Do not judge the future advancement of divine Science by the steps already taken, unless you yourself will be condemned for failing to take the first step.

A musician teaches and demonstrates the beauty of music in order to show the learner by way of practice as well as precept. Jesus’ teaching and practice of Truth involved such a sacrifice as makes us admit its Principle to be Love. Sacrifice was the precious significance of the Teacher’s blameless career and of his demonstration of power over death. He proved by his deeds that divine Science destroys sickness and destruction.

You say, “This job tires me.” But what is this me? Is it muscle or mind? What is fatigued and so speaks? Without mind, could the muscles be tired? Do the muscles talk, or do you talk for them? Matter is non-intelligent. Human mind does the false talking and that which affirms weariness, made that weariness.

You do not say a moving wheel is fatigued; and yet the body is as material as the wheel. Like the wheel, the body would not be weary unless human mind made the claim. The consciousness of Truth rejuvenates us more than hours of unconsciousness.

Mortal mind judges ever-changing evidence, false evidence, until Science wipes it out with spiritual evidence. A logic based on spirituality improves thought, takes a step out of error and encourages the next step in understanding the situation in divine Science.

*Scripture quotations taken from the Amplified® Bible (AMP), Copyright © by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission. http://www.Lockman.org
**Scripture quotations are from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
*** Text from 21st Century Science and Health, 5th edition, copyrighted by Cheryl Petersen.

[1] Matt. 25:15; Luke 19:13

[2] Isa 29:16; Isa 64:8; Jeremiah 18:6; Romans 9:26

[3] Isa. 64:4; I Cor. 2:9

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