January 12, 2022


Subject: Blessings

Golden text: Matthew 5:4*

Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.

Number 16:12-13, 20-24, 31-32, 41-50

 And Moses sent to call Dathan and Abiram the sons of Eliab, and they said, “We will not come up. 13 Is it a small thing that you have brought us up out of a land flowing with milk and honey, to kill us in the wilderness, that you must also make yourself a prince over us?

20 And the Lord spoke to Moses and to Aaron, saying, 21 “Separate yourselves from among this congregation, that I may consume them in a moment.” 22 And they fell on their faces and said, “O God, the God of the spirits of all flesh, shall one man sin, and will you be angry with all the congregation?” 23 And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 24 “Say to the congregation, Get away from the dwelling of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram.”

31 And as soon as he had finished speaking all these words, the ground under them split apart. 32 And the earth opened its mouth and swallowed them up, with their households and all the people who belonged to Korah and all their goods.

41 But on the next day all the congregation of the people of Israel grumbled against Moses and against Aaron, saying, “You have killed the people of the Lord.” 42 And when the congregation had assembled against Moses and against Aaron, they turned toward the tent of meeting. And behold, the cloud covered it, and the glory of the Lord appeared. 43 And Moses and Aaron came to the front of the tent of meeting, 44 and the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 45 “Get away from the midst of this congregation, that I may consume them in a moment.” And they fell on their faces. 46 And Moses said to Aaron, “Take your censer, and put fire on it from off the altar and lay incense on it and carry it quickly to the congregation and make atonement for them, for wrath has gone out from the Lord; the plague has begun.” 47 So Aaron took it as Moses said and ran into the midst of the assembly. And behold, the plague had already begun among the people. And he put on the incense and made atonement for the people. 48 And he stood between the dead and the living, and the plague was stopped. 49 Now those who died in the plague were 14,700, besides those who died in the affair of Korah. 50 And Aaron returned to Moses at the entrance of the tent of meeting, when the plague was stopped.

21st Century Science and Health**

The belief and dream of mortal being is entirely separate from the Life divine. Immortal Life reveals spiritual understanding. Life reveals the consciousness of our dominion over that which is earthbound.

False and self-assertive theories have given sinners the notion that they can create what God cannot—namely, sinful mortals in God’s image. This attitude takes God’s name without the nature of the image of divine Mind.

Sin kills the sinner and will continue to kill so long as sin is committed.

We are sometimes led to believe that darkness is as real as light. Science affirms darkness to be only a human sense of the absence of light. Darkness loses the appearance of reality in the presence of light. So sin and sorrow, disease and death are the supposed absence of Life, God, and vanish before truth and love.

In Science, it is not true that people have a mind of their own, distinct from God. Everyone reflects, uniquely, the all Mind.

With its divine proof, Science reverses the evidence of limited sense. Every quality and condition of mortality is swallowed up in spirituality. Mortals are the opposite of immortals in origin, in existence, and in their relation to God.

Error, urged to its final limits, is self-destroyed. Error will cease to hypothesize that soul is in body, that life and intelligence are in human minds, and that human mind is person. Divine Mind is the Principle of spiritual being, and person is the idea of God; therefore, spiritual being has no mortal pattern or relationship. Mortals will disappear, and immortals—the children of God—will appear as the only and eternal fact of existence. Human mortal beings are not fallen children of God; they never had a perfect state of being, which may subsequently be regained. Mortal beings were, from the beginning of mortal history, “brought forth in [a state of] iniquity;”[1] and conceived in sin. Mortality is finally swallowed up in immortality. Destructiveness, incapability, and dying must disappear to give place to the facts which belong to spiritual being.

We can earnestly seek the immortal status of person, which is outside the illusion of mortal human men and women.

In spiritual history, it was Mind which saved the Israelites from belief in the plagues.

Spiritual living and blessedness are the only evidences by which we can recognize true existence and feel the unspeakable peace which comes from an all-engaging spiritual love.

We can overcome our fear in sin. It is sin’s necessity to destroy itself. Spirituality in action, demonstrates the government of God, good, in which is no power to act against life, truth, and love.

Luke 7:19-23

And John, 19 calling two of his disciples to him, sent them to the Lord, saying, “Are you the one who is to come, or shall we look for another?” 20 And when the men had come to [Jesus], they said, “John the Baptist has sent us to you, saying, ‘Are you the one who is to come, or shall we look for another?’” 21 In that hour [Jesus] healed many people of diseases and plagues and evil spirits, and on many who were blind he bestowed sight. 22 And he answered them, “Go and tell John what you have seen and heard: the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, the poor have good news preached to them. 23 And blessed is the one who is not offended by me.”

21st Century Science and Health

Experience teaches us that we do not always receive the answers we ask for in prayer. Some misunderstanding as to the source and means of all goodness and blessedness keeps us from receiving credible answers. The Scriptures say: “When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.”[2] What we desire and what we ask for is not always the best to receive; however, infinite Love knows what to grant. Do you ask Soul to remove sin’s self-punishment? Then “you ask in quite the wrong spirit.”[3] Without punishment, sin would multiply. Jesus’ prayer, “Forgive us our debts,” specified the condition of forgiveness. When forgiving the adulterous woman, he said, “Go now and leave your life of sin.”[4]

Jesus’ mission confirmed prophecy and explained the miracles of olden time as natural demonstrations of divine power, demonstrations which were not understood at the time. Jesus’ works established his claim to the Messiah. In reply to John’s inquiry, “Are you the one who was to come?”[5] Jesus answered, not with a reference to his doctrine, but with a summary of his works. Confident that examples of divine healing power would fully answer John’s question, Jesus said, “Go back and report to John what you hear and see. The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is preached to the poor. Blessed is anyone who takes no offense at me.”[6] Jesus’ benediction is given to anyone who doesn’t deny that such effects coming from divine Mind prove the unity of God—the divine Principle which brings out all harmony.

Jesus admonished sinners straightforwardly without flinching, because he was their friend; hence the cup he drank.

Jesus’ reputation differed from his character. Why? Because his divine Principle and practice were misunderstood. Jesus’ words and works were alien to the world’s expectations and contrary to the popular religious views. Mortals believed in God as humanly mighty, rather than as divine infinite Love.

The human mind must struggle to correctly interpret the discomfort that Jesus inspired and the spiritual blessings that might flow from such discomfort. The discomfort oftentimes produces a shock. Science shows the cause of shock comes from the great distance between the individual and Truth.

In divine Science, an individual is the true image of God. The divine nature was genuinely personified by Christ Jesus who shed light on this powerful concept of God. He shifted the people’s thought to experience something better than what they had been trained to think was right and normal. Jesus served to remove the stereotypical view of people as sinners, destined to be sick and dying. The Christ-like understanding of scientific being and divine healing includes a perfect Principle and idea―complete God and complete person―as the basis of thought and demonstration.

What is termed matter, being unintelligent, cannot say, “I suffer, I die, I am sick, or I am well.” It is the so-called human mind which voices this and appears to make good its claim. To human sense, sin and suffering are real, but spiritual sense includes no evil or epidemic. Look to spiritual mind which has no error of sense, no sense of error, and no destructive elements.

Who will say whether Truth or error is greater? Are brains, nerves, and stomachs intelligent? If they talk to us, tell us their condition and report how they feel—then Spirit and matter, Truth and error commingle and produce sickness and health, good and evil, life and death.

The sensations of the body must either be the sensations of human mind or of material flesh. Nerves are not mind. It is provable that Mind, God is not mortal. Is it not equally true that human mind and its material nerves do not appear in the spiritual understanding of being?

The sensation of sickness and the impulse to sin come by the human mind. Without human mind a tear could not drop; and this action shows the nature of all material cause and effect.

You can rejoice in secret beauty and abundance, hidden from worldliness but known to God. Constant prayer spiritualizes thoughts and causes the mortal selfhood to be less demanding and distracting. A mindful practice has the ear and right hand of omnipotence and assuredly calls upon infinite blessings.

Soul has infinite resources with which to bless humankind, and happiness is more readily responded to and more secure in our keeping if found in Soul.

*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, 6th edition, copyrighted by Cheryl Petersen.

[1] Ps. 51:5 (Amplified)

[2] James 4:3

[3] James 4:3 (Phillips NT)

[4] John 8:11

[5] Matt. 11:3; Luke 7:19

[6] Matt. 11:4–6; Luke 7:22–23 (NRSV)


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