This week’s Bible Lesson, titled “Soul,” explores the covenants—agreements between God and humankind—in the Bible. In one of the earliest covenants, God announces to the patriarch Abram, “I am the Almighty God” ( Genesis 17:1 , Golden Text ).
What if you were invited to a film debut, only to discover the dialogue was in Urdu, an Indian and Pakistani language? You might have trouble understanding! While human language has its limitations, this Bible Lesson, “Spirit,” illustrates how the language of Spirit, God, can be understood by anyone, anywhere. The opening story in the Responsive Readings from Acts 1 and 2, now known as the “Pentecost,” shows how the language of Spirit communicates without restriction.
“This is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another” ( I John 3:11 , Responsive Reading). And it’s the message that is repeated throughout this week’s Bible Lesson, titled “Love.
Fervent: Burning, ardent, earnest Habitual: Formed by habit, customary, steady, perpetual, constant Desire: Longing, wanting with earnestness, craving Strong words! And how they help present a key that unlocks the treasures of “Truth,” the topic of this week’s Christian Science Bible Lesson. Here’s the key provided by Mary Baker Eddy in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures: “.
Conspiracies can be as harmless as children hiding from a searching playmate, or as dangerous as a coordinated effort to inflict major damage. But the biggest conspiracy of all is exposed in this Bible Lesson titled “Life,” the fiction that man is trapped in an aging mortal body and helpless to stave off the destructive impact of time.
“Clean hands and a pure heart. ” The Psalmist tells us that’s what we need in order to “receive the blessing from the Lord” ( Psalms 24:4, 5 , citation 9).
“I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the Lord before thee” ( Exodus 33:19 ). Those words of God to Moses, to whom God spoke “face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend” ( Exodus 33:11 ), are included in the first citation of Section 1 in the Bible Lesson titled “God.
This week’s Bible Lesson, “Christian Science,” shows us the light that the Christ, Truth, shines on the Christmas season. “Thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee,” says the Golden Text ( Isaiah 60:1 ).
What would you say about a man who buys a parcel of land in a country on the verge of collapse? A dubious investment? Actually, no. The man is the Hebrew prophet Jeremiah, and the country is Israel, whose king (Zedekiah) is about to be carried off captive to Babylon.
In this week’s Lesson, titled “God the Preserver of Man,” we are presented with the comforting truth that the originating source of life is also the same power that preserves life. Popular thought credits nutrition, exercise, hygiene, medicine, and genetics as the preservers of man, but Christian Science affirms that the creator Himself, divine Principle, God, holds man’s life eternally under His wings, where “No weapon formed against you shall prosper” ( Isaiah 54:17 , Responsive Reading).