The Burning Bush

As each week the Spirit of truth, through our wonderful Lesson-Sermons, unfolds the beauties as well as the power of the Scripture to heal, illumine, and bless humanity; as through the interpretations of our text book the "hidden mysteries" are explained and the Word demonstrated in the healing of sin and disease, we realize more and more that the prophetic hour in its fulfilment has arrived, "and they shall all be taught of God." The responsive reading of a late Lesson-Sermon was full of deep and significant meaning. Not only was the strange phenomenon of the burning bush made clear, but we learned what were the mental qualities that made Moses a leader of the children of Israel. The Spirit of truth had already led him aside with the flocks of Jethro, the priest of Midian, in the desert of mortal belief, and then he turned his face towards the Horeb heights of Truth and Love. When the idea of indestructible Life as substance appeared to his consciousness in the burning bush, the crucial hour had arrived. Would he pass it by as some strange, inexplicable phenomenon,—return to the old routine,—or had he "the open eye to see, the open ear to hear," that he might receive a new and higher idea of Truth? Was he willing to leave the past and enter into a larger sense of good? "Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt. And when the Lord saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses. And he said, Here am I."

In Science and Health, p. 202, our Leader tells us what may be accomplished by the study of the "Science of Mind," and points to the redemption of humanity "through the merits of Christ,—the perception and acceptance of Truth." Recognition of the voice of Truth, and obedience to it, open the door to spiritual illumination, hence there was poured into Moses' receptive consciousness the glorious revelation of God as the "I am that I am,"—the one individual supreme Mind, or infinite Being, the one intelligence that guided Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the "strong Deliverer" from the bondage of Egypt.

The Right Concept
October 7, 1905

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