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.

Now, did not our dear Leader manifest the same responsiveness to Truth when the life-giving power of the Christ was manifested in her marvelous healing from an injury that, according to human sense, must be fatal? She "turned aside to see" what this wonderful manifestation of divine power might mean. In these latter days, and in other times, there have been occasional healings from the Word of God, but those who were restored have usually been content to be healed; she alone "turned aside to see." Retiring from the world, putting aside the old material beliefs and theories, she sought for three years the solution of this strange phenomenon. Inspired by a sublime passion for the knowledge of God, and a divine compassion for sorrowing humanity, she pondered, sought and found God. This purity, this self-abnegation, this deep and loving search have made her the Revelator and the Leader for this age. Through her has come, not the "ministration of condemnation," but the exceeding glory of "the ministration of righteousness." This revelation of the Science of infinite being is for all ages—universal, eternal— "the same yesterday, and to-day, and forever." Through throes of anguish, struggle, victory, and the unutterable joy of doing the will of God, while bringing to human consciousness this great and omnipotent truth, our dear Leader has gone steadily forward, and the crown of rejoicing is hers, for through her writings, her prayers, and her ceaseless work, the world is awaking to righteousness. The advancing spiritual idea in Christian Science is revealing the fact that all may become the sons of God in proportion as they awake to this knowledge of revealed Truth,—of scientific being, wherein man is perfect, even as the "Father which is in heaven is perfect."

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The Right Concept
October 7, 1905

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