WHAT WE GIVE UP

In Science and Health (p. 321) Mrs. Eddy tells of Moses' experience at Mount Horeb, when God called to him from the burning bush and commanded him to go to his brethren who were in bondage to the Egyptian taskmasters. Referring to the rod which became a serpent, she says. "In this incident was seen the actuality of Science, and this proof was a staff upon which to lean."

Moses was standing on holy ground, conscious of the immediate presence, the fire of Divinity, yet, when from this fire of Love and light he was given a message and a mission, with promise of help and success, he demurred and seemed to be unwilling to obey. Studying the preceding chapter, we find that he expressed this unwillingness three times. He pleaded his unimportance in the sight of men; the children of Israel's ignorance of even the name of God, and finally the probability of his being looked upon as an impostor. It is then that Divine wisdom searches him with the demand, "What is that in thine hand?" To what false human concept art thou giving a sense of dominion? Moses answers promptly, "A rod," something to be relied upon. Then wisdom bade him cast it down to the holy ground on which he stood, into the light of Truth and Love emanating from the burning bush, and when he did so the error was uncovered — the rod became a serpent, and Moses fled from it.

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