"WISE AS SERPENTS."

When Christ Jesus sent out the twelve disciples whom he had equipped for the work of evangelizing humanity, he bade them "heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils,"—a truly comprehensive program of service. He also bade them carry the peace which Truth bestows into every house they should enter, and he made it clear that where the message of peace was rejected it would not be lost. He said, "Let your peace return to you."

In addition to this, he provided for their protection. One might suppose that on such a mission no harm could even threaten these healers of mankind; but the Master knew better than this, he knew that the kind of healing which he had taught them to do would never bring peace to error, therefore he said, "I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves." On another occasion he said, "Give not that which is holy unto the dogs [those outside of the spiritual fold], neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you." The relation between these statements is obvious, and they recall the words of our revered Leader, "It is wise to be willing to wait on God, and to be wiser than serpents; ... to square accounts with each passing hour" (Messages to The Mother Church, p. 91). If all Christian Scientists heeded these admonitions, they would be spared many trying and needless experiences.

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