In the Bible, spiritual development may be interestingly and profitably followed, in one way, through a study of the word "harvest." Its meaning steadily progresses from the material toward the spiritual, but it is metaphysical; therefore its true meaning is revealed only through a study of it in the textbook of Christian Science, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," and other writings of Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science.

From immemorial days, the harvest has been a time of festival and rejoicing. Although it seemed a time of purely material celebration, yet the long months of work in preparation for it and hopeful anticipation of it engendered a deep feeling of gratitude and safety which led thought to lift itself naturally beyond the external to a dawning sense of the spiritual source. In Chambers' "Book of Days" we read, "The harvest home of old England was obviously and beyond question a piece of natural religion." In the Old Testament, the harvest is referred to exclusively as a time of material benefit. In the New Testament, Jesus gave the word many significant applications to bring out its meaning. In Science and Health (p. 476), Mrs. Eddy says: "Jesus of Nazareth was the most scientific man that ever trod the globe. He plunged beneath the material surface of things, and found the spiritual cause." He saw that the earth's harvest was purely symbolic and he saw so far and so deeply into its meaning that he made it the means of lessons whose true importance has been brought out only in the light of Christian Science.

Citizenship with God
January 8, 1921

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