Journeying from Sense to Soul

The Biblical record of the deliverance of the children of Israel, under the leadership of Moses, from the bondage of the Egyptians, is a very interesting and helpful one to the student of Christian Science. When the children of Israel received the good news that God had chosen Moses as their leader to deliver them out of the hands of the Egyptians, they prayed to God in thanksgiving, and rejoiced in anticipation of entering the promised land. When, later, Moses went to Pharaoh and said, "Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, Let my people go, that they may hold a feast unto me in the wilderness," Pharaoh replied, "I know not the Lord, neither will I let Israel go." Then, as a punishment for making this request, Pharaoh commanded that the burdens of the children of Israel be increased. This caused the children of Israel to doubt Moses' word and God's promise of deliverance; and they complained that Moses had caused their bonds to be increased.

This experience of the children of Israel may be similar to that of the student of Christian Science when the truth first comes to him in, perhaps, the seemingly darkest hour of discouragement, when he is overburdened with the bonds of sickness, sin, or lack. It comes with its joyous, healing message of liberty and peace, and he gratefully bows his head in a prayer of gratitude and thanksgiving, believing he is at once to enter fully into the promised land of health, happiness, and tranquillity, without any effort on his part. However, when error says "No," and endeavors to increase his burdens, he perchance is inclined to feel that injustice is being done him, and that he therefore has cause to complain.

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