"They lacked nothing"

The world to-day is interested in the newly discovered splendors of ancient Egypt, and is filled with amazement at the extraordinary preservation of articles fashioned thousands of years ago. The discovery of such treasures, fraught as it is with the possibility of disclosing much that was vague and uncertain in ancient history, is heralded as a great achievement, and brings rejoicing to the research worker.

Over fifty years ago there was achieved the unlocking of treasures greater by far than these, and the revelation to the world of truths hidden, that is, not understood, for centuries. Mary Baker Eddy in her textbook on Christian Science, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," brushes aside the dirt and stones of material beliefs and theories, of dogmas and creeds, and brings to light the pure gold of the truth about man. Of most vital interest to each one to-day is this revelation; since it places in the hands of all who will but reach out for it the lamp of spiritual understanding, which discloses, through spiritual interpretation, the truth hitherto hidden in the Bible.

A treasure of rare value to every student of the Bible is the story of the experiences of the children of Israel; and one of its brightest gems is to be found in Nehemiah, where we are told, "Yea, forty years didst thou sustain them in the wilderness, so that they lacked nothing; their clothes waxed not old, and their feet swelled not." Like the tomb of the ancient Egyptian king, it arouses only casual interest until unlocked. How brief yet comprehensive are the opening words, "Forty years didst thou sustain them in the wilderness"! Forty years was a long period of wandering for those followers of the one true God, often seemingly without definite goal or purpose, now advancing, now halting; at times confident of God's guidance, at others blinded to His care, even when He was providing for their every need; now joyous and obedient, then sullen and rebellious, longing to return to the deceitful comforts of Egypt.

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March 15, 1924

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