"The knowledge of the Lord"

AT the present day, in these times of seeming financial stress and economic struggle, the question of supply presents itself to many as a very difficult one.

When in "the wilderness of Sin" the people murmured against Moses because of their food, God sent manna and quails to meet their human need. At Rephidim, called Meribah, waters gushed from the rock to quench their thirst. Over and over again the seeming perils and sufferings of the children of Israel were averted or overcome, and they were guided triumphantly through the wilderness until they reached the promised land. It might appear as though this wonderful supply for their material needs was the result of or in answer to their rebellious grumblings to Moses; but ingratitude and doubt never deserve, nor do they obtain, the blessing of God's infinite love and protection.

Why, then, were these wonderful mercies repeatedly shown to the Israelites? Like a refrain throughout the whole history of their journeyings comes the answer: "Ye shall know that I am the Lord your God." Indeed, this is the keynote of the whole of the Old Testament Scriptures. And did not our Master spend the three years of his gracious ministry on earth teaching the love and omnipotence of God, not only in words, but in deeds also? We need only to read the Sermon on the Mount to know that Jesus acknowledged God as the source of all supply. He proved this when upon two occasions he fed the hungry and weary multitudes from a seemingly utterly inadequate store. We read that "they did all eat, and were filled." Our Master likewise proved the inexhaustible nature of true supply when he provided the necessary tribute money. Our textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy, makes it clear that Jesus did not violate any law of God in the performance of his miracles, but that he fulfilled God's immutable laws, which, when obeyed, result in harmony.

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The Lesson-Sermon
October 15, 1927

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