IT is recorded of Joshua that he gathered all the tribes of Israel together at Shechem to recount all the wonderful acts of God toward them. When he commanded them to choose whom they would serve, they chose to serve the Lord God; and Joshua took a great stone and set it under an oak saying, "Behold, this stone shall be a witness unto us; for it hath heard all the words of the Lord which he spake unto us: it shall be therefore a witness unto you, lest ye deny your God." History records that Israel served the Lord all the days of Joshua, and prospered.

Many years later the great Master, Christ Jesus, came to bear witness to the truth about God and man. He met and mastered every belief of the carnal or mortal mind that presented itself to him, healing sickness, saving from sin. destroying the belief in lack, overcoming the limitations of time and space, and destroying the belief of life in matter, and with it the "last enemy," called death. At Bethesda, after he healed one who had an infirmity thirty-eight years, the Jews persecuted him because he had done this great work on the Sabbath day. But the Master, knowing man's at-one-ment with the Father, God, rebuked them, declaring that he did only the will of the Father who had sent him. He spoke of John also as being a witness to the truth, adding: "But I have greater witness than that of John: for the works which the Father hath given me to finish, the same works that I do, bear witness of me, that the Father hath sent me. And the Father himself, which hath sent me, hath borne witness of me." The works of Christ Jesus indeed bear witness that the tabernacle of God is with men.

The Beneficence of Godliness
November 3, 1928

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