"Waters of Israel"

IN reading of Naaman, captain of the host of the king of Syria, we see his reluctance to acknowledge other waters as superior to the rivers of Damascus. "Are not Abana and Pharpar, rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel?" he asked; "may I not wash in them, and be clean?" He had traveled far in the hope that his leprosy would be healed, and was prepared to give generously of his material riches. Yet at the command of the prophet Elisha, immediately he rebelled and demanded to know why the waters of his own country were not sufficient to cleanse him.

Like Naaman, perhaps, some of us have come to Christian Science for healing, and then demanded to know why we must mentally dip deep into our Leader's writings. There was no reservation in the command given to Naaman: "Go and wash in Jordan seven times, . . . and thou shalt be clean." Nothing less than full submergence in the "waters of Israel" would answer.

"Waters of Israel" On page 583 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" Mrs. Eddy speaks of the children of Israel as "the representatives of Soul." And John tells us of "a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb." Then, what lovely signification may be found in the words "waters of Israel," which may be taken to symbolize the highest spirituality! We must dip in this pure stream to be clean.

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Letting Go
October 26, 1929

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