"Surely the Lord is in this place"

The Bible records many incidents in the lives of the patriarchs which, when studied in the light that Christian Science throws upon them, hold valuable lessons for all; and among these the story of Jacob is notable.

In the Glossary to the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," Mary Baker Eddy defines "Jacob," in part, as follows (p. 589): "A corporeal mortal embracing duplicity, repentance, sensualism. Inspiration." Having left his home after he had deceitfully stolen his brother's blessing, Jacob set out for a strange land and an unknown people. Alone, afraid, in great mental distress he lay down, making a pillow of "the stones of that place."

In this incident we see a situation similar to that in which we so often find ourselves. We too may have indulged in some phase of belief in a mind apart from God, the one divine Mind. We may have had some thought of gaining good by methods which are accepted perhaps by the business world, but which do not measure up to the standard set forth in the Sermon on the Mount. Maybe it seemed that a brother had a goodlier heritage than our own, and we thought to gain somewhat of that which appeared to us so desirable, and did not too closely scrutinize our means of so doing. Perhaps our temptation has been a belief of uncongenial environment, lack of friends, lack of opportunities for service; or an acceptance of the limitations which mortal mind would attach to us regarding education, our station in life, or the particular place we occupy.

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The Perfect Remedy
August 10, 1929

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