"The church in the wilderness"

When Moses went up into Mount Sinai in obedience to God's command, as recorded in Exodus, "the glory of the Lord abode upon mount Sinai." Afterward Moses heard God's voice, and the revelation of the voice supplied him with comfort, inspiration, and guidance in his great future work.

Among the first of those sacred commands concerning the children of Israel given at that time were the words, "Let them make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them;" and this is the first record we have of a church organization or of a church edifice. The tabernacle that was then constructed with so much care and labor and sacrifice was long afterward lovingly referred to by Stephen in his remarkable defense as "the church in the wilderness."

In many ways the history of the building of "the church in the wilderness" is being repeated to-day all over the world by earnest bands of Christian Scientists who are organizing Christian Science churches and societies, and building church edifices for the purpose of providing suitable places in which to carry on needful, legitimate, Christian Science organization work.

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Preservation Through Right Thinking
September 28, 1929

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