The Healing at Zarephath

The student of Christian Science finds much of interest in the experience of Elijah at Zarephath, as recorded in the seventeenth chapter of I Kings, because he has learned to analyze any incident related in the Scriptures in order to find its deeper meanings; and so he sees that the restoration to life of the widow's son was by no means all that was accomplished on that memorable occasion.

The story is familiar to all, telling as it does how Elijah, after destroying in time of famine a sense of lack in the consciousness of this same woman of Zarephath, was later called to prove to her the omnipotence of ever present Life. For her son had fallen sick, and to human sense was dead. She turned to Elijah in her need, crying out, "What have I to do with thee, O thou man of God? art thou come unto me to call my sin to remembrance, and to slay my son?"

"To call my sin to remembrance"! That is what arrests the attention of the student. What sin? The record does not state. But, in her despair, the woman may have been believing that which much of humanity believes today, namely, that for her sin, whatever it was, an innocent child must pay the penalty.

Our Present Existence Illumined
December 10, 1932

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