Seeing the Real Man

On page 62 of "Miscellaneous Writings" our revered Leader, Mrs. Eddy, says, "Holding the right idea of man in my mind, I can improve my own, and other people's individuality, health, and morals." An illustration of the working of this rule is seen in the results attending Jacob's vision of the real man which immediately preceded his reunion with Esau after years of estrangement.

As a young man Jacob evidently did not realize that his true birthright was a spiritual heritage bestowed upon him by his heavenly Father. He desired to possess the birthright of his brother Esau, and obtained this by unfair means. Later, when he committed a second offense, in fraudulently obtaining the blessing which belonged to Esau, he was forced to flee from his brother's wrath, and so to spend many years in a far land.

On page 589 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" Mrs. Eddy defines "Jacob" thus: "A corporeal mortal embracing duplicity, repentance, sensualism. Inspiration; the revelation of Science, in which the so-called material senses yield to the spiritual sense of Life and Love." In the path that eventually led from duplicity to repentance, Jacob may have communed often with God. When he fled from his father's home, he came to a certain place and lay down to sleep, and in a dream beheld "a ladder set up on the earth, ... and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it," and was assured of divine protection. These angelic visitants Mrs. Eddy defines in part on page 581 of Science and Health as "God's thoughts passing to man."

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January 14, 1933

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