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The Lamb "without blemish"
When the children of Israel were in bondage to the Egyptians, we read that the Lord told Moses and his brother Aaron that He would send a plague over all the land to punish the Egyptians for their sins. But the word came to the Israelites that they should "take to them every man a lamb, according to the house of their fathers, a lamb for an house." They were instructed that the lamb was to be "without blemish," and that the "two side posts" and "the upper door post of the houses" were to be marked with its blood. This would be a sign by which the people could make themselves known, in order that the Lord might protect the children of Israel, and spare them from the evil that was to befall the land.
"Spiritual teaching must always be by symbols," says Mary Baker Eddy, the much loved Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, on page 575 of the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures." Therefore Christian Scientists are forever grateful for the spiritual interpretation of Bible passages which their textbook gives them.
John the Baptist, and Peter, Jesus' disciple, referred to Christ Jesus, the great Exemplar of purity and innocence, as "a lamb without blemish and without spot," and as the "Lamb of God." Likewise the Revelator uses the symbol of the Lamb to indicate the highest office. He identifies it with strength and abundance, wisdom, honor, and blessings. He sees it "in the midst of the throne," and foretells that it "shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters." He furthermore sees it as possessing God-given power to overcome the dragon, which Christian Science exposes as the symbol of the sum total of the evils of ancient and modern mesmerism, the belief of life in matter, a belief which manifests itself not only in physical but in mental warfare.
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Truth's Infinite Theme
HARRY E. DE LASAUX
EDNA HENDERSON STRAYER
Man Is Never a Casualty
EUNICE H. DIZER
The Samaritan Quality
Taking Deeper Roots
The Lamb "without blemish"
MARGOT G. LETTS
The Mother Church Wartime Fund
The Christian Science Board of Directors
Our Unlimited Capacities
Paul Stark Seeley
The Courage of Today
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John A. C. Fraser
To the glory of God, and in...
Lenore M. McCracken
I wish to convey my deep appreciation...
Blanche Walters with contributions from Tom F. Walters
With a heart overflowing with...
With a deep sense of gratitude...
Little did I realize how great...
Marjorie E. Lanham
For over twenty-four years I...
Bessie M. Machado
Thou Nameless One to Jacob Friend
Signs of the Times
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