Rain in Due Season

"The one important interpretation of Scripture is the spiritual." So writes Mary Baker Eddy on page 320 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures." Seeking this "important interpretation" by studying the Bible in the light of Christian Science is profitable for spiritual progress and brings to the student rich reward for the effort.

In her search for inspiration, the writer was led to these words by the prophet Joel (Joel 2:23): "Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the Lord your God: for he hath given you the former rain moderately, and he will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain in the first month." What an inspiration to find "rain" translated "teacher of righteousness," and "moderately" as meaning "according to righteousness"! From there her search for more light on the spiritual meaning of the text was most interesting. Strong's Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible indicates that the word "rain" in many Old Testament citations means, in the Hebrew translation, "teacher," and in the verb form "to instruct, to point out."

September 14, 1946
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