DELIVERANCE FROM BONDAGE

When Moses asked God what he should say to the children of Israel in order to convince them that he was divinely chosen to guide them out of Egypt, God said unto him (Ex. 3:14): "I AM THAT I AM:... Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you." Mary Baker Eddy gives this interpretation of "I Am" in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 588): "God; incorporeal and eternal Mind; divine Principle; the only Ego." This interpretation makes it clear that the I AM includes all identity—Mind governs its creation of ideas in perfect harmony. It attributes all power to God.

As the one who was to guide the children of Israel out of Egypt, it was essential that Moses be awake to evil's seeming opposition to Truth, so that its false claim to reality could not deceive him and he could prove its unreality. Speaking of this incident, Mrs. Eddy writes (ibid., p.321), "When, led by wisdom to cast down his rod, he saw it become a serpent, Moses fled before it; but wisdom bade him come back and handle the serpent, and then Moses' fear departed." And she continues: "In this incident was seen the actuality of Science. Matter was shown to be a belief only." This understanding became the means of dividing between good and evil, between the real and the unreal, thereby providing the way for overcoming every seeming foe to spiritual progress.

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