Error's first observation regarding Adam, according to Genesis, was (2:18), "It is not good that the man should be alone." The lie that God and His idea are not complete and satisfied would still impose its fraudulent suggestions upon mankind today.

In the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," Mary Baker Eddy writes (p. 259), "Man is not absorbed in Deity, and man cannot lose his individuality, for he reflects eternal Life; nor is he an isolated, solitary idea, for he represents infinite Mind, the sum of all substance." She also says (ibid., p. 90), "The admission to one's self that man is God's own likeness sets man free to master the infinite idea."

No one knew better than Moses the suggestions of being alone or the rich reward of using seclusion as a time for communing with God. Until his flight into the hills of Midian, it is possible that Moses had rarely been without the presence of friends or servants. When his mother placed him as a babe in a cradle in the rushes, she left a loving sister standing guard until his safety was assured. In the splendor of the palace of Pharaoh, and while he was being instructed in all Egyptian wisdom, his every want was doubtless supplied. But Moses eventually found himself tending sheep on the lonely hills of Midian. How long it was before he was willing to ask God for the lesson to be learned is a matter for conjecture. But at the end of forty years Moses turned aside to see why the burning bush was not consumed.

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