When Moses was working to gain freedom for the children of Israel, who were bound in service to Pharaoh in Egypt, he performed a succession of wonders. After each of the first evidences of God's control, the magicians apparently duplicated Moses' acts. But finally these necromancers came to the point of defeat in their efforts to imitate. They then went to Pharaoh and, referring to Moses' superior accomplishments, said (Ex. 8:19), "This is the finger of God."

In this situation, material and esoteric means and methods had to concede their limitations, their impotence, in the face of a greater—a supreme authority.

In the recounting of healings at Wednesday testimony meetings in Churches of Christ, Scientist, and in the periodicals of The Mother Church, it is not uncommon for Christian Scientists to declare that their healing through prayer came after all other methods had failed. At a point of desperation in their lives these individuals turned to Christian Science, and the Christ, Truth, "the finger of God," brought them into health. One need not run up and down the gamut of material remedies before resorting to God for help, for, as we are told in the Psalms (46:1), "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble."

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