"Oil for the light"

We read in the Old Testament that Moses, at God's command, required the children of Israel, "every man that giveth it willingly with his heart,"Ex. 25:2; to bring an offering to God, including among other things, "oil for the light" v. 6 ; —for the lamps of the sanctuary.

Today, as in Moses' time, we must have "oil for the light." Without oil our lamps go out. Christ Jesus' parable of the wise and foolish virgins illustrates this. The foolish virgins had not maintained their supply of oil. Hence when the bridegroom came, they were not ready to go with him to the marriage feast. The wise had oil for their lamps. Referring to this illustration, Mrs. Eddy writes: "In Christian Science the midnight hour will always be the bridal hour, until 'no night is there.' The wise will have their lamps aglow, and light will illumine the darkness."Miscellaneous Writings, p. 276;

How important it is that we have oil in our lamps, that for the world's sake as well as for ourselves our light may be always ready for the holy hour of proving the truth! Christian Science shows us that light may be shared without limit. But oil can be obtained only through individual demonstration; it cannot be borrowed from another.

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December 23, 1967

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