"A staff upon which to lean"

It is recorded in the Bible that when God told Moses he was the chosen one to deliver the children of Israel out of Egypt, Moses had great fear of his inability. In order to break this mesmeric fear, God commanded him to cast down his rod. As he did so, the rod became a serpent; and Moses fled from before it." Ex. 4:3;

In the Glossary of Science and Health Mrs. Eddy defines "serpent." Part of the definition reads, "The first lie of limitation" and another part, "The first delusion that, error exists as fact." Science and Health, p. 594; To Moses, the serpent apparently symbolized the belief that there is an evil power that can thwart God's plan of action, that man is a mortal bound by chains of limitation and fear, that man can be overpowered by this mesmerism.

Then God told Moses, "Put forth thine hand, and take it by the tail." Ex. 4:4; Although mortal belief certainly would have considered this action foolhardy, Moses did as he was directed, and the serpent became a rod. Mrs. Eddy writes: "The serpent, evil, under wisdom's bidding, was destroyed through understanding divine Science, and this proof was a staff upon which to lean. The illusion of Moses lost its power to alarm him, when he discovered that what he apparently saw was really but a phase of mortal belief." Science and Health, p. 321;

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Healing the Fear of inadequacy
March 29, 1969

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