Shining a light on the weekly Bible Lessons published in the Christian Science Quarterly®

God the Only Cause and Creator

The same One who made what is outside also made what is inside.

—International Children’s Bible®

Christ Jesus is speaking here, admonishing a Pharisee who objects when the Master sits down to dinner without first washing his hands. Jesus emphasizes that God desires inner purification rather than mere outward cleansing. A Hebrew Bible author points out, “Man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart” (I Samuel 16:7).

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Resources cited in this issue

RR, Cit. 8: Wilkins, Michael J. NIV Application Commentary: From Biblical Text . . . to Contemporary Life. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2004.

Cit. 1: The King James Study Bible. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2017.

Cit. 18: Carson, D.A. NIV Biblical Theology Study Bible. Previously published as NIV Zondervan Study Bible. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2018.

Cit. 19: Barclay, William. The Daily Study Bible: The Gospel of Luke. Edinburgh: Saint Andrew, 1955. Revised and updated by Saint Andrew, 2001. Reprinted as The New Daily Study Bible: The Gospel of Luke. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox, 2001–04.

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