Bible Study from December 19th, 2020
The Mighty Presence of God Delivers His People from Egypt
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Bible Study Questions and Readings
Now worry does not demonstrate. All the mental energy one spends on worry would be better used in faith. Just pray when you do not know what to think, or sing a hymn to yourself until worry goes. Nothing happens out of order, everything happens in the order of development for you. You pray to learn; then why be regretful when the page turns over and a hard lesson comes next? Let resentment go, and just roll up your sleeves, so to speak, and get to work and declare that you are going to squeeze all the benefit out of that experience that you can. Just learn to be glad of these chances to impersonalize error.
…Remember there will be nothing come to you that you cannot overcome. The victory is yours by inheritance; claim it and use it as yours. Work every day to know that the belief of impossibility has no power over you. Know that it cannot possibly affect you in any way, and can never for an instant hinder your demonstration, whether you are working for health, peace, joy, or any mental quality, thing or experience.
…Be watchful and demonstrate that Truth and Love can and do triumph over every obstacle that confronts us and vanquish every temptation that assails us.
from “Essays Ascribed to Mary Baker Eddy” in Essays and Other Footprints (the “Red Book”), by Mary Baker Eddy, page 77-78
Topic: The Majesty of God
Moderator: Shahidat from MD
Bible Readings: Exodus Chapters 14; Psalm 114
- What was the terrain of the area near where the children of Israel crossed the Red Sea?
- Why did God order the children of Israel to turn around at Etham in Exodus chapter 14? Was there a route for the Children of Israel to reach the Promised Land without crossing the Red Sea?
- Why did Moses tell the Children of Israel to “hold their peace”? (see verse Exodus chapter 14:14)
- What did the Psalmist mean in verse 2 of Psalms 114 that “Judah was his sanctuary, and Israel his dominion?”
Notes from the Discussion
The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way.
— Psalm 37: 23 from the King James Bible
Link to Articles — The Psychologist and The Magician by Herbert W. Eustace
WILDERNESS. Loneliness; doubt; darkness. Spontaneity of thought and idea; the vestibule in which a material sense of things disappears, and spiritual sense unfolds the great facts of existence.
— from the Glossary of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, page 597
Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old.
Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.
— Isaiah 43:18-19 from the King James Bible
I don’t care what mortal sense has done; I don’t care how it has beat me, and worked me, and insulted me, wronged me and lied to me, and tortured me. It is all past and it is a dream. I have found Love at last. I can lie down in the Father’s arms and be at peace. I love God supremely. Mortal sense has done its worst. I have passed through the Red Sea and under the rod, and been nailed to the cross, and still I am God’s own child, hid with Christ in His arms, safe in green pastures. Life, Truth and Love, Mind, Spirit, Soul-all these express God. My dear ones, when, oh! when, will you realize what these mean?
from “Essays Ascribed to Mary Baker Eddy” in Essays and Other Footprints (the “Red Book”), by Mary Baker Eddy, page 80
“Fear Ye Not … Go Forward” — From the October 1911 issue of The Christian Science Journal by Ernest C. Moses
This sublime SONG OF THE EXODUS is one and indivisible. True poetry has here reached its climax: no human mind has ever been able to equal, much less to excel, the grandeur of this Psalm.
Poem — Psalm 114 Charles H. Spurgeon’s Treasury of David
Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.
Behold, all they that were incensed against thee shall be ashamed and confounded: they shall be as nothing; and they that strive with thee shall perish.
Thou shalt seek them, and shalt not find them, even them that contended with thee: they that war against thee shall be as nothing, and as a thing of nought.
For I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.
— Isaiah 41: 10-13 from the King James Bible
— Hebrews 11 from the King james Bible
Wherever He may guide me,
No want shall turn me back;
My Shepherd is beside me,
And nothing can I lack.
His wisdom ever waketh,
His sight is never dim;
He knows the way He taketh,
And I will walk with Him.
Click here to read — Hymn 148 from the Christian Science Hymnal