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Bible Study from February 1st, 2020

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We should become more familiar with good than with evil, and guard against false beliefs as watchfully as we bar our doors against the approach of thieves and murderers. We should love our enemies and help them on the basis of the Golden Rule; but avoid casting pearls before those who trample them under foot, thereby robbing both themselves and others.

From Science and Health With Key to the Scriptures,
 by Mary Baker Eddy, pages 234: 9-16

Topic: Moved with compassion.

Moderator: Luanne from NY

Bible Readings: Ephesians 4: 11-13; 1 Peter 2: 15-25; Deuteronomy 32:10; Matthew 9: 36; Matthew 5: 38-47

Additional Readings: “…Unspeakable pity and prayer” – Mrs. Eddy’s deep desire to help and heal humanity. From Mary Baker Eddy: A New Look by Helen Wright Pages 54,56,127

Questions:

  1. Is preaching and teaching the same thing? Define each.
  2. What does it mean to be the “apple of His eye”? (Deuteronomy 32:10)
  3. Discuss Jesus’ compassion when he looked upon the multitude. (Strong’s Concordance)
  4. Discuss Matthew 5: 38-47 from Sermon on the Mount. How had the people misunderstood the Law of God?

Notes from the Discussion




Preaching: To proclaim or put forth in a sermon. To deliver, delcare with conviction. To give religious or moral instruction.

— From Webster’s 1828 Dictionary




Teaching: Instruct by precept, example, or experience, to inform, to make known and accepted. To impart the knowledge of.

— From Webster’s 1828 Dictionary




The error of the ages is preaching without practice.

— from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, page 241




A similar healing by Mrs. Eddy was related in a letter to her from a crippled man’s niece, and published in the Sentinel, Vol. X, p. 912: About 1870 Mrs. Eddy was visiting with a friend in a Boston suburb. A cripple came to the friend’s door. His arms were so stiff and his legs so contracted that he was strapped to crutches. Mrs. Eddy saw him and gave him something. Hobbling to the next house he was given permission to enter and lie down. In about an hour he found his arms and legs loosed; he could stand erect, he could walk. He was well. He attributed his recovery to Mrs. Eddy, for whom he inquired without knowing her name. When later Mrs. Eddy’s students asked her how she had healed him, she replied.

“When I looked on that man my heart gushed with unspeakable pity and prayer.” Mrs. Eddy loved. She yearned to do good. Mrs. Eddy knew that God is Love and His law is always available and adequate for every need. “The consciousness of God as Love gives man power with untold furtherance” (‘02.8:30). Mrs. Eddy’s comprehension of God’s love was clear and positive.

— from Mary Baker Eddy: A New Look, by Helen M. Wright


Link to Book — Mary Baker Eddy A New Look by Helen Wright




Mrs. Eddy’s God was her Life. She wanted us to understand that our God is our Life. Mrs. Eddy’s self-effacement was complete. She was like a transparency for God to shine through. She knew man shines by borrowed light. He reflects God as his Mind, and this reflection is substance-the substance of good. (Ret. 57:15) Mrs. Eddy’s constant prayer was:

Oh, Lord, give me higher, purer, holier desires.
Oh, Lord, give me more self·abnegating desires.
Oh, Lord, give me a desire for more Love.


She realized that without the unction of Love there is no vision.

— from Mary Baker Eddy: A New Look, by Helen M. Wright




I suppose that when our Saviour looked upon certain sights, those who watched him closely perceived that his internal agitation was very great, his emotions were very deep, and then his face betrayed it, his eyes gushed like founts with tears, and you saw that his big heart was ready to burst with pity for the sorrow upon which his eyes were gazing. He was moved with compassion. His whole nature was agitated with commiseration for the sufferers before him.

Now, although this word is not used many times even by the evangelists, yet it may be taken as a clue to the Saviour’s whole life, and I intend thus to apply it to him. If you would sum up the whole character of Christ in reference to ourselves, it might be gathered into this one sentence, “He was moved with compassion.” Upon this one point we shall try to insist now, and may God grant that good practical result may come of it.

— from The Compassion of Jesus, by Charles Spurgeon, 1914




Link to Book — Let Your Love Be a Light Unto The People performed by Craig, Faith, Jared, and Bruce




Love inspires, illumines, designates, and leads the way.

— from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, page 454




EDUCATION: Education is not teaching something to ignorance. It is bringing to light the intelligence that is omnipresent. It is the sun unfolding the flower in loveliness and beauty.

— from Clear and Correct Teaching by Herbert Eustace, page 454




Above all, trespass not intentionally upon other people’s thoughts, by endeavoring to influence other minds to any action not first made known to them or sought by them.

— from Retrospection and Introspection by Mary Baker Eddy, page 89




God is ready at an instant to defend His people.

— from Bible Study




Paul said, “To be spiritually minded is life.” We approach God, or Life, in proportion to our spirituality, our fidelity to Truth and Love; and in that ratio we know all human need and are able to discern the thought of the sick and the sinning for the purpose of healing them. Error of any kind cannot hide from the law of God.

— from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, page 95




Always ask God, “What is the need?”

— from Bible Study




Rushing around smartly is no proof of accomplishing much.

— “Improve Your Time” Miscellaneous Writings by Mary Baker Eddy, page 230







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