Sunday, August 20th, 2023



SubjectMind

Golden Text: Isaiah 33 : 6



Wisdom and knowledge shall be the stability of thy times and strength of salvation.




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Responsive Reading: Psalm 111 : 1–3, 7-10


1.     Praise ye the Lord. I will praise the Lord with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright, and in the congregation.

2.     The works of the Lord are great, sought out of all them that have pleasure therein.

3.     His work is honourable and glorious: and his righteousness endureth for ever.

7.     The works of his hands are verity and judgment; all his commandments are sure.

8.     They stand fast for ever and ever, and are done in truth and uprightness.

9.     He sent redemption unto his people: he hath commanded his covenant for ever: holy and reverend is his name.

10.     The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever.



Lesson Sermon



The Bible


1. Psalm 139 : 1-5

1     O Lord, thou hast searched me, and known me.

2     Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off.

3     Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways.

4     For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O Lord, thou knowest it altogether.

5     Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me.

2. I Chronicles 22 : 7 (David), 8 (to 2nd ,), 9-12

7     David said to Solomon, My son, as for me, it was in my mind to build an house unto the name of the Lord my God:

8     But the word of the Lord came to me, saying,

9     Behold, a son shall be born to thee, who shall be a man of rest; and I will give him rest from all his enemies round about: for his name shall be Solomon, and I will give peace and quietness unto Israel in his days.

10     He shall build an house for my name; and he shall be my son, and I will be his father; and I will establish the throne of his kingdom over Israel for ever.

11     Now, my son, the Lord be with thee; and prosper thou, and build the house of the Lord thy God, as he hath said of thee.

12     Only the Lord give thee wisdom and understanding, and give thee charge concerning Israel, that thou mayest keep the law of the Lord thy God.

3. I Chronicles 28 : 9 (to ;)

9     And thou, Solomon my son, know thou the God of thy father, and serve him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind: for the Lord searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts: if thou seek him, he will be found of thee;

4. I Chronicles 29 : 11, 19

11     Thine, O Lord, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O Lord, and thou art exalted as head above all.

19     And give unto Solomon my son a perfect heart, to keep thy commandments, thy testimonies, and thy statutes, and to do all these things, and to build the palace, for the which I have made provision.

5. II Chronicles 1 : 1, 3, 7-12

1     And Solomon the son of David was strengthened in his kingdom, and the Lord his God was with him, and magnified him exceedingly.

3     So Solomon, and all the congregation with him, went to the high place that was at Gibeon; for there was the tabernacle of the congregation of God, which Moses the servant of the Lord had made in the wilderness.

7     In that night did God appear unto Solomon, and said unto him, Ask what I shall give thee.

8     And Solomon said unto God, Thou hast shewed great mercy unto David my father, and hast made me to reign in his stead.

9     Now, O Lord God, let thy promise unto David my father be established: for thou hast made me king over a people like the dust of the earth in multitude.

10     Give me now wisdom and knowledge, that I may go out and come in before this people: for who can judge this thy people, that is so great?

11     And God said to Solomon, Because this was in thine heart, and thou hast not asked riches, wealth, or honour, nor the life of thine enemies, neither yet hast asked long life; but hast asked wisdom and knowledge for thyself, that thou mayest judge my people, over whom I have made thee king:

12     Wisdom and knowledge is granted unto thee; and I will give thee riches, and wealth, and honour, such as none of the kings have had that have been before thee, neither shall there any after thee have the like.

6. II Chronicles 9 : 1 (to 2nd ,), 2, 5, 6, 8

1     And when the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon, she came to prove Solomon with hard questions at Jerusalem,

2     And Solomon told her all her questions: and there was nothing hid from Solomon which he told her not.

5     And she said to the king, It was a true report which I heard in mine own land of thine acts, and of thy wisdom:

6     Howbeit I believed not their words, until I came, and mine eyes had seen it: and, behold, the one half of the greatness of thy wisdom was not told me: for thou exceedest the fame that I heard.

8     Blessed be the Lord thy God, which delighted in thee to set thee on his throne, to be king for the Lord thy God: because thy God loved Israel, to establish them for ever, therefore made he thee king over them, to do judgment and justice.

7. Proverbs 2 : 1-7

1     My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee;

2     So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding;

3     Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding;

4     If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures;

5     Then shalt thou understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God.

6     For the Lord giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.

7     He layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous: he is a buckler to them that walk uprightly.



Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures


1. 283 : 6-7

Mind is the same Life, Love, and wisdom "yesterday, and to-day, and forever."

2. 275 : 14-24

All substance, intelligence, wisdom, being, immortality, cause, and effect belong to God. These are His attributes, the eternal manifestations of the infinite divine Principle, Love. No wisdom is wise but His wisdom; no truth is true, no love is lovely, no life is Life but the divine; no good is, but the good God bestows.

Divine metaphysics, as revealed to spiritual understanding, shows clearly that all is Mind, and that Mind is God, omnipotence, omnipresence, omniscience, — that is, all power, all presence, all Science. Hence all is in reality the manifestation of Mind.

3. 485 : 2-5

Material sense is an absurd phrase, for matter has no sensation. Science declares that Mind, not matter, sees, hears, feels, speaks.

4. 128 : 4-19

The term Science, properly understood, refers only to the laws of God and to His government of the universe, inclusive of man. From this it follows that business men and cultured scholars have found that Christian Science enhances their endurance and mental powers, enlarges their perception of character, gives them acuteness and comprehensiveness and an ability to exceed their ordinary capacity. The human mind, imbued with this spiritual understanding, becomes more elastic, is capable of greater endurance, escapes somewhat from itself, and requires less repose. A knowledge of the Science of being develops the latent abilities and possibilities of man. It extends the atmosphere of thought, giving mortals access to broader and higher realms. It raises the thinker into his native air of insight and perspicacity.

5. 84 : 3-23, 28-9

The ancient prophets gained their foresight from a spiritual, incorporeal standpoint, not by foreshadowing evil and mistaking fact for fiction, — predicting the future from a groundwork of corporeality and human belief. When sufficiently advanced in Science to be in harmony with the truth of being, men become seers and prophets involuntarily, controlled not by demons, spirits, or demigods, but by the one Spirit. It is the prerogative of the ever-present, divine Mind, and of thought which is in rapport with this Mind, to know the past, the present, and the future.

Acquaintance with the Science of being enables us to commune more largely with the divine Mind, to foresee and foretell events which concern the universal welfare, to be divinely inspired, — yea, to reach the range of fetterless Mind.

To understand that Mind is infinite, not bounded by corporeality, not dependent upon the ear and eye for sound or sight nor upon muscles and bones for locomotion, is a step towards the Mind-science by which we discern man's nature and existence.

All we correctly know of Spirit comes from God, divine Principle, and is learned through Christ and Christian Science. If this Science has been thoroughly learned and properly digested, we can know the truth more accurately than the astronomer can read the stars or calculate an eclipse. This Mind-reading is the opposite of clairvoyance. It is the illumination of the spiritual understanding which demonstrates the capacity of Soul, not of material sense. This Soul-sense comes to the human mind when the latter yields to the divine Mind.

Such intuitions reveal whatever constitutes and perpetuates harmony, enabling one to do good, but not evil.

6. 284 : 28-32

According to Christian Science, the only real senses of man are spiritual, emanating from divine Mind. Thought passes from God to man, but neither sensation nor report goes from material body to Mind. The intercommunication is always from God to His idea, man.

7. 487 : 6-12

There is more Christianity in seeing and hearing spiritually than materially. There is more Science in the perpetual exercise of the Mind-faculties than in their loss. Lost they cannot be, while Mind remains. The apprehension of this gave sight to the blind and hearing to the deaf centuries ago, and it will repeat the wonder.

8. 488 : 14-24

Question. — Do the five corporeal senses constitute man?

Answer. — Christian Science sustains with immortal proof the impossibility of any material sense, and defines these so-called senses as mortal beliefs, the testimony of which cannot be true either of man or of his Maker. The corporeal senses can take no cognizance of spiritual reality and immortality. Nerves have no more sensation, apart from what belief bestows upon them, than the fibres of a plant. Mind alone possesses all faculties, perception, and comprehension.

9. 263 : 32-12

The fading forms of matter, the mortal body and material earth, are the fleeting concepts of the human mind. They have their day before the permanent facts and their perfection in Spirit appear. The crude creations of mortal thought must finally give place to the glorious forms which we sometimes behold in the camera of divine Mind, when the mental picture is spiritual and eternal. Mortals must look beyond fading, finite forms, if they would gain the true sense of things. Where shall the gaze rest but in the unsearchable realm of Mind? We must look where we would walk, and we must act as possessing all power from Him in whom we have our being.

10. 205 : 32-3

When we fully understand our relation to the Divine, we can have no other Mind but His, — no other Love, wisdom, or Truth, no other sense of Life, and no consciousness of the existence of matter or error.

11. 151 : 20-28

Every function of the real man is governed by the divine Mind. The human mind has no power to kill or to cure, and it has no control over God's man. The divine Mind that made man maintains His own image and likeness. The human mind is opposed to God and must be put off, as St. Paul declares. All that really exists is the divine Mind and its idea, and in this Mind the entire being is found harmonious and eternal.





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