First Church of Christ, Scientist, La Cañada Flintridge

Wednesday Meeting Readings

The Fatherhood of God
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
w181017The Bible
  1. Gen 21:2, 3

    2Sarah conceived, and bare Abraham a son in his old age, at the set time of which God had spoken to him.

    3And Abraham called the name of his son that was born unto him, whom Sarah bare to him, Isaac.

  2. Gen 22:1, 2, 7-13, 15, 17 in blessing (to ;), 18

    1And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, here I am.

    2And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of.

    7And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I, my son. And he said, Behold the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?

    8And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together.

    9And they came to the place which God had told him of; and Abraham built an altar there, and laid the wood in order, and bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar upon the wood.

    10And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son.

    11And the angel of the Lord called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here am I.

    12And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me.

    13And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son.

    15And the angel of the Lord called unto Abraham out of heaven the second time,

    17 ... in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore;

    ... 18And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.

  3. Exodus 18:1-3 (to ;), 4 (to ;), 6, 14-15, 17 (to ,), 19-20, 24

    1When Jethro, the priest of Midian, Moses’ father in law, heard of all that God had done for Moses, and for Israel his people, and that the Lord had brought Israel out of Egypt;

    2Then Jethro, Moses’ father in law, took Zipporah, Moses’ wife, after he had sent her back,

    3And her two sons;

    ... 4And the name of the other was Eliezer;

    ... 6And he said unto Moses, I thy father in law Jethro am come unto thee, and thy wife, and her two sons with her.

    14And when Moses’ father in law saw all that he did to the people, he said, What is this thing that thou doest to the people? why sittest thou thyself alone, and all the people stand by thee from morning unto even?

    15And Moses said unto his father in law, Because the people come unto me to inquire of God:

    ... 17And Moses’ father in law said unto him,

    ... 19Hearken now unto my voice, I will give thee counsel, and God shall be with thee: Be thou for the people to God-ward, that thou mayest bring the causes unto God:

    20And thou shalt teach them ordinances and laws, and shalt shew them the way wherein they must walk, and the work that they must do.

    ... 24So Moses hearkened to the voice of his father in law, and did all that he had said.

  4. Exodus 19:1, 3, 5 if ye

    1In the third month, when the children of Israel were gone forth out of the land of Egypt, the same day came they into the wilderness of Sinai.

    ... 3And Moses went up unto God, and the Lord called unto him out of the mountain, saying, Thus shalt thou say to the house of Jacob, and tell the children of Israel;

    5 ... if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine:

  5. Exodus 20:1, 3, 12

    1And God spake all these words, saying,

    ... 3Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

    12Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.

  6. Matt 1:18-21, 24-25

    18Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.

    19Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privily.

    20But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.

    21And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.

    ... 24Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife:

    25And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS.

  7. Matt 2:13 behold, 19-21

    13behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him.

    19But when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the Lord appeareth in a dream to Joseph in Egypt,

    20Saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and go into the land of Israel: for they are dead which sought the young child’s life.

    21And he arose, and took the young child and his mother, and came into the land of Israel.

  8. Luke 2:41-49

    41Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the passover.

    42And when he was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem after the custom of the feast.

    43And when they had fulfilled the days, as they returned, the child Jesus tarried behind in Jerusalem; and Joseph and his mother knew not of it.

    44But they, supposing him to have been in the company, went a day’s journey; and they sought him among their kinsfolk and acquaintance.

    45And when they found him not, they turned back again to Jerusalem, seeking him.

    46And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions.

    47And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers.

    48And when they saw him, they were amazed: and his mother said unto him, Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us? behold, thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing.

    49And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business?

  9. Matt 23:1, 9

    1Then spake Jesus to the multitude, and to his disciples,

    ... 9call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.

  10. John 4:46-47, 49-53

    46So Jesus came again into Cana of Galilee, where he made the water wine. And there was a certain nobleman, whose son was sick at Capernaum.

    47When he heard that Jesus was come out of Judæa into Galilee, he went unto him, and besought him that he would come down, and heal his son: for he was at the point of death.

    ... 49The nobleman saith unto him, Sir, come down ere my child die.

    50Jesus saith unto him, Go thy way; thy son liveth. And the man believed the word that Jesus had spoken unto him, and he went his way.

    51And as he was now going down, his servants met him, and told him, saying, Thy son liveth.

    52Then inquired he of them the hour when he began to amend. And they said unto him, Yesterday at the seventh hour the fever left him.

    53So the father knew that it was at the same hour, in the which Jesus said unto him, Thy son liveth: and himself believed, and his whole house.

  11. John 5:19, 20 (to :)

    19Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.

    20For the Father loveth the Son, and sheweth him all things that himself doeth:

  12. John 1:17-18

    17For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.

    18No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.

Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures
by Mary Baker Eddy

  1. S&H 579:10-14

    Abraham. Fidelity; faith in the divine Life and in the eternal Principle of being.

    12    This patriarch illustrated the purpose of Love to create trust in good, and showed the life-preserving power of spiritual understanding.

  2. S&H 333:23-26

    Abraham, Jacob, Moses, and the prophets 24caught glorious glimpses of the Messiah, or Christ, which baptized these seers in the divine nature, the essence of Love.

  3. S&H 332:4

        VIII. Father-Mother is the name for Deity, which in-dicates His tender relationship to His spiritual creation. 6 Father-MotherAs the apostle expressed it in words which he quoted with approbation from a classic poet: “For we are also His offspring.”

  4. S&H 61:11-13, 24-28

    The offspring 12of heavenly-minded parents inherit more intellect, better balanced minds, and sounder constitutions.

    24    Is not the propagation of the human species a greater responsibility, a more solemn charge, than the culture of your garden or the raising of stock to increase your flocks 27and herds? Nothing unworthy of perpetuity should be transmitted to children.

  5. S&H 62:4, 29-1

        The entire education of children should be such as to form habits of obedience to the moral and spiritual law, 6with which the child can meet and master the belief in so-called physical laws, a belief which breeds disease.

    27Our false views of life hide eternal harmony, 30and produce the ills of which we complain. Because mortals believe in material laws and reject the Science of Mind, this does not make materiality first and 63 63:1the superior law of Soul last.

  6. S&H 211:19

        It should no longer be said in Israel that “the fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children’s teeth are set 21on edge.” Sympathy with error should disappear. The transfer of the thoughts of one erring mind to another, Science renders impossible.

  7. S&H 63:5

        In Science man is the offspring of Spirit. The beauti-6ful, good, and pure constitute his ancestry. His origin is Spiritual originnot, like that of mortals, in brute instinct, nor does he pass through material conditions prior 9to reaching intelligence. Spirit is his primitive and ulti-mate source of being; God is his Father, and Life is the law of his being.

  8. S&H 200:2

    Pagan worship began with muscularity, 3Homer and Mosesbut the law of Sinai lifted thought into the song of David. Moses advanced a nation to the worship of God in Spirit instead of matter, and il-6lustrated the grand human capacities of being bestowed by immortal Mind.

  9. S&H 592:11

    Moses. A corporeal mortal; moral courage; a type 12of moral law and the demonstration thereof; the proof that, without the gospel, — the union of justice and affec-tion, — there is something spiritually lacking, since justice 15demands penalties under the law.

  10. S&H 340:15-20

    15    “Thou shalt have no other gods before me.” (Exodus xx. 3.) The First Commandment is my favorite text. It demonstrates Christian Science. It inculcates the tri-18unity of God, Spirit, Mind; it signifies that man shall have no other spirit or mind but God, eternal good, and that all men shall have one Mind.

  11. S&H 29:30

    30    Man as the offspring of God, as the idea of Spirit, is the immortal evidence that Spirit is harmonious and man eternal. Jesus was the offspring of Mary’s self-3030:1conscious communion with God. Hence he could give a more spiritual idea of life than other men, and could 3demonstrate the Science of Love — his Father or divine Principle.

  12. S&H 30:19

        As the individual ideal of Truth, Christ Jesus came to rebuke rabbinical error and all sin, sickness, and death, — 21Rebukes helpfulto point out the way of Truth and Life. This ideal was demonstrated throughout the whole earthly career of Jesus, showing the difference between 24the offspring of Soul and of material sense, of Truth and of error.

  13. S&H 31:4

        Jesus acknowledged no ties of the flesh. He said: “Call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, 6Fleshly ties temporalwhich is in heaven.” Again he asked: “Who is my mother, and who are my brethren,” im-plying that it is they who do the will of his Father. We 9have no record of his calling any man by the name of father. He recognized Spirit, God, as the only creator, and therefore as the Father of all.

  14. S&H 482:16-17, 19-23

    15Jesus called himself “the Sonship of JesusSon of man,” but not the son of Joseph. ... Jesus was the highest human concept of the perfect man. He was inseparable from 21Christ, the Messiah, — the divine idea of God outside the flesh. This enabled Jesus to demonstrate his con-trol over matter.

  15. S&H 259:6-21 The

    6The divine nature was best expressed in Christ Jesus, who threw upon mortals the truer reflection of God and lifted 9their lives higher than their poor thought-models would allow, — thoughts which presented man as fallen, sick, sinning, and dying. The Christlike understanding of 12scientific being and divine healing includes a perfect Prin-ciple and idea, — perfect God and perfect man, — as the basis of thought and demonstration.

    15    If man was once perfect but has now lost his perfection, then mortals have never beheld in man the reflex image The divine image not lostof God. The lost image is no image. The 18true likeness cannot be lost in divine reflection. Understanding this, Jesus said: “Be ye there -fore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is 21perfect.”

  16. S&H 260:7

        The conceptions of mortal, erring thought must give way to the ideal of all that is perfect and eternal. Through 9Spiritual discoverymany generations human beliefs will be attain-ing diviner conceptions, and the immortal and perfect model of God’s creation will finally be seen as 12the only true conception of being.

  17. S&H 264:32-3

        The universe of Spirit is peopled with spiritual beings, 265 265:1and its government is divine Science. Man is the off-spring, not of the lowest, but of the highest qualities of 3Godward gravitationMind.

  18. S&H 265:10

        This scientific sense of being, forsaking matter for Spirit, by no means suggests man’s absorption into Deity 12 and the loss of his identity, but confers upon man en-larged individuality, a wider sphere of thought and action, a more expansive love, a higher and more permanent 15peace.

  19. S&H 428:15-19

    15    We should consecrate existence, not “to the unknown God” whom we “ignorantly worship,” but to the eternal Intelligent consecrationbuilder, the everlasting Father, to the Life 18 which mortal sense cannot impair nor mortal belief destroy.

  20. S&H 469:30-5 With

    With 470 470:1one Father, even God, the whole family of man would be brethren; and with one Mind and that God, or good, 3the brotherhood of man would consist of Love and Truth, and have unity of Principle and spiritual power which constitute divine Science.

  21. S&H 470:21-24, 32

    21    God is the creator of man, and, the divine Principle of man remaining perfect, the divine idea or reflection, Indestructible relationshipman, remains perfect. Man is the expression 24of God’s being.

        The relations of God and man, divine Principle and 471 471:1idea, are indestructible in Science; and Science knows no lapse from nor return to harmony, but holds the divine 3order or spiritual law, in which God and all that He cre-ates are perfect and eternal, to have remained unchanged in its eternal history.

From the Christian Science Hymnal
Hymn 472: “Father, You are very near us”
Hymn 115: “Holy Father, Thou hast taught us”
Hymn 474: “Father we Your loving children”