Light in prison

Readings, Wednesday, 2/4/15, 2nd Church, Berkeley. Hymns: 84 God’s eternal Word is spoken; 453 Rise up and walk, take up your bed; 272 Our God shall reign where’er the sun
SH Gen. 39:20 1st Joseph’s (to 1st :), 21, 22
20 …Joseph’s master took him, and put him into the prison, a place where the king’s prisoners were bound: 21 But the LORD was with Joseph, and shewed him mercy, and gave him favour in the sight of the keeper of the prison. 22 And the keeper of the prison committed to Joseph’s hand all the prisoners that were in the prison; and whatsoever they did there, he was the doer of it.
SH Gen. 41:15, 16, 39, 40 (to 1st :)
15 And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, I have dreamed a dream, and there is none that can interpret it: and I have heard say of thee, that thou canst understand a dream to interpret it. 16 And Joseph answered Pharaoh, saying, It is not in me: God shall give Pharaoh an answer of peace. 39 And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, Forasmuch as God hath shewed thee all this, there is none so discreet and wise as thou art: 40 Thou shalt be over my house, and according unto thy word shall all my people be ruled:
SH Ps. 142:5, 7
5 I cried unto thee, O LORD: I said, Thou art my refuge and my portion in the land of the living. 7 Bring my soul out of prison, that I may praise thy name: the righteous shall compass me about; for thou shalt deal bountifully with me.
SH Isa. 42:5 (to 1st ;), 6, 7
5 Thus saith God the LORD, he that created the heavens, and stretched them out; 6 I the LORD have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles; 7 To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house.
SH Ps. 119:45
45 And I will walk at liberty: for I seek thy precepts.
SH Luke 4:14 1st Jesus (to 1st :), 15, 17-19, 21 1st This
14 …Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee: 15 And he taught in their synagogues, being glorified of all. 17 And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written, 18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, 19 To preach the acceptable year of the Lord. 21 …This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.
SH Matt. 25:31, 32-37, 40
31 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: 32 And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: 33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. 34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: 35 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: 36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. 37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? 40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
SH Acts 5:12 (to 1st ;), 17 (to 2nd ,), 17 2nd and, 18-20
12 And by the hands of the apostles were many signs and wonders wrought among the people; 17 Then the high priest rose up, and all they that were with him, 17 …and were filled with indignation, 18 And laid their hands on the apostles, and put them in the common prison. 19 But the angel of the Lord by night opened the prison doors, and brought them forth, and said, 20 Go, stand and speak in the temple to the people all the words of this life.
SH Matt. 26:53
53 Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels?
SH Luke 4:10
10 For it is written, He shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee:
SH Gal. 5:1
1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.
SH II Cor. 3:17 1st where
17 …where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.
SH 366:30-31
If we would open their prison doors for the sick, we
must first learn to bind up the broken-hearted.
SH xi:9-21
The physical healing of Christian Science results
now, as in Jesus’ time, from the operation of divine
Principle, before which sin and disease lose their real-
ity in human consciousness and disappear as naturally
and as necessarily as darkness gives place to light and
sin to reformation. Now, as then, these mighty works
are not supernatural, but supremely natural. They are
the sign of Immanuel, or “God with us,” a divine
influence ever present in human consciousness and re-
peating itself, coming now as was promised aforetime,
To preach deliverance to the captives [of sense],
And recovering of sight to the blind,
To set at liberty them that are bruised.
SH 150:12-17
Now, as then,
signs and wonders are wrought in the metaphysical heal-
ing of physical disease; but these signs are only to demon-
strate its divine origin, – to attest the reality of the higher
mission of the Christ-power to take away the sins of the
SH 227:14-16, 17-18 All, 18-20
Discerning the rights of man, we cannot fail to fore-
see the doom of all oppression. Slavery is not the legiti-
mate state of man.
All men should
be free.
“Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is lib-
erty.” Love and Truth make free, but evil and error
lead into captivity.
SH 227:30, 21-26
If God had instituted material laws to govern man,
disobedience to which would have made man ill, Jesus
would not have disregarded those laws by healing in
direct opposition to them and in defiance of all material
Christian Science raises the standard of liberty and
cries: “Follow me! Escape from the bondage of sick-
ness, sin, and death!” Jesus marked out the
way. Citizens of the world, accept the “glori-
ous liberty of the children of God,” and be free! This
is your divine right.
SH 495:6-13
If sickness is true or the idea of Truth, you cannot
destroy sickness, and it would be absurd to try. Then
classify sickness and error as our Master did,
when he spoke of the sick, “whom Satan hath
bound,” and find a sovereign antidote for error in the life-
giving power of Truth acting on human belief, a power
which opens the prison doors to such as are bound, and
sets the captive free physically and morally.
SH 251:30-32
Inharmonious beliefs, which
rob Mind, calling it matter, and deify their
own notions, imprison themselves in what they create.
SH 252:8
A knowledge of
error and of its operations must precede that
understanding of Truth which destroys error,
until the entire mortal, material error finally disappears,
and the eternal verity, man created by and of Spirit,
is understood and recognized as the true likeness of his
SH 202:6-14
If men would bring to bear upon the study of the
Science of Mind half the faith they bestow upon the so-
called pains and pleasures of material sense,
they would not go on from bad to worse,
until disciplined by the prison and the scaffold; but
the whole human family would be redeemed through
the merits of Christ, – through the perception and ac-
ceptance of Truth. For this glorious result Christian
Science lights the torch of spiritual understanding.
SH 224:28-4
Truth brings the elements of liberty. On its banner
is the Soul-inspired motto, “Slavery is abolished.” The
power of God brings deliverance to the cap-
tive. No power can withstand divine Love.
What is this supposed power, which opposes itself to God?
Whence cometh it? What is it that binds man with iron
shackles to sin, sickness, and death? Whatever enslaves
man is opposed to the divine government. Truth makes
man free.
Gen. 39:20 Joseph’s (to :), 21, 22
Gen. 41:15, 16, 39, 40 (to :)
Ps. 142:5, 7
Isa. 42:5 (to 1st ;), 6, 7
Ps. 119:45
Luke 4:14 Jesus (to :), 15, 17-19, 21 This
Matt. 25:31, 32-37, 40
Acts 5:12 (to ;), 17 (to 2nd ,), 17 2nd and, 18-20
Matt. 26:53
Luke 4:10
Gal. 5:1
II Cor. 3:17 where
SH 366:30-31
SH xi:9-21
SH 150:12-17
SH 227:14-16, 17-18 All, 18-20
SH 227:30, 21-26
SH 495:6-13
SH 251:30-32
SH 202:6-14
SH 224:28-4

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