Soul

February 10–16, 2020

The weekly Christian Science Quarterly Bible Lesson is from the Bible and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy.

Soul

Golden Text | Hosea 2:19 (to 1st ;)

I will betroth you to Me forever;

The Golden Text is from the New King James Version®.

Responsive Reading | Isaiah 61:1 (to 1st ;), 10, 11; 62:1–3, 11 (to ;), 12 (to :)

The spirit of the Lord God is upon me;

I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.

For as the earth bringeth forth her bud, and as the garden causeth the things that are sown in it to spring forth; so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations.

For Zion's sake will I not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem's sake I will not rest, until the righteousness thereof go forth as brightness, and the salvation thereof as a lamp that burneth.

And the Gentiles shall see thy righteousness, and all kings thy glory: and thou shalt be called by a new name, which the mouth of the Lord shall name.

Thou shalt also be a crown of glory in the hand of the Lord, and a royal diadem in the hand of thy God.

Behold, the Lord hath proclaimed unto the end of the world, Say ye to the daughter of Zion, Behold, thy salvation cometh;

And they shall call them, The holy people, The redeemed of the Lord:

Section 1

The Bible

1 | Leviticus 19:2 Ye

Ye shall be holy: for I the Lord your God am holy.

2 | Leviticus 26:2, 11, 12

Ye shall keep my sabbaths, and reverence my sanctuary: I am the Lord.

And I will set my tabernacle among you: and my soul shall not abhor you. And I will walk among you, and will be your God, and ye shall be my people.

3 | Hosea 2:19, 20

And I will betroth thee unto me for ever; yea, I will betroth thee unto me in righteousness, and in judgment, and in lovingkindness, and in mercies. I will even betroth thee unto me in faithfulness: and thou shalt know the Lord.

4 | Deuteronomy 6:4 The, 5

The Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.

5 | Judges 5:31 let them (to 1st .)

let them that love him be as the sun when he goeth forth in his might.

Section 1

Science and Health

1 | 330:11–12

God is infinite, the only Life, substance, Spirit, or Soul, the only intelligence of the universe, including man.

2 | 9:17

Practical religion

Dost thou "love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind"? This command includes much, even the surrender of all merely material sensation, affection, and worship. This is the El Dorado of Christianity. It involves the Science of Life, and recognizes only the divine control of Spirit, in which Soul is our master, and material sense and human will have no place.

3 | 466:20–21

Soul or Spirit signifies Deity and nothing else. There is no finite soul nor spirit.

4 | 120:4

Soul, or Spirit, is God, unchangeable and eternal; and man coexists with and reflects Soul, God, for man is God's image.

5 | 250:12

Man is not God, but like a ray of light which comes from the sun, man, the outcome of God, reflects God.

6 | 477:22–26, 29

Reflection of Spirit

Soul is the substance, Life, and intelligence of man, which is individualized, but not in matter. Soul can never reflect anything inferior to Spirit.

Man is the expression of Soul.

Man inseparable from Spirit

Separated from man, who expresses Soul, Spirit would be a nonentity; man, divorced from Spirit, would lose his entity. But there is, there can be, no such division, for man is coexistent with God.

Section 2

The Bible

6 | Psalms 143:1 (to :), 6, 8

Hear my prayer, O Lord, give ear to my supplications:

I stretch forth my hands unto thee: my soul thirsteth after thee, as a thirsty land.

Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the morning; for in thee do I trust: cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; for I lift up my soul unto thee.

7 | Genesis 24:2–4, 10, 12, 14, 15, 18, 19, 27, 58, 61 (to :), 63, 64, 67 (to :)

And Abraham said unto his eldest servant of his house, that ruled over all that he had, Put, I pray thee, thy hand under my thigh: And I will make thee swear by the Lord, the God of heaven, and the God of the earth, that thou shalt not take a wife unto my son of the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I dwell: But thou shalt go unto my country, and to my kindred, and take a wife unto my son Isaac.

And the servant took ten camels of the camels of his master, and departed; for all the goods of his master were in his hand: and he arose, and went to Mesopotamia, unto the city of Nahor.

And he said, O Lord God of my master Abraham, I pray thee, send me good speed this day, and shew kindness unto my master Abraham.

And let it come to pass, that the damsel to whom I shall say, Let down thy pitcher, I pray thee, that I may drink; and she shall say, Drink, and I will give thy camels drink also: let the same be she that thou hast appointed for thy servant Isaac; and thereby shall I know that thou hast shewed kindness unto my master. And it came to pass, before he had done speaking, that, behold, Rebekah came out, who was born to Bethuel, son of Milcah, the wife of Nahor, Abraham's brother, with her pitcher upon her shoulder.

And she said, Drink, my lord: and she hasted, and let down her pitcher upon her hand, and gave him drink. And when she had done giving him drink, she said, I will draw water for thy camels also, until they have done drinking.

And he said, Blessed be the Lord God of my master Abraham, who hath not left destitute my master of his mercy and his truth: I being in the way, the Lord led me to the house of my master's brethren.

And they called Rebekah, and said unto her, Wilt thou go with this man? And she said, I will go.

And Rebekah arose, and her damsels, and they rode upon the camels, and followed the man:

And Isaac went out to meditate in the field at the eventide: and he lifted up his eyes, and saw, and, behold, the camels were coming. And Rebekah lifted up her eyes, and when she saw Isaac, she lighted off the camel.

And Isaac brought her into his mother Sarah's tent, and took Rebekah, and she became his wife; and he loved her:

Section 2

Science and Health

7 | 508:6

Mind is the Soul of all. Mind is Life, Truth, and Love which governs all.

8 | 578:8

[LOVE] restoreth my soul [spiritual sense]: [LOVE] leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name's sake.

9 | 85:2

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.

10 | 505:16–17, 20–21

Spirit imparts the understanding which uplifts consciousness and leads into all truth.

Spiritual sense is the discernment of spiritual good.

11 | 61:30–31

The scientific morale of marriage is spiritual unity.

12 | 57:4–5, 8–10, 18

Union of the masculine and feminine qualities constitutes completeness.

These different elements conjoin naturally with each other, and their true harmony is in spiritual oneness.

Affection's demands

Happiness is spiritual, born of Truth and Love. It is unselfish; therefore it cannot exist alone, but requires all mankind to share it.

13 | 58:7–12

Unselfish ambition, noble life-motives, and purity, — these constituents of thought, mingling, constitute individually and collectively true happiness, strength, and permanence.

There is moral freedom in Soul.

Section 3

The Bible

8 | Isaiah 26:8, 9, 12 (to :)

Yea, in the way of thy judgments, O Lord, have we waited for thee; the desire of our soul is to thy name, and to the remembrance of thee. With my soul have I desired thee in the night; yea, with my spirit within me will I seek thee early: for when thy judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness.

Lord, thou wilt ordain peace for us:

9 | Hebrews 12:14, 15

Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord: Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled;

10 | Hebrews 13:5

Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

11 | Isaiah 54:5, 10

For thy Maker is thine husband; the Lord of hosts is his name; and thy Redeemer the Holy One of Israel; The God of the whole earth shall he be called.

For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but my kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed, saith the Lord that hath mercy on thee.

Section 3

Science and Health

14 | 265:23–24, 31–2

Who that has felt the loss of human peace has not gained stronger desires for spiritual joy?

The pains of sense are salutary, if they wrench away false pleasurable beliefs and transplant the affections from sense to Soul, where the creations of God are good, "rejoicing the heart."

15 | 249:32

Philosophical blunders

We run into error when we divide Soul into souls, multiply Mind into minds and suppose error to be mind, then mind to be in matter and matter to be a lawgiver, unintelligence to act like intelligence, and mortality to be the matrix of immortality.

16 | 205:22

Redemption from selfishness

When we realize that there is one Mind, the divine law of loving our neighbor as ourselves is unfolded; whereas a belief in many ruling minds hinders man's normal drift towards the one Mind, one God, and leads human thought into opposite channels where selfishness reigns.

17 | 60:24–31

Spiritual concord

An ill-attuned ear calls discord harmony, not appreciating concord. So physical sense, not discerning the true happiness of being, places it on a false basis. Science will correct the discord, and teach us life's sweeter harmonies.

Soul has infinite resources with which to bless mankind, and happiness would be more readily attained and would be more secure in our keeping, if sought in Soul.

Section 4

The Bible

12 | Isaiah 42:1 (to 2nd ;)

Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth;

13 | Jeremiah 31:1, 12 (to ;)

At the same time, saith the Lord, will I be the God of all the families of Israel, and they shall be my people.

Therefore they shall come and sing in the height of Zion, and shall flow together to the goodness of the Lord, for wheat, and for wine, and for oil, and for the young of the flock and of the herd: and their soul shall be as a watered garden;

14 | John 2:1–3 there, 5–11

there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there: And both Jesus was called, and his disciples, to the marriage. And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith unto him, They have no wine.

His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it. And there were set there six waterpots of stone, after the manner of the purifying of the Jews, containing two or three firkins apiece. Jesus saith unto them, Fill the waterpots with water. And they filled them up to the brim. And he saith unto them, Draw out now, and bear unto the governor of the feast. And they bare it. When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and knew not whence it was: (but the servants which drew the water knew;) the governor of the feast called the bridegroom, And saith unto him, Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse: but thou hast kept the good wine until now. This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth his glory; and his disciples believed on him.

15 | Matthew 4:23

And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.

Section 4

Science and Health

18 | 482:19–23

Jesus was the highest human concept of the perfect man. He was inseparable from Christ, the Messiah, — the divine idea of God outside the flesh. This enabled Jesus to demonstrate his control over matter.

19 | 65:3

Blessing of Christ

May Christ, Truth, be present at every bridal altar to turn the water into wine and to give to human life an inspiration by which man's spiritual and eternal existence may be discerned.

20 | 598:17 (only, to 2nd .)

WINE. Inspiration; understanding.

21 | 322:3–7

Standpoints changed

When understanding changes the standpoints of life and intelligence from a material to a spiritual basis, we shall gain the reality of Life, the control of Soul over sense, and we shall perceive Christianity, or Truth, in its divine Principle.

22 | 210:11–16, 28–30

Knowing that Soul and its attributes were forever manifested through man, the Master healed the sick, gave sight to the blind, hearing to the deaf, feet to the lame, thus bringing to light the scientific action of the divine Mind on human minds and bodies and giving a better understanding of Soul and salvation.

Matter mindless

To mortal sense, sin and suffering are real, but immortal sense includes no evil nor pestilence.

23 | 41:6

Like our Master, we must depart from material sense into the spiritual sense of being.

Section 5

The Bible

16 | Psalms 104:1, 31

Bless the Lord, O my soul. O Lord my God, thou art very great; thou art clothed with honour and majesty.

The glory of the Lord shall endure for ever: the Lord shall rejoice in his works.

17 | Psalms 25:1

Unto thee, O Lord, do I lift up my soul.

18 | Acts 9:36–41

Now there was at Joppa a certain disciple named Tabitha, which by interpretation is called Dorcas: this woman was full of good works and almsdeeds which she did. And it came to pass in those days, that she was sick, and died: whom when they had washed, they laid her in an upper chamber. And forasmuch as Lydda was nigh to Joppa, and the disciples had heard that Peter was there, they sent unto him two men, desiring him that he would not delay to come to them. Then Peter arose and went with them. When he was come, they brought him into the upper chamber: and all the widows stood by him weeping, and shewing the coats and garments which Dorcas made, while she was with them. But Peter put them all forth, and kneeled down, and prayed; and turning him to the body said, Tabitha, arise. And she opened her eyes: and when she saw Peter, she sat up. And he gave her his hand, and lifted her up, and when he had called the saints and widows, presented her alive.

Section 5

Science and Health

24 | 306:7–8 The, 13

The immortality of Soul makes man immortal.

If Life or Soul and its representative, man, unite for a period and then are separated as by a law of divorce to be brought together again at some uncertain future time and in a manner unknown, — and this is the general religious opinion of mankind, — we are left without a rational proof of immortality. But man cannot be separated for an instant from God, if man reflects God. Thus Science proves man's existence to be intact.

25 | 242:25–26

The divine Science of man is woven into one web of consistency without seam or rent.

26 | 280:25–30

Sensationless body

Rightly understood, instead of possessing a sentient material form, man has a sensationless body; and God, the Soul of man and of all existence, being perpetual in His own individuality, harmony, and immortality, imparts and perpetuates these qualities in man, — through Mind, not matter.

27 | 90:24–27

Scientific finalities

The admission to one's self that man is God's own likeness sets man free to master the infinite idea. This conviction shuts the door on death, and opens it wide towards immortality.

28 | 247:13–15

Eternal beauty

Immortality, exempt from age or decay, has a glory of its own, — the radiance of Soul.

Section 6

The Bible

19 | Isaiah 61:10

I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.

20 | Revelation 19:1 I heard, 3 (to 1st .)

I heard a great voice of much people in heaven, saying, Alleluia; Salvation, and glory, and honour, and power, unto the Lord our God:

And again they said, Alleluia.

Section 6

Science and Health

29 | 535:15–17

When will man pass through the open gate of Christian Science into the heaven of Soul, into the heritage of the first born among men?

30 | 390:9

Truth will at length compel us all to exchange the pleasures and pains of sense for the joys of Soul.

31 | 69:13

Spiritually to understand that there is but one creator, God, unfolds all creation, confirms the Scriptures, brings the sweet assurance of no parting, no pain, and of man deathless and perfect and eternal.


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