First Church of Christ, Scientist, La Cañada Flintridge, California

Wednesday Meeting Readings

How Jesus viewed the law
Wednesday, February 21, 2024
The Bible
  1. John 1:44-46

    44Now Philip was of Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter.

    45Philip findeth Nathanael, and saith unto him, We have found him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.

    46And Nathanael said unto him, Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth? Philip saith unto him, Come and see.

  2. John 1:17

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

  3. Matt. 4:23

    23And 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.

  4. Matt. 5:1, 2, 17-19, 21, 22 (to 1st :), 38-40

    1And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him:

    2And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,

    17Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.

    18For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.

    19Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

    21Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment:

    22But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment:

    38Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth:

    39But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.

    40And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloak also.

  5. Matt. 12:9-13 when

    when he was departed thence, he went into their synagogue:

    10And, behold, there was a man which had his hand withered. And they asked him, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath days? that they might accuse him.

    11And he said unto them, What man shall there be among you, that shall have one sheep, and if it fall into a pit on the sabbath day, will he not lay hold on it, and lift it out?

    12How much then is a man better than a sheep? Wherefore it is lawful to do well on the sabbath days.

    13Then saith he to the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it forth; and it was restored whole, like as the other.

  6. Matt. 23:23

    23Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.

  7. John 5:39

    39Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.

  8. Isa. 51:4, 7

    4Hearken unto me, my people; and give ear unto me, O my nation: for a law shall proceed from me, and I will make my judgment to rest for a light of the people.

    7Hearken unto me, ye that know righteousness, the people in whose heart is my law; fear ye not the reproach of men, neither be ye afraid of their revilings.

  9. Luke 10:25-28

    25And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?

    26He said unto him, What is written in the law? how readest thou?

    27And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.

    28And he said unto him, Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live.

  10. John 8:3-5, 7

    3And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst,

    4They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act.

    5Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou?

    ... 7So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.

  11. Matt. 22:15-21

    15Then went the Pharisees, and took counsel how they might entangle him in his talk.

    16And they sent out unto him their disciples with the Herodians, saying, Master, we know that thou art true, and teachest the way of God in truth, neither carest thou for any man: for thou regardest not the person of men.

    17Tell us therefore, What thinkest thou? Is it lawful to give tribute unto Cæsar, or not?

    18But Jesus perceived their wickedness, and said, Why tempt ye me, ye hypocrites?

    19Shew me the tribute money. And they brought unto him a penny.

    20And he saith unto them, Whose is this image and superscription?

    21They say unto him, Cæsar’s. Then saith he unto them, Render therefore unto Cæsar the things which are Cæsar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s.

  12. John 4:7, 9-11 (to :), 13, 14, 19-21, 23, 24

    7There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink.

    ... 9Then saith the woman of Samaria unto him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans.

    10Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.

    11The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep:

    ... 13Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again:

    14But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.

    ... 19The woman saith unto him, Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet.

    20Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.

    21Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father.

    ... 23But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.

    24God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

  13. Luke 20:27-35, 36 for, 37 Moses, 38

    27Then came to him certain of the Sadducees, which deny that there is any resurrection; and they asked him,

    28Saying, Master, Moses wrote unto us, If any man’s brother die, having a wife, and he die without children, that his brother should take his wife, and raise up seed unto his brother.

    29There were therefore seven brethren: and the first took a wife, and died without children.

    30And the second took her to wife, and he died childless.

    31And the third took her; and in like manner the seven also: and they left no children, and died.

    32Last of all the woman died also.

    33Therefore in the resurrection whose wife of them is she? for seven had her to wife.

    34And Jesus answering said unto them, The children of this world marry, and are given in marriage:

    35But they which shall be accounted worthy to obtain that world, and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry, nor are given in marriage:

    ... for they are equal unto the angels; and are the children of God, being the children of the resurrection.

    ... Moses shewed at the bush, when he calleth the Lord the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.

    38For he is not a God of the dead, but of the living: for all live unto him.

  14. Luke 22:25, 26

    25And he said unto them, The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and they that exercise authority upon them are called benefactors.

    26But ye shall not be so: but he that is greatest among you, let him be as the younger; and he that is chief, as he that doth serve.

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

  1. SH 29:20-26

        The illumination of Mary’s spiritual sense put to 21silence material law and its order of generation, and Spiritual conceptionbrought forth her child by the revelation of Truth, demonstrating God as the Father of 24men. The Holy Ghost, or divine Spirit, overshadowed the pure sense of the Virgin-mother with the full recog-nition that being is Spirit.

  2. SH 3:4

        Who would stand before a blackboard, and pray the principle of mathematics to solve the problem? The 6The spiritual mathematicsrule is already established, and it is our task to work out the solution. Shall we ask the divine Principle of all goodness to do His own 9work? His work is done, and we have only to avail ourselves of God’s rule in order to receive His bless-ing, which enables us to work out our own salvation.

  3. SH 43:21

        Jesus rose higher in demonstration because of the cup of bitterness he drank. Human law had condemned Divine victoryhim, but he was demonstrating divine Science. 24Out of reach of the barbarity of his enemies, he was acting under spiritual law in defiance of mat-ter and mortality, and that spiritual law sustained him. 27The divine must overcome the human at every point. The Science Jesus taught and lived must triumph over all material beliefs about life, substance, and intelli-30gence, and the multitudinous errors growing from such beliefs.

  4. SH 30:14-25

        Rabbi and priest taught the Mosaic law, which said: 15“An eye for an eye,” and “Whoso sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed.” Not so did Jesus, the new executor for God, present the divine law of Love, 18which blesses even those that curse it.

        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.

  5. SH 205:22

        When we realize that there is one Mind, the divine law Redemption from selfishnessof loving our neighbor as ourselves is unfolded; 24whereas a belief in many ruling minds hinders man’s normal drift towards the one Mind, one God, and leads human thought into opposite channels 27where selfishness reigns.

  6. SH 41:10

    The pampered hypo-crite may have a flowery pathway here, but 12he cannot forever break the Golden Rule and escape the penalty due.

  7. SH 14:9

    To be “with the Lord” is to be in obedience to the law of God, to be absolutely governed by divine Love, — by Spirit, not by matter.

  8. SH 19:6

    Jesus aided in recon-ciling man to God by giving man a truer sense of Love, the divine Principle of Jesus’ teachings, and this truer 9sense of Love redeems man from the law of matter, sin, and death by the law of Spirit, — the law of divine Love.

  9. SH 104:29-15

        Our courts recognize evidence to prove the motive as 30Motives consideredwell as the commission of a crime. Is it not clear that the human mind must move the body to a wicked act? Is not mortal mind the mur-105105:1derer? The hands, without mortal mind to direct them, could not commit a murder.

    3    Courts and juries judge and sentence mortals in order to restrain crime, to prevent deeds of violence or to punish Mental crimesthem. To say that these tribunals have no 6jurisdiction over the carnal or mortal mind, would be to contradict precedent and to admit that the power of human law is restricted to matter, while mortal 9mind, evil, which is the real outlaw, defies justice and is recommended to mercy. Can matter commit a crime? Can matter be punished? Can you separate the men-12tality from the body over which courts hold jurisdiction? Mortal mind, not matter, is the criminal in every case; and human law rightly estimates crime, and courts rea-15sonably pass sentence, according to the motive.

  10. SH 461:16-23

        If you believe that you are sick, should you say, “I am sick”? No, but you should tell your belief sometimes, 18if this be requisite to protect others. If you commit a crime, should you acknowledge to yourself that you are a criminal? Yes. Your responses should differ because 21of the different effects they produce. Usually to admit that you are sick, renders your case less curable, while to recognize your sin, aids in destroying it.

  11. SH 170:18

        If there are material laws which prevent disease, what then causes it? Not divine law, for Jesus healed the sick and cast out error, always in opposition, never in 21obedience, to physics.

  12. SH 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.

  13. SH 134:21-32

        The true Logos is demonstrably Christian Science, the natural law of harmony which overcomes discord, — not Basis of miraclesbecause this Science is supernatural or pre-24ternatural, nor because it is an infraction of divine law, but because it is the immutable law of God, good. Jesus said: “I knew that Thou hearest me al-27ways;” and he raised Lazarus from the dead, stilled the tempest, healed the sick, walked on the water. There is divine authority for believing in the superiority of 30spiritual power over material resistance.

        A miracle fulfils God’s law, but does not violate that law.

  14. SH 106:15-29

        Let this age, which sits in judgment on Christian Science, sanction only such methods as are demonstrable Right methodsin Truth and known by their fruit, and classify 18all others as did St. Paul in his great epistle to the Galatians, when he wrote as follows:

        “Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are 21these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, 24revellings and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. But 27the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.”

From the Christian Science Hymnal
Hymn 329: “The heavens declare the glory Of Him who made all things”
Hymn 371: “We lift our hearts in praise, O God of Life, to Thee”
Hymn 591: “We cannot turn away from God”