for the Christian
Science Quarterly Bible Lesson for Sunday, September 2, 2001
The answers to all of these questions
can be found (1) in the Bible Lesson itself, (2) in the Bible Lesson
Study Aid [BLSA] at http://www.bibletexts.com/bl.htm,
(3) in other webpages on the BibleTexts.com website, the homepage
of which is at http://www.bibletexts.com,
or (4) in Recommended Bible Study Books/Resources that are listed
Golden Text and Responsive Reading
- How might the Golden Text be considered to be a concise
proclamation of the Gospel (the Good News) of Christ Jesus?
- How does Jesus' "healing all who were oppressed
by the devil" illustrate Jesus' mission and illustrate the
role of the Holy Spirit? (Golden Text -- and see BLSA footnotes.)
As aids in answering this question, you may want to browse to the following
devil: The term Devil is synonymous with Satan, the
Accuser, the Slanderer, the Prosecuting Attorney. (http://www.bibletexts.com/glossary/satan.htm)
Holy Spirit: The Holy Spirit (KJV: Holy Ghost)
is also known in Joh 15:26 as the Spirit of truth and the Comforter (the
Advocate, the Counselor, the Paraclete, the Defense Attorney). (http://www.bibletexts.com/terms/comforter.htm)
- In Bible citation #1, what is the significance of the
son being named "Immanuel" and of "drinking milk and eating
honey"? (See BLSA footnotes.)
- How does the prophesy of Bible citation #2 provide the
conclusion for the prophesy of Bible citation #1? (See BLSA footnotes
for both citations.)
- What is the significance of the twelve year old Jesus'
statement to his parents, "Why were you searching for me? Did
you not know that I must be in my Father's house?" (Bible citation
3, NRSV -- and see BLSA footnotes.)
- Peter in Bible citation #5 emphasizes the point that
Jesus is the Messiah, or Christ. How does the royal nature of the term
Messiah, "the one anointed" [as king], relate to Jesus'
mission as a liberator, providing salvation from sin?
- How did the royal nature of Jesus the Messiah coincide
with (1) his taking students (disciples), (2) his sending them out as apostles
(meaning "those sent") to follow in Jesus' footsteps of liberating,
saving, and healing others, and (3) his referring to his disciples as his
brothers and sisters (e.g., Mar 3:35; Joh 20:17)?
- How did Jesus' raising of Lazarus illustrate Jesus' royal/
Christly nature and ilustrate his view of Lazarus, Mary, and Martha as
part of his royal/Christly family?
- How did Jesus raising of Lazarus illustrate the laws
and authority of God's government?
- Bible citation #9 describes Jesus' driving the moneychangers
out of the Temple courtyard. How does this illustrate Jesus' royal/Christly
- How does this also illustrate his defense of his "Father's
house" to which he referred in Bible citation #3?
- How was this act of "rebuking sin" an important
part of reflecting what Mary Baker Eddy describes as "the sweet amenities
of Love?" (Church Manual, 40:7-11) What are the other three
"amenities of Love" that Jesus also consistently exemplified
and required of his followers?
See also section 2.d.3. at http://www.bibletexts.com/terms/prayer2.htm.
- Bible citations #1 and #2 refer to the unfaithfulness
and unworthiness of King
Ahaz as king of Judah and refers to his adverse affects on his people.
Bible citation #2 also prophesied the faithfulness and worthiness of the
"the one anointed" [as king], whom we know to be Christ Jesus.
How would you compare/constrast Ahaz's royal life and Jesus' royal/Christly
life? How would you compare/contrast the outcomes of the lives?
- Bible citation #12 teaches, "Live the rest of your
earthly lives controlled by God's will and not by human desires."
How does compliance with this illustrate our royal heritage as part of
the family of Christ? (See also Rev 1:6 and Rev 5:10, which describes how
Christ 'has made us kings and priest unto God and his Father.')
- How does this week's Bible Lesson show the authority
of the kingship/rulership of Christ, not only 2000 years ago but today?
- How can we best honor "our Lord and Savior Jesus
Christ?" (Bible citation #14)
- How does the Reverend Irving Tomlinson's explanation
of the composition of the Bible Lesson apply to this week's Bible Lesson?
"The Golden Text may be said to contain the fundamental
thought with which the sermon deals.... The responsive reading, while entirely
separate from the sermon, deals with the same subject... Usually, the first
Science and Health reference in each section hints the leading thought
in that section, which the Bible selections and the other Science and
Health selections in the section develop." (TCSJ, Vol 40,
SOME NOTES ON THE HISTORY OF THE BIBLE LESSON
In 1898 when Mary Baker Eddy chose the 26 subjects for
an entirely new Christian Science Quarterly Bible Lesson format,
the Reverend Irving Tomlinson was one of the original members of the newly
constituted Christian Science Bible Lesson Committee.
From 1888 to 1899 the Christian
Science Bible Lesson Committee simply had directly copied to the Christian
Science Quarterly the Bible citations that had been prepared by the
multi-denominational International Lesson Committee [ILC] for the weekly
International Sunday School Lessons used by Protestant churches. (The Church
of Christ, Scientist, had no representation on that committee.) To those
Bible Lessons the Christian Science Bible Lesson Committee added correlative
citations from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, which
provided explanations of the Bible texts chosen by the ILC. Until 1898
the ILC-based Bible Lessons were a key component of both Christian Science
church services and Christian Science Sunday School, which until 1895 included
adult Sunday School classes.]
To read the Rev. Tomlinson's complete article, browse
To read more about the history of the Christian Science Quarterly
Bible Lessons, including the official use of other translations in addition
to -- and for one entire year replacing -- the King James Version,
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