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make “dust" of these conditions, and, casting them from us utterly, they go back to the formless and inert (“groves”).
The burning of the bones of the priests on the altars means the sacrificing or giving up of the material or gross forms of our religion' or ideas of God. You may have overcome sensuality, and changed your ideas about the personality of God, yet are clinging to some personal spiritual leader or priest. Burn these “bones," by vigorous denial of human foolishness and ignorance, and affirmations of Divine Wisdom. In ancient times, as now, it was the habit of the devout to give special reverence to priests and spiritual leaders, and call them “father.” Jesus put a quietus upon this man-worship in Matt. 23:8, “But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your teacher, and all ye are brethren. And call no man your father on the earth; for one is your Father, which is in heaven.”
After denying and purging the mind of error we should see to it that we put the builders at work upon the temple. Denial is always destructive, and leaves vacancies in the consciousness to be built up with true statements. When vigorous denial is followed by a feeling of weakness, we may know that we have destroyed some thought structure upon which we have been depending, and have built nothing in its place. The carpenters and builders are the universal constructive forces of Being. These are always at work in the organism, when right thought is holding sway, but after a seige of error it is necessary to start them anew by affirmations of substance based in Truth, "hewn stone," the unity of good, “timber for couplings," and the eternity of the Now, “beams for the houses."
Lesson 7. August 13. JOSIAH AND THE BOOK OF THE LAW.--II. Chron
34:14-28. 14. And when they brought out the money that was brough into the house of Jehovah, Hilkiah the priest found the book a the law of Jehovah given by Moses.
15. And Hilkiah answered and said to Shaphan the scribe, I have found the book of the law in the house of Jehovah. And Hilkiah delivered the book to Shaphan.
16. And Shaphan carried the book to the king, and moreover brought the king word again, saying, All that was committed to thy servants, they do it.
17. And they have emptied out the money that was found in the house of Jehovah, and have delivered it into the hand of the overseers, and into the hand of the workmen.
18. And Shaphan *he scribe told the king, saying, Hilkiah the priest hath delivered me a book. And Shaphan read therein before the king
19. And it came to pass, when the king had heard the words of the law, that he rent his clothes.
And the king commanded Hilkiah, and Ahikam the son of Shaphan, and Abdon the son of Micah, and Shaphan the scribe, and Asaiah the king's servant, saying,
Go ye, inquire of Jehovah for me, and for them that are left in Israel and in Judah, concerning the words of the book that is found: for great is the wrath of Jehovah that is poured out upon us, because our fathers have not kept the word of Jehovah, to do according unto all that is written in this book.
So Hilkiah, and they whom the king commanded, went to Huldah the prophetess, the wife of Shallum the son of Tokhath, the son of Hasrah, keeper of the wardrobe; (now she dwelt in Jerusalem in the second quarter;) and they spake to her to that effect.
23. And she said unto them, Thus saith Jehovah, the God of Israel: Tell ye the man that sent you unto me.
24. Thus saith Jehovoh, Behold, I will bring evil upon this place, and upon the inhabitants thereof, even all the curses that are written in the book which they have read before the king of Judah:
25. Because they have forsaken me, and have burned incense unto other gods, that they might provoke me to anger with all the work of their hands; therefore is my wrath poured out upon this place, and it shall not be quenched.
26. But unto the king of Judah, who sent you to inquire of Jehovah, thus shall ye say to him, Thus saith Jehovah, the God of Israel: As touching the words which thou hast heard,
27. Because thy heart was tender, and thou didst humble thyself before God, when thou heardest his words against this place, and against the inhabitants thereof, and hast humbled thyself before 'me, and hast rent thy clothes, and wept before me; I also have heard thee, saith Jehuvah.
28. Behold, I will gather thee to thy fathers, and thou shalt be gathered to thy grave in peace, neither shall thine eyes see all the evil that I will bring upon this place, and upon the inhabitants thereof. And they brought the king word again.
GOLDEN TEXT—I will not forget thy word.—Ps. 119:16.
The poet says, “There is neither good nor ill but thinking makes it so." The standards of good and evil which we are in our human way setting up are not the true enduring standards of Being. Being
itself must set up those standards which correspond to its perfect nature, and we shall never be at peace until there is a conformity thereto in thought and body.
Some people are satisfied with a restoration to normal good health, others dream of perpetual youth, and others go still farther and see the possibility of not only youth, but comliness of mind and body far exceeding the wildest dreams of the beauty-intoxicated poet or artist.
There is a divinity within us that will never be satisfied until it works out its ideals in a perfect mind and body. This is the teaching of this lesson. Josiah had built the temple and restored things to their normal condition, where in bringing out the money that was in the house of the Lord they found the book of the law of the Lord given by Moses." Money represents the reserve vital energies of the mind and body. When these begin to again assert their progressive power in consciousness there is revealed a Divine law of human evolution. This is the law of the Lord given to Moses. “Shaphan the Scribe” means the subjective memory, which brings out the inner rule of action that will lead on to higher and better things through mental and physical evolution.
In the subjective consciousness is stored the memories of the past, and all the results of the thoughts and acts of the whole race we carry in our minds and bodies. We are our own ancestors, and when the subjective begins to come to the surface it is revealed to us that our "fathers have not kept the word of the Lord, to do according unto all that is written in this book.” There are higher standards of life character and body to be attained, though it be seemingly through evil conditions.
Huldah the prophetess, dwelling in the " second quarters of Jerusalem," and keeper of the "ward. robe," is the intuitive perception of the "second" or subjective consciousness. The brain through which
this “divinity within” functions is between the breasts, and is connected with the love nature. This is why it is designated as feminine.
Some Bible authorities claim that the "wrath " of the Lord might with equal propriety be translated the blessings" of the Lord. We do know that in the destruction of limited and inferior forms of life other and higher forms take their places, and it is actually a blessing in the end. So the wrath and destruction that comes to our fleshly tabernacles is an ultimate blessing.
When we are tender and humble, that is, loving and non-resistant, we do not suffer under the transformations that go on when the Mosaic law is being carried out. Some people give up the body when this change takes place in consciousness. But this is not necessary under the Jesus Christ dispensation, which had not been given when this Scripture was written. Through the strength, power, purity and love which Jesus imparted to the race consciousness we may rise superior to the penalty of transgressed law and live forever in these present forms. This is the teaching of Christianity, and which Jesus demonstrated in his own physical resurrection.
The inner life that is lived; the life of reading, thought, purpose, aspiration and prayer, dominates and determines the outer life and creates it. And when one feels helplessly drifting, at the mercy of events, his only safety lies in a more positive and abounding energy, in deeper purpose and firmer grasp on his intellectual life, a higher and diviner trend to his thoughts, and a closer clinging to the divine promises.- MAETERLINCK.
Truth is within ourselves; it takes no rise from outward things, whatsoever you may believe. There is an inmost center in us all where Truth abides in fullness.- ROBERT BROWNING.
KANSAS CITY MID-WEEK MEETINGS.
A report of the Mid-week meeting held Wednesday, May 24th, at Unity Headquarters, 1315 McGee Street.
Mrs. M. M. Hortenstine, leader. Subject: “God's Hand.” Thought for the Silence: “ Not by might nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord.”
After reading a selection from “The Voice in the Silence," by Sarah Wilder Pratt, Mrs. Hortenstine said in part: We will talk about God's Hand and see if we cannot find some of the things which we believe are in this hand for.us. When we cling to God's hand, when we seek only for the true, the good, we have satisfaction, joy and prosperity; we find that we can receive only what is pleasant and joyous. When I look back over the days of my childhood, I see that it was God's hand that was directing my mother.
When I came to years of maturity, and I was expected to know what was good for me, I found that even disappointments and trials were God's hand leading me into what was good for me, and only good came from the guidance of God's hand. Sometimes, though, I would be very rebellious, and could not see why such conditions came to me, and I have said many times that we were the creatures of circumstance. Had I only known then that it was God's hand leading me, I might have saved myself much unhappiness.
Now, I rejoice in the discords, for they bring me into a realization of God's goodness.
These experiences were just what I needed to bring me into the right way. Every trouble was of good to me; and my life is your life, and your life is my life. Each one has individual experiences, however, but there is no separation in God, and God's hand will take us far above discord and disappointment, and if we see the guidance of that loving hand, it will lead us into better things; the floodgates of joy and