Just a germ of Truth

Notes and Reference Mar 4, 2001
Just a germ of Truth!

The following little passage from our lesson this week got me to thinking about how to glorify God.

Matt 5:16
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

Farther down in the same chapter is an interesting expansion of an idea:

Matt 5:19
Whosoever 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.

How do we glorify God? Is it some great thing? What do the following quotes have in common?

A germ of infinite Truth, though least in the kingdom of heaven, is the higher hope on earth, but it will be rejected and reviled until God prepares the soil for the seed.

Matt 18:2
And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them,

Matt 13:31
Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field:

Which indeed is the least of all seeds: but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, (not like Solomon in all his glory but like David in his humility)

The Christian Scientists have a faith of the mustard-seed variety.
Pul 50:9-10 Boston (to ])
Boston Transcript, December 31, 1894]

33 Another parable spake he unto them; The kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened.
Pul 52:3-4

Matt 9:20
And, behold, a woman, which was diseased with an issue of blood twelve years, came behind him, and touched the hem of his garment:

He that touches the hem of Christ's robe and masters his mortal beliefs, animality, and hate, rejoices in the proof of healing, — in a sweet and certain sense that God is Love.

Matt 8:8-10
The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed. For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it. When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.

Ex 16:14,15 (to :)
And when the dew that lay was gone up, behold, upon the face of the wilderness there lay a small round thing, as small as the hoar frost on the ground. And when the children of Israel saw it, they said one to another, It is manna:

I Sam 17:49 (to 3rd ,)
And David put his hand in his bag, and took thence a stone, and slang it, (not armour or a sword for some mighty battle)

Luke 20:17
The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner?

I Kings 19:11 the Lord was not in the wind,12
the Lord was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the Lord was not in the earthquake: And after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.

The "still, small voice" of scientific thought reaches over continent and ocean to the globe's remotest bound. The inaudible voice of Truth is, to the human mind, "as when a lion roareth."

Mark 6:41,42
And when he had taken the five loaves and the two fishes, he looked up to heaven, and blessed, and brake the loaves, and gave them to his disciples to set before them; and the two fishes divided he among them all. And they did all eat, and were filled.

Become conscious for a single moment that Life and intelligence are purely spiritual, — neither in nor of matter, — and the body will then utter no complaints.

Mis 250:26 the little (to 2nd ;) the little feet tripping along the sidewalk;

The child tripping along the sidewalk is not just some cute observance of ours when we see children, but a message to us to become like that child, have faith of the small seed, touch the hem, offer a few fishes, use a small smooth stone, listen tot he still small voice, simply say the word!, etc.

How many more can you find? The Bible and Mrs. Eddy’s writings are filled with this reoccurring theme. The germ of Truth is that still small voice coming to you…yes, you. Moses didn’t think he was not worthy, neither did Jacob. David was just a youth. Remember our friend Gideon, who was “least in his Father’s house? Even Jesus was born in a manger for there was no room for him in the inn. What does Mrs. Eddy tell us to do in her him: 253

My prayer, some daily good to do
To Thine, for Thee;
An offering pure of Love, whereto
God leadeth me.

That’s it! You are not being asked to do some great thing, just “some daily good”. Isn’t that what Naaman was admonished to do in II Kings 5?:

Naaman, captain of the host of the king of Syria, was a great man with his master, and honourable, because by him the Lord had given deliverance unto Syria: he was also a mighty man in valour, but he was a leper. And the Syrians had gone out by companies, and had brought away captive out of the land of Israel a little maid; and she waited on Naaman's wife.

Naaman came with his horses and with his chariot, and stood at the door of the house of Elisha. And Elisha sent a messenger unto him, saying, Go and wash in Jordan

I thought, He will surely come out to me, and stand, and call on the name of the Lord his God, and strike his hand over the place, and recover the leper. Are not Abana and Pharpar, rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? may I not wash in them, and be clean? So he turned and went away in a rage. And his servants came near, and spake unto him, and said, My father, if the prophet had bid thee do some great thing, wouldest thou not have done it? how much rather then, when he saith to thee, Wash, and be clean?

Look at the contrast between Naaman and the little maid, or NAAMAN showing up at Elisha’s door with chariots and horses and being met by a messenger. It is the same theme, isn’t it.

Remember though, the germ of Truth will be resisted and rejected until God has prepared the soil for the seed. The soil is your thought (or your patient’s thought, or the world’s thought). Is your thinking prepared enough, alert enough, humble enough to recognize the germ of Truth? If it is then we are “showing ourselves approved under God”.

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