The Fourth Commandment
“Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy”
Question: What kind of Sabbath rest does Christian Science teach?
Answer: We get some idea of it from Mary Baker Eddy’s words about work and rest:
“My students, three picture-stories from the Bible present themselves to my thought . . . The first is that of Joshua and his band before the walls of Jericho. They went seven times around these walls, the seven times corresponding to the seven days of creation: the six days are to find out the nothingness of matter; the seventh is the day of rest, when it is found that evil is naught and good is all.” (Mis. 279)
Mrs. Eddy quotes from Genesis 2:2:
“And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had made; and He rested on the seventh day from all His work, which He had made.”
Then she comments on this passage:
“God rests in action. Imparting has not impoverished, can never impoverish, the divine Mind.
No exhaustion follows the action of this Mind, according to the apprehension of divine Science.
The highest and sweetest rest, even from a human standpoint, is in holy work.” (S&H 519)
“O glorious hope! there remaineth a rest for the righteous, a rest in Christ, a peace in Love. The thought of it stills complaint; the heaving surf of life’s troubled sea foams itself away, and underneath is a deep-settled calm.” (‘02 19)
Practice: Are you tired from a hard day of school, work, or play? Try turning to God for your rest and refreshment, or get up and do a good deed for someone else. Our service to God and others can be our Sabbath rest if done with unselfed love.
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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume One: The Ten Commandments” Copyright 2001)
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