Seven Days Part 1

by MJSmith

After posting WHAT DO WE REALLY KNOW ABOUT THE BIBLE? I decided that I would go ahead and post this series with it, as I feel that they go with each other.

 

SEVEN DAYS – “the numerals of infinity”

            And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob by the name of God Almighty; but by My name Jehovah was I not known to them. Exodus.

            All things were made by Him; and without Him was not anything made that was made.  In Him was life; and the life was the light of man. John.

            Why is the first BIBLE verse so important to understanding the book of Genesis?  It is because this verse means that the Patriarchs did not know the Lord God Jehovah of the second creation story (Genesis 2:4 onward) but knew only the God Elohim, the God Almighty of the first creation story (Genesis 1-2:3).  Likewise, the second BIBLE verse is equally important in understanding the difference between the two creation stories because God made all things Spirit (Elohim) not matter (Jehovah).  God is Life itself, and the Life that is God is the Light (Mind) of man – spoken of in the first creation story.
            The BIBLE tells us that one day with the Lord is as a thousand years.  So what does that mean exactly?  It is a clue to one way in which we should examine the Seven Days spoken of in Genesis 1-2:3.  In other words, we do not need to think of them as seven days with twenty-four hours each but we should think of them as a period of seven thousand years, with each day lasting around 1,000 years.  Mary Baker Eddy writes:  “The numerals of infinity, called seven days, can never be reckoned according to the calendar of time.  These days will appear as mortality disappears, and they will reveal eternity, newness of Life, in which all sense of error forever disappears and thought accepts the divine infinite calculus [of the Word, the Christ, Christianity, and Science].” (SCIENCE AND HEALTH WITH KEY TO THE SCRIPTURES, page 520:10-15)  In other words, it takes about 7,000 years, so it would seem, for mankind to mentally progress through the Seven Days.

            These Seven Days can be applied to human history, particularly the BIBLE itself.  However, the BIBLE only covers the first five days.  Now, each Day described in Genesis 1-2:3 reflects a tone of God, a name or synonymous term for God that Mary Baker Eddy gave to us in SCIENCE AND HEALTH WITH KEY TO THE SCRIPTURES, on the first page of chapter 14 of “Recapitulation”.  The order is called the Word order, but it is also the order of Science when the Golden Candlestick Matrix is applied to the order.

            The following is how we should look at these Seven Days.

First Day – Mind – two creation stories of reality (Christ-man) and unreality (Adam)
Second Day – Spirit – Noah (separations of the waters and the Covenant with God)
Third Day – Soul – Abraham, Isaac, Jacob-Israel, Joseph, Moses, Joshua, Judges
Fourth Day – Principle – the Kings, the five poetic books, Queen Esther, and sixteen Prophets

Fifth Day – Life – New Testament with the First Coming of Christ [the Word], the [the Christ] Apostles, [Christianity’s] Epistles, and Revelation [of Science] and human history up to the year 996.

Sixth Day – Truth – SCIENCE AND HEALTH WITH KEY TO THE SCRIPTURE – with the Second Coming of Christ (covers human history during A.D. 996-June 5, 1996)
Seventh Day – Love – NOW – with the Third Coming of Christ – generic man

            Before I move on to explaining the Seven Days more fully, I would like to speak about the Covenant God made in the Second Day of Spirit with the earth (Noah and his Christhood – three sons as one son, “and every living creature of all flesh”).  After the Ark had landed on the capstone of the mountain (Truth), many days went by before the Covenant took place.  Finally, Noah and his three sons (really one Christ son) see the symbol for this Covenant as a “bow in the cloud” – which most people think means a rainbow.  So, we can ascribe seven colors of the rainbow to the seven synonymous terms for God:  Mind (red), Spirit (orange), Soul (yellow), Principle (green), Life (blue), Truth (indigo), and Love (violet).
            These Seven Days need to be looked at more closely and understood.  Why is it important to understand these Seven Days and Seven Synonymous Terms?  It is important because it is how we understand God and what God is and what God wants for us.  It is so important that Mary Baker Eddy devotes a whole chapter to it – called “Genesis”.  Her fifteenth chapter comes directly after the page depicting the Key to the Scriptures (the key of David).

“Scientific interpretation of the Scriptures” Mary Baker Eddy tells us, “properly starts with the beginning of the Old Testament, chiefly because the spiritual import of the Word [Mind, Spirit, Soul, Principle, Life, Truth, Love], in its earliest articulations, often seems so smothered by the immediate context as to require explication; whereas the New Testament narratives are clearer and come nearer the heart.  Jesus illumines them, showing the poverty of mortal existence, but richly recompensing human want and woe with spiritual gain.  The incarnation of Truth, that amplification of wonder and glory which angels could only whisper and which God illustrated by light and harmony, is consonant with ever-present Love.  So-called mystery and miracle, which subserve the end of natural good, are explained by that Love for whose rest the weary ones sigh when needing something more native to their immortal cravings than the history of perpetual evil.” (S&H 501:1-18)
            On page 502 she tells us that what takes place with the narrative in Genesis, that it goes by so quickly that it is “as if reality [Genesis 1-2:3] did not predominate over unreality [Genesis 2:4 onward], the light [Mind] over the dark [matter or mortal mind], the straight line of Spirit over the mortal deviations and inverted images of the creator and His creation.” (S&H 502:5-8)
            The second creation story, or the allegory as she refers to Adam, “is the history of the untrue image of God, named a sinful mortal [Adam].  This deflection of being, rightly viewed, serves to suggest the proper reflection of God and the spiritual actuality of man, as given in the first chapter of Genesis.” (S&H 502:9-14)
            The following outline for the Days of creation (positive) is found on pages 40-43 in W. Gordon Brown’s book From Genesis to Revelation.  I will repeat these when I get to the section where I present these Seven Days with “Genesis” (chapter 15 of S&H).

FIRST DAY OF MIND – Light
Mind as Mind – All is Mind and Mind’s ideas; Mind is its own source and origin, its own infinite cause and effect.
Mind as Spirit – Mind is Spirit, not matter; there is only one kind of Mind.
Mind as Soul – Creation is the fully defined content of one all-knowing parent Mind.

SECOND DAY OF SPIRIT – Firmament
Spirit as Mind – Understanding our spiritual origin separates us from the belief that flesh is our origin.
Spirit as Spirit – “That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit” (John 3:6).
Spirit as Soul – Men understand God, Spirit, by understanding (reflecting) each other’s identity in one spiritual body.  This is heaven, whereby we are born again.

THIRD DAY OF SOUL – Seed within the Seed
Soul as Mind – Identity is thus of divine origin.
Soul as Spirit – Identity is sameness with itself, it unfolds from within itself; subject and object are one, not two.
Soul as Soul – Within identity lie capacities and resources for endless self-reproduction.
Soul as Principle – The symbol of identity is “seed within itself.”  Free from external appetites, spiritual identity (spiritual gender) expresses satisfaction and joy.
Soul as Life – Identity is sinless, deathless.  It resurrects us humanly from the grave of mortal body.

FOURTH DAY OF PRINCIPLE – Heavenly bodies (two great lights and the stars)
Principle as Mind – The universe is a system of celestial bodies.  Its rotating, revolving relationships originate in the Principle of infinite harmony.
Principle as Spirit – In this universe, heaven governs earth, divinity and humanity are inseparable.
Principle as Soul – Principle is defined through the practice of Principle, in which human and divine are one in identity.
Principle as Principle – The universe is one and all-harmonious.
Principle as Life – The universe is the endless living progression of Principle’s systems of ideas.

FIFTH DAY OF LIFE – Life’s individualities appear as zodiac ideas
Life as Mind – The universe of Life is the origin and ultimate of all individuality, or life.
Life as Spirit – Circling undivided from Life to Life, reflections of the one Life constitute Life’s individualities.
Life as Soul – Reflecting each other’s identity, the individualities of the body of Life forever reproduce this Life.
Life as Principle – Life is one and indivisible.  Life is not divided into a number of personally possessed, personally operated lives.

SIXTH DAY OF TRUTH – Man-Woman have dominion
Truth as Mind – This undivided wholeness of the infinite is Truth, the source and origin of man.
Truth as Spirit – The lesser ideas (animals) that constitute the compound idea (man) are man’s spiritual and moral qualities unfolding his health, or wholeness.
Truth as Soul – Man is God’s consciousness of Himself.  This is man’s identity, having (by reflection) dominion over itself.
Truth as Principle – Man’s oneness with God (Principle) is expressed in the wholeness of manhood and womanhood – one-in-all and all-in-one.
Truth as Life – His manhood and womanhood being undivided, man’s individuality multiplies.
Truth as Truth – The form of Truth’s wholeness is the spiritually structured brotherhood of all Truth’s ideas.
Truth as Love – This is “woman” – universal (generic) man.

SEVENTH DAY OF LOVE – God Rests in Perfect Action
Love as Truth – Man, the Son of God, rests in the womb of the Father-Mother Love.
Love as Love – Everything everywhere is the matrix calculus of Love’s design.

            “The unfoldment has turned full circle; it has returned to the point of Mind as Mind; creation is the outcome of one parent Mind, the light which is never cut off from Light.” (From Genesis to Revelation, p. 42)  From here (pages 42-45) Mr. Brown begins the allegory of the Adam record (negative).[1]

THE FIRST DAY OF MORTAL MIND
Mind as Mind – Mist:  The origin of mortality being a myth, mortality itself is wholly mythological.
Mind as Spirit – Mist waters:  Water and dust make [red] mud.  The myth of mind and matter adulterates all human thought.
Mind as Soul – Whole face of the ground:  The entire record of mortal history is grounded in the myth of mind in matter.

THE SECOND DAY OF SPIRITUALISM – the belief that Mind, Spirit, and Soul reside in a material body
Spirit as Mind – Adam [brain]:  The “first god of mythology [Jehovah]” (S&H 580:2) is formed from mist and [red] dust.
Spirit as Spirit – Tree [backbone] of knowledge [physical science] and tree of life [divine Science] both in the midst [hub center of activity] of Adam’s garden [Adam’s mortal body].  The myth of good [Spirit] and evil [matter] is resolved only by the Science of absolute good.
Spirit as Soul – A river divides into four heads:  The tree of life and river of life (typifying the workings of the “seven” [synonymous terms for God] and the “four” [infinite divine calculus of the Word, the Christ, Christianity and Science]) are the means, the Science of dissolving the myth of mortality.

THE THIRD DAY OF MATERIAL SENSE
Soul as Mind – Adam put into the garden [material body]:  Mind is supposedly absorbed in matter as its own subjective condition.
Soul as Spirit – Forbidden fruit of tree of knowledge:  In the mortal sense of [Adam’s] identity, or body, subject [his conscious thoughts] and object [what his material eyes observe to be outside himself] are sexually two [dualistic].
Soul as Soul – Adam [is] alone and hungry:  Subject hungers for an object outside of itself.
Soul as Principle – The animals come to Adam:  Animality [sexuality] aroused, personal sense asserts itself.
Soul as Life – Adam names [falsely identifies God’s ideas as] the animals:  Mortality is identified with self-destroying animal appetites.

THE FOURTH DAY OF DISOBEDIENCE TO GOD’S LAW
Principle as Mind – Animal magnetism:  Animality induces a “deep sleep” – depths of the psychic unconscious, self-hypnosis, mesmerism.  [Adam never wakes up.]
Principle as Spirit – The woman formed from Adam’s rib:  Two separated personalities – dualism of male [Judah] and female [Israel] of mortality.
Principle as Soul – Adam and the woman are flesh:  The male and female of mortality make themselves one [the Star of David] in order to be self-reproducing.  [Below with the Star of David, the black pyramid represents the masculine blade and the purple triangle represents the feminine cup.]


Principle as Principle – Talking [red] serpent [of Adam’s nervous system]:  Basic animal magnetism, the evil one, or one evil, the “first lie and all liars” (S&H 16:18).
Principle as Life – Serpent’s tree of death:  Under the influence of animal magnetism, the male and female of mortality bring upon themselves destruction and death [carried into Assyrian and Babylonian captivity].

THE FIFTH DAY OF DEATH
Life as Mind – The [red] serpent tempts the woman:  Mortality is the matrix of itself, mortality.
Life as Spirit – Adam and the woman succumb to the [red] serpent:  Male and female mortality are charged with electrical (nerve) impulses.
Life as Soul – Adam and the woman see their nakedness:  Sin is self-exposed.
Life as Principle – They hide among the trees of the garden:  Mortals clothe their private lives with hypocrisy and vain deceit.

THE SIXTH DAY OF ERROR
Truth as Mind – Adam [like Christianity] blames God for his downfall [from Grace]:  That error originates in Truth, or that good results in evil, is a base lie.
Truth as Spirit – The God-crowned woman’s mission is to bring forth Christian Science in sorrow.  The basic lie is that woman is cursed with hard labor internally [within conscious thought to bring forth the spiritual idea].
Truth as Soul – Curse on Adam to till the [red] soil:  This same lie curses man with hard labor externally.
Truth as Principle – Severance from tree of life:  In the mythology of mortality, the human is cut off from divine [Science].
Truth as Life – Birth of Cain and Abel:  Multiplication of mortality results in the self-destruction of mortality.
Truth as Truth – Cain murders Abel:  The evil in human nature murders the good, the physical overcomes the moral.
Truth as Love – Cain identified with ignorance:  A sevenfold vengeance is pronounced on the attempt to destroy Cain by physical means; the problem of mortality is not solved by trying to meet error with more error, but by letting “Truth uncover and destroy error in God’s own way” (S&H 542:19).

SEVENTH DAY OF HATE
Love as Truth – Birth of Seth [the Third Degree of spiritual understanding]:  Adam’s seven generations [seven thousand years] through Seth [in the First Day] to Enoch [in the Seventh Day, even though Enoch is really in the First Day he prefigures the mentality of generic man in the Seventh Day]; humanity learns to come forth from God spiritually instead of trying to labor its way to God materially.
Love as Love – Enoch translated:  The mist is finally dispersed.  Understanding divine origin – being the self-revelation of God – the myth of mortal origin is dissolved, and man is found in the image of God [as Christ (Spirit) not as Adam (matter)].

            Now, after this Mr. Brown gives to us a fuller explanation of the Seven Days throughout Bible history and our own history today in the Thousand-year periods of the Bible (transitional) on pages 44-46.  I will add things from Brown’s third chapter as I go along.

FIRST [DAY] PERIOD
Mind as Mind – Genesis 2:6-2:20 – The mist in which Adam originates.
Mind as Spirit – Genesis 2:21-4:15 – Adam’s deep hypnotic sleep.
Mind as Soul – Genesis 4:16-5:27 – Land of Nod; Enoch’s translation.

SECOND [DAY] PERIOD
Spirit as Mind – Genesis 5:28-7:5 – Noah builds an ark.
Spirit as Spirit – The ark separates Noah from the flood.
Spirit as Soul – The human race is born again; tower of Babel.

            “Today, the stories of Adam and Noah, the subjects of the first two thousand-year periods, are acknowledged to be myths.  [Even though there is proof of a deluge in the history of earth actually taking place there is no proof that Noah and his family were real people.  The story of Noah could have been modeled after a real life story.]  In their relationship they are of the utmost fundamental importance to the student of divine metaphysics.  Evaluated spiritually, they are the complementary halves of a single compound idea.  This idea is the unity of the manhood and womanhood of God which every individual must some day reflect in order to work out the problem of being…
            “Nothing is more basic to our present purpose than the fact that the Science of immortality makes nothing of the myth of mortality.  Spiritually translated, the allegories of Adam and Noah point to the timeless Science of man, as the opposite of primitive mythology.
            “As we have seen, the Adam myth, ending with Enoch’s translation, foreshadows the work of the individual Jesus, emphasizing divine manhood.  The Noah myth, standing for the complete rebirth of the human race, foreshadows the universal mission of Christianity leading to Christian Science.  This hints at divine womanhood.  [Another Noah mentioned in the BIBLE happens to be a woman.]  So fundamental, so comprehensive, so Scripturally unique, are these two opening periods, when looked at in this way, that they can be said to set the stage, at the beginning of the narrative, for the entire life-drama that follows.  For it is not until we reach the third period, and the children of Israel come upon the scene, that, as far as our own forward movement is concerned, the drama actually begins.”[2]
            Remember I mentioned a “bow within the cloud” having to do with God’s Covenant with man.  This symbol takes us to two other places in Scripture – with Joseph (son of Jacob-Israel)* and Revelation 10.  In Revelation 10 there is the angel “clothed with a cloud” and he (she) has a rainbow upon his (her) brow.  A rainbow is the symbol for the female goddess Iris.  In his (her) hand is “a little book open” which is SCIENCE AND HEALTH.  So it is not until the Sixth Day that God’s promised Covenant is fulfilled, when man has dominion.

THIRD [DAY] PERIOD
Soul as Mind – Genesis 11:26-25:20 – Abraham [the Word saga] and Isaac [the Christ saga].
Soul as Spirit – Genesis 25:21-50:26 – Jacob [the saga of Christianity] and [the Science saga with] *Joseph [the coat of many colors is a symbol of the Covenant – the bow within a cloud (these types of coats were given to women) of Christian Science – Israel goes down into Egypt (material organization of church)].
Soul as Soul – Exodus 1:1-18:27 – Moses leads Israel from Egypt [material organization of church] to Sinai [the Pyramid Matrix of Truth].
Soul as Principle – Exodus 19:1-Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy 34:12 – Ten Commandments [divine Law] and Holy Tabernacle Tent of Meeting; journey from Sinai [the Pyramid Matrix structure] to the Promised Land [Jerusalem, the city of peace, and the Unity or Circle Matrix structure].
Soul as Life – Joshua 1:1-Judah, Ruth 4:22 – Conquest and acceptance of the land [the Holy City itself].
            “When, in the third period, we identify ourselves with the compound idea underlying the first two periods, the story of our own regeneration, and ultimate victory over mortality, unfolds inevitably from beginning to end – that is, from Genesis to Revelation.
            “In the third period, we journey (at first objectively) to the land of our sinless, spiritual selfhood, where manhood and womanhood are one.”[3]

FOURTH [DAY] PERIOD
Principle as Mind – I Samuel 1:1-II Samuel 1:27 – Reign of Saul.
Principle as Spirit – II Samuel 2:1-24:25 – Reign of David.
Principle as Soul – I Kings 1:1-22:53 – Reign of Solomon; kingdom divides [male and female divorced], Elijah
Principle as Principle – II Kings 1:1-25:30 – Elijah and Elisha; deportation of Israel and Judah into Assyrian and Babylonian captivity.
            (I Chronicles covers the same story as I and II Samuel; II Chronicles covers the same story as I and II Kings.)
Principle as Life – Ezra 1:1-Nehimiah, Esther 10:3 – Return to Jerusalem; rebuilding the temple and city walls.
            (The Wisdom Literature from Job to Song of Solomon restates in non-narrative form the Bible’s basic teaching.  The sixteen Prophets from Isaiah to Malachi close the door on the Old Testament and open it again on the New.  [I would like to add that the sixteen Prophets present the sixteen tones of the divine infinite calculus.])
            “In the fourth period, we establish (subjectively) our oneness with the Principle of this idea.  Then, in the fifth, sixth, and seventh periods [with the three Christ Advents], the living demonstration of what underlies the first two periods, namely, the mission of Christ Jesus, firstly, and Christian Science, secondly, becomes the reality of universal being, and the problem of mortality is in process of solution [via Jesus, Mary, and Martha or generic man].”[4]

FIFTH [DAY] PERIOD
Life as Mind – Matthew 1:1-Mark, Luke, John 21:25 – Career of Jesus [the First Coming of Christ].
Life as Spirit – Acts 1:1 – Epistles  – Revelation 22:21 – Apostolic Christian Church.
            (Here we merge from the story of the Bible into history itself.)
Life as Soul – Christianity absorbed into the Roman Empire.
Life as Principle – Middle Ages:  Cradle or Western civilization.

SIXTH [DAY] PERIOD
Truth as Mind – Rise of Western scientific man:  Magna Charta; the light of self-government dawns.
Truth as Spirit – Renaissance:  Western voyages of discovery; birth of the spirit of modern science.
Truth as Soul – Reformation:  Western man begins to free himself from ecclesiastical despotism; world becoming westernized; European migrations to North America.
Truth as Principle – New World of America:  Age of reason and enlightenment; Western advances in science and democratic government.
Truth as Life – Industrialism and democracy:  Beginnings of machine age; American independence [Venus transits the sun two times]; capitalism and individualism; rise of Communism [opposite of Christian Science].  [Also at this time another lie arose – Darwin’s Theory of Evolution.]
Truth as Truth – Christian Science [the Second Coming of Christ]:  Discovery and Founding mission of Mary Baker Eddy [Venus transits the sun two times]; divine Science not physical science, is the source of man’s dominion over the earth; means of world peace revealed.
Truth as Love – Twentieth century:  Era of world war; discovery of universal Science and system of Christian Science; all periods present now, united in the “design of God” (S&H 271:4).

SEVENTH [DAY] PERIOD
Love as Truth – Matrix calculus of infinity [Unity Matrix explained]:  All must “give place to the spiritual fact by the translation of man and the universe back into Spirit.”  [Venus transits sun two times.]
Love as Love – Problem of matter solved:  Materialism “swallowed up in the infinite calculus of Spirit” (S&H 209:16-30).

            This ends Brown’s outline, however, it does not finish up his chapter.  I feel that the following is important:  “The continuation of the story after the Bible is complete in the second tone of the fifth period (Life as Spirit) is however implicit once more in the final chapter on Revelation, where, through the opening of the seven seals, St. John (free from the limitations of time) anticipates the activities of Christian Science in the sixth and seventh periods [Days].”[5]  This means that Mary Baker Eddy’s work continues to be comprehended in the Seventh Day with the Third Coming of Christ.
            Mary Baker Eddy begins Genesis 1:1 in the four levels of Science, divine Science, absolute Christian Science and Christian Science.  And Genesis 1:2 is on the level of divine Science, which is in the tone of the Word.  It is not until we get to verse 3 (where the tone is still the Word as the Word) that we get to the tone of Mind.  The Seven Days are Part I of her chapter “Genesis”.

EXEGESIS

[THE FIRST DAY OF MIND (Light)]

Genesis i. 1.  In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

Ideas and identities
            [Science] The infinite has no beginning.  This word beginning is employed to signify the only; — that is, [divine Science] the eternal verity and unity of God and man, including the universe.  [absolute Christian Science] The creative Principle — Life, Truth and Love — is God.  The universe reflects God.  There is but one creator and one creation.  [Christian Science] This creation consists of the unfolding of spiritual ideas and their identities, which are embraced in the infinite Mind and forever reflected.  These ideas range from the infinitesimal to infinity, and the highest ideas are the sons and daughters of God.

Genesis i. 2.  And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep.  And the spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

Spiritual harmony
            [divine Science] The divine Principle and idea constitute spiritual harmony, — heaven and eternity.  In the universe of Truth, matter is unknown.  No supposition of error enters there.  Divine Science, the Word of God, saith to the darkness upon the face of error, “God is All-in-all,” and the light of ever-present Love illumines the universe.  Hence the eternal wonder, — that infinite space is peopled with God’s ideas, reflecting Him in countless spiritual forms.

[The Word as the Word
Mind as Mind – All is Mind and Mind’s ideas; Mind is its own source and origin, its own infinite cause and effect.]
Genesis i. 3.  And God said, Let there be light:  and there was light.

Mind’s idea faultless
            Immortal and divine Mind presents the idea of God:  first, in light [Divine synonyms]; second, in reflection [Divine image]; third, in spiritual and immortal forms of beauty and goodness [Divine reflection].[6]  But this Mind creates no element nor symbol of discord and decay.  God creates neither erring thought, mortal life, mutable truth, nor variable love.

[Mind as Spirit – Mind is Spirit, not matter; there is only one kind of Mind.]
Genesis i. 4.  And God saw the light, that it was good:  and God divided the light from the darkness.
            God, Spirit, dwelling in infinite light and harmony from which emanates the true idea, is never reflected by aught but the good.

[Mind as Soul – Creation is the fully defined content of one all-knowing parent Mind.]
Genesis i. 5.  And God called the light [Mind] Day, and the darkness He called Night [myth].  And the evening and the morning were the first day.

Light preceding the sun
            All questions as to the divine creation being both spiritual and material are answered in this passage, for though solar beams are not yet included in the record of creation, still there is light.  This light is not from the sun nor from volcanic flames, but it is the revelation of Truth and of spiritual ideas.  This also shows that there is no place where God’s light is not seen, since Truth, Life, and Love fill immensity and are ever-present.  Was not this a revelation instead of a creation?
Evenings and mornings
            The successive appearing of God’s ideas as represented as taking place on so many evenings and mornings, — words which indicate, in the absence of solar time, spiritually clearer views of Him, views which are not implied by material darkness and dawn.  Here we have the explanation of another passage of Scripture, that “one day is with the Lord as a thousand years.”  The rays of infinite Truth, when gathered into the focus of ideas, bring light instantaneously, whereas a thousand years of human doctrines, hypotheses, and vague conjectures emit no such effulgence.
Spirit versus darkness
            Did infinite Mind create matter, and call it light?  Spirit is light, and the contradiction of Spirit as matter, darkness, and darkness obscures light.  Material sense is nothing but a supposition of the absence of Spirit.  No solar rays nor planetary revolutions form the day of Spirit.  Immortal Mind makes its own record, but mortal mind, sleep, dreams, sin, disease, and death have no record in the first chapter of Genesis.

[(Still in the tone of the Word as the Word.) THE SECOND DAY OF SPIRIT (the waters of Noah)
Spirit as Mind – Understanding our spiritual origin separates us from the belief that flesh is our origin.]
Genesis i. 6.  And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.

Spiritual firmament
            Spiritual understanding, by which human conception, material sense, is separated from Truth, is the firmament.  The divine Mind, not matter, creates all identities, and they are forms of Mind, the ideas of Spirit apparent only as Mind, never as mindless matter nor the so-called material senses.

[Spirit as Spirit – “That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit” (John 3:6).]
Genesis i. 7.  And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament and it was so.

Understanding imparted
            Spirit imparts the understanding which uplifts consciousness and leads into all truth.  The Psalmist saith:  “The Lord on high is mightier than the noise of many waters, yea, than the mighty waves of the sea.”  Spiritual sense is the discernment of spiritual good.  Understanding is the line of demarcation between the real and unreal.  Spiritual understanding unfolds Mind, — Life, Truth, and Love, — and demonstrates the divine sense, giving the spiritual proof of the universe in Christian Science.
            This understanding is not intellectual, is not the result of scholarly attainments; it is the reality of all things brought to light.  God’s ideas reflect the immortal unerring, and infinite.  The mortal, erring, and finite are human beliefs, which apportion to themselves a task impossible for them, that of distinguishing between the false and the true.  Objects utterly unlike the original do not reflect that original.  Therefore matter, not being the reflection of Spirit, has no real entity.  Understanding is a quality of God, a quality which separates Christian Science from supposition and makes Truth final.

[Spirit as Soul – Men understand God, Spirit, by understanding (reflecting) each other’s identity in one spiritual body.  This is heaven, whereby we are born again.]
Genesis i. 8.  And God called the firmament Heaven.  And the evening and the morning were the second day.

Exalted thought
            Through divine Science, Spirit, God, unites understanding to eternal harmony.  The calm and exalted thought or spiritual apprehension is at peace.  Thus the dawn of ideas goes on, forming each successive stage of progress.

[THE THIRD DAY OF SOUL – the seed of Abraham/Israel
Soul as Mind – Identity is thus of divine origin.]
Genesis i. 9.  And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear:  and it was so.

Unfolding of thoughts
            Spirit, God, gathers unformed thoughts into their proper channels, and unfolds these thoughts, even as He opens the petals of a holy purpose in order that the purpose may appear.

[Soul as Spirit – Identity is sameness with itself, it unfolds from within itself; subject and object are one, not two.]
Genesis i. 10.  And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called He Seas; and God saw that it was good.

Spirit names and blesses
            Here the human concept and divine idea seem confused by the translator, but they are not so in the scientifically Christian meaning of the text.  Upon Adam devolved the pleasurable task of finding names for all material things, but Adam has not yet appeared in the narrative.  In metaphor, the dry land illustrates the absolute formation instituted by Mind, while water symbolizes the elements of Mind.  Spirit duly feeds and clothes every object, as it appears in the line of spiritual creation, thus tenderly expressing the fatherhood and motherhood of God.  Spirit names and blesses all.  Without natures particularly defined, objects and subjects would be obscure, and creation would be full of nameless offspring, — wanderers from the parent Mind, strangers in a tangled wilderness.

[The tones now change to the Word as the Christ
Soul as Soul – Within identity lie capacities and resources for endless self-reproduction.]
Genesis i. 11.  And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth:  and it was so.

Divine propagation
            The universe of Spirit reflects the creative power of the divine Principle, or Life, which produces the multitudinous forms of Mind and governs the multiplication of the compound idea man.  The tree and herb do not yield fruit because of any propagating power of their own, but because they reflect the Mind which includes all.  A material world implies a mortal mind and man a creator.  The scientific divine creation declares immortal Mind and the universe created by God.
Ever-appearing creation
            Infinite Mind creates and governs all, from the mental molecule to infinity.  This divine Principle of all expresses Science and art throughout His creation, and the immortality of man and the universe.  Creation is ever appearing, and must ever continue to appear from the nature of its inexhaustible source.  Mortal sense inverts this appearing and calls ideas material.  Thus misinterpreted, the divine idea seems to fall to the level of a human or material belief, called mortal man.  But the seed is in itself, only as the divine Mind is All and reproduces all — as Mind is the multiplier, and Mind’s infinite idea, man and the universe, is the product.  The only intelligence or substance of a thought, a seed, or a flower is God, the creator of it.  Mind is the Soul of all.  Mind is Life, Truth, and Love which governs all.

[Soul as Principle – The symbol of identity is “seed within itself.”  Free from external appetites, spiritual identity (spiritual gender) expresses satisfaction and joy.]
Genesis i. 12.  And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind:  and God saw that it was good.

Mind’s pure thought
            God determines the gender of His own ideas.  Gender is mental, not material.  The seed within itself is the pure thought emanating from divine Mind.  The feminine gender is not yet expressed in the text.  Gender means simply kind or sort, and does not necessarily refer either to masculinity or femininity.  The word is not confined to sexuality, and grammars always recognize a neuter gender, neither male nor female.  The Mind or intelligence of production names the female gender last in the ascending order of creation.  The intelligent individual idea, be it male or female, rising from the lesser to the greater, unfolds the infinitude of Love.

[Soul as Life – Identity is sinless, deathless.  It resurrects us humanly from the grave of mortal body.]
Genesis i. 13.  And the evening and the morning were the third day.

Rising to the light
            The third stage in the order of Christian Science is an important one to the human thought, letting in the light of spiritual understanding.  This period corresponds to the resurrection, when Spirit is discerned to be the Life of all, and the deathless Life, or Mind, dependent upon no material organization.  Our Master reappeared to his students, — to their apprehension he rose from the grave, — on the third day of this ascending thought, and so presented to them the certain sense of eternal Life.

[THE FOURTH DAY OF PRINCIPLE – Kings of Israel, Queen Esther, and Sixteen Prophets
Principle as Mind – The universe is a system of celestial bodies.  Its rotating, revolving relationships originate in the Principle of infinite harmony.]
Genesis i. 14.  And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven, to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years.

Rarefaction of thought
            Spirit creates no other than heavenly or celestial bodies, but the stellar universe is no more celestial than our earth.  This text gives the idea of the rarefaction of thought as it ascends higher.  God forms and peoples the universe.  The light of spiritual understanding gives gleams of the infinite only, even as nebulae indicate the immensity of space.
Divine nature appearing
            So-called mineral, vegetable, and animal substances are no more contingent now on time or material structure than they were when “the morning stars sang together.”  Mind made the “plant of the field before it was in the earth.”  The periods of spiritual ascension are the days and seasons of Mind’s creation, in which beauty, sublimity, purity, and holiness — yea, the divine nature — appear in man and the universe never to disappear.
Spiritual ideas apprehended
            Knowing the Science of creation, in which all is Mind and its ideas, Jesus rebuked the material thought of his fellow-countrymen:  “Ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times?”  How much more should we seek to apprehend the spiritual ideas of God, than to dwell on the objects of sense!  To discern the rhythm of Spirit and to be holy, thought must be purely spiritual.

[Principle as Spirit – In this universe, heaven governs earth, divinity and humanity are inseparable.]
Genesis i. 15.  And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven, to give light upon the earth:  and it was so.

            Truth and Love enlighten the understanding, in whose “light shall we see light;” and this illumination is reflected spiritually by all who walk in the light and turn away from a false material sense.

[Principle as Soul – Principle is defined through the practice of Principle, in which human and divine are one in identity.]
Genesis i. 16.  And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night:  He made the stars also.

Geology a failure
            The sun is a metaphorical representation of Soul outside the body, giving existence and intelligence to the universe.  Love alone can impart the limitless idea of infinite Mind.  Geology has never explained the earth’s formations; it cannot explain them.  There is no Scriptural allusion to solar light until time has been already divided into evening and morning; and the allusion to fluids (Genesis 1. 2) indicates a supposed formation of matter by the resolving of fluids into solids, analogous to the suppositional resolving of thoughts into material things.
Spiritual subdivision
            Light is a symbol of Mind, of Life, Truth, and Love, and not a vitalizing property of matter.  Science reveals only one Mind, and this one shining by its own light and governing the universe, including man, in perfect harmony.  This Mind forms ideas, its own images, subdivides and radiates their borrowed light, intelligence, and so explains the Scripture phrase, “whose seed is in itself.”  Thus God’s ideas “multiply and replenish the earth.”  The divine Mind supports the sublimity, magnitude, and infinitude of spiritual creation.

[Principle as Principle – The universe is one and all-harmonious.]
Genesis i. 17, 18.  And God set them in the firmament of the heaven, to give light upon the earth, and to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness:  and God saw that it was good.

Darkness scattered
            In divine Science, which is the seal of Deity and has the impress of heaven, God is revealed as infinite light.  In the eternal Mind, no night is there.

[Principle as Life – The universe is the endless living progression of Principle’s systems of ideas.]
Genesis i. 19.  And the evening and the morning were the fourth day.

            The changing glow and full effulgence of God’s infinite ideas, images, mark the periods of progress.

[FIFTH DAY OF LIFE – the First Coming of Christ
Life as Mind – The universe of Life is the origin and ultimate of all individuality, or life.]
Genesis i. 20.  And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven.

Soaring aspirations
            To mortal mind, the universe is liquid, solid, and aeriform.  Spiritually interpreted, rocks and mountains stand for solid and grand ideas.  Animals and mortals metaphorically present the gradation of mortal thought, rising in the scale of intelligence, taking form in masculine, feminine, or neuter gender.  The fowls, which fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven, correspond to aspirations soaring beyond and above corporeality to the understanding of the incorporeal and divine Principle, Love.

[Life as Spirit – Circling undivided from Life to Life, reflections of the one Life constitute Life’s individualities.]
Genesis i. 21.  And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind:  and God saw that it was good.

Seraphic symbols
            Spirit is symbolized by strength, presence, and power, and also by holy thoughts, winged with Love.  These angels of His presence, which have the holiest charge, abound in the spiritual atmosphere of Mind, and consequently reproduce their own characteristics.  Their individual forms we know not, but we do know that their natures are allied to God’s nature, and spiritual blessings, thus typified, are the externalized, yet subjective, states of faith and spiritual understanding.

[We now leave the tone of the Word as the Christ and inter the tone of the Word as Christianity.
Life as Soul – Reflecting each other’s identity, the individualities of the body of Life forever reproduces this Life.]
Genesis i. 22.  And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth.

Multiplication of pure ideas
            Spirit blesses the multiplication of its own pure and perfect ideas.  From the infinite elements of the one Mind emanate all form, color, quality, and quantity, and these are mental, both primarily and secondarily.  Their spiritual nature is discerned only through the spiritual senses.  Mortal mind inverts the true likeness, and confers animal names and natures upon its own misconceptions [like Eve].  Ignorant of the origin and operations of mortal mind, — that is, ignorant of itself, — this so-called mind puts forth its own qualities, and claims God as their author, albeit God is ignorant of the existence of both this mortal mentality, so-called, and its claim, for the claim usurps the deific prerogatives and is an attempted infringement on infinity.

[Life as Principle – Life is one and indivisible.  Life is not divided into a number of personally possessed, personally operated lives.]
Genesis i. 23.  And the evening and the morning were the fifth day.

Spiritual spheres
            Advancing spiritual steps in the teeming universe of Mind lead on to spiritual spheres and exalted beings.  To material sense, this divine universe is dim and distant, gray in the somber hues of twilight, but anon the veil is lifted, and the scene shifts into light.  In the record, time is not yet measured by solar revolutions, and the motions and reflections of deific power cannot be apprehended until divine Science becomes the interpreter.

[THE SIXTH DAY OF TRUTH – the Second Coming of Christ
Truth as Mind – This undivided wholeness of the infinite is Truth, the source and origin of man – and Mind as the Word as the Word within the Word as Christianity]
Genesis i. 24.  And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind:  and it was so.

Continuity of thoughts
            Spirit diversifies, classifies, and individualizes all thoughts, which are as eternal as the Mind conceiving them; but the intelligence, existence, and continuity of all individuality remain in God, who is the divinely creative Principle thereof.

[Truth as Spirit – The lesser ideas (animals) that constitute the compound idea (man) are man’s spiritual and moral qualities unfolding his health, or wholeness – and Spirit as the Word as the Word within the Word as Christianity]
Genesis i. 25.  And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and everything that creepeth upon the earth after his kind:  and God saw that it was good.

God’s thoughts are spiritual realities
            God creates all forms of reality.  His thoughts are spiritual realities.  So-called mortal mind — being non-existent and consequently not within the range of immortal existence — could not by simulating deific power invert the divine creation, and afterwards recreate persons or things upon its own plane, since nothing exists beyond the range of all-inclusive infinity, in which and of which God is the sole creator.  Mind, joyous in strength, dwells in the realm of Mind.  Mind’s infinite ideas run and disport themselves.  In humility they climb the heights of holiness.

[Truth as Spirit and Soul as the Word as the Word within the Word as Christianity]

The Way (colorized by me – the lion is by the pond and cattle are on the hill).

Qualities of thought
            Moral courage is “the lion of the tribe of Judah,” the king of the mental realm.  Free and fearless it roams in the forest.  Undisturbed it lies in the open field, or rests in “green pastures, …beside the still waters.”  In the figurative transmission from the divine thought to the human, diligence, promptness, and perseverance are likened to “the cattle upon a thousand hills.”  They carry the baggage of stern resolve, and keep pace with highest purpose.  Tenderness accompanies all the might imparted by Spirit.  The individuality created by God is not carnivorous, as witness the millennial estate pictured by Isaiah: —

            The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb,
            And the leopard shall lie down with the kid;
            And the calf and the young lion, and the fatling together;
            And a little child shall lead them.


Creatures of God useful
            Understanding the control which Love held over all, Daniel felt safe in the lions’ den, and Paul proved the viper to be harmless.  All of God’s creatures, moving in the harmony of Science, are harmless, useful, indestructible.  A realization of this grand verity was a source of strength to the ancient worthies.  It supports Christian healing and enables its possessor to emulate the example of Jesus.  “And God saw that it was good.”
The serpent harmless
            “Patience is symbolized by the tireless worm, creeping over lofty summits, persevering in its intent.  The serpent of God’s creating is neither subtle nor poisonous, but is a wise idea, charming in its adroitness, for Love’s ideas are subject to the Mind which forms them, — the power which changeth the serpent into a staff.

[Truth as Soul – Man is God’s consciousness of Himself.  This is man’s identity, having (by reflection) dominion over itself – and Truth as the Christ as the Christ within the Word as Christianity]
Genesis i. 26.  And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

Elohistic plurality
            The eternal Elohim [not Jehovah] includes the forever universe.  The name Elohim is in the plural, but this plurality of Spirit does not imply more than one God, nor does it imply three persons in one.  It relates to the oneness, the tri-unity of Life, Truth, and Love, “Let them have dominion.”  Man is the family name for all ideas, — the sons and daughters of God.  All that God imparts moves in accord with Him, reflecting goodness and power.
Reflected likeness
            Your mirrored reflection is your own image or likeness.  If you lift a weight, your reflection does this also.  If you speak, the lips of this likeness move in accord with yours.  Now compare man before the mirror to his divine Principle, God.  Call the mirror divine Science, and call man the reflection.  Then note how true, according to Christian Science, is the reflection to its original.  As the reflection of yourself appears in the mirror, so you, being spiritual, are the reflection of God.  The substance, Life, intelligence, Truth, and Love, which constitute Deity, are reflected by His creation; and when we subordinate the false testimony of the corporeal senses to the facts of Science, we shall see this true likeness and reflection everywhere.
[Truth as Soul and Love as the Christ as the Christ within the Word as Christianity]
Love imparts beauty
            God fashions all things, after His own likeness.  Life is reflected in existence, Truth in truthfulness, God in goodness, which impart their own peace and permanence.  Love, redolent with unselfishness, bathes all in beauty and light.  The grass beneath our feet silently exclaims, “The meek shall inherit the earth.”  The modest arbutus sends her sweet breath to heaven.  The great rock gives shadow and shelter.  The sunlight glints from the church-dome, glances into the prison-cell, glides into the sick-chamber, brightens the flower, beautifies the landscape, blesses the earth.  Man, made in His likeness, possesses and reflects God’s dominion over all the earth.  Man and woman as coexistent and eternal with God forever reflect, in glorified quality, the infinite Father-Mother God.

To be continued…

[1] I changed the name Eve to woman, as I feel that the woman is actually the woman (rightly identified) until Adam names her Eve (misidentified).

[2] From Genesis to Revelation, by W. Gordon Brown, p. 47

[3] From Genesis to Revelation, by W. Gordon Brown, p. 47

[4] From Genesis to Revelation, by W. Gordon Brown, p. 47

[5] From Genesis to Revelation, by W. Gordon Brown, p. 46

[6] See S&H 115:12-18 – the SCIENTIFIC TRANSLATION OF IMMORTAL MIND