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"in league with the stones…"

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    JoanneF
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    “For thou shalt be in league with the stones of the field:…” (Job 5:23, cit. #2)

    The root of the word “stone” is from “to stand.” So, to be in league (which is a flat stone inlaid in roads) with the stones, is to be joined with them, rooted and grounded, one with a foundation – immovable, solid, and secure. I cannot “dash my foot against a stone” as long as I am “in league” with this foundation (Christ Truth), I cannot be tripped up by error.

    Later, the Lesson states: “therefore have I set my face like a flint,” – another flat stone, hard, immovable, irresolute, and used to strike fire (burning fervor, love for God).

    In Luke (20:37-40) we read how when the Pharisees tried to silence the multitude’s praising of Jesus and his works, Jesus replied, “I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out.” Lord, let me be like these stones.

    #9743
    gortkenn
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    Thank you for your post Joanne. In Easton’s Bible Dictionary I found the following about the word flint very helpful; “In Isaiah 50:7 and Ezekiel 3:9 the expressions, where the word is used, means that the ‘Messiah would be firm and resolute amidst all contempt and scorn which he would meet; that he had made up his mind to endure it, and would not shrink from any kind or degree of suffering which would be necessary to accomplish the great work in which he was engaged.’”

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    BarbaraW
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    The description above referring to the Messiah, though the challenges took different forms, could be used to describe what was required of Mrs. Eddy’s life work as well.

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